Every quarter, Bridge & Burn proudly donates one percent of all online and retail sales to a local, Portland non-profit or charity. We're driven by community and often team up with brands, organizations, and other like-minded individuals whom we admire. It is our mission to give back to those who are making a meaningful difference in the world; investing in the community that has given us so much support over the years.
2019 Fourth quarter recipient
College Possible is making college admission and success possible for historically underserved students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support from junior year in high school through college graduation. Our Theory of Change rests on the premise that barriers to higher education faced by historically underserved students are mostly identifiable and predictable. Through near-peer coaching by AmeriCorps members who are recent college graduates, we provide students with the information and support they deserve to navigate the complex college admission and success process.
In the 2019-20 school year, College Possible will work with high school students in Oregon to foster early college planning and preparation, address common academic, social and financial barriers to college, and increase college admission and enrollment rates. After high school, College Possible students receive coaching through the transition to college and are supported all the way through college graduation. Depending on the college they attend, students will receive in-person coaching on campus or technology-based coaching. Coaches assist students in connecting them to resources on campus, tackling barriers and identifying future opportunities.
Location: 532 SE Grand Ave. Portland, OR 97214
Location: 4816 SE 92nd Ave, Portland, OR 97266
Location: 7633 N Wabash Ave, Portland, OR 97217
Ascent Funding’s mission is to create financial equity and jobs in the Portland area through lending and business guidance to minority-owned, women-owned, disadvantaged, and low income business communities.
Founded in 2008 to address financial discrimination facing African-American owned businesses in the Albina neighborhood in North/Northeast Portland, Ascent’s support for that community remains strong, but its reach has expanded to include minority- and women-owned businesses and those in low income communities throughout the Portland Metro area.
Ascent Funding’s business loan programs provides fair and affordable loans to businesses that have been denied a bank loan so that their owners can continue pursuing their dreams thereby creating jobs, wealth and pride in their community. Their business advisory program offers classes and capital coaching to help entrepreneurs improve their ability access conventional bank capital and become better equipped in managing the financial aspects of their business.
Location: 2420 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
The Library Foundation enhances Multnomah County Library’s leadership, innovation and reach, helping the library address emerging community needs through private support. Since our founding in 1995, our supporters have helped the library breathe new life into aging buildings, buy books that capture hearts and minds, and reach tens of thousands of children and adults at risk of low literacy.
Last year, more than 220,000 people were reached with programs and books made possible by gifts, large and small, to The Library Foundation. Supporters helped the library expand 15 programs and initiatives and made more than 153,000 books and materials available.
The Library Foundation does not raise money for day-to-day library operations. The foundation and the library work together, in a strong partnership, to determine where private funds can have the greatest impact for children and adults. Their work shows just how much a small nonprofit can accomplish together with a great public library.
Location: 620 SW 5th Ave. Ste. 1025, Portland, OR 97204
IRCO's mission is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy and inclusive multi-ethnic society.
Founded in 1976 by refugees for refugees, IRCO has over 40 years of history and experience working with Portland's refugee and immigrant communities. IRCO supports immigrants, refugees and mainstream community members to become self-sufficient. We strive in our programming, outreach and education to foster understanding, compassion and communication between Oregon's established communities and newest arrivals.
Oregon has one of the fastest growing refugee and immigrant populations in the country. Forced to leave their home countries for fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group, refugees and immigrants come to Portland to begin new lives. IRCO focuses on removing barriers to self-sufficiency and helping individuals and families thrive, by providing more than 200 culturally and linguistically specific social services, from employment, vocational training and English language learning, to community development, early childhood and parenting education, youth academic support and gang prevention.
Location: 10301 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR 97220
Phone: (503) 234-1541
The Forest Park Conservancy protects and fosters the ecological health of Forest Park, maintains and enhances the park's extensive trails network, and inspires community appreciation and future stewardship of the splendor of this iconic, urban forest as a gift for generations. Each year we work with more than 1,500 volunteers to build and maintain trails, remove invasive species, plant native trees, and provide educational programming that helps people gain a deeper appreciation for Forest Park and urban nature.
Currently, FPC is leading the largest urban restoration campaign Portland has ever seen. The Greater Forest Park Conservation Initiative (GFPCI) is a 20-year collaborative strategy to restore and protect over 15,000 acres of public and private land within the Greater Forest Park Ecosystem which includes Forest Park. The Initiative will address the serious threats to the health of this ecosystem by bringing together public, private and non-profit partners as well as community volunteers to restore Forest Park and the surrounding landscape. Success of the GFPCI will result in cleaner air and water, healthier habitat for native plants and animals and a healthier environment for everyone who lives in the Portland region.
Location: 210 NW 17th, Suite 201, Portland, OR 97209
Farmers Ending Hunger was formed in 2006 with the mission to increase the amount of high quality food products delivered to Oregon Food Bank through a partnership of farmers, ranchers, food processors, Oregon Food Bank and the public. In that time Oregon's farmers and ranchers have donated almost 26 million pounds of high quality fruits, nuts, vegetables, baking mixes and meat to the Oregon Food Bank Network. We ask the public to partner with us through our "Adopt an Acre" program. Donated funds are used to help cover the costs of transportation, packaging and handling of the food products so that we can deliver them to Oregon Food Bank in a food box ready form. Oregon Food Bank distributes the products throughout the state of Oregon and Clark County Washington. As we say " Agriculture is our business, but food is everyones business". Help us in the fight to end hunger.
Location: 7931 NE Halsey St, Ste #201, Portland, OR 97213
Location: 4800 SW Macadam Ave, Ste #309, Portland, OR
Location: 1820 NE 21st Ave, Portland OR 97212
Since opening our doors in 1999, the Schoolhouse Supplies mission remains the same: to support public education in the Portland area by providing free school supplies to students in need. We do this because we believe that every child deserves school supplies and has the right to a quality education regardless of circumstance. Our ultimate goal is to level the playing field so every child has access to the tools that allow them to achieve academic success and feel confident.
Peace in Schools mindfulness programs help young people develop compassion, calm, emotional resilience, and self-awareness. At a time when school violence is widespread and many teens struggle with feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety, they offer a positive alternative. In 2014, Peace in Schools launched the first for-credit high school mindfulness course in the nation. Today, new high schools are partnering with them each year to establish mindfulness courses. Their vision is to make mindfulness an accepted and valued discipline in secondary education. Our programs use mindfulness to alleviate personal and social strife in real-world settings. The self-supportive practices they teach are tools for life. We believe mindfulness leads to safer schools and a more peaceful world.
Working toward the vision that all children have the right to read and succeed, Reading Results partners with schools to serve low-income students and students of color to provide a proven reading intervention program with paid, extensively trained, culturally responsive tutors, plus school-wide family literacy events. Reading by third grade is crucial to a child’s educational development. Falling behind creates challenges that negatively impact a child’s education and self-esteem for years to come. Reading Results is committed to helping struggling learners get on the path toward academic success and a brighter future.
Location: 3115 NE Sandy Blvd Ste 229, Portland, OR 97232
Transforming children into educated, independent adults is the job of the entire community. All Hands Raised brings together local business, government, non-profit organizations, faith community, parents, students, and community stakeholders to ensure the sustained success of every child in Portland and Multnomah County from cradle to career. The mission of All Hands Raised is to champion education, equity, and excellence inside and outside the classroom. They mobilize leadership, ideas, community action and resources to ensure they improve the educational outcomes for all kids throughout Portland and Multnomah County.
Location: 2069 NE Hoyt Street, Portland, OR 97232
Oregon Food Bank helps nearly one in five households fend off hunger by distributing food from a variety of sources through a statewide network that includes its four branches (in Beaverton, Ontario, Portland and Tillamook), 17 independent regional food banks and approximately 960 partner agencies. These local programs provide food directly to people who are hungry in the form of emergency food boxes, which provide a 3-5 day supply of groceries, hot prepared meals, or supplemental food parcels. The Oregon Food Bank Network serves an average of 900,000 people a year.
Location: 7900 N.E. 33rd Drive, Portland, OR 97238
p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year their programs serve almost 900 homeless and transitional young people, ages 15 to 24. p:ear staff and volunteers serve as mentors, friends, and role models, while p:ear's unique programs create opportunities for young people to grow intellectually, express themselves constructively, communicate in positive ways and engage in meaningful interactions with the larger community of Portland. This is not work that can be accomplished in the short-term. These are relationships based on trust that take years to cultivate and require enormous dedication to sustain. We are committed to supporting p:ear as they support youth over the long-haul to share failures and successes, mundane events as well as life-altering milestones.
Location: 338 NW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
Working with local makers and creative thinkers is rooted in our brand. Supporting the growth of our future thinkers and makers is just as important to us. The Right Brain Initiative promotes whole brain learning and is working to give every K-8 student in the Portland Tri-County Region access to the arts regardless of neighborhood, language, or income through an effort that engages the entire community, creating long-term, lasting change within the school systems. From The Right Brain Initiative: " The arts enhance every aspect of education from reading to critical thinking, social skills and motivation. Yet, after decades of extreme budget cuts, creative opportunities have all but disappeared from Portland area schools. And with them, the bright possibilities percolating in the brain cells of our children."
Location: 7900 N.E. 33rd Drive Portland, OR 97238