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Every November, Portland Monthly's Light a Fire Awards honor the nonprofit organizations and individuals whose extraordinary acts of service help make our region more prosperous, beautiful, healthful, and sustainable—in a word, better—for all of us.

And now, we need your help to make this year's awards the best yet!

From now until June 15, nominations for the 2017 Light a Fire Awards are open to the public. Below, you will find a list of the 13 categories with links to the nomination forms. We want to know which individuals and nonprofits deserve to be recognized this year and why. When the public nomination period ends, a panel of independent community leaders will vet and discuss each submission to determine the eventual winners, who will be honored both in the pages of Portland Monthly and at the awards ceremony on Thursday, November 2, at Leftbank Annex. The 2017 Light a Fire Awards are presented by Bank of America and The Standard.

One last thing: we have an exciting new category this year: Rapid Reaction, awarded to an organization that stepped beyond business as usual to respond to an immediate, unforeseen need in the communities it serves.

For examples, please see our 2016 winners, and watch the video of last year's awards ceremony below.

Organizational Awards

Caring for the Planet

Awarded to an organization working in the fields of sustainability, conservation, or natural resources protection.

Best New Non-Profit

Awarded to an organization incorporated after January 1, 2014.

Game-Changing Project

Recognizes an innovative collaboration that generates a transformative impact for one or more nonprofits.

Keeping Us Healthy

Awarded to an organization that helps us take care of ourselves—mentally or physically.

Most With the Least

Awarded to an organization effecting significant change with minimal resources and fewer than five paid staff members.

Inspiring Creativity

Awarded to an organization working to nurture arts and culture in Oregon.

Rapid Reaction

Awarded to an organization that stepped beyond business as usual to respond to an immediate, unforeseen need in the communities it serves.

Individual Awards

Emerging Leader

Awarded to a staff or board member under the age of 30 with demonstrated ability to further the nonprofit’s mission.

Extraordinary Volunteer

Awarded to a person whose volunteered time and services spur noteworthy change in the nonprofit community.

Extraordinary Board Member

Awarded to a person whose services as a member of a nonprofit organization’s board enhances that organization’s operations and improves the greater community.

Extraordinary Executive Director

Awarded to the chief executive officer of a nonprofit whose work transforms his/her organization and the larger community.

Lifetime Achievements

Awarded to a person who shows tireless commitment to the nonprofit community over a lifetime of service.

Exceptional Pro-Bono Contribution

Awarded to a person (or company) whose contribution of services, supplies, or time to a nonprofit makes possible significant change in the community.