The world is changing quickly. That’s why Portland Monthly is shining a light on the individuals and organizations dedicated to improving our communities. With more than 22,000 nonprofits hard at work in the state of Oregon, extraordinary acts of community service are everywhere. Portland Monthly’s 15th annual Light a Fire Awards unite local philanthropic organizations and regional businesses to celebrate these dedicated groups and individuals. Awards honor those who make our city and state a better place for everyone. Winners will be featured in the pages of Portland Monthly and at the annual awards ceremony and dinner in 2019. Nominations close on July 17. 

The Light a Fire Awards are sponsored by Bank of America and Cambia.

Submit Your Nominations:

Leveling the Field

Awarded to a nonprofit pushing for gender equality

Caring for the Planet

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

Young Leader

Awarded to a person under 30 years of age working to make significant change in their community

Best New Nonprofit

Awarded to an organization incorporated after January 1, 2016

Game-Changing Project

Recognizes an innovative collaboration or initiative that generates a transformative impact

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

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

Exceptional Community Contribution

Awarded to an organization—nonprofit or business—in any field whose contribution of services, supplies, or time makes possible significant change in its community

Extraordinary Executive Director

Awarded to the chief executive officer of a nonprofit whose work transforms their organization and the larger community

Lifetime Achievement

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