Portland Society Fund

The 501c3 associated with the Portland Society, which is a 501c6, regularly sends a woman from the organization to the National Bike Summit. Carrie Leonard was our fantastic recipient in 2016, and Kate Walker of the Street Trust is attending for us in 2017.

The National Bike Summit is the premier bike advocacy event of the year, uniting the voices of bicyclists on Capitol Hill, and the Women's Forum is a preceding event specifically for women in the cycling advocacy community. For more than a decade, the attendance of bicyclists at the Summit has helped increase investments in bicycling at the state and local level. The $1250 Portland Society Fund Grant will be awarded to one current Portland Society member to cover the cost of the Summit, the Women's Forum, roundtrip airfare to Washington DC, modest accommodations, and some meal expenses.

By awarding this grant, Portland Society hopes to:

  • Support more female voices at the National Summit
  • Represent Portland Society at the national level
  • Inspire other women across the country to create their own PS-like organizations
  • Bring information back from the Summit for the betterment of the cycling community and active transportation in Portland
  • Support the grant recipient to make business and personal networking connections, and possibly promote her business
  • Have the grant recipient communicate what she learns at the Summit to the Portland Society at a morning meeting
  • Execute the mission of Umbrella, the organization that oversees this fund, “to encourage community-based street culture and develop streets as vibrant, safe, and welcoming public spaces that serve communities.”

Please address questions to avventura1234@gmail.com
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The Portland Society Fund is a project of Umbrella.

Donations to the Fund go directly to support professional development for emerging leaders in active transportation, and can be made here: