3105, 2024

Look, mom! We’re on TV! Local news celebrates CommuniCare students.

May 31st, 2024|

CommuniCare is Oregon's best kept secret. We want to change that! We were so delighted that KOIN and KGW stopped by our Grant Awards Ceremonies to give students an extra shout out. When so many current events are troubling, positive stories like ours are good for the soul. If you'd like an even deeper dive into the 2023-2024 school year, stay tuned for our Annual Report, to be released [...]

3005, 2024

Portland Metro celebrates in style

May 30th, 2024|

We had five massive celebrations this month in NW Portland, with student leaders from groups across the metro area taking the stage to present their grants. What an opportunity to practice public speaking! We are so proud of students for pushing through nerves to share highlights from their year, words of gratitude for their nonprofit recipients, and hopeful visions for our collective future. Being able to break [...]

1305, 2024

Ceremonies kick off across Oregon 🎉

May 13th, 2024|

The 2023-2024 CommuniCare Grant Awards Ceremony season has officially begun! North Coast schools kicked of this month's marathon of festivities. Astoria High School, Astoria Middle School, Seaside High School, and Warrenton High School presented their grants on Tuesday, May 7th to a full room of friends and community members at the Astoria Golf & Country Club. Nearly 100 student leaders from four grantmaking groups raised more than $64,400 this [...]

205, 2024

It’s almost time to celebrate! (Drum roll, please . . .)

May 2nd, 2024|

May is the month for celebrating! Students are working hard to prepare speeches and novelty checks for our upcoming Grant Awards Ceremonies, CommuniCare's signature series of closing celebrations.  These events are unique and joyful opportunities for students to share their vision for change in our state. They are also a great way to practice public speaking! So three cheers for a record-breaking year of CommuniCare - 1800 participants across [...]

404, 2024

Fond memories of Arlene Schnitzer

April 4th, 2024|

It has been four years since the passing of Arlene Schnitzer. We’re extremely proud of how CommuniCare embodies her belief in young people and her dedication to building strong and vibrant communities. She shines brightly in our hearts! 💖 If you're one of the many many people with a funny or touching Arlene memory, you're among good company. She had a sharp wit and energy to match. She passes [...]

104, 2024

David Douglas HS advisor, Kelsey Stiff, honored in Portland Tribune

April 1st, 2024|

We are so lucky to work with amazing educators across Oregon. So, it was no surprise to see a familiar face in Pamplin's Amazing Educators edition - Kelsey Stiff! Kelsey is the Activities and Student Leadership Director for David Douglas High School. She advises the Student Council CommuniCare grantmakers, in addition to many other programs she oversees within the school community. An absolute champion for young people. A great [...]

1903, 2024

CommuniCare students featured on KGW news

March 19th, 2024|

There are so many groups working hard to create change through CommuniCare. We are always excited to share that work with the broader community as the grantmaking journey is unfolding. With final decisions due April 12th, all 83 student groups are focused on scheduling and facilitating interviews with their finalists using questions they developed. KGW joined the Clackamas High School CommuniCare Club for their first interview last week. This [...]

2602, 2024

Students make the most of February fundraising

February 26th, 2024|

Student groups have until the end of February to raise funds toward their CommuniCare challenge. As a refresher, most groups are guaranteed $7,500 by The Schnitzer CARE Foundation and can double that amount by raising an additional $750. CARE matches every $1 students raise x 10, up to a maximum gift of $15,000! Most groups work hard right up to the deadline, selling all kinds of delicious goodies or [...]

1402, 2024

January ice storm delays many student groups

February 14th, 2024|

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 [...]

401, 2024

A record-breaking year!

January 4th, 2024|

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 [...]

1611, 2023

Public Submission Window now open

November 16th, 2023|

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 [...]

3110, 2023

Schnitzer Properties takes top honors in Corporate Philanthropy Awards!

October 31st, 2023|

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 [...]

2108, 2023

Cecily and Sami join the CommuniCare team!

August 21st, 2023|

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 [...]

706, 2023

That’s a wrap, folks! Portland ceremonies go out in style.

June 7th, 2023|

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 [...]

506, 2023

Cheering on our grantmakers at the North Coast

June 5th, 2023|

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. [...]

1805, 2023

Eastern Oregon kicks off event season

May 18th, 2023|

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 [...]

504, 2023

Join the CommuniCare team!

April 5th, 2023|

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 [...]

2703, 2023

CommuniCare reigns at the Rose Festival

March 27th, 2023|

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 [...]

1502, 2023

Last call for student fundraisers

February 15th, 2023|

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 [...]

1901, 2023

Public Submission Window closes with record number of applicants!

January 19th, 2023|

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 [...]

1512, 2022

CommuniCare on Benson HS Radio

December 15th, 2022|

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. [...]

2911, 2022

PSU students award $25,000 in grants!

November 29th, 2022|

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 [...]

1511, 2022

Public Submission Window now open

November 15th, 2022|

We are now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 CommuniCare grant cycle! Please follow this link to download the application form and to submit your materials. Applications will be accepted from 11/15/22 - 12/31/22. 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 [...]

1310, 2022

Lincoln HS students turn grant relationship into service opportunity

October 13th, 2022|

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 [...]

510, 2022

Now accepting applications for PSU Arts & Culture grants!

October 5th, 2022|

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. [...]

510, 2022

Erik joins the CommuniCare team!

October 5th, 2022|

At The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, we dream BIG. How big, you ask? We want Oregon teens to decide what happens with $1 million each school year! As we add more amazing partners to the CommuniCare family, that means our team needs more people power, too. So, please join us in welcoming Erik! Erik joins us from the world of nonprofit refugee support, and [...]

1609, 2022

Kicking Off Another Great Year

September 16th, 2022|

Now that it is September, it’s time for a new school year and another cycle of CommuniCare! CommuniCare groups are busy getting up and running, and grantmakers have been doing a fantastic job of spreading the word about the program to get their peers involved. Meanwhile, CommuniCare staff is delighted to return to schools to visit groups and get students excited about their role as grantmakers. During [...]

2605, 2022

A Record-breaking Year!

May 26th, 2022|

The 25th year of CommuniCare was a big one! We are thrilled to announce that 1,200 CommuniCare grantmakers granted more than $683,000 to 81 nonprofits this year. We're celebrating this record-breaking year with seven Grant Award Ceremonies across Oregon. These events are a chance to celebrate our grantmakers, their nonprofit recipients, and the work all of them are doing to build a better community. We are incredibly proud [...]

902, 2022

2021-2022 CommuniCare Grant Awards (First Semester)

February 9th, 2022|

This year, one group completed the CommuniCare program during first semester! Twenty students from the IB Diploma program at Tualatin High School participated in CommuniCare and focused their grantmaking on nonprofits that support families experiencing food insecurity in the Portland Metro Area. Through can collections with BottleDrop Give and a profit-share event at Chipotle, the group met their fundraising goal and granted a total of $15,820 to four nonprofit [...]

1511, 2021

Now Accepting Applications

November 15th, 2021|

We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 CommuniCare grant cycle! Please follow this link to download the application form and to submit your materials. Applications will be accepted from 11/15/21 - 12/31/21. 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 [...]

511, 2021

A Big Year for CommuniCare

November 5th, 2021|

This year marks the 25th anniversary of CommuniCare and we are celebrating in a BIG way. A record 60 grantmaking groups, composed of nearly 1,400 students, are participating in the program!  Everybody is working hard to get back in the swing of things and we are extremely proud of the progress grantmakers have already made this year. In just two months, groups have gotten up and running, selected their service areas, and drafted their mission [...]

2909, 2021

Taking Action With CommuniCare

September 29th, 2021|

This reflection was submitted by Emily and Ella, former CommuniCare participants from St. Mary's Academy. Emily and Ella participated in CommuniCare for two years and served as leaders of their school’s groups. Everyone wants to make a difference. Service has always been a principal part of our lives, but it is often difficult to figure out how to take action. As juniors at St. [...]

2209, 2021

Three Takeaways from Three Years of CommuniCare

September 22nd, 2021|

This reflection was submitted by Mary Grace, a former CommuniCare participant from La Salle Catholic College Preparatory. Mary Grace participated in CommuniCare for three years and served in a leadership role during her senior year. Never would I have thought that in just three years, my understanding of not only the nonprofit world but of the entire world would expand so greatly. CommuniCare is [...]

909, 2021

Welcome, Andrea!

September 9th, 2021|

We are thrilled to welcome Andrea Van Hagen to the CommuniCare team! Andrea grew up in Carbondale, Colorado, but has lived in the Pacific Northwest ever since coming here to attend college at Willamette University. Prior to CommuniCare, she spent fourteen years as a middle and high school English teacher and thinks reading, writing, and teenagers are an excellent combination. She also has experience in nonprofit work, raising [...]

2206, 2021

Press Release: Grantmakers Award $550,000 to 81 Nonprofits

June 22nd, 2021|

Oregon high school students to award $550,000 to 81 nonprofits through the CommuniCare grantmaking program Virtual grant award ceremony on KGW Channel 8 on June 17 June 14, 2021 – Portland, OR – The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation today announced $550,000 in grants to 81 nonprofits and school programs throughout Oregon. These grants were made possible through CommuniCare, a year-long leadership program that gives [...]

2106, 2021

Thank You!

June 21st, 2021|

To our grantmakers, advisors, nonprofit community, and supporters - THANK YOU! We are so grateful for your hard work, dedication, and encouragement throughout this unprecedented year. If you weren't able to view our Virtual Grant Awards Ceremony on KGW last week, you can now stream it on our website. We will also be sharing additional content we couldn't fit into the broadcast throughout the week on Instagram. Have a wonderful summer! [...]

706, 2021

A Visit with Pendleton High School Grantmakers

June 7th, 2021|

While filming in Pendleton for the CommuniCare Virtual Grant Awards Ceremony, the East Oregonian stopped by to learn more about the impact grantmakers from Pendleton High School made this year. PHS senior Riley B. said CommuniCare has given her the opportunity to learn more about the surrounding community and the work nonprofits do. “It can be pretty easy to get stuck and not know how to help and feel [...]

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