If your nonprofit submitted application materials through the 2023-2024 CommuniCare Public Submission Window, congratulations! Your materials were made available to students in mid-January. So what's next? Our program requires extra patience and flexibility, since each student group is working through the grantmaking steps at their own pace. The January ice storm hit right at the end of the first semester, snarling schedules and grading across all schools. Most groups are still working to catch up. Generally speaking, here is the communication timeline we anticipate this spring: Mid-February to early March: groups share their interview short lists with CommuniCare staff Mid-February [...]
The 2023-2024 Public Submission Window closed last month, and it was a doozy! The CommuniCare team members tried to predict how many nonprofits would apply this cycle. Drum roll please . . . Andrea is the winner! 249 organizations applied this year, with a whopping 938 applications. Student grantmakers sure have their work cut out for them this winter. Materials will be made available to students in mid-January. Please check out our timeline for more details.
We are now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 CommuniCare grant cycle! The application form is available for download on our website. Applications will be accepted from 11/15/23 - 12/31/23. Student mission statements are grouped into general categories to make them easier to review, and many mission statements appear in more than one category. Please read them carefully and pay special attention to the geographic areas they prioritize.Answers to common questions can be found on our FAQ page. Best of luck!
Congratulations to Schnitzer Properties for taking the top honor at this year's Corporate Philanthropy Awards, hosted by the Portland Business Journal! Schnitzer Properties + The Schnitzer Care Foundation ranked number one in total giving among "Enterprise" Level companies (those with +100 Million in annual revenue). People often ask, where does CommuniCare money come from? We are so fortunate to be fully funded as an operating program of The Schnitzer CARE Foundation, and we also receive direct support from Schnitzer Properties. Overhead expenses like office space, technology/IT support, marketing, and payroll/HR are provided by the real estate company, [...]
We've reached our BIG goal - Oregon teens now decide what happens with $1 million each school year! To make all that magic happen, grantmakers and advisors need extra support, so we've expanded the team to ensure our partners can have the very best. Sami and Cecily both come to CommuniCare from middle school teaching, which means they're flexible, creative, and TOUGH. To learn more about our team, visit our staff page. Please join us in wishing them a great first year with the program. Welcome aboard! We're happy you're here.
Our PDX family is way too big to squeeze into a single evening. You need FIVE nights to capture all that awesomeness! Each night was a whirlwind of smiles, tasty food, and huge novelty checks. For many grantmakers, this is the first time they really get a sense of the scale of their impact. As a generation of young people committed to change, Portland Metro students awarded $770,000 this year! We are so proud of everyone, especially those who practiced their public speaking in front of 150+ people each night. Our final event was a special afternoon celebration for the [...]
There's nothing quite like sharing a meal in person! So, we took our show on the road to celebrate with our North Coast grantmakers on May 16th at the Astoria Golf & Country Club. Astoria High School, Astoria Middle School, Seaside High School, and Warrenton High School came to chow down and share the fruits of their hard work. We are so impressed with their energy, clarity, and poise. A lovely afternoon on a perfect Oregon summer day! To read our shout out in the Daily Astorian, click here.
We are closing out the 26th year of CommuniCare in style! Our signature closing event series, the Grant Awards Ceremonies, are an opportunity for student leaders to share their vision for Oregon with their peers and to present their grants directly to nonprofit recipients. And there is so much to celebrate! Seventy groups of grantmakers distributed $922,000 to local nonprofits and in-school programs this year. Umatilla County schools kicked the party off on May 11th at the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton. You can read our shout out in the East Oregonian here. These events aren't open to the public, [...]
CommuniCare is looking for an additional teammate! Our desired Program Coordinator is passionate about youth education and wants to actively work with teens and teachers. They are also a polished professional who can switch hats depending on the needs of the audience. We succeed when our participants succeed, so a student-first mindset is deeply important for this role, along with flexibility, creativity, and a “fail forward,” solution-oriented attitude. For more details about the role and the experience we are looking for, please see the full job description. Resumes and cover letters should be submitted through LinkedIn.