The ICA is proud to be able to give back to our community. The Charitable Giving Program of the ICA has been in place since 1992 and is managed by a committee of the ICA Board. The Oregon Community Foundation advised the ICA Board on the setup of the program and the guidelines for giving.  The guidelines are oriented toward serving the needs of the young people and seniors in our neighborhood.

Eligibility Criteria

The program has defined criteria for eligibility:

  • a recipient must be either a public school or a 503© organization under federal IRS rules
  • a recipient must either operate within or be headquartered within the boundaries of the Irvington Neighborhood 

Grants are awarded each year in June after a competitive process administered by the ICA Board that begins in April of each year.  The program's success is completely dependent upon the success of the the annual Irvington Home Tour.  Thank you to all who organize, manage and work on the Home Tour Committee and thank you to all the homeowners who offer their houses for the tour. and the volunteers who staff the tour.  None of these awards would be possible without the efforts of these dedicated individuals.

Selection Guidelines

The ICA follows five basic guidelines when selecting organizations to fund through its charitable giving program:

  1. To nurture our children and youth — Our priorities are to help parents build skills for successful child rearing, to improve the quality of child care, to provide positive experiences for youth that will stimulate curiosity and contribute to a sense of self-worth, and to make excellent, challenging education available to all our young people. 

  2. To promote a high quality of life for our elderly citizens — Our priorities are to give older residents opportunities to enrich their lives, to help elders and their families adapt to new life situations caused by aging and to improve the quality of long-term care available for the elderly. 

  3. To improve life for the disadvantaged — Our priorities are to assist the poor, the physically challenged, and those in crisis — to help them improve their lives and achieve long term self-sufficiency. 

  4. To enrich community life through cultural and educational awareness — Our priorities are to expand cultural and community education opportunities for our diverse population and to increase the self-sufficiency of enrichment organizations. 

  5. To foster an informed and involved citizenry — Our priorities are to help Irvington residents, including young people, to become effective leaders, to promote community problem solving through training, and to involve diverse groups of people in mutual problem solving.

Contact Info

To learn more about our Charitable Giving program, or to apply for a grant, please email

2016 Award Recipients

The Grant High School All-Night Party Committee received $1,500 to help fund the June 2017 graduation night party.

Kinship House received $1,000 to outfit two play and expressive therapy rooms to help serve more children.

Loaves & Fishes received $2,000 for the Meals on Wheels program that provides meals served at and delivered from the kitchen facilities at its NE MLK, Jr. Blvd. Center.  

Irvington Preschool received $600 to establish a tuition assistance program for low-income families to offset the cost of monthly tuition.

Metropolitan Family Services received $2,500 for its Project Linkage program.

Home Forward (formerly the Portland Housing Authority) received $2,700 to fund a major portion of the cost of foot care clinics for the residents of Dahlke Manor & Grace Peck Terrace.

NE Child Development Center (NECDC) received $700 to fund the majority of the cost for its weekly Imagination Yoga classes. 

Hancock Street Preschool received $1,800. They will use $800 to help fund their general tuition financial assistance program and $1,000 to help with expenses related to the hiring of a second teacher.

Beaumont Middle School Foundation received $800 to help cover expenses related to fundraising for the 2016-17 school year.

Irvington School requested and received $3,000 to acquire a stockpile of critical emergency supplies.

Community Warehouse received $1,000 to help the organization purchase a 20 –foot box truck with a tuck-away lift gate.

Sabin School received $800, which it will use to purchase books for its Grade K-3 students.

Beverly Cleary School requested and received $500 to purchase a sound system for the cafetorium at its Fernwood campus.

NE Villages received $1,100.  They will use the money to begin an awareness campaign of their existence and seek support for member and volunteer recruitment activities.

For more information about the recipients and their awards, please read the report.

Past awards

Here is a report of the past recipients of the yearly grant: