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

2017 Award Recipients

The Grant High School All-Night Party Committee received $1,500 for seed money to help fund the June 2018 all-night party for graduating seniors.

The Meals on Wheels People received $2,500 that it will use to purchase food for a noon meal for homebound seniors and seniors who are able to access their Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. location to dine with others.  

Irvington Community Cooperative Preschool received $1,500 that it will use to expand its scholarship program for the 2017-18 school year.

Hancock Street Preschool received $1,500 to support its tuition assistance program and to help with expenses related to the organization’s transition to a co-teaching model. 

Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) received $1,000 to help support and grow its tenant education program.  The tenant education program has three components…a renters’ rights hotline, which is open evenings and weekends, a series of community workshops, and informational brochures, all of which are offered in English and Spanish.

Sabin School received $2,000 to help address the infrastructure situation at the school’s learning center and counseling spaces. The funding is to purchase specialized equipment and materials to help students with sensory needs.

Beaumont Middle School Foundation (BMS) received $1,000 to provide its school’s Foundation with resources to help cover operating expenses.  The BMS Foundation hosts an annual fundraising auction to help pay for staffing at the school, beyond what is allocated by Portland Public Schools.   

Northeast Community Child Development Center (NECCDC) received $700 to use for the improvement of its service to children with special needs.    Their plan is to accomplish this by providing professional development opportunities for teachers, by purchasing adaptive learning materials and by the acquisition of resources to educate parents and peers about the importance of maintaining an inclusive early learning environment. 

Community Warehouse received $500 to help fund its first ever HomeMaker Pillow Drive.  Yes, pillows!  The application described an innovative project to specifically and truly serve local families in need.  The money will fund the purchase of 100 brand-new pillows for very low-income individuals and families in need of all types of household furnishings.   

Irvington K-8 School received $1,500 to help fund the majority of the cost for a seventh or eighth grade student’s participation in a school-organized 2018 spring break trip to Washington, D.C.  The Irvington School principal specifically requested this money in order to provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for an outstanding Irvington student in need.  The Principal believes that this scholarship will add to the experience of everyone on the trip because scholarships tend to increase the diversity of students in the group.  

Home Forward received $2,700 to help support the services of a registered nurse at the foot care clinic it operates for the residents of Grace Peck Terrace on NE 14th and Dahlke Manor on NE Schuyler.  

Metropolitan Family Services’ Project Linkage Program received $2,500 that it will use to provide transportation services to seniors and others who can’t access public transportation, but need to travel locally.   

Irvington Soccer Club received $1,100 to use as seed money for a proposed project to install a permanent futsal/soccer court on existing blacktop at Irvington Elementary School.  The gift is conditioned upon receipt of approval from Portland School District No. 1 for the installation of the court on school property.  

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

Past awards

Previous reports of the past recipients of the yearly grant.