At this year’s virtual event, speakers emphasized the increased need for companies to collaborate in support of their communities and neighbors, as we all face the world’s current challenges together. We’d like to congratulate all of the winners and also call out two examples of philanthropy that really stood out to us.
Congratulations to (w)here Real Estate for taking top prize in the small business category ($10M or less in revenue). The company’s President, Suzann Baricevic Murphy, explained that they were able to donate more than $150,000 in 2019 because every employee embraces the company’s philanthropic vision by donating a portion of all commission earnings to the company’s philanthropy fund. It’s a requirement of employment at (w)here and an inspiration to hear of companies like this one that builds the act of giving back into their DNA.
In the Innovation category, we’d also like to congratulate the Tillamook County Creamery Association for partnering with the Oregon Coast Futbol Club to ensure that all students in the program (first grade through high school) have an equal opportunity to play soccer by eliminating possible cost barriers. Tillamook covers all costs related to purchasing player uniforms and goal posts, as well as maintaining existing soccer fields and developing new ones.
As for Ruby’s effort, we currently partner with 18 nonprofits including Make-A-Wish, Oregon Food Bank, and Portland Homeless Family Solutions. In 2019, Rubys donated 764 hours of time and labor to contribute to food drives, street clean-ups, and other events supporting nonprofits and the non-profit community. Beyond volunteer time, in 2019 Ruby Corps donated over $47,000 by way of cash donations, employee match, events, and sponsored partnerships with nonprofits.
Creating community is so important in the world right now and we’re honored to be recognized on a list with some of the region’s community’s most philanthropic organizations.
You can see a full list of this year’s winners and read more about the awards at Portland Business Journal.