The Shadow Project

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We’re on a mission to make school a place where children who learn differently can thrive and belong. We work with amazing special ed teachers in primarily low-income schools to create a more equitable environment for kids with dyslexia, ADHD and autism who shatter myths about what a child with disabilities can accomplish.

Bottom Line for Portland

School should meet the needs of each and every student—but for students with disabilities, that doesn’t always happen. That’s why The Shadow Project provides teachers the tools and resources to help these capable students become readers, build confidence and dream big. A successful campaign means more children in our community get the support they need to learn and reach their potential.


The Shadow Project made me believe that anything is possible and anything is achievable. Believe in yourself. The only one who knows your value is you.

—John Fernandez, who will be the first in his family to attend college

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At The Shadow Project, we see how students thrive in classrooms built around dignity and belonging. Our work happens at the intersection of disability, race and poverty, so we take our actions to advance equity seriously. We prioritize partnerships with low income schools, center racial equity in our teacher trainings, and invest in ongoing DEI training for staff, board, and volunteers. A majority of our staff, board, and volunteers experience disability or have a family member with a disability.


The first $10,000 in donations will be matched by The Kahlloway Fund.

November 4: Donors of $25+ will be entered to win a 2L growler of Deschutes Brewery Rip City Lager.

November 30: The first 40 donors who give $40+ will receive a box of Olympia Provisions smoked pork pepperettes.

December 8: Donors of $25+ will be entered to win a bottle of Freeland Spirits Gin.

December 16: Donate $50 to enter to win an entire year of preventative & comprehensive dental care ($800 value) at The Smile Lounge. Includes emergency exams, cleanings and fluoride treatment, annual exams, x-rays, cancer screenings and more. There will be four winners!

December 22: Donors of $75+ will be entered to win a Philip Rivers LA Chargers Authentic Team Issued Jersey. Donors of $50 will be entered to win a Keenan Allen LA Chargers Authentic Team Issued Jersey. Donors of $25 will be entered to win an Autographed John Ross Washington Huskies Authentic Team Issued Jersey.

December 30: The first 50 donors who give $50+ will receive a bottle of Dregs Vodka.


Note: Incentives must be picked up from The Shadow Project’s offices near Cascade Station in Portland.

Business Partner(s)

Thank you to The Kahlloway Fund for matching the first $10,000 in donations. David Kahl and Mark Holloway have been supporting The Shadow Project for many years and want to mobilize more donors to support our mission.

Giving to The Shadow Project is an easy and important donation to make—especially this year. For years, this organization has been meeting kids where they are and supporting them to achieve beyond where they even imagined they could go. In a year when kids who learn differently face the daunting challenges of returning to "normal life" in school, The Shadow Project is going to be more important than ever for their success.   

—David Kahl & Mark Holloway

Thank you to The Smile Lounge for donating four preventative & comprehensive dental packages to inspire donors to join our mission. We’re grateful to have Dr. Andrew Henderson on our Community Advisory Board!

Thank you to Dregs Vodka for donating 50 bottles of their premium vodka to inspire donors to support youth with learning challenges in our community.

Thank you to Olympia Provisions, Freeland Spirits, and Deschutes Brewery for your generous contributions to The Shadow Project.

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Year Founded: 2003

Tax ID: 651166066

The Shadow Project is in the Education category which is sponsored by Bank of America

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