Case Study: Portland Public Schools Foundation (, April 20, 2016)

Posted on April 28, 2016 in Media Coverage
By Miranda Hansen Read the blog post below and here.  

Last year Portland Public Schools parents raised over 3 million dollars through fundraisers.

Considering these are dollars raised by numerous volunteer hours and unquantifiable energy costs, that number is staggering. Fortunately, these schools (44 of them) have the support of the Portland Public Schools Foundation (PPSF) under the nonprofit umbrella of All Hands Raised

Register for Kindergarten by June 1!

Posted on April 27, 2016 in Press Releases
Registering by June 1st Gets Kindergartners Ready for School Registering for kindergarten before June 1 is one of the easiest ways to put children on a path for success in school. Our community’s “Register for Kindergarten by June” campaign is aimed at increasing on-time kindergarten registrations throughout Multnomah County. When families enroll their children in school before schools close for the summer …

Ninth Grade Counts Summer Programming – Enroll Now!

Posted on April 25, 2016 in Press Releases
The 2016 Guide to Summer Transition Programs for Incoming Ninth Graders in Portland and Multnomah County is now available in multiple languages! School and community partners use it to help Academic Priority eighth graders get a jump on high school and connect them with a positive summer learning experience. The guide lists the school districts each program serves as well as the program dates …

Just Over $1 Million in PPS Parent Equity Funds Awarded

Posted on March 16, 2016 in PPS Foundation Updates, Press Releases
Portland, OR (03/16/16) – At last week’s PPS all-principals meeting, All Hands Raised announced the PPS Parent Equity Fund Awards for the 2016-17 school year. These awards, to the highest needs schools in the district, are made possible by PPS parent-led fundraising through local school foundations, which in 2014-15 totaled $3.4 million. Just over $1 million of these PPS parent-raised funds was awarded to 44 PPS schools and five alternative programs that serve PPS students …

Thank you for attending our 21st Birthday Bash!

Posted on March 3, 2016 in Press Releases

Thank you to all who attended our Shine On 21st Birthday Bash!

700 guests packed into the Moda Center to support the work of All Hands Raised to champion education, equity and excellence inside and outside of the classroom – a mission that requires all of us to raise our hand and play our part. Because of the generosity of so many …

Local Education is Transforming (Portland Monthly, January 15, 2015)

Posted on January 28, 2016 in Media Coverage
This February’s Education issue of Portland Monthly highlighted two key work areas and the shared progress of the All Hands Raised Partnership around K-12 attendance and college access. We are bringing together partners, like Principal Andrea Sande and José Esparza amongst many others, in order to tackle the most pressing needs on the ground for our kids – and together we are making a difference …

Rock the Vote! New Season’s Bag it Forward Program

Posted on January 12, 2016 in PPS Foundation Updates, Press Releases
New Seasons Market launched a new Bag it Forward program in February of 2016, which gives customers an opportunity to donate their reusable bag credits (5¢ each) to a non-profit organization. Customers can choose from one of three beneficiaries representing New Seasons Market’s tenets of giving: fighting hunger, supporting K-12 schools, and promoting environmental conservation. We need your help in ensuring that All Hands Raised continues to receive critical funding.

Every Day Counts

Posted on December 29, 2015 in CEO Updates
Dear Friends – Over the last two years we have worked closely with six schools focused on practices that correlate with improved attendance. While there is much left to learn, the impact of this work is beginning to shine through and have a direct impact on our kids. Take for example, “Sarah” who is a fifth grader with a long history of chronic absenteeism …

Building Stronger Partnerships Takes the Support of Everyone

Posted on December 15, 2015 in CEO Updates
Dear Friends – For more than two decades, All Hands Raised has worked to improve the academic and social well-being of all Multnomah County children and youth, with an acute focus on equity. We do this by keeping a crucial network of key partners together, providing direct continuous improvement services to improve practices that move the needle in the right direction for our kids …

Five Years of Shared Commitment and Collaboration

Posted on December 4, 2015 in CEO Updates
Dear Friends – I am hoping each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here at All Hands Raised we have much to be grateful for. It was five years ago this week that community leaders entrusted us with the responsibility to build a better system of collaboration for Multnomah County’s children and youth from cradle to career. Together we have accomplished much …