Willamette Week’s Give! Guide

  1. Updates

Willamette Week chose us to participate in their annual Give! Guide effort. Last year this fundraiser brought in more than $900,000 for 79 local nonprofits. This year they raised over $1 million dollars and supporters contributed $5,000 to Playworks. The Give! Guide’s goal was to develop new donors for organizations like ours. The Willamette Week puts special emphasis on identifying new donors under the age of 36—and provides all sorts of incentives worth approximately $100,000 to help bring this about. In addition, our corporate partner, US Bank matched donations from US Bank employees.

Thank you to all of our new and returning supporters for making this such an exciting and successful campaign. Portland cares about its kids and we're happy to be a part of this great community. Play on!

More Updates


March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…

December 15, 2020

Top 6 Games to Play Virtually ›

Many educators have risen to the challenge of transitioning their lessons to accommodate virtual education, and Playworks has been helping educators ensure play remains in every child’s day, even online. Kids prioritize play, and with our support educators are leveraging play when teaching virtually in order to keep kids engaged, active, and to build community.…