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Cheering on our grantmakers at the North Coast

2023-06-05T10:46:00-07:00June 5th, 2023|Uncategorized|

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.

Eastern Oregon kicks off event season

2023-05-18T14:00:23-07:00May 18th, 2023|Uncategorized|

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, [...]

Join the CommuniCare team!

2023-04-05T14:15:45-07:00April 5th, 2023|Uncategorized|

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.

CommuniCare reigns at the Rose Festival

2023-03-27T14:17:17-07:00March 27th, 2023|Uncategorized|

CommuniCare participants have so many talents and passions, and we are delighted to be part of their journey through high school. Hats off to the exceptional grantmakers in the 2023 Rose Festival Court. Cheers to Nikkie Hernandez, David Douglas High School! Cheers to Lulu Kennybrew, Benson Polytechnic High School! Cheers to Audie Ethridge, Ida B. Wells High School! Congratulations on representing your schools and your communities. We're exceptionally proud and happy to know you.

Last call for student fundraisers

2023-02-15T10:49:54-08:00February 15th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Most grantmaking groups receive a guaranteed $7,500 from The CARE Foundation for their grantmaking. Additional fundraising is optional but highly encouraged because it is a great way to practice important skills, have fun with peers, and educate the community about different service areas. We challenge students to fundraise an additional $750 dollars, and we match each $1 raised x10. So, a group that meets their fundraising goal can double their CARE Foundation funds from $7,500 to $15,000! That's a whole lot of of money to give to amazing nonprofits. Not only have we seen an increase in the [...]

Public Submission Window closes with record number of applicants!

2023-02-15T11:01:11-08:00January 19th, 2023|Uncategorized|

The 2022-2023 Public Submission Window (PSW) is officially closed! A record number of nonprofits applied to be considered by student grantmakers. 183 organizations submitted 974 applications, a 35% increase from the previous school year. So, what happens after an application is submitted? Great question! Each student group has different needs, depending on the number of participants and the setting. When CommuniCare staff visits in the fall to help with some of the starting tasks, they also assess how many applications a group has the bandwidth to thoughtfully review. Once all the apps are in and the totals are tallied, we [...]

CommuniCare on Benson HS Radio

2023-02-15T11:01:51-08:00December 15th, 2022|Uncategorized|

CommuniCare grantmakers have so many amazing talents. On top of the thoughtfulness, dedication, and passion they bring to their decision-making, they also help spread the word about the program. Kelli recently guest starred on Benson High School's radio show, hosted by CommuniCare student leader and all-around A/V whiz, Joe. Kelli was so impressed with Joe's calm and kind guidance! We love learning from students.

PSU students award $25,000 in grants!

2022-11-30T15:58:42-08:00November 29th, 2022|Uncategorized|

We are delighted to announce that the Portland State University Arts & Culture grantmakers have reached their final decisions! Grantmakers received $312,000 in requests across twenty-four organizations. Please join me in congratulating their recipients: Outside the Frame - $5,000 for their music and film collaboration with the Oregon Symphony Synth Library - $10,000 for general operating support Arts Council of Pendleton - $5,000 for general operating support Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts - $5,000 for their Traditional Arts Workshops: Buckskin Dress & Buckskin Shirt Making program In addition to learning about incredible work happening all over Oregon, [...]

Lincoln HS students turn grant relationship into service opportunity

2022-10-13T11:10:54-07:00October 13th, 2022|Uncategorized|

During the 2021-2022 school year, Lincoln High School grantmakers learned about a relatively new nonprofit organization, Adopt One Block, which they ultimately decided to fund. As LHS moved into their beautiful new building and staff carefully considered ways in which students could become good stewards of their new space and the surrounding area, Adopt One Block was top of mind. We are so excited to see how community service is becoming a huge part of what it means to be a Cardinal, as exemplified by their Day of Service on October 12th. Not all CommuniCare grants become longer [...]

Now accepting applications for PSU Arts & Culture grants!

2022-10-05T15:49:26-07:00October 5th, 2022|Uncategorized|

To better serve the Arts & Culture nonprofit community of Oregon, CommuniCare launched an exciting pilot program with Portland State University! Informed by the core values of CommuniCare and elevated to meet the rigor of PSU, this Senior Capstone course offers participants the opportunity to work as an independent grantmaking committee, responsible for distributing $25,000 this fall. Click here to learn more about this funding opportunity. Application will be accepted through 10/17/2022. Mission Statement: We are a multi-faceted group of PSU students from diverse artistic and experiential backgrounds. As students from Portland State University, we [...]

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