Choosing An Annual Nonprofit Partner
In recent years, we have received over 50 applications from wonderful organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Needless to say, our choice is not easy. Rest assured, we throughly review every single application. We do not take the responsibility of this choice lightly and we respect every nonprofit in our community for doing the hard work.
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
- Offers volunteer opportunities for our members and supporters.
- Can provide a primary point of contact.
- Desires to connect with younger donors.
- Employs sustainable practices.
Each year we try to select a nonprofit partner that serves a different type of need in our community (check out our past partners here). 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.
We post our partner application form online around January 1st each year and we accept applications for approximately one month. The extensive application review process takes place during February. We invite four finalists to present to our board and announce a final decision in March.