By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The All Hands Raised Partnership, which supports school districts in Portland, has received more than $600,000 from local and national foundations and corporations since January, said vice president Jeanie-Marie Price.
The organization supports local districts in work toward kindergarten readiness, attaining ninth-grade credits toward graduation, eliminating chronic absenteeism and eliminating disparities across communities.
In the fall, Price said, the organization will add a fifth focus to improve the transition from high school to college or career.
The gifts received this year are from Meyer Memorial Trust $150,000; Oregon Community Foundation $25,000; Oregon Education Investment Board $25,000; America’s Promise Alliance $15,000; PGE Foundation $50,000; The Standard $7,500, and Unitus Community Credit Union $3,087.
The transition to college or career focus has drawn gifts from Lumina Foundation $170,000; Living Cities $60,000, and Bank of America $15,000.
Since 1994, All Hands Raised has managed the Portland Public Schools Foundation Equity Fund which has received $44,389 from New Seasons Market through the Cans for Kids and School Fruit programs and $43,425 from the Roy Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.
The Portland Trail Blazers, through its Make It Better Foundation, contributed a total of nearly $26,800 to the six partner school districts of All Hands Raised, Price said.