Beaverton, Ore. (April 18, 2012) -NIKE, Inc. announced
today the 23 local nonprofits and schools that will receive
a total of $250,000 through the Nike Employee Grant
Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation and its Winter
2011/2012 program. Established in 2010, the
Fund supports local nonprofits and schools creating
positive, sustainable social or environmental change.
With the Winter 2011/2012 funding cycle, the Fund increased
its environmental focus, awarding 40 percent of the awards
to non-sport projects with the potential for long-term
impact on the environment, health or the well-being of
children and families. The other 60 percent of the grants
will support projects that use sport or physical activity
to leverage other community benefits.
"These 23 organizations and their programs embody the kind
of community-building efforts that are vital for creating a
strong, healthy Oregon. They each came to us with
innovative programs that will have a tremendous community
impact," said Kathy Webb, Employee Marketplace Manager for
NIKE, Inc. who chairs the program's selection process. "The
Nike Employee Grant Fund is our backyard program
that connects Nike employees with their community through
awarding grants and their continued involvement and support
of these impactful programs through volunteered hours."
Kathy Oliver, Executive Director of a new grant recipient,
Outside In, said, "Our 'Healthy Food, Healthy Cooks'
program will provide food for homeless youth, as well as
internships in our kitchen. We had a 25 percent
increase in the number of homeless youth seen at Outside
In, and it has been heart-breaking to turn away hungry
youth who asked for 'seconds.'"
"Internships in our kitchen will teach homeless youth a
range of important skills that many would never have the
opportunity to learn, from how to make soup from scratch to
the importance of vegetables to basic employer
expectations. We are very appreciative of Nike and OCF for
their support of our program," said Oliver.
Nike also announced the Summer 2012 cycle of funding, which
opened on April 15, 2012. A Fund of $300,000 will be
offered to nonprofits and schools in the greater Portland
area (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Yamhill, and
Columbia counties in Oregon and Clark County in southwest
Washington) to support sport and sustainability
programs. Applications are due by June 1, 2012 and are
available online at www.oregoncf.org/nike
The Winter 2011/2012 Nike Employee Grant Fund of The
Oregon Community Foundation awardees, who received
grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, include:
Bethel Neighborhood Youth Drop In Center
(Portland): Increase children's swimming skills
for lifelong enjoyment, fitness and water safety.
Boise Eliot School (Portland): Promote lifelong
wellness habits and improve learning outcomes through
increased opportunities and enthusiasm for walking and
Camp Rosenbaum (Portland): Provide a free camp for
underserved, at-risk children that use sports and education
as a means to learn life skills that promote healthy
choices and good citizenship.
CASA Yamhill County Program (McMinnville): Provide
opportunities for individuals with visual impairments to
participate in sports and physical activity.
Catholic Charities (Portland): Support students to
gain work experience, sharpen math skills, cook healthy
foods, and bring fresh vegetables into their community by
managing a farm stand that sells local produce.
Children's Center (Oregon City): Expand the
Children's Center's capacity to serve Clackamas
County children who are suspected victims of physical and
sexual abuse and/or neglect.
Children's Institute (Portland): Increase the
achievement gap at Earl Boyles Elementary School by
addressing summer learning loss.
Evergreen Curling Club (Portland): Offer the social,
health, sporting and economic benefits of the Olympic sport
of curling to the Portland metro community by developing a
facility dedicated to that use.
Food Alliance (Portland): Reduce human and
environmental health risks by identifying, cataloging and
promoting more sustainable management practices in Oregon's
Forest Grove Police: Educate and empower residents to
choose healthy relationships based on respect to reduce
incidences of violence and abuse.
Friends of Creston Children's Dental Clinic
(Portland): Increase summer access to free dental care
for low-income children by expanding one of Portland's
largest free dental clinics.
HomePlate Youth Services, Inc. (Hillsboro): Expand
street outreach and drop-in services for Washington
County's growing number of runaway and homeless youth
which will show them a path to stability.
Native American Rehabilitation Association
(Portland): Provide substance abuse and suicide
prevention for high risk American Indian/Alaska Native
youth through increased physical activity and engagement
with the environment.
Northwest Earth Institute (Portland): Teach
participants personal sustainability through a challenge
during the 2012 EcoChallenge, and show that reducing impact
and small actions add up to real change.
Oregon Junior Golf (Woodburn): Expand operations to
increase youth golf participation by lowering both the
cost/intimidation felt by many juniors looking to play the
Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation
(Portland): Screen the sight and hearing of 4,000
Oregon school children in five counties to increase their
ability to learn, participate in sports, and lead healthier
Outside In (Portland): Train homeless youth to cook
varied, nutritious meals, developing their work skills,
food awareness and leadership skills.
Reynolds Middle School (Fairview): Create fitness
stations to enhance physical activity for Reynolds Middle
The Madeleine School (Portland): Provide an inclusive
and safe playground environment in which children of all
abilities will improve their physical, mental and emotional
health while engaged in play.
The Shadow Project (Portland): Expand a program at
Marysville School to help close the achievement gap for
low-income children with special needs.
The Wetlands Conservancy (Tualatin): Build and
strengthen a growing volunteer base, while introducing more
Oregonians to the benefits of wetlands and rewards of
maintaining these important landscape features.
Trillium Family Services (Portland): Improve
therapeutic recreational opportunities for children
learning to manage mental health challenges by renovating a
Vernon K-8 School PTA (Portland): Increase outdoor
space for play and physical activity by installing a court
made from recycled materials consistent with plans to
create a healthier schoolyard.
The Nike Employee Grant Fund of The Oregon
Community Foundation was established in 2010 and seeks
to benefit communities where Nike employees live, work, and
play. Administered in partnership with The Oregon Community
Foundation (OCF), it awards up to $550,000 per year to
local nonprofit organizations or schools that wish to join
Nike in creating positive social and/or sustainable
TheFundhas considerable Nike employee involvement: OCF
presents Nike with the top 50 applications for each cycle,
and then Nike employees serve on an advisory committee that
develops grant recommendations. Nike employees continue
their involvement by volunteering their time and
professional experience to help the winning nonprofits
achieve their overall objectives.
NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's
leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic
athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a
wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned
NIKE subsidiaries include Cole Haan, which designs, markets
and distributes luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and
coats; Converse Inc., which designs, markets and
distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories;
Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and
distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear,
apparel and accessories; and Umbro International Limited,
which designs, distributes and licenses athletic and casual
footwear, apparel and equipment, primarily for global
football (soccer). Learn more at www.nikeinc.com or .
The Oregon Community Foundation (OCF)
OCF, created in 1973, is the largest foundation in Oregon,
with assets of nearly $1 billion. OCF's endowment comes
from thousands of individuals, businesses and organizations
that have created more than 1,600 funds from which grants
are distributed to support the critical work that
nonprofits are doing in Oregon. Grant and scholarship
distributions in 2010 were $60 million. OCF is governed by
a volunteer board of directors and relies on more than
1,600 volunteers around the state to provide local
perspective on community needs.