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 501©3 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, artistic, athletic 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 charitablegiving@irvingtonpdx.com

2019 Charitable Giving Grant Application

Download the 2019 Spring Charitable Giving Grant Application here

Past awards

Previous reports of the past recipients of the yearly grant.