Portland Monthly's Light a Fire Awards, presented by Bank of America, celebrate the organizations and individuals who are working to make Portland more prosperous, beautiful, healthful, and sustainable for all of our citizens. Winners will be honored both in the pages of the magazine and at an awards ceremony in October, where one organization will win the proceeds of the evening.
NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: June 5, 2016
(click a category to submit your nomination)
Extraordinary Executive Director
Awarded to the chief executive officer of a nonprofit whose work transforms his/her organization and the larger community
Exceptional Pro Bono Contribution
Awarded to a person (or company) whose contribution of services, supplies, or time to a nonprofit makes possible significant change in the community
Awarded to a person who shows tireless commitment to the nonprofit community over a lifetime of service
Extraordinary Board Member
Awarded to a person whose services as a member of a nonprofit organization’s board enhances that organization’s operations and improves the greater community
Awarded to a person whose volunteered time and services spur noteworthy change in the nonprofit community
Awarded to an organization working to nurture arts and culture in Oregon
Most with the Least
Awarded to an organization effecting significant change with minimal resources and fewer than five paid staff members
Keeping Us Healthy
Awarded to an organization that helps us take care of ourselves—mentally or physically
Recognizes an innovative collaboration that generates a transformative impact for one or more nonprofits
Best New Nonprofit
Awarded to an organization incorporated after January 1, 2013
Awarded to a staff or board member under the age of 30 with demonstrated ability to further the nonprofit’s mission
Caring for the Planet
Awarded to an organization working in the fields of sustainability, conservation, or natural resources protection
To find our Light A Fire honorees, Portland Monthly uses a four-step process:
1. We gather: We ask everyone we know, including our readers, and find experts with a wide vision of the city.
2. We review: With a panel of the region’s top foundation and corporate-giving leaders, we score every nomination.
3. We debate: Using the top-scoring nominations as a starting point, panel members weigh the information submitted, their own knowledge of the individuals and organizations, and their convergences and differences of opinion.
4. We select: There’s always more good work than can be awarded—but there’s always next year.
All questions must be answered completely and according to directions to be considered. You may nominate in as many categories as you choose, you may nominate the same organization in multiple categories, and you may nominate yourself or your own organization. Winners are selected on the basis of community impact, and not number of nominations, so please complete only one nomination form per organization in each category.