Youth Grant Initiative Informational Webinar

The foundation believes youth have distinct and exceptional insights into the needs of other youth! We host an experience designed to assist 7th and 8th graders to use their ideas to create positive change within the community.

Participants selected to be part the Youth Grant Initiative Team will learn about leadership, non-profit organizations supporting youth athletics AND decide how to award $5,000 in community grants from a provided pool of funds!

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People Power

People Make the World Go Around at MAF. Dedicated individuals make maximum impact in the lives of area youth. It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child, but the inverse also is true. The success of one child can raise up an entire village-worth of volunteers to their full potential.  Multnomah Athletic Foundation (MAF) deals on a scale greater than one child, instead, providing opportunities for three counties worth of kids via scholarships and community grant...

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Scholarship Shoutout – 2020 Houser Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2020 Houser Scholarship Recipient, Isabel Homsi!

Isabel, a dedicated scholar athlete, is graduating from Lincoln High School this spring. As a driven student and passionate athlete Isabel also has made the time to be a role model and influence in her community through various service activities and leadership roles.

Through athletics Isabel has learned the power of influence and action and how team dynamics can make or break an opportunity to succeed. Both in...

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Scholarship Shoutout – 2020 Turner Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2020 Turner Scholarship recipient, Peter Hinnen!

Peter, a full International Diploma candidate, is graduating as a valedictorian from Lincoln High School. He enjoyed also captaining the Lincoln High School boys swim team which was PIL champion all four years that he was on the team.  In other extracurricular adventures he particularly enjoyed the alchemist’s society which met at lunch on Thursdays to do crazy and fun chemistry experiments.  Outside...

When Kids Decide

When Piper Winder*, Nolan Fiereck*, and Claire Cooney* applied to be a part of the Multnomah Athletic Foundation’s Youth Grant Initiative (YGI), they expected to help others and meet some other like-minded kids their age. But they didn’t expect to get to make all the decisions. They also didn’t expect to have so much fun. We spoke with each of them about their participation with the program, and they gave us four main reasons they’re glad they did it and think other kids should...

Partnership In A Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed the Multnomah Athletic Foundation and Multnomah Athletic Club into uncharted territory. Over the last few weeks the foundation has supported MAC through its navigation of implementing an Emergency & Employee Assistance Fund. We have put together a few high level points of interest as well as answers to our frequently asked questions in order to provide clarification and to better support our community.

The Multnomah Athletic Foundation worked with...

Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington – MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

This week, the foundation was highlighted in the Member Spotlight for Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Read their story below and see how Lisa Bendt, Executive Director of the Multnomah Athletic Foundation, answers a few questions about how things have evolved in the midst of this crisis. 

Before COVID-19, what were your priorities as a foundation/funder?

Before COVID19, our funding priorities at the Multnomah Athletic Foundation were:

Increasing access to youth...

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Grant Application Deadline Extended

In response to current events, we are extending our grant application deadline for the 2020 Spring Cycle to May 1st. We also have lifted our spending restrictions to enable you to take care of the people in your organization and communities you serve. Please take the time to evaluate your needs and consider applying. 

Open letter to our Grant Partners / Nonprofit Organizations,

We don’t yet know the full ramifications of this global pandemic. But we at the foundation do...

Youth Grant Initiative Sparks New Generation of Philanthropists

YGI Alumni take charge to raise more funds for community grant partners.

Each fall, 12 people gather to debate which nonprofit organizations should be awarded grants that meet the Multnomah Athletic Foundation’s mission. Now do a double take – because this group is made up of seventh and eighth graders. The Youth Grant Initiative teaches valuable leadership lessons through thoughtful deliberation and dive into the world of nonprofit giving with the six-week crash course culminating in...

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Announcing the 2020 MAC Scholar Athletes!

We are thrilled, in partnership with the Multnomah Athletic Club, to announce the 2020 cohort of MAC Scholar Athletes. This program recognizes and celebrates one sophomore from each of you 29 program high schools. Each individual is an outstanding student, team player, athlete and community voice.  Follow us on social media for more updates on this year’s cohort and program!

Aloha High School – Henry Law

Beaverton High School – Emily Rice

Benson High School – Oria...

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2019 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 2019.

We are thrilled to be investing over $100,000 in the incredible, passionate and effective work in our community. These organizations inspire and enable kids to participate in athletics. On a daily basis, the individuals and volunteers at these nonprofit organizations provide access, inclusion, and opportunities for youth.

4 Worlds United Soccer...