Giving Tuesday Now

Giving Tuesday Now

By Sara O’Brien


Dear Valued Friends, Partners, and Supporters,

As you may know, May 5th is Giving Tuesday Now, a global day of giving to provide extra support during COVID-19. 

At Willamette Partnership, we have the opportunity to work with an amazing diversity of partner organizations, many of whom are playing a critical role in COVID-19 response and recovery. 

We know many of your personal and professional worlds are uncertain and upside-down right now, and donating may not be an option. For those that do have the capacity to give, please consider supporting organizations that serve the people and communities hit hardest by this crisis and its economic impacts.

Below you can find a small selection of the many partner organizations we work with and really admire. Click on their names to go directly to their donation page and contribute.







Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon

The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice. Since mid-March, APANO has shifted and re-aligned their work to address and advocate for community needs during these challenging times. They aim to respond to the most pressing needs in their community, while also leaning into their core area of advocacy work to shape our collective response to COVID-19. Highlights and updates are available on APANO’s website.

Coalition of Communities of Color

The Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) addresses the socioeconomic disparities, institutional racism and inequity of services experienced by our families, children and communities, and organizes our communities for collective action resulting in social change to obtain self-determination, wellness, justice, and prosperity. 

Because COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on communities of color, CCC is working hard to provide support and resources to its members during this time.

Duwamish River Clean-Up

DRCC elevates the voices of those impacted by the Duwamish River pollution and other environmental injustices to advocate for a clean, healthy, and equitable environment for people and wildlife. Today, they are also mobilizing to help meet COVID-19-related needs in their community.


Euvalcree’s primary goal is to develop the social capital and leadership capacity of community members. The organization has developed a strong networking and community infrastructure that allows the organization to communicate and organize grass-roots community members in significant ways.

Oregon Community Health Workers Association

Community health workers serve as a vital health resource for communities, and they work to address the persistent injustice and biases in the current healthcare and governmental systems. ORCHWA serves as a unified voice to empower and advocate for community health workers and their communities.

Oregon Public Health Institute

OPHI works to improve health, advance equity, and reduce disparities by:

      • Working with private and public partners to create innovative and sustainable community-led solutions.
      • Advocating for strategies that advance equity and reduce disparities, whether leading or supporting the work of others.
      • Looking upstream, downstream, and midstream to identify solutions that go beyond existing healthcare strategies.

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN)

PCUN’s mission is to empower farmworkers and working Latinx families in Oregon by building community, increasing Latinx representation in elections, and policy advocacy on both the national and state levels. You can donate directly to PCUN’s Farmworker Emergency Fund, and the organization is also working to identify and advocate for actions that the government and industry can take to keep workers, communities, and the food supply chain safe.

Unite Oregon

Unite Oregon is led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty. They work across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice. You can donate directly to their COVID-19 Immigrant and Refugee Support Fund.


Verde serves communities by building environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy. They have pivoted their work to address the needs of the communities they serve, including emergency food delivery to mobile home parks in the Cully neighborhood, creating a renter relief fund for Cully residents, and bridging the digital divide. At the same time, they continue to press forward on climate, energy, transportation, and water justice policy.

Wallowa Resources

Wallowa Resources believes that thriving rural communities need strong economies, wholehearted commitment to taking care of the land and water, and top-notch learning opportunities. Their mission is to empower rural communities to create strong economies and healthy landscapes through land stewardship, education, and job creation. In responding to the COVID pandemic, their focus is on building the resilience of their rural communities.


In her role as Executive Director, Sara O'Brien, is Willamette Partnership’s chief strategist, lead conductor, and biggest fan. Under her leadership, Willamette Partnership is helping to build a future in which people build resilient ecosystems, healthy communities, and vibrant economies by investing in nature. Most recently, Sara was Willamette Partnership's Director of Strategy and Business, helping to refine its business strategy and identify opportunities for growth. She previously worked at Defenders of Wildlife, the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment, and the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia. Sara holds a B.A. in anthropology and linguistics from Grinnell College and an M.S. in natural resource management from the University of Arizona. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with projects such as managing a farm, building a straw bale house, and raising children.


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