The Multnomah Bar Foundation awards grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose programs are aligned with the goals of the Civic Education Fund (formerly the MBA 100th Anniversary Community Gift Fund) to advance civic education and engagement and increase public understanding of the justice system. Made possible by the generous support of the legal community, the MBF has given over $275,000 to local nonprofits.

MBF Awards $37,750 in Civic Education Grants

Bus Project Foundation received $3,500 to expand the PolitiCorps program to a year-long leadership development program.

Elders in Action was awarded $3,750 for Action, Passion, Talent = Civic Engagement, to teach older adults how to be engaged in their communities and work with their local city and county elected officials.

League of Women Voters of Oregon was granted $3,500 to increase participation statewide in the Oregon Student Mock Elections program in anticipation of the 2016 presidential election, and to expand their Voter Services outreach.

League of Women Voters of Portland received $3,500 for their 2015-16 Outreach Campaign of civic education panel discussions focusing on current issues and the rights of citizens to influence government decisions.

MBA YLS Service to the Public Committee was awarded $2,000 for the YOUthFILM Project, a film contest for grades K-12 that uses the theme determined annually by the ABA as the theme for short film submissions.

Northwest Family Services was awarded $10,000 to support the educative function and expand the volunteer pool of Four Cities Peer Court, a restorative justice program that holds low-level, first-time juvenile offenders accountable without the involvement of the juvenile justice system. Students serve as peer lawyers and jury; volunteer judges and lawyers serve as judges.

Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., a new recipient, was granted $4,000 for their TOOLS Program (Tradeswomen Organized for Outreach, Leadership & Support), which focuses on civic education and engagement for women in the trades.

Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees received $7,500 for the Voter Education Program, educating refugees and immigrants, particularly low income and disabled refugees and asylees, about what it means to vote, how to read a voter pamphlet and where to vote.


MBF Awards $40,000 in Civic Education Grants

Meet Our 2014 Recipients

Bus ProjectBus Project Foundation was awarded $7,000 to expand PolitiCorps, their summer leadership development training model, to include year-round civic engagement, professional development and organizing trainings for young leaders, and to create a pilot legislative program, focusing on the 2015 legislative session.

City Club of Portland was granted $2,500 for its Civic Awards program to recognize excellence in individuals, student groups and nonprofits whose work promotes civic and political knowledge and skills, teaches civic values, presents an innovative approach to civic engagement and addresses the opportunity gap at the high school level.
City Club Civic Awards

Classroom Law Project received $9,000 to recruit, train and support new elementary, middle and high school teachers for the Mock Trial and We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution programs and provide grants for teacher resources. Activities emphasize critical thinking, civil discourse about current issues and connections to constitutional principles.

League of Women Voters of Oregon was granted $3,500 to expand Oregon Student Mock Elections. Student ballots mirror current Oregon issues and candidates. This is a full civics curriculum that is adaptable for student ability and class time with the objective of preparing Oregon students to be critically thinking, fully engaged voting citizens.

League of Women Voters of Portland was granted $4,000 to hold candidate and ballot measure forums prior to the primary and general elections. These forums are often the only opportunities for voters to hear all candidates speak at the same event. Forums are open to the public, available online and broadcast on local cable access.
MBA Young Lawyers Section received $2,000 for the YOUthFILM Project, an ABA Law Day-themed student filmmaking contest that teaches K-12 students about civic involvement and the law and offers volunteer attorney mentors to assist filmmakers in creating their short films. Winning films are screened for the public during MBA Community Law Week and prizes are traditionally awarded by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.
YOUthFILM Project

MetroEast Community Media was awarded $4,000 to create a Spanish language short video and public service announcement, promoting civic engagement and volunteering and to encourage the growing Spanish-speaking community, one of the largest but most civically under-represented groups in the Portland metro area, to become actively involved in our democracy. The segments will be on public access, online and on demand, and distributed to targeted agencies locally, regionally and nationally.

Native American Youth and Family Center was granted $2,500 for Native Vote, a program to register, educate and engage voters to increase civic participation within the Native American community. Through culturally-specific outreach and engagement, the program will also create leaders in civic engagement and elevate the profile of Native American voters, a group that is currently underrepresented in the civic community.
Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees

Red Lodge Legal Services Program received $500 to fund the civic engagement session in a speaker series pilot project for women incarcerated in Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. The anticipated outcome is to have participants voting upon release, civically engaged with a voice in their communities and involved in decision-making conversations.

Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees was granted $5,000 for its Voter Education Project,to promote full immigrant integration, civic participation and voter engagement through monthly classes to newly naturalized citizens. Participants learn about the voting system and receive help registering to vote. MBF funding will also be used to expand and update the curriculum.

For more information, contact Pamela Hubbs at 503.222.3275.

Grants History

Select a link below to view photos and a summary of grants given.

Grants 2012

Grants 2011

Grants 2010

Grants 2009

Grants 2006 - 2008