Why I Give to All Hands Raised: Our Board Chair’s Story

Posted on December 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

Why I Give to All Hands Raised: A Letter from All Hands Raised Board Chair, Jennifer Messenger Heilbronner

  Dear Friends, A few months back, at my brother’s wedding, I got to reconnect with my third grade teacher, Sally Beisser. She was on the guest list all these years later because she had a tremendous impact on my brother’s life …

Thank You for Attending Principal for Almost a Day!

Posted on November 1, 2016 in Press Releases
On Thursday, October 27, 138 business executives, civic leaders, and non-profit CEOs walked alongside 118 principals, superintendents and other administrators from five school districts, as a part of All Hands Raised’s annual Principal for Almost a Day (PFAD) presented by Comcast. Founded 16 years ago with the goal of building understanding, awareness and partnerships between schools and community leaders, PFAD continues to serve a critical role to improve community responsibility with local schools …

Three Easy and Free Steps to Support PPS Schools at New Seasons Market

Posted on September 7, 2016 in PPS Foundation Updates
Supporting the work of PPS Local School Foundations and the PPS Parent Equity Fund is made easy through New Season’s innovative Cans for Kids program. It only takes three steps to make a difference in our community:

Step 1: Collect your redeemable cans and bottles (at home, at work, at school).


Step 2: Bring your cans and bottles to any Portland New Seasons Market store and give them to a cashier,

Results in Students Accessing College

Posted on May 11, 2016 in CEO Updates
Dear Friends – This fall we began working with two ready and willing high schools in Multnomah County to increase the number of seniors who complete federal financial aid forms (FAFSA)–a key predictor of whether a student will enroll in any kind of post-secondary program, and the only way a student can access federal financial aid. Each year in Oregon our students leave nearly $36 million on the table in unclaimed federal aid …

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 …

Real-time FAFSA Completion Rates Now Available to Drive Improvement

Posted on February 12, 2016 in Press Releases
More than ever, young people need postsecondary education and training in order to thrive in the economy. One of the strongest predictors that a student will enroll in college is whether they complete the federal financial aid application known as FAFSA. For the first time, an interactive data tool is available to help Multnomah County high schools and community partners track their success in helping students complete the FAFSA and move forward on the path to college …