In a nutshell, Give!Guide is Portland's easiest path to end-of-year giving. The campaign begins on November 1 and closes at midnight December 31.
Give!Guide is Willamette Week’s annual effort to raise funds for — and draw attention to — the good works of local nonprofits. G!G has raised over $40 million for hundreds of local nonprofits since inception in 2004.
Last year’s campaign raised $6,580,059 for 173 local nonprofits and the Oregon Cultural Trust from 15,860 donors. The grassroots campaign is supported by numerous local businesses, provides healthy incentives to donors, and emphasizes giving by Portlanders under the age of 36 to build a culture of citizen engagement.
G!G showcases small, medium and large organizations whose missions fall into ten categories:
Donations are open November 1 through midnight on December 31 annually. During the "off-season" all donate buttons redirect to the nonprofit's own giving portals. This helps them to connect with supporters all year.
The mission of Willamette Week's Give!Guide is to engage young Portlanders who are 35 and under in giving back to the community and building a culture of active citizenship*. Today, readers 35 and under provide 31% of the donations. We want to draw attention to the good works of local nonprofits and support their work in our community.
*Give!Guide defines “citizens” as people who are engaged with the civic and political landscape of America. We don’t believe that citizens are limited to a legal status or static identity, nor their privileges confined to the act of voting. America is a nation of immigrants, and we honor and celebrate the newcomers who have helped build American society.
Big Give Days are a BFD around here. Donating to a nonprofit on a BGD automatically enters you to win an exciting prize from our community partners. Do you like getaways, shopping sprees, cool products and experiences? We've got them and you could win simply by supporting a nonprofit on a BGD. There's no limit to how much you can give on a BGD, so give big and give often!
Why do we use incentives? Because it's fun! Plus it helps nonprofits reach their fundraising goals. We raised $3,020,662 on Big Give Days in 2020!
We want the next generation of Portlanders to get in the habit of investing in our community. If young people begin supporting nonprofits at an early age, even with small, $10 or $20 donations, they are likely to continue to give as they get older – and the amount of their support grows with their income.
Many families use Give!Guide as a way to teach their children about philanthropy. The family learns about the nonprofits, decide what's important, and allow the children to make the donation. It's an empowering act for child. It helps them identify their values and learn about organizations working on thing that matter to them. It also teaches them about citizenship, stewardship, and empathy.
Yes! There are many ways to support nonprofits and work that matters to you.
The easiest and most popular way to give is here on giveguide.org using a credit or debit card. The other option is to donate using a check and to mail it. Just be sure to tell us which nonprofits you've selected and how you'd like to distribute the funds.
Payable to: "Willamette Week's Give!Guide"
Mail to: PO Box 10770, Portland, OR 97296
Be sure to include a list of your nonprofit selections and distributions. This form will make it easy for you!
This process works for personal or business checks as well as any distributions from a Donor Advised Fund (DAF), or IRA fund. It can take 7+ days for DAF requests to be issued, please make your request early in order to beat the 12/31 deadline.
All of the money you donate to a nonprofit through Give!Guide goes directly to that nonprofit, minus a 3.9% interchange fee. Give!Guide covers all fees above that amount. Donations made by check do not have an interchange fee, 100% goes to the nonprofit.
Please note that most nonprofit interchange fees range between 4-9%.
Yes! It's easy to make a gift in honor of someone special. There's a place to let the nonprofit know during the checkout process. Plus there are Honor Gift notecards available for print or digital sharing.
Unless the nonprofit's profile says otherwise, your donations will support the overall mission of the organization rather than for a particular program or project of the nonprofit. This is sometimes called core or unrestricted, or general operating support.
Donations made through the Give!Guide website are tracked by organization as soon as the transaction is made. The Give!Guide website also will report which organizations are leading in specific categories, such as total donations and most donors under 35.
Every year, with the exception of 2020, Give!Guide’s Skidmore Prize recognizes Portlanders 35 and under who are shaping our collective community through their work and long-term dedication to nonprofits that serve causes critical to the growth and vitality of Portland and its surroundings.
The prize is intended to reward humble excellence, to encourage recipients to continue working in the nonprofit world and to inspire younger generations to go from “potential” to the real deal in terms of taking action and modeling what it means to be an active participant in the community we all have a stake in.
Winners must be under the age of 36 and work full-time for a local nonprofit. The Skidmore Prize winners are celebrated in the October 27 issue of Willamette Week, given an award of $4,000 each, and a handsome plaque. View this year's winners on the Skidmore Prize page.
Skidmore Prize winners are chosen from a pool of individuals who are nominated by their peers and coworkers. A selection committee then chooses eight or nine finalists to interview, and selects four of the finalists as winners.
Give!Guide's nonprofits are chosen by a community-comprised selection committee each year. To be considered the organization must
have 501(c)3 status
be based in Multnomah, Clackamas, or Washington counties,
and must do work that impacts the Portland metro area.
The nonprofits range in size from micro to large as determined by their IRS filings. This year 37% of the nonprofits are brand new to Give!Guide (defined as not having participated in the previous three years), the rest are are second- and multi-year nonprofits. Participation is competitive — there were 400+ applications this year!
Nonprofits with 50%+ of their organizational leadership self-identified as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color (BIPOC) can add "BIPOC Leadership" to their Give!Guide profile. Leadership is defined as, “the people who have the decision making power in the org who can impact strategic direction.”
Together, Oregonians and the Oregon Cultural Trust fund 1500+ nonprofits in Oregon in the areas of arts, heritage, and humanities. This year, there are 44 nonprofits in Give!Guide that are affiliated Cultural Trust nonprofits.
When you donate to any (or several) of these nonprofits, you'll be invited to make a matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust during the checkout process.
Oregonians who pay state income tax will qualify for a state tax credit – dollar for dollar – on their tax return (up to $500 for an individual; $1,000 for a couple; and $2,500 for a company).
If you've created an account, then you can easily collect your favorite nonprofits. Look for the heart icon on the nonprofit's profile to add it to your favorites. Find your favorites list by clicking "My Account" in upper right of the page. It's a simple way to keep your top choices in one convenient location.
Give!Guide curates a fresh group of nonprofits each and every year. Sometimes this means your favorites aren't included and that's okay. We like to keep things fresh and exciting. We hope you discover a new favorite nonprofit or two in this way.