Light a Fire 2017

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Nominate Portland's Best Nonprofits and Volunteers Now!

You only have until July 1 to get in your nominations for Portland Monthly's 2017 Light a Fire awards.

06/16/2017 By Marty Patail

Light a Fire 2016: Caring for the Planet

Video: Light a Fire 2016: Freshwater Trust

Drones to LIDAR, the Freshwater Trust protects America’s waterways with surgical precision.

10/12/2016

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: Extraordinary Board Member

Video: Light a Fire 2016: Elizabeth Large of SMART

SMART board member Elizabeth Large helps create confident readers.

10/10/2016

Light a Fire 2016: Lifetime Achievement

Video: Light a Fire 2016: George Thorn

George Thorn guides Portland arts organizations to sustainability.

10/10/2016

Light a Fire 2016: Emerging Leader

Video: Light a Fire 2016: Cristina Delgado of Adelante Mujeres

Born in Mexico, 28-year-old Cristina Delgado devotes herself to Washington County’s Latina girls.

10/10/2016

Light a Fire 2016: Extraordinary Executive Director

Video: Light a Fire 2016: Derenda Schubert of Bridge Meadows

At Bridge Meadows, Derenda Schubert leads an innovative Portland housing community.

10/10/2016

Light a Fire 2016: Extraordinary Volunteer

Video: Light a Fire 2016: Lesley Segal of Outside In

Meet the volunteer tattoo remover changing young people's lives.

10/10/2016

Light a Fire 2016: Exceptional Pro Bono Contribution

Video: Light a Fire 2016: AKQA

This global branding agency helps Portland street kids become designers.

10/10/2016

Light a Fire 2016: Most with the Least

Video: Light a Fire 2016: Portland Community ToolBank

The Portland Community ToolBank helps nonprofits build a better city.

10/10/2016

Light a Fire 2016: Inspiring Creativity

Video: Light a Fire 2016: Artists Repertory Theatre

Artists Repertory transforms its home into an incubator for the future of local theater.

10/10/2016

Light a Fire 2016: Keeping Us Healthy

Video: Light a Fire 2016: Cascade AIDS Project

Cascade AIDS Project serves more than 400 people each month.

10/10/2016

Light a Fire 2016: Game Changing Project

Video: Light a Fire 2016: Friends of Nadaka

Friends of Nadaka unites a Gresham neighborhood to create a park.

10/10/2016

Light a Fire 2016: Best New Nonprofit

Video: Light a Fire 2016: Curriculum of Cuisine

Curriculum of Cuisine teaches Portland’s high school kids healthy choices.

10/10/2016

Light a Fire 2016: Caring for the Planet

Drones to LIDAR, the Freshwater Trust Protects America’s Waterways with Surgical Precision

The river-stewarding organization is one of Oregon’s most important environmental nonprofits.

10/10/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Top Nonprofits

Meet Our 2016 Light a Fire Winners

Celebrating the nonprofits that make Portland a better place to live, love, give, and grow.

10/10/2016 Edited by Marty Patail By Kelly Clarke, Claire Colby, Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Lisa Dunn, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Regina Winkle-Bryan

Light a Fire 2016: Lifetime Achievement

How George Thorn Guides Portland Arts Organizations to Sustainability

The behind-the-scenes master knows how to pull the strings.

10/10/2016 By Fiona McCann

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