Giving $100,000 to nonprofits for COVID-19 response

Grow: The Advantis Community Fund

Our 2021 Grow grant cycle will follow Advantis’ traditional Grow grant process. Grant applications will be posted online this spring, and nonprofits are invited to apply for a grant up to $10,000 for a local project. Our selection committee will review all applications, narrow to a list of finalists, and the community will vote online this summer to select the funded grant projects.

 Ten years of helping communities grow

grow 10 years logoGrow: The Advantis Community Fund is an annual $50,000 grant fund designed to provide nonprofit organizations with financial resources to address a wide range of needs in our community. Since its launch in 2011, our grant fund has contributed over a half million dollars to local organizations and funded 62 projects.

Unprecedented time, extraordinary need

This is a year unlike any in the history of Grow. To address the critical needs of our community now—and in recognition of our 10th anniversary—Grow is doubling our grant fund and awarding $100,000, divided equally among five local nonprofits providing immediate help to those experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19.

The annual Grow campaign typically relies on community votes to determine grant recipients, with voting throughout the spring, and grants awarded in late July. This year, we’ve chosen to temporarily change the structure of Grow to select and award five organizations directly—and most important—immediately.

People helping people

It’s a bold departure from Grow tradition, but one we’re honored to make. Credit unions were founded on the philosophy of “people helping people,” and that philosophy guides us here at Advantis—in good times and bad.

Rather than wait, this year we’re providing crucially needed help to local organizations who feed the hungry, keep the utilities on for vulnerable households, provide health care to the underserved, and deliver food and groceries to the housebound. Congratulations to our five extremely worthy 2020 Grow recipients.

Hear from our Grow recipients how the grants will make a positive impact.


Five nonprofits receiving $20,000 grants


Sunshine Division
For nearly 100 years, Sunshine Division has provided food and clothing relief to struggling local families, students, and individuals. Backed by a unique partnership with the Portland Police Bureau, Sunshine Division operates year-round, also supporting more than 70 food-relief agencies in five counties.

Our grant will help fund, support, and extend the group’s distribution of emergency food boxes at pickup sites at both the North Portland and SE Stark Sunshine Division facilities.

Store to Door
Store to Door supports independent living for Portland-area seniors and people with disabilities. Through personal, volunteer-based grocery shopping and delivery service, they envision a community where all seniors and people with disabilities are nourished, included, and can age with dignity in the setting of their choice.

Our grant will maintain existing services and expand its reach to deliver food and groceries to particularly vulnerable populations in the Portland area. Demand for their services has greatly increased greatly during the pandemic.

Human Solutions 
Human Solutions has been helping homeless and low-income families build pathways out of poverty since 1988. They offer services in four interrelated areas: affordable housing; employment and economic development programs; direct services to homeless families; and rent and utility assistance programs.

Grant will provide funding relief to address dramatic increase in demand for utility and rent assistance. 

Impact Northwest 
Impact Northwest works to prevent homelessness by partnering with people as they navigate their journey to stability and opportunity. The group works with thousands of individuals and families in danger of losing their housing, and connects them with resources to help them transition out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.

Grant will address increased demand for Energy Assistance Program services, providing critical help with electric, gas, oil, water, and sewer utility bills as well as rent assistance.

Outside In 
Since 1968, Outside In has helped break the cycles of chronic homelessness, poverty, and poor health among Portland’s LGBTQIA+ community, people of color, those experiencing homelessness, and the underserved.

Our grant will help fund increased pandemic-related clinic and mental health programs, including mobile medical outreach, health insurance enrollment, and meal delivery. 

  • Friends of Trees
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium
  • Our House of Portland
  • Portland Rescue Mission
  • Portland Winter Light Festival
  • Audubon Society of Portland
  • DoveLewis
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon
  • Mercy Corps Northwest
  • Snowcap Community Charities.
  • Good Neighbor Center
  • Chelsea Hicks Foundation
  • CODA, Inc.
  • Friends of the Children
  • Our House of Portland
  • Portland Homeless Family Solutions
  • Q Center
  • Rose Haven
  • Central City Concern
  • Free Geek
  • Kinship House
  • The Dougy Center for Grieving Children and Families
  • William Temple House
  • The Shadow Project
  • Children’s Book Bank
  • Feral Cat Coalition
  • Oregon Tradeswomen
  • Raphael House
  • SnowCap
  • Store to Door
  • Café au Play
  • North Clackamas Education Foundation
  • The Pixie Project
  • PICA
  • Rose Haven
  • Trillium Family Services
  • Growing Gardens
  • Boys & Girls Aid
  • David’s Harp
  • DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital
  • Impact NW-Communities for Safe Kids Initiative
  • Meals on Wheels People
  • The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank
  • Clackamas Women's Services
  • Potluck in the Park
  • Friends of the Children
  • Portland Rescue Mission
  • Community Energy Project
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters

  • CARES Northwest
  • CASA for Children
  • Central City Concern
  • Exceed Enterprises
  • Northwest Housing Alternatives
  • Oregon Humane Society
  • SnowCap Community Charities
  • Sunshine Division