Congrats to the 2024 MAC Scholar Athletes!

Each spring we welcome in a new cohort of MAC Scholar Athletes into a historic and collaborative program between the Multnomah Athletic Foundation and the Multnomah Athletic Club. Comprised of current sophomores from 30 possible program area high schools, we are thrilled to announce the 2024 MAC Scholar Athlete Cohort which is made up of amazing student athletes from all over the Portland Metro Area! Stay tuned for more features on theses students and the program as we progress through the...

Recommendations tips

At the Multnomah Athletic Foundation , we use a cloud-based online system called Kaleidoscope for applications and recommendations. So the candidate has two options for providing a recommendation for their application. The first option is to for the applicant to send the recommender an email from within the Kaleidoscope system. If you receive that email, you answer a few questions and then upload the letter of recommendation as a PDF. The letter will be attached to the application as a...

Empowering Philanthropy: The Impact of the Youth Grant Initiative

By Jennifer Holzapfel-Hanson

In a world where the voices of youth are often relegated to fleeting social media posts, the Youth Grant Initiative (YGI) empowers teenagers to create positive and lasting change through community engagement and hands-on philanthropy. This unique program, spearheaded by the Multnomah Athletic Foundation (MAF), equips a selected group of students with the tools and platform needed to make a tangible difference, by offering the cohort $5,000 to donate to an...

Scholarship Volunteer Opportunities 2024

Each spring the Multnomah Athletic Foundation has open applications for higher education scholarships. Once applications are submitted, the foundation brings together a group of dedicated volunteers to review, deliberate, and ultimately award the scholarships. These volunteers are the crux of making scholarship funding move from funder to student.

The foundation is currently seeking volunteers to join the 2024 review teams for their scholarship opportunities. Volunteers can participate in...

Mentors and Coaches Support Student- Athletes Building Brighter Futures

The world of sports offers a comprehensive blend of real-life experiences: wins, losses, injuries and more. This microcosm of life itself provides valuable lessons and opportunities for personal growth — especially for student-athletes.

Traci Rossi, Executive Director of Friends of the Children (FOTC) in Portland, and a Board Member with the Multnomah Athletic Foundation, aptly describes sports as "the best playground" where athletes learn not only about physical activity, but also...

2023 Fall Grant Partners

Every year we award grants in our two cycles, once in the spring and once in the fall, these are the recipients of grants in Fall 2023.

In our fall grant cycle we are investing $50,000 in the incredible, passionate, and effective work in our community. These nonprofit organizations inspire and enable kids to participate in athletics. On a daily basis, the individuals and volunteers at these community spaces provide access, inclusion, and opportunity for youth.

Adaptive Sports Northwest...

2023 Bud Award

Youth engagement is the center of the foundation’s mission. We often talk about the connection through education or athletic participation. There is another program that is important to us. The Youth Grant Initiative was created seven years ago to give 7th and 8th graders a hands-on experience in grantmaking. They learn about the community and the role of nonprofits while reading applications and making funding recommendation to the foundation’s board. In 2022 the Foundation made...

2023 Impact Award Recipient: Elite Sports Academy

In a world where the tireless dedication of nonprofit organizations can go unnoticed, we take immense pride in shining a spotlight on those who have made extraordinary contributions to our community. The Impact Award, a symbol of appreciation and recognition, recognizes the potential of collaborative efforts that aim to uplift our youth and transform lives through athletics and education.

This year, we celebrate the outstanding work of Elite Sports Academy (ESA) as the recipient of the...

Members Contribute to Student Athletes Reaching Potential – Loprinzi Scholarships

Pictured above: Asa Wittwer, Jazell Allen, Allie Ball

By Jake Ten Pas

Dual enrollment typically refers to high school students taking college classes before they’ve finished 12th grade. In the case of this year’s Loprinzi Scholarship recipients, that definition could be broadened. In addition to pursuing rigorous academic studies, competing in athletics, and volunteering, these individuals have navigated the challenging and invaluable school of hard knocks.

As MAC members...

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Join us for the 2023 Impact Award Celebration

Every year the foundation supports amazing nonprofit organizations in the community. The Impact Award recognizes the efforts of one organization, its talented staff, and board members as they collaborate within their community.

Join us from 5 - 7 PM on November 6th as we recognize the impactful work and deep engagement of our grant partners in an informal cocktail party. Meet organizations focused on supporting youth and engage in inspiring conversation with community leaders....