Adelante Mujeres, Mercy Corps NW & Oregon Active Are Levé's 2018 Nonprofit Partners

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To celebrate their 15th anniversary, Levé has selected 3 nonprofit partners for 2018! 

Levé, the Pacific Northwest’s leader in millennial philanthropy, announces they have selected their 2018 nonprofit partners from an amazing set of 51 applicants.

Comprised of all women, Levé is a nonprofit curator of sorts. Their mission is to inspire the next generation of givers by connecting their peers with the great work already being done in the community. Typically, one annual partner is chosen. However, in celebration of their 15th anniversary, Levé has decided to triple down this year with 3 nonprofit partners, including:

  1. Adelante Mujeres works to educate and empower low-income Latina women and their families, providing intentional, innovative, and holistic programs to over 5,500 families annually.  
  2. Mercy Corps NW believes that a person's background can and should not dictate their capacity to thrive. Their mission is to build more just, productive and resilient communities in the Pacific Northwest.
  3. Oregon Active provides Adventure Therapy for people in our community with disabilities and other life challenging conditions. They are paying it forward through adventure and community.

We are so thrilled to welcome these 3 organizations into the Levé family. Together, they represent what is truly special about Oregon’s nonprofit community—that an organization’s mission is not limited by their size and that everyone deserves a chance to thrive. We can’t wait to dig in and start connecting our peers to these incredible causes,” commented Kathryn Vsetecka, Levé’s 2018 President.

Together, they represent what is truly special about Oregon’s nonprofit community—that an organization’s mission is not limited by their size and that everyone deserves a chance to thrive.
— Kathryn Vsetecka, 2018 Levé President

The annual partnership will extend the fundraising, volunteer, and advocacy reach of each nonprofit. Charity Ball, Levé’s signature party for a purpose in December 2017, attracted nearly 400 people—the majority of which were millennials. In addition to fundraising, Levé members participated in 160+ hours of direct service last year.  


ABOUT LEVÉ

Our mission is to inspire the next generation of givers. Because when we give back, we are better citizens, sisters, mothers, colleagues, and friends. Levé, which comes from the French word "to lift," started as a college party for a good cause in 2004 and has since evolved into an all-female, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit that leads the conversation around millennial philanthropy in the Pacific Northwest. We have infused over half a million dollars and countless volunteer hours into the local community, with a focus on micro-fundraising, unconventional direct service, and grassroots advocacy.  

Levé Opens Partner Application, Celebrates 15th Anniversary

To mark their fifteenth year, Levé is opening up their application to past partners and is going to choose up to three nonprofits to partner with in 2018.

Levé, the Pacific Northwest’s leader in millennial philanthropy, announces they are now accepting applications for 2018 nonprofit partners. The mission of Levé is to inspire the next generation of givers by connecting their community with a new local nonprofit each year. The annual partnership extends the fundraising, volunteer, and advocacy reach of each nonprofit.

From March 2017 through January of this year, Levé is partnered with Girls, Inc. of the Pacific Northwest to bring their mission of inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold to thousands of young people in the Portland area and beyond. Charity Ball, their signature party for a purpose in December 2017, attracted nearly 400 people. In addition to fundraising, Levé members participated in more than 160 hours of direct service with Girls, Inc. throughout the year.

To celebrate their 15th anniversary, Levé is doing things a bit differently. To mark this special milestone, they will be accepting applications from both new and past nonprofit partners, as well as choosing up to three organizations to partner with in the 2018 year. Back in 2013, they did a special 10-year anniversary year, where they brought back all 9 of their nonprofit partners and raised a record-breaking $130,000!

In honor of our 15th anniversary, we’re shaking things up a bit and, as always, raising the bar for ourselves and what our community can achieve. We plan to make 2018 a big year for not only Levé, but for millennial philanthropy in the Pacific Northwest!
— Kathryn Vsetecka, 2018 Levé President

Comprised of all women, Levé is a nonprofit curator of sorts. Since 2004, their 100% volunteer board have vetted hundreds of applications from local nonprofits, ultimately selecting one partner each year.

Interested applicants can review selection criteria and apply online by Friday, February 2, 2018.


Charity Ball 2017: Girls (Inc.) Just Wanna Have Fun

On Saturday, December 2, along with nearly 400 of our closest friends and supporters, the ladies of Levé danced the night away under the twinkling lights of Castaway in Portland for the 14th Annual Charity Ball. This year, the party was all for Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Charity Ball this year continued some of Leve’s traditions, along with new, exciting additions to keep things fresh (did you see that spontaneous conga-line that wrapped around the dance floor?!). We had amazing silent auction items that kept partygoers bidding until the very last minute while our raffle prizes helped stock the wine cellars and bars for a lucky few. New to the party was our beautiful wine wall, which sent everyone who played home with a delicious bottle (or three!) of mystery wine. Congratulations to all our winners!

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We had such a great time with Poison Waters last year, we absolutely had to invite her back to lead the crowd in another inspiring call to donation to support Girls Inc. Every dollar raised during the program will help Girls Inc. broaden their reach and support more girls in the Portland and surrounding areas. And just in case our thanks wasn’t enough, Poison treated us to one of her fabulous performances!

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It’s been a year for the books and we are so lucky to have partnered with Girls Inc. for 2017. As an all-women organization that prides ourselves on lifting the community (and each other) up, working with a partner who seeks to do the same for girls and lead us closer to a more equitable society was a match made in heaven. Thank you to Girls Inc. and to everyone who attended Charity Ball and contributed throughout the year!

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You can support Levé and Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest through the end of January 2018. We may even have some special events coming up - so stay tuned! We accept online donations or you can mail a check to: Levé | P.O. Box 5992 Portland, Oregon 97208


Charity Ball 2016: A Night to Remember

For Levé, December means Charity Ball and a chance to party for a purpose with our incredible nonprofit partners. The 13th Annual Charity Ball took place on Saturday, December 3 at Yale Union in Portland. Over 400 guests joined us to benefit Bradley Angle and its mission to build a better life and brighter future for those affected by domestic violence.

To have a proper celebration, you need bubbles, which is why we always start out Charity Ball with complimentary champagne for guests until 8pm. For the second year, we featured a VIP lounge sponsored by Buffalo Trace featuring specially-infused bourbon tastings, a private bar and lounge area, appetizers and a VIP goodie bag to take home.

This year, Levé was honored to feature two very special guests to help bring Bradley Angle’s mission to life. Domestic violence survivor, Melissa, shared her story of strength and experience escaping domestic violence and finding new hope through the support of Bradley Angle. Her story reminded us of why we chose to support Bradley Angle, an amazing organization that truly makes a difference for those affected by domestic violence.

In addition, we were thrilled to have Poison Waters, legendary Portland entertainer and personality, with us for the entire evening (looking fabulous as always!) to perform, emcee and, most importantly, help elevate the Bradley Angle message and provide guests with the opportunity to support the organization through Charity Ball’s first live call to donation. We were touched by everyone’s generosity and it made a huge impact on the funds Levé will be able to pass on to Bradley Angle this year.

We’re so pleased to have partnered with Bradley Angle for 2016. Thank you to everyone who attended Charity Ball and contributed throughout the year. And of course, congratulations to our silent auction winners and the three raffle winners who received their choice of a collection of beer, whiskey or a stocked bar cart!

If you’d like to learn more about Levé, please drop us a line at info@Levé-nw.org. If you missed out on the party, you can still support Levé and Bradley Angle through the end of the year. All proceeds raised in 2016 directly support the work of Bradley Angle and survivors like Melissa. We accept online donations or you can mail a check made out to Levé to P.O. Box 5992 Portland, Oregon 97208


Portland Nonprofits Get Involved for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

10/26/17, Portland, Ore—October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and Levé, Portland’s leader in millennial philanthropy, is proud to announce their participation in support of Bradley Angle, their 2016 nonprofit partner. Levé’s mission is to inspire and mobilize the next generation of supporters, advocates and volunteers. Each year, they partner with a different nonprofit to provide financial and volunteer support throughout the year.

Building communities where everyone feels safe

Founded over 40 years ago, Bradley Angle is a local women’s domestic violence shelter with a mission to serve all women and children affected by domestic violence. Their caring, around-the-clock staff provides emergency shelter to over 150 women and children fleeing violent homes every year. Bradley Angle believes in the power of community to provide safety, education, empowerment, healing, and hope to its survivors.

The women of Levé shared personal stories of what Bradley Angle’s mission means to them during the Week of Action last week. Check out the video to learn more about Levé’s powerful partnership with Bradley Angle.

  Levé board and committee members sporting purple in the spirit of #PurpleThursday on October 21

Levé board and committee members sporting purple in the spirit of #PurpleThursday on October 21

The month included some amazing events hosted by Bradley Angle, including Super!Drag on October 12, a spirited drag show hosted by famed Portland personality, Poison Waters. A few Levé members were lucky enough to be able to attend the show and see the power of community—and fun—in action. On October 26, Bradley Angle hosted the Purple Purse Lunch at the Portland Art Museum. Economics are the #1 reason people stay in abusive relationships—but economic empowerment is within everyone’s reach. The Purple Purse Lunch encouraged attendees to “use their purses to strengthen this community and change the equation.” [who made this quote?]

Get involved: eat & party for a purpose

There are still chances to get involved before October is over. Tonight (Thursday, Oct. 27) is Nosh4Nonviolence, a collaborative fundraiser for three local domestic violence intervention agencies, including Bradley Angle. The event mobilizes restaurants willing to donate proceeds from one day of business directly to services for survivors. Check out the list of participating restaurants and grab your friends for a meal to celebrate survivors.

Another engaging way to support Bradley Angle is to purchase tickets to Levé’s 13th Annual Charity Ball held on Saturday, December 3. This party for a purpose will feature a swanky VIP lounge, drinks, dancing, a food truck, and more. Levé is 100% volunteer-run by young professional women and your ticket purchase goes directly to support Bradley Angle’s mission of creating communities free from violence where everyone feels safe.