North Portland Community Works Fiscal Sponsorship
For most new community projects, an important first step is to find a fiscal sponsor.
A fiscal sponsor makes it possible to:
- Provide a tax benefit to financial donors
- Collect tax-exempt funds
- Maintain the fiscal infrastructure required by foundations and grant-giving agencies.
North Portland Community Works is Accepting New Projects for Fiscal Sponsorship Consideration
North Portland Community Works (NPCW), an independent tax-exempt federal 501 (c) (3) non-profit, has served as fiscal sponsor to over 50 different North and Northeast community projects and programs with budgets of several hundred dollars to several hundred thousand dollars. The NPCW Board of Directors is dedicated to fostering community projects and acting as an incubator for the establishment of new community-based organizations that build community assets through community organization and action.
Although the primary purpose of NPCW’s community building mission is fiscal sponsorship, NPCW also is involved in advising community building projects and non-profits in North and Northeast Portland.
NPCW, also known as the Kenton Action Plan, has been in operation since 1994. Annual 990 IRS filings that document NPCW’s fiscal compliance can be viewed at Guidestar.org.
Requirements to be a fiscally sponsored project of North Portland Community Works:
- Project is engaged in community action in North and/or Northeast Portland
- Project is able to meet the required parameters of federal tax code 501 (c) (3)
- Organization has no employees.
- Organization is incorporated or eligible to become incorporated
- Organization maintains or is eligible to receive appropriate insurance coverage.
NPCW Fiscally Sponsored Projects
- North Portland Tool Library
- Historic Kenton Firehouse Community Center
- Kenton Neighborhood Association
- North Portland Greenway Trail Advocates
- Bridgeton Neighborhood Association Levy Fund
- Friends of Overlook Bluff
- Camp ELSO
- Viva La Free
- Brown Girl Rise
- Metro North Portland Vanport Legacy Enhancement Fund
- St Johns Neighborhood Association
- NPNS, Inc.
- Vanport Placemarking
- Abbey Arts
- Paint Paul PDX
- Neighbors Helping Neighbors PDX
- Arbor Lodge Fruit Tree Project
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NPCW Board of Directors
An independent Board of Directors meet throughout the year to direct program, review projects, and ensure compliance.
Sprinvasa Brown is the Exectuive Director of Camp ELSO.
Ginger Edwards, MSW. Ginger cares for her community and our environment. She is active in the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association, The AL Tree Team, and the North Coalition of Tree Teams. She also volunteers at Hoyt Arboretum and as a Master Gardener. Being outside is her favorite place. She and her husband Bob Meehan have lived in North Portland for 20 years.
Executive Director of Harper’s Playground and father of two, Cody is paying penance for years of shilling shows and soda by building playgrounds for kids of all abilities. His first foray into community building, Harper’s Playground, is a model for inclusive playgrounds around Portland and beyond. He loves Portland and looks forward to serving the city as a member of the NPCW board.
Jason Hatch serves as the treasurer of North Portland Community Works. Jason brought his passion and expertise to create Oregon’s first tool library, the highly successful North Portland Tool Library. Jason works as a project manager for Washington Water Trust.
Scott Jensen is a long time North and Northeast Portland advocate and has served as Chair of the Portsmouth Neighborhood Association, Chair of the University Park Methodist Church congregation board, and founder of Discover North Portland.
Doretta Schrock is a long time neighborhood activist in the North Portland. Doretta is a past neighborhood association chair. She serves on several citywide committees and worked with a diverse community to facilitate the establishment of a City of Portland street named for Cesar Chavez. Doretta currently works at North Portland Neighborhood Services.
Mark Stephan is the President of NPCW. He headed up the independent Citizen Advisory Group funded by the US EPA to do the community directed scientific assessment for recommended remediation at the Harbor Oil Superfund site. Mark is a Washington State University professor of political science with a specialty in the study of citizen involvement in environmental decision making.
Executive Director Tom Griffin-Valade
Tom has worked for over 35 years with communities in Oregon engaged in community building and action, the past 25 as the founder and Director of North Portland Neighborhood Services.