Most Extraordinary Board Member Over 35

Gary Maffei

WHY HE’S EXTRAORDINARY: Gary Maffei began his 15-year stint on the board of Our House, an organization that supports people living with HIV/AIDS, after losing a good friend to the disease. In 2005-6, Maffei led Our House’s Circle of Life capital campaign, raising $5.5 million to fund the reconstruction of an outdated and ill-equipped residential facility on SE Alder St, expanding it by 6,000 square feet (it now accommodates 14 patients, up from 10, with office space on a separate floor). Sally Dadmun Bixby, Our House’s development director, says Maffei has “opened doors for us” through his enthusiasm for fundraising and the personal connections he’s cultivated with private philanthropists. “People are drawn to him,” Dadmun Bixby says. “The man lights up when he starts talking about the charities he loves.” —EG

WHAT THEY NEED: Cash donations
TO GIVE:; 503-234-0175

Purely for the Love

Returning Veterans Resource Project NW

WHAT THEY DO: In the summer of 2004, Portland therapist Carol Levine knew she had to do something after reading that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan weren’t getting the help they needed to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder and other war-related psychological conditions. She vowed to donate her services, free of charge, to a single veteran for however long it took the patient to recover. Then she started making calls to colleagues asking if they would do the same, and within three days she had 25 psychotherapists signed up to donate one hour a week of strictly confidential pro bono counseling to veterans and their families. Today, the Returning Veterans Resource Project has 46 therapists enrolled: They currently treat 34 veterans and their family members. “We were warned by the Veterans Administration that it would take a while to get patients,” Levine says. “But we’re in it for the long haul.” —EG

WHAT THEY NEED: Cash donations and therapists willing to donate time
TO GIVE:; 503-402-1717

‘He lights up when he starts talking about charities.’

Most Extraordinary Board Member Under 35

Fay Schuler

WHY SHE’S EXTRAORDINARY: Fay Schuler, herself a survivor of domestic violence, brought more than 10 years’ experience as a victims’ advocate when she began volunteering in 2005 with the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, a 24-hour statewide hotline for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. As board president, 32-year-old Schuler was instrumental in hiring a new executive director, developing a three-year strategic plan (which includes a new ad campaign to promote the crisis line) and spearheading the organization’s most successful fundraiser to date, a September gala at the Wonder Ballroom that netted $32,000 to purchase bus and billboard ads. “It’s all about getting the phones ringing,” she says. —EG

WHAT THEY NEED: Cash donations and therapists willing to donate time
TO GIVE:; 503-232-9751