Another Year for the Books.


Dear Friends and Supporters:

It is exciting to reflect back on 2018 and realize how much we have achieved. From kicking off our Housing Action Team to celebrating the 10th year of the St. Johns Farmers Market to launching the St. Johns Clothing Closet, we have continued to grow and thrive. I am especially proud to report that we grew our neighborhood volunteer base to 59 active volunteers in 2018.

There are many standout moments from last year, but my favorite moments all took place in our office. In these moments, staff members and volunteers sat around our conference table and problem-solved ways to address the issues facing our neighborhood. To me, these moments exemplify how creative, positive, and responsive our team was this last year in addressing neighborhood challenges. Our community Clothing Closet is a great example of a result that came from staff and volunteers putting their brain power together to address a growing need in our community.

As we dive into 2019, we will be investing in growing our staff capacity and increasing our economic empowerment work (workforce development, business coaching, and asset development) and basic needs services (clothing closet, food access, and case management). Additionally, we are pleased to announce that we will be acquiring the Good Samaritan Food Pantry here in St. Johns and taking over operations in February 2019.

We look forward to your continued support and sharing more details about our 2019 adventures!

With lots of gratitude,

Lindsay Jensen, Executive Director


Our Impact in 2018


Supported housing for neighbors in need 
We have been working with the St. Johns Wesleyan Church to develop a new affordable housing project. Additionally, our Housing Action Committee has continued to advocate for our neighbors experiencing homelessness and supported the move of Hazelnut Grove to the St. Johns community. 

Organized creative placemaking events 
Our artBURST series has continued to grow and thrive with our quarterly Art Walk and Art Constitutional events. Through our artBURST programming we have supported over 80 local artists and attracted thousands of neighbors to our business district to engage in the arts. Additionally, this November we helped fund a pop-up shop at Bridge City Kid organized by Alshiref Design + Print, which features awesome local artists! 

Empowered small business owners 
Since 2014, we have granted $138,000 to businesses for storefront improvement projects. We also partnered with MESO and Bizzy Lizzie Social Media Marketing to provide coaching and support to businesses, particularly those owned by individuals who have been traditionally marginalized.

Provided essential resources to low-income neighbors
We distributed over 13,000 clothing items to over 800 neighbors in need through our community clothing closet. Additionally, we distributed $15,608 in fresh fruits and vegetables to neighbors participating in our food equity programs at the Farmers Market.

Connected community members to local jobs
Our local jobs board received over 400 visits per month. We also partnered with Worksystems, Prosper Portland, and IRCO, to fund a Workforce Navigator position that is based at our office. Josie, our Workforce Navigator, provides one-on-one coaching and support to neighbors looking for a job.  

Served as a hub for neighborhood engagement
We engaged 59 community volunteers in our work! We also hosted the neighborhood leadership forum at our office, providing regular professional development training and gathering space for a dozen of our neighborhood leaders. On top of that, we fiscally sponsored 3 amazing community happenings - the St. Johns Bizarre, Celebrate North Portland, and the St. Johns Museum.


neighbors served



volunteer hours

Financial Snapshot

Our fundraising goal was $ $220,740.00. We raised $221,366.09.

We said we would spend $ $222,853.17. We spent $217,324.00

We anticipated a loss of -$2,113.16. We ended with a gain of $4,042.09

Comparison to Last Two Fiscal Years

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Financial Ratios

Reliance on Government Funding
$139,154/$217,324.00= .64 or 64% 

Self-Sufficiency Ratio
(the proportion of operating expenses that are covered by earned income)
$31,620.70/$217,324.00= .15 or 15% 

Percentage of Budget for Personnel
$94,688.11/$217,324.00= .44 or 44%

Current assets over current liabilities
(ability to pay obligations) 
$75,766.22/$43,450.73 = 1.74 or 174%

Cash on Hand (as of 6/30/18)

Significant Funding Sources

Government Funding: Prosper Portland, Metro  

Program Service Fees: Farmers Market, Art Constitutional, fiscal sponsorship fees  

Other Grants: North Portland Community Works, Rose E Tucker Charitable Trust, Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, Janus Youth Programs 

Business Contributions: Port of Portland, Porch Light Realty Group, Beneficial State Bank, IRC Aluminum & Stainless, New Seasons Market, Oregonians Credit Union, Development Company of the West, WasteXpress, Farmers Insurance, Mellum Family Dentistry, Guerrilla Development, Discogs, Leisure Public House

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Funding Breakdown


Stand with us as we support access, hope, and a voice for all neighbors in 2019.