Sunday, June 1, 2014

Update on PCL 2014 Funding Cycle 

At meetings during the past week, the PCL Allocation Committee approved $33 million in three-year funding for 57 programs in Hunger Relief, Mentoring, After School, Early Childhood, Foster Care and Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention. Funding begins July 1.

Click here to view the breakdown of funded organizations/program names and funding amounts.

Click on the link here for press release with details on the investments and comments from PCL Chair and City Commissioner Dan Saltzman on PCL’s new hunger relief initiative.

The Allocation Committee and PCL staff thank all of the applicants; also, much appreciation to all the grant reviewers.

Pass it On 

**Northwest Family Services is sponsoring a “How to Build Cultural Competence” diversity workshop lead by Daryl Dixon on June 11th at NFS, 6200 SE King Road. Go to www.nwfs.orgfor more details.

**CORKS + FORKS: A Classic Wines Auction event
 June 12, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Boedecker Cellars.Proceeds benefit Friends of the Children and the four other benefiting charities of the Classic Wines Auction. Purchase tickets & learn more here.

**The Oregon premiere of “Kids for Cash” will screen at 3 p.m., June 22nd at the Portland World Trade Center Auditorium. This documentary tells the story of thousands of youth in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania who were imprisoned for petty crimes. Following the premiere, a panel led by Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown will discuss the making of the film, the repercussions of the scandal and the potential lessons for Oregon. The screening is a joint benefit for Youth, Rights & Justice and the Juvenile Law Center. A reception follows the discussion. Tickets should be purchased in advance here.  

**United Way is launching >24, a 24-hour event on June 11th to educate the community about childhood poverty. For more information, go here

In the News

The Oregonian writes about local hunger relief efforts, including the Levy’s new focus of providing healthy and nutritious meals to hungry children and families. Read David Sarasohn’s column here.
The Portland Tribune as well has an article on the Levy’s new targeted funding area of hunger relief. See it here.

“Like” us on our new FB page

The Portland Children’s Levy has a new, more dynamic FB page. Click on the link above to “like” it and please pass along to your colleagues, clients and board members as well.

Allocation Committee Meeting News 

There are currently no new AC meetings scheduled.  Keep an eye out for the notice/agenda that will go out to the PCL list serve prior to each meeting and will be posted on the Levy website at  

Check out the new PCL 2012-13 Progress Report


The new PCL 2012-13 Progress Report celebrating 10 years of serving Portland’s children is out! Click here to view the PDF online. Also, hard copies will be available at the upcoming Allocation Committee meetings or by contacting 

Get the Word Out

If you have an upcoming event or news you’d like to share with others in a future PCL newsletter, email the details to 

Online PCL Org Directory

We have published an online directory of PCL organizations, including program descriptions and contact info, that we hope is useful to your staff and their clients. It’s on the home page of our website in the “Spotlight” section at  

Contact PCL staff

*Director, After School & Hunger grants:

*Assistant Director and Early Childhood & Mentoring grants:

*Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention & Foster Care Grants Manager:

*Communications Director:  

*Fiscal Specialist:

Who We Are

The Portland Children’s Levy, formerly the Children’s Investment Fund, was created by city voters in 2002 and overwhelmingly renewed by the electorate in Fall 2008 and Spring 2013. Funding for the new five-year Levy will begin in July 2014 and will include hunger relief as a focus area.

The current Levy is supported through a property tax through June 2014 projected to generate $10 million annually toward proven programs across the city serving 10,000 children and their families in areas of Early Childhood, After School, Mentoring, Child Abuse Prevention/Intervention and Foster Care. 
The Levy is annually audited and administrative costs do not exceed 5 percent. 
Questions? Contact: Call Mary Gay Broderick at 503-823-2947or e-mail
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