Choosing An Annual Nonprofit Partner

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We received 54 applications in 2017. Needless to say, our choice is not easy. It's harder than choosing a favorite restaurant in Portland. Much harder. Rest assured though, we read every single application and do research as well. We do not take the responsibility of this choice lightly and we respect every nonprofit in our community for doing the hard work. 

Selection Criteria

We intentionally keep our selection criteria fairly open, particularly because we know how hard it is to obtain unrestricted funds. Here are some general qualities we look for in a nonprofit partner:

  • Located in and serving in the Portland Metro area.
  • 501(c)3 status.
  • Ability for Levé to make a significant impact through our financial contribution, possibly enabling the implementation of a new program or initiative.
  • Offers volunteer opportunities for our members and supporters.
  • Can provide a primary point of contact.
  • Desires to connect with younger donors.
  • Employs sustainable practices.

Please note that each year we try to select a nonprofit partner that serves a different type of need in our community. For example, we have recently supported New Avenues for Youth and Bradley Angle, thus we will likely look for applicants working in other impact areas. We do this because we want to consistently educate our networks and event-goers about the many needs of our community. Our hope is that, by doing so, one organization will resonate with what each of our peers already values and activate them to become lifelong supporters.

Process & Timeline

We typically post our partner application form online by January 1 each year. All submissions must be made via our website by January 31. The extensive application review process takes place during February. We will invite four finalists to present to our board, and announce a final decision in March.