Light A Fire

Your Favorite Portland Nonprofit Deserves an Award, Right?

We can help! It's time to nominate the people who make our city a better place to live for our annual Light a Fire awards.

By Julia Silverman

Nominate your favorite nonprofit for a Light a Fire award today!

Every year, Portland Monthly’s Light a Fire awards honor the nonprofits, organization leaders, and volunteers working to make Portland and Oregon a better place. And in 2022, as the city and the state are getting back on their collective feet, this mission matters more than ever. 

This year is our 18th year of Light a Fire, and as ever we’re adapting the awards to better meet the moment. 

That means out with the gala dinner, in with the loving tributes to all of our winners, so that they get their well-deserved time to shine in the spotlight (plus some special support in our magazine’s pages). 

Do you have a group in mind for the Leveling the Field award, which honors a nonprofit pushing for gender equity? Or the Giving Shelter award, which commemorates a nonprofit that is working to help Portland’s houseless community? The Keeping Us Healthy award will go to a nonprofit working to stabilize and sustain our mental and physical health. 

Now we need your help to make this a Light a Fire to remember. We want to hear your take on the nonprofits, staff, and volunteers dedicated to improving our communities. You can submit a nomination for anyone you think is deserving—including yourself or your own organization. The winners will be chosen by an independent panel of experts.   

Follow this link to submit your nominations now! We can’t wait to hear from you! 

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