Light a Fire

Women Skaters Are Kickflipping Ass at This Portland Nonprofit

Skate Like a Girl provides community and space for women and nonbinary people.

09/23/2019 By Alli Weseman

Light a Fire

One Portland Non-Profit Is Challenging Trump’s Border Policies—And Winning.

The Innovation Law Lab has become a national leader taking on immigrant cases.

09/23/2019 By Fiona McCann

News

Could Internet Access Be Portland’s Next Public Utility?

If Municipal Broadband PDX succeeds, it will follow in the footsteps of Hillsboro, Sandy, even tiny Maupin, Oregon.

07/24/2019 By Sam Pape

Community Report

These 4 Nonprofits Are Fighting Homelessness One Meal, Bed, or Trash Bag at a Time

When it comes to tackling homelessness, bigger is not always better.

06/25/2019 By Fiona McCann

Get Outside

This Portland-Based Nonprofit Helps Tots and Parents Hit the Trail

Want to explore nature with your newborn? Hike it Baby can lead the way.

09/07/2017 By Tuck Woodstock

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

How the Freshwater Trust Protects America’s Waterways with Surgical Precision

The river-stewarding organization is one of Oregon’s most important environmental nonprofits.

10/10/2016 By Ramona DeNies

Top Nonprofits

Meet Our 2016 Light a Fire Winners

Celebrating the nonprofits that make Portland a better place to live, love, give, and grow.

10/10/2016 Edited by Marty Patail By Kelly Clarke, Claire Colby, Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Lisa Dunn, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Regina Winkle-Bryan

Light a Fire 2016: Most with the Least

How the Portland Community ToolBank Helps Nonprofits Build a Better City

From playgrounds for children to ramps for disabled veterans, the one-employee organization helps nonprofits get projects done.

10/10/2016 By Marty Patail

Light a Fire 2016: Extraordinary Board Member

How SMART Board Member Elizabeth Large Helps Create Confident Readers

Start Making a Reader Today pairs adult volunteers with in-need students.

10/10/2016 By Claire Colby

Design

Oregon Food Bank Gets a Brand-New Logo and Look

Industry and Nike worked pro bono to refresh the 20-year-old nonprofit's brand.

10/06/2016 By Marty Patail