Shop Local Deals While Supporting Local Causes on Giving Tuesday and All Season Long

Dear Portland,

Today is Giving Tuesday and everywhere I look I am reminded of the magic of the holiday season and the generosity it inspires. Neighborhood business districts are filled with the spirit of giving – as well as holiday decorations, festive events and everything you need to make the season merry and bright.    

Portland’s family of neighborhood business districts actively support neighborhood causes at twice the rate of national chains and show their gratitude to the Portlanders who keep them in business. In 2018 alone, Portland’s nonprofit neighborhood business associations donated more than $100,000 and 4,000 pounds of food to local charities city wide. Additionally, through ongoing district clean-ups, districts picked up more than 5,000 pounds of trash from streets, sidewalks and parks. In total, neighborhood businesses collectively contributed $1 million to help keep Portland a wonderful place to live, work and play for all.

And now it’s your turn. Neighborhood businesses have made it easy for you to give back this holiday season while also finding the perfect gifts for everyone on your list:

Venture Portland, and neighborhood business districts, know that the business of Portland is about a lot more than just business. It’s about people, neighborhoods and culture. It’s about growing the economy to grow prosperity. Building capacity to build the city. And connecting capital, creativity and community. It’s about growing business and connecting neighborhoods and making more out of the neighborhood business districts we call home.   

Thank you for your continued support. This holiday season I hope you’ll take a moment to #PledgeLocalPDX, plan a visit to one of Portland’s 50 neighborhood business districts and discover why they make Portland a truly world-class city. I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019.

Heather Hoell, Executive Director

PS – Don’t forget you can always support Portland’s 50 neighborhood business districts with a contribution to Venture Portland. It’s a gift that keeps on giving all year long!