Fundraising into Fall

There’s a lot going on for the rest of the year, and we wanted to make sure you know about everything!

August 31, 2018: Garden Bar Giveback Friday

A week from today, we’ll be the Giveback Friday partner for Garden Bar as part of their mission to invest deeply into the community. (They’ve raised more than $5,000 for local nonprofits this way!) For every Classic salad or Summer bowl sold that day, they’ll donate $1 to us—three salads at your table puts a new book in the hands of a local child in need. While you work up an appetite, check for you nearest location.

If you go, we’d love for you to share about it on social media to thank Garden Bar for their support: tag @gardenbarpdx on Instagram or Twitter.

October 25, 2019: Wine-ing for Literacy

Our signature fundraising event returns for its seventh year. We have several wonderful sponsors lined up and many donors have already contributed to our silent auction. Visit our Events page for all the details. Registration is live!

Through January 2019: Bag it Forward

We were so pleased to return as an education partner with New Seasons Market for the Bag It Forward program this year — and that was before we found out we’d been chosen by five locations. Wow! If you bring your own bag to shop at the following New Seasons locations, you can donate your refund to us. Just drop a bean in our jar.

•  Cedar Hills, 3495 Southwest Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton
•  Hawthorne, 4034 Southeast Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
•  Progress Ridge, 14805 Southwest Barrows Rd, Beaverton
•  Slabtown, 2170 Northwest Raleigh St, Portland
•  Woodstock, 4500 Southeast Woodstock Blvd, Portland

p.s.

If you are a Fred Meyer shopper, we are still registered with their Community Rewards program. They have updated their system, so we have a new number (#LN701). Visit our Give page for the complete how-to.

Events for 2017

April 14, 2017

Rock out with local drummer, educator, and author Mark Powers and support us as the same time. Mark will be featuring his books, I Want To Be A Drummer! and I Want To Be A Reader! Our hosts, Ford Food and Drink, will be donating 10% of their profits to us, so we encourage you to arrive hungry and thirsty—and definitely bring some kiddos. RSVP to the Facebook event for additional details and to let us know you’ll attend.

July 12, 2017

Breweries for Books returns to Migration Brewing on July 12th, 4 – 8pm. Expect bookish fun for all ages, including a 50/50 raffle and other games, with 10% of proceeds going to First Book Portland. We have been able to include a local children’s author for the past two years and hope to do so again this year. (Right this way for our suggestion box.)

August 9, 2017

The wonderful profit-share at ¿Por Qué No? returns for another year. Both locations—Hawthorne and Mississippi— will be donating 20% of the day’s proceeds to First Book Portland between 11am and 10pm. Please reward them (and your tummy) for their generosity!

November 2, 2017  *new date*

We will be holding our sixth annual Wine-ing for Literacy event at Olympic Mills Commerce Center, a venue that was a real hit in 2016. This wine reception and silent auction is our biggest event, and it gets better every year. (Feel like donating to the silent auction? Get in touch!)

Save the Date(s)

June 1, 2016

Once again, the generous folks at ¿Por Qué No? will be donating 20% of the day’s proceeds to First Book Portland—that’s both the Hawthorne and Mississippi locations, all day long (11am – 10pm). Yum.

July 20, 2016

Breweries for Books returns to Migration Brewing on July 20th, 4 – 8pm. Expect bookish fun for all ages, including a 50/50 raffle and a trivia round, with 10% of proceeds going to First Book Portland.

October 2, 2016

When Cause + Event Portland race rolls around next fall and sells out early, at least you can’t say we didn’t warn you! In fact, registration is already open. Half of each runner’s entry fee is donated to a charity of their choice, so anyone is welcome to race (or volunteer) on our behalf. Bonus: if you register by August 12, your name will be included on the t-shirts and race bibs.

October 27, 2016

We will be holding our fifth annual Wine-ing for Literacy event—a wine tasting and silent auction—at Olympic Mills Commerce Center (which you may know better as the home of Olympia Provisions Southeast). Feel like donating to the silent auction? Get in touch!