Light a Fire 2016: Best New Nonprofit

Curriculum of Cuisine Teaches Portland’s High School Kids Healthy Choices

The new nonprofit puts real chefs into local classrooms.

10/10/2016 By Ben Tepler

Light a Fire 2016: Emerging Leader

Born in Mexico, 28-Year-Old Cristina Delgado Devotes Herself to Washington County’s Latina Girls

“I have a similar background to many of the Chicas,” says the Adelante Mujeres staffer.

10/10/2016 By Claire Colby

Light a Fire 2016: Extraordinary Executive Director

At Bridge Meadows, Derenda Schubert Leads an Innovative Portland Housing Community

The Portsmouth neighborhood community was designed to create a “big family.”

10/10/2016 By Lisa Dunn

Light a Fire 2016: Extraordinary Volunteer

Meet the Volunteer Tattoo Remover Changing Young People’s Lives

Lesley Segal—internal medicine doctor by day—has spent 14 years at Outside In’s Project Erase tattoo removal program.

10/10/2016 By Eden Dawn


One Nonprofit Wants to Connect Every Ghanaian Child With a Portland Pen Pal

Yo Ghana! harnesses the power of good old-fashioned snail-mail.

06/29/2016 By Claire Colby


Can Food Carts from Oregon Help Rural Cambodia?

A Tigard-based nonprofit sets out to improve nutrition in remote Cambodian villages.

05/19/2016 By Marty Patail


Meet the Portland Animal Lovers Who Save Neglected Dogs with One Simple Fix

How an innovative small nonprofit picked one issue and created change

12/21/2015 By Winston Ross


Is This The Perfect College For the 21st Century?

The Indiegogo-funded Wayfinding Academy will focus on honing real-world skills rather than fulfilling prerequisites.

12/21/2015 By Keegan Clements-Housser


How A Portland Vet Found Peace in Fly-Fishing

Chad Brown’s path to the river wasn’t easy—but now he wants to share his experience with everyone he can.

12/21/2015 By Katie Vaughan


New #OregoniansGive Campaign to Channel Holiday Spending to Local Nonprofits

Think of this Tuesday as the Black Friday of charity.

11/29/2015 By Marty Patail


Oregon Auctioneer Johnna Wells Continues the Family Legacy

How one woman found her calling as an auctioneer for Northwest nonprofits.

11/16/2015 By Sarah Z. Wexler


Want to Celebrate Portland's Best Nonprofits with the City's Movers and Shakers?

Portland Monthly's annual Light a Fire awards party is back on October 20!



A Local Nonprofit Offers Health Products to Families in Need

Live. Treat. Heal. Repeat.'s mission? Bringing deodorant, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, and other basic staples to those reliant on SNAP, the nutritional assistance program that doesn't cover these essential goods.

08/31/2015 By Alex Madison


The 411 on 211: Connecting Locals with Life-Saving Mental Health Services

National Mental Health Awareness Day is May 7, so we took some time to speak to an incredible nonprofit serving Oregonians and Washingtonians in need.

05/05/2015 By Molly Woodstock


Tickets Are Now Available for Generocity, Portland's First Nonprofit Cocktail Party

One night to learn, celebrate, and connect with nonprofits that are changing the world locally and globally!



How Do You Save an Important Oregon Watershed?

A community restoration program has planted more than 4.5 million trees in the last decade…and they’re not stopping anytime soon.

04/06/2015 By Larisa Owechko


Inside New Non-Profit Ex Novo Brewing Company

Following the footsteps of Portland’s first non-profit pub (the Oregon Public House) Ex Novo intends to brew its Lagers and IPAs for a good cause.

09/18/2014 By Anna Loh


Sharing Portland’s Food Supply

The story behind the tiny nonprofit Urban Gleaners, one woman's mission to share the city's excess food.

07/01/2014 By Marty Patail


Will Phil Knight's Cancer Challenge Hurt Oregon Charities?

Local nonprofits are pursuing huge fundraising goals. Will they all make the finish line?

06/02/2014 By Nena Baker


Deadline Extended for Light A Fire Nominations: July 9

Who do you think is raising the bar in our city? Nominate organizations and individuals for Portland Monthly’s annual nonprofit awards.

06/27/2013 By Aaron Scott