Portland Monthly's Light a Fire Awards celebrate the organizations and individuals who are working to make Portland more prosperous, beautiful, healthful, and sustainable for all of our citizens. Winners will be honored both in the pages of the magazine and at an awards ceremony, where one organization will win the proceeds of the evening.


Extraordinary Executive Director LAF 2015

Exceptional Pro Bono Contribution LAF 2015

Lifetime Achievement | LAF 2015

Extraordinary Board Member | LAF 2015

Extraordinary Volunteer | LAF 2015

Inspiring Creativity | LAF 2015

Most with the Least | LAF 2015

Keeping Us Healthy | LAF 2015

Game-Changing Project | LAF 2015

Best New Nonprofit | LAF 2015

Emerging Leader | LAF 2015

Caring for the Planet | LAF 2015

To find our Light A Fire honorees, Portland Monthly uses a four-step process:

1. We gather: We ask everyone we know, including our readers, and find experts with a wide vision of the city.

2. We review: With a panel of the region’s top foundation and corporate-giving leaders, we score every nomination.

3. We debate: Using the top-scoring nominations as a starting point, panel members weigh the information submitted, their own knowledge of the individuals and organizations, and their convergences and differences of opinion.

4. We select: There’s always more good work than can be awarded—but there’s always next year.

All questions must be answered completely and according to directions to be considered. You may nominate in as many categories as you choose, you may nominate the same organization in multiple categories, and you may nominate yourself or your own organization. Winners are selected on the basis of community impact, and not number of nominations, so please complete only one nomination form per organization in each category.