Give!Guide This Holiday Season

Haley Walker
Haley Walker
Former Senior Director of Advancement for The Freshwater Trust
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There are two things that are indisputable about Portland: It cares, and it gives.

This year, we’re fortunate to be a part of the event that showcases the spirit of Portland’s generosity and commitment to community: Willamette Week’s Give!Guide.

Give!Guide is an annual fundraising campaign that spans November and December and supports 175 Portland nonprofits. In 2019, the campaign raised nearly $4.8 million. Over the last 16 years, they’ve raised more than $33 million. As a nonprofit that’s worked in the Sandy River basin, the origin of Portland’s drinking water, since 2012, The Freshwater Trust (TFT) is fortunate to be included for the second consecutive year.

Give!Guide offers incentives for people who donate, especially on their banner “Big Give Days,” where you can win exciting prizes like $500 shopping sprees to Patagonia Portland and Powell’s Books, and a vacation package from the Oregon Cultural Trust. In addition to the incentives from Give!Guide, we’ve partnered with four businesses to provide additional benefits to anyone who donates to us through the guide between now and December 31.

Vehicle Chocolates, Water Avenue Coffee and EcoVibe are among our partners for this year's Give!Guide.

Donors who give $25 or more will receive a one-time code for a 15% discount online at both Water Avenue Coffee and Vehicle Chocolates.

Donors who give $50 or more will receive a one-time code for a 15% discount online or in store at EcoVibe.

Donors who give $100 or more will be entered to win one of five $100 gift cards from MilkRun.

Giving to TFT through Give!Guide allows you to support river restoration, water conservation and local small businesses. This is a valuable opportunity to support them after what’s been an incredibly tough year.

We’ll also be hosting additional giveaways of new swag and MilkRun gift cards on our social media channels throughout November and December. Keep your eyes peeled for those opportunities.

We’re proud to have implemented 35 restoration projects, improving water quality and fish habitat, and increasing stream function by almost 18,000 functional linear feet in the Sandy River basin. Datasets on fish abundance tracked since the beginning of restoration work show that the number of Salmon River steelhead smolts, young salmonids, have increased from 3,400 in 2010 to more than 27,000 in 2018. That’s more than 700%! We also work on other critical rivers throughout Oregon, including the Lostine, John Day and Rogue.

With your help, we hope to raise more than $10,000 to protect and restore freshwater ecosystems throughout Oregon for an impactful 2021.

Make a donation to The Freshwater Trust through Give!Guide today.

If you’re not in Portland, but still want to support our mission to restore and preserve freshwater ecosystems, you can give here.

Want to learn more about our work in the Sandy? Join us on Thursday, November 19th from 6 to 7:30 PM PST for a virtual introduction to our restoration work and to learn how it promotes resilience for the basin – and its communities. The presentation will include a look at the impressive native fish returns we’ve seen on the Salmon River and Still Creek, and a question and answer with TFT Habitat Restoration Director Mark McCollister, TFT restoration monitoring coordinator Daniel Baldwin and USFS Fish Biologist Matthew Deangelo.

All registrants will be entered to win new TFT swag.


November 1, 2020

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