Light a Fire 2017: Keeping Us Healthy

How an Oregon Clinic Provides Vital Health Care for Seasonal and Migrant Workers

After a child’s avoidable death, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center came together in her name.

10/16/2017 By Katie Vaughan

Light a Fire 2017: Extraordinary Board Member

How One Portlander Helps People Plan for End-of-Life Care

Peggy Maguire wants you to have the hard conversations.

10/16/2017 By Katie Vaughan

Light a Fire 2017: Caring for the Planet

Ecotrust Puts Its Faith—and Funds—in Healthy Forests

The green nonprofit makes conservation profitable.

10/16/2017 By Ramona DeNies

Light a Fire 2017: Inspiring Creativity

With Airport Cinema, Hollywood Theatre Gives Oregon Filmmakers a Global Audience

Up next? The nonprofit is buying Movie Madness.

10/16/2017 By Margaret Seiler

Light a Fire 2017: Extraordinary Executive Director

Ed Blackburn Looks Back On 25 Years at Central City Concern

The retiring executive director has devoted his career to working with the homeless.

10/16/2017 By Marty Patail

Light a Fire 2017: Lifetime Achievement

How Antoinette Edwards Takes Care of Portland's At-Risk Youth

It's been over four decades, and she's not giving up.

10/16/2017 By Fiona McCann

Light a Fire 2017: Most with the Least

This Tiny Nonprofit Brings Environmental Ed to Kids across Portland

Students get dirty with Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors.

10/16/2017 By Benjamin Tepler

Light a Fire 2017: Game-Changing Project

How a Portland-Wide Collaboration Helped Shelter Homeless Women

Pods from PSU’s Center for Public Interest Design might be tiny, but the idea’s big.

10/16/2017 By Marty Patail

Light a Fire 2017: Rapid Reaction

How a Team of Strangers Took On Trump's Travel Ban to Help a Sick Baby

The four-month-old made it from Iran to OHSU for heart surgery.

10/16/2017 By Zach Dundas

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