2020 Philanthropy Awards


2020 Philanthropy Awards presented by 

A Message From Our Chapter President

Catherine Ingvaldsen Headshot
Resilience is the ability to recover from difficult challenges, move forward and sometimes even experience growth. Psychologists have found that the dedication to a worthy cause or a belief in something greater than oneself has a resilience-enhancing effect. We believe that to be true. In years past, nominations have been announced in early summer, and honorees are celebrated at an in-person National Philanthropy Day luncheon event in November. This new way of doing a series of videos is completely different for us all. We made sure to take a look at what's going on in the world to ensure that we're looking critically at the social justice aspects of our work and taking extra time to go through that process.From trying to assess how to transform a traditionally in-person celebration into a meaningful virtual experience to critically thinking about the way we approach diversity and equity within our organization, our focus continues to try to provide hope, inspiration and emotional support to the community, our partners and especially our members.AFP is fortunate to have a network of global chapters that challenge us to look at all the different aspects of ourselves as fundraisers, as well as local partnerships. That continuous thread woven throughout us all is resilience and adaptation.

It’s that spirit of resilience that will carry us through as we pass the torch along to the next generation of fundraisers and philanthropists who are motivated to help others and do the good work in our community. While things might seem bleak at times, if the individuals in the following pages are any indication, we’ve still got a bright future ahead.

I’d like to offer my thanks and gratitude to the great leadership on the board, the community and the honorees, and my sincerest congratulations to the philanthropists and organizations receiving awards this year. It is my hope that your stories will offer optimism - that there are people out there paying attention, who care and who want to make the world a better place - just as you have.

- Catherine Ingvaldsen, CFRE

A Message From Our Presenting Sponsor, The Oregon State University Foundation

Shawn L. Scoville Headshot
The Oregon State University Foundation has proudly sponsored AFP’s Philanthropy Awards for the past 15 years, recognizing that exemplary philanthropy greatly contributes to the strength of our state and our region. And that’s what we’re all about, too.

OSU is Oregon’s largest university, dedicated to our land grant mission of service to every part of our state. We understand that the toughest problems will only be solved through collaboration, and we are grateful for all the people and organizations who share our commitment to making this special place even better.

Our region has a long, deeply rooted tradition of vibrant volunteer service and transformational giving. The challenges we have faced in 2020 – whether the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice or devastating wildfires – have called upon these strengths in ways not seen for a generation. And the people of Oregon and southwest Washington have risen to the occasion, joining forces to meet urgent needs, many contributing generously of time and resources.

• OSU joined with many partners to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. One initiative tests sewage water to identify hot spots in towns and cities across the state. At the same time we launched a ground-breaking study assessing the prevalence of the virus in asymptomatic carriers (trace.oregonstate.edu), an initiative we are also using to keep our campus communities safe.

• Members of our university community were facing their own crises. When the pandemic arrived in Oregon, many students – whose finances were tight already – lost their jobs while also hit with unexpected expenses. Our supporters immediately began asking how they could help (beaverscare.org). Within a few months, more than 3,300 people gave over $1.3 million, including $400,000 from 700 faculty and staff to help their colleagues and keep students on track with their education.

• When the fires came, OSU experts provided timely information (osualum.com/wildfires) about everything from protecting property, to assessing the impact of smoke on grapes, to safely cleaning ash from garden vegetables, while veterinary students, faculty, 4-H youth and alumni helped move thousands of animals to safety and provided medical care.

• Another critical issue – the struggle for racial justice – remains pressing in our nation, our region and at our university. At the OSU Foundation we are committed to supporting our university’s efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusive excellence (diversity.oregonstate.edu) by taking specific actions and holding ourselves accountable to achieving the goals we’ve set for ourselves. We can move forward with confidence, knowing we have a philanthropic community that cares.

In an extraordinary year, congratulations to each honoree! Thank you for your leadership in philanthropy. And go Beavs!

- Shawn L. Scoville, President and CEO


Outstanding Innovative Project


In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, AFP Oregon & SW Washington is partnering with the Portland Business Journal to promote and produce our 2020 Philanthropy Awards virtually. Although we must forego the traditional, in-person luncheon ceremony, this year’s virtual program endeavors to capture the longstanding sentiment behind this celebration.

We’ve transformed our annual celebration into a digital event with weekly videos featuring each of the six honorees. AFP Oregon & SW Washington and the Portland Business Journal have launched a featured honoree video showcase to share these powerful stories of impact and resilience. Together we honor and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of these philanthropists and community changemakers.

In addition to honoring these amazing philanthropic individuals and organizations, AFP Oregon & SW Washington has shared Stories of Resilience featuring nonprofit and community-based-organizations that have stepped up this year to meet the challenges of COVID-19 and systemic racism with innovative and grassroots solutions. 








Clark College Foundation
Maurice Lucas Foundation
Meals on Wheels People
Oregon Public Broadcasting
PGE & Pacific Power
Rose City Philanthropy
The Stoller Group of Companies
Vernier Software & Technology