Charitable Giving

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, 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.

2017 Award Recipients

The Grant High School All-Night Party Committee received $1,500 for seed money to help fund the June 2019 all-night party for graduating seniors.

The Meals on Wheels People received $1,500 that it will use to pay for food, food preparation and food delivery service to its many clients. The clients are 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 2018-19 school year.

Hancock Street Preschool received $1,200 to support its tuition assistance program and to help with expenses related to the development of an anti-bias curriculum.

Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) received $1,000 to help support ongoing operations in its membership program and community engagement program departments.

Sabin School received $12,256 to pay for two Chromebook mobile carts (40 units) for student and teacher use.

Beaumont Middle School Foundation (BMS) received $1,500 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.   

Kinship House received $3,000 to help fund its support programs for foster and adopted children and their families.

Northeast Community Child Development Center (NECCDC) received $800 to use for the establishment of a Children’s Sustainable Garden and Compost Center so that the children attending the preschool can learn about and grow healthy food and practice good methods for composting.

Village NW/Northeast Village PDX received $2,000 to help provide transportation services to its full-service members.

Home Forward received $3,000 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 $3,000 that it will use to provide transportation services to seniors and others who can’t access public transportation, but need to travel locally.   

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


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