Portland Area Programs

Talk to Kate about Our Programs and the Beneficial Banking Movement

Beneficial State Foundation develops and supports a variety of programs, services and events in Oregon. Kate Rood, our Portland-based Community Engagement Officer, connects small business owners, social-impact entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders to resources, supporting our growing beneficial banking community. Looking for funding or space for your next event? Want to learn more about technical and financial assistance for your business or nonprofit? Contact Kate!

Event Sponsorship Program

Beneficial State Foundation funds and manages the event sponsorships of Beneficial State Bank. We are proud to support many incredible Oregon nonprofits through event sponsorship. To learn more, click here or contact Kate Rood.

Oregon Community Engagement Initiatives

Addressing Portland’s Housing Crisis

Beneficial State believes that safe, clean, and comfortable housing is a human right. We proudly endorsed Portland’s first ballot measure for affordable housing and we are active supporters of the Welcome Home Coalition — a diverse and wide-reaching coalition of more than 140 organizations focused on affordable housing solutions.

If you’d like to endorse the Welcome Home Coalition or make a contribution, please go here.

Money on a Mission

On October 7, 2015, Beneficial State Bank and Albina Community Bank presented the second annual Money on a Mission, a fun educational and networking event to connect local small businesses and entrepreneurs to capital providers and other resources to help them succeed. This annual event offered business owners and entrepreneurs an opportunity to meet with lenders such as the following:

Albina Community Bank • Albina Opportunities Corporation • Beneficial State Bank • Business Oregon • Community Sourced Capital • Craft3 • HATCH • Kiva Zip • Mercy Corps Northwest • Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon • Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs • Portland Development Commission • Small Business Administration

Beneficial State Bank co-Founder and co-CEO Kat Taylor were joined on stage by Governor Kate Brown and Mayor Charlie Hales to discuss the critical role that small business plays in Oregon’s community.  Stay tuned for information about future events.

Championing the B Corp and Social Enterprise Business Community

Serving on local boards and advisory groups, Beneficial State is an active member of the thriving social enterprise community in Oregon. We recruit and support a growing number of B Corp certified companies in Oregon.

Find tools and learning resources for social entrepreneurs from Impact Entrepreneurs.

Click here for more information about B Corp certification.

Follow local B Corp community activity in Portland on Facebook: @ORandPDXBLocal

Ensuring Nonprofits Thrive

Through our innovative nonprofit banking services, deep community partnerships, paid-volunteer time employee benefit, and event sponsorship program, Beneficial State supports the critical work of Oregon’s nonprofit sector.

Join the Beneficial Banking Movement

We believe that banks should nourish our communities, not extract from them. We work closely with values-aligned partners and financial institutions to spread this mission of beneficial banking in Oregon.

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Beneficial State Fellowship Program

The Beneficial State Foundation’s Summer Fellowship creates a pipeline for the next generation of social impact leaders. We design the Fellowship experience to be challenging, meaningful and in alignment with our strategic objective to cultivate leaders whose passion for economic justice and environmental sustainability match the vision and goals of Beneficial State. Depending on project availability, Fellows can be based out of our Portland office. View our open opportunities here and submit an application. Positions are typically posted in February; applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.