$68,370 raised from 263 donors
Goal: $50,000 from donors
BIPOC-Led Organization!
Friends of the Children-Portland


We took mentoring out of the volunteer realm, and it is changing lives. Our mentors are full-time, salaried professionals who work one to one with our community’s highest-priority youth from kindergarten through high school graduation—12½ years, no matter what.

Bottom Line for Portland

Nearly 500 youth across 150 schools receive intensive, long-term mentorship. Last year, mentors provided over 75,000 hours of enriching interactions and goal-oriented skill building, guaranteed to establish a foundation for lifelong success. Eighty-three percent of our youth graduate high school, 93% avoid the juvenile justice system, and 98% avoid early parenting.


Up to a $15 salad or hot bowl from Crisp Salads for $25 donations.

One free appetizer from any Cha! Cha! Cha! Taqueria for $35 donations (excluding the Northeast Broadway and Milwaukie locations.)

Free pint of gelato from Pinolo Gelato for every $50 and above donation.

Chamber Music Northwest All Season Access Passes for the first five $100 or above donations.

The first $20,000 we receive will be matched, dollar for dollar, by a generous anonymous donor.

“I strongly believe that if I didn’t have Friends of the Children, I would not be the person I am today. I have learned so many things that have helped me get to where I am now. It’s definitely a life-changing experience, and I’m forever grateful that they picked me!” —Irisa, program graduate

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