Light a Fire 2018

Join Us at Portland Monthly’s 14th Annual Light a Fire Awards 

Meet the people and organizations working to make our city and state a better place at our annual gala at the Portland Art Museum. Cue all the happy tears.

10/25/2018 By Portland Monthly Staff

Light a Fire 2018: Caring for the Planet

Save the Bugs. Save the World.

Portland's Xerces Society fights for the littlest links in our ecosystem.

10/17/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Light a Fire 2018: Best New Nonprofit

This Portland Nonprofit Transforms Homeless Youth into Filmmakers

At Outside the Frame, street kids take charge of their own stories.

10/17/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Light a Fire 2018: Exceptional Volunteer

Portlander George Nicola Documents Untold Stories of the LGBTQ Movement

The GLAPN volunteer captures how change happens.

10/17/2018 By Fiona McCann

Light a Fire 2018: Game-Changing Project

A New Center Brings Health Care and Housing Under One Roof

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare's new Garlington Health Center makes access simple.

10/17/2018 By Sam Pape

Light a Fire 2018: Lifetime Achievement

This Portlander Has Devoted His Life to Helping At-Risk Children

Friends of the Children, founded by Duncan Campbell, follows kids for more than a decade.

10/17/2018 By Fiona McCann

Light a Fire 2018: Most with the Least

At Portland's Q Center, the Fight for Queer Rights Is Far from Over

In the age of Trump, the community center is more important than ever.

10/17/2018 By Eden Dawn

Light a Fire 2018: Extraordinary Executive Director

This Portlander Takes School Fundraising to the Next Level

As executive director of All Hands Raised, Dan Ryan brings fundraising dollars to more school districts.

10/17/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Light a Fire 2018: Keeping Us Healthy

This Nonprofit Supports Portland's Sex Workers

From trauma support to career coaching, the Cupcake Girls help those in the sex industry or affected by sex trafficking.

10/17/2018 By Sydney Dauphinais

Light a Fire 2018: Inspiring Creativity

Open Signal Brings Education, Access, and Equity to Media Production

The media arts center is out to amplify voices that often go unheard.

10/17/2018 By Marty Patail

Light a Fire 2018: Extraordinary Board Member

Kimberly Howard: Actor, Foundation Leader, Dot Connector

The board member helps Portland Playhouse act on its intentions—and throw a great brunch party.

10/17/2018 By Margaret Seiler

Light a Fire 2018: Emerging Leader

Portlander Olivia Katbi Smith Fights for Justice

"The community’s struggle is my struggle,” says the Democratic Socialist activist and IRCO staffer.

10/17/2018 By Sam Pape

Light a Fire 2018: Exceptional Community Contribution

How IRCO Helps the Newest Oregonians Feel at Home

The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization has been a "one-stop shop" since 1976.

10/17/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Top Nonprofits

Meet Our 2018 Light a Fire Winners

Welcome to our annual celebration of local nonprofits, volunteers, and community projects.

10/17/2018 Edited by Fiona McCann Illustrations by Loris Lora

Light a Fire

It’s Time to Nominate Portland’s Best Nonprofits and Volunteers

Who are they? You tell us! Submit your nominations for Portland Monthly’s 2018 Light a Fire awards.

05/29/2018 By Portland Monthly Staff

Editor's Note

At Light a Fire, Portlanders Can Help Keep the Flame Burning

Portland Monthly's annual celebration of the city's best nonprofits and community change makers feels especially important this year.

10/26/2017 By Zach Dundas

Top Nonprofits

Meet Our 2017 Light a Fire Winners

Every year, we honor Portland’s most innovative community leaders and volunteers.

10/16/2017 Edited by Marty Patail

Light a Fire 2017: Extraordinary Volunteer

Portlander Alan Koch and Maggie the Dog Bring Furball Therapy to All

For Our House regulars, one’s ready to talk, one’s ready to snuggle.

10/16/2017 By Margaret Seiler

Light a Fire 2017: Best New Nonprofit

How One Nonprofit Tackles the Gender Gap in Portland Tech

With twice as many men as women working in local tech, PDXWIT aims to right the balance (cocktails in hand).

10/16/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Light a Fire 2017: Emerging Leader

The Oregon Jewish Museum’s April Slabosheski Teaches Living History

The 28-year-old has risen quickly at the nonprofit, which moved to a much larger space in the Pearl this year.

10/16/2017 By Rebecca Jacobson