Impact NW · 2016 Annual Report

Impact NW is a premier provider of educational and social services in the greater Portland metro area. Our mission is to help people prosper through a community of support.

“Let’s Find a Way”

Jeff Cogen, Executive Director
Jeff Cogen, Executive Director

A group of neighbors got together 50 years ago to do something about the poverty in their inner Southeast Portland neighborhood. Little did they know that they would plant the seeds for something that would change lives for decades.

The neighbors brought caring and concern but also a penchant for action. “Let’s find a way” became their early rally cry as they worked for better housing, schools, and what we now call safety net services.

We celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of Impact NW in 2016 by reminding ourselves of where we came from and what we stand for. Now a $12 million organization serving thousands of people across the metro area, Impact NW remains deeply committed to its roots. We remain committed to helping people find a way to overcome obstacles and realize their dreams.

I am so pleased to continue this legacy of support as the new Executive Director of Impact NW. Thank you to Susan Stoltenberg, our leader since 2003. I look forward to continuing the evolution she started by leading an Impact NW that is compassionate, nimble, and deeply focused on the changing needs of today. And I am grateful for the fabulous people, businesses, and organizations that join with us to help so many people find their way.

Best Wishes,


Number of rides per day given to seniors for medical visits, groceries, and more


Percent of formerly housinginsecure households that remain independent after 12 months


Number of households supported and kept warm through the winter with Energy Assistance


Percent of children in our early childhood programs who are on-track developmentally


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Stories of Impact

Highlights from 2016

We hosted over 300 guests in a celebration of togetherness, and to strengthen Impact NW's mission. With the help of our guests and 50+ volunteers, we raised over $111,000.
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Our Giving Garlands and Employee Giving Drives hosted by more than 25 local businesses helped us collect more than 2,500 gifts and over 1,000 warm coats for our most vulnerable neighbors.
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Jeff Cogen, former Managing Director of Impact NW, stepped up as the new Executive Director. Other new additions included the promotion of Kevin Washington from Controller to CFO, and the hiring of Andy Nelson as Impact NW's Associate Director.
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Community of Support

Impact NW extends a heartfelt thank you to our supporters. Your generosity allows us to expand programming that alleviates the effects of poverty and helps people prosper.
$50,000+ Donors
Thank you to our $50,000+ level donors!

Roy & Laurie Cummins Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

Maybelle Clark MacDonald Fund

Oregon Community Foundation

$2,500 - $4,999 Donors
Thank you to our $2,500 - $4,999 level donors!

The BNSF Foundation
The Boeing Company
BRIDGE Housing Corporation
Liz Burns and Dan Saltzman
Philip Dollar
First Tech Federal Credit Union
Fred Meyer, Inc.
Brenda Grootendorst
City of Hillsboro
The Jubilation Foundation
Macy's Clackamas Town Center
Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence
Perkins & Co
Gerald Rosette
Robert Brady Charitable Trust
Rose E Tucker Charitable Trust

$25,000 - $49,999 Donors
Thank you to our $25,000 - $49,999 level donors!

The J.E. Fehsenfeld Family Foundation
The PGE Foundation
The RMF Foundation
The Schamp Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

$1,000 - $2,499 Donors
Thank you to our $1,000 - $2,499 level donors!

Beaverton Foursquare Church
Beaverton Rotary Foundation
The Adriane T and Samuel S Blackman Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Bridge Pedal, Inc
Bruce Brown
Sarah and Scott Brown
Kristin Carveth
Central Beaverton NAC
Nathan Corser
Helene Cogen
Jeff Cogen and Lisa Pellegrino
Rebecca and Michael DeCesaro
Dorothy K. Dineen
Bruce and Eileen Drake
The Easton Koehler Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Shari and Scott Eiesland
Ex Novo Brewing Co
FamilyCare Health
Patricia Fink
The Fundtastic Four
GBD Architects
Bryan Geraldo and Sarah Neidhardt
Sue and Eric Graf
Greater Giving
Tanya and Doug Harding
Barry and Marilyn Hendrix
Travis D. Irving
The H.W. and D.C.H. Irwin Foundation
The Jackson Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
Fred Kawabata
Geraldine Kawabata
Kitchen Gardeners International
Kristine Koneck
Julie and Eric Leuvrey
Stephanie and Kevin Lynch
Julia Markley and Lance Johnson
Macy's Clackamas Town Center
Robert Matheson
Robert and Maria McCarthy
Mentor Graphics Foundation
Multnomah Athletic Foundation
Occupational Orthopedics, LLC
Oregon Medical Evaluations, Inc
Oregon Robotics Team & Outreach Program
Lisa Pearlstein and Harrison Pettit
Perkins Coie Foundation
Kristine Peterson
Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Randy and Marilyn Roach
Rose City Riveters
Thomas Ryan
Ted and Amy Schendel
Andria Shirk and Tom Harvey
H. David Specht
St Andrew's Presbyterian Church
James Stocks
Jay and Erin Stammer
Marisa Swenson
Mamak Tabrizian and Bahram Behboodi
Terwilliger Plaza
John and Carol Thomas
T Rowe Price Foundation for Charitable Giving
The VF Foundation
Valley Community Presbyterian Church
The Weiss Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Christy and Shane Wall
Katherine and John Zelko

$10,000 - $24,999 Donors
Thank you to our $10,000 - $24,999 level donors!

American Medical Response, Inc.
AWS Elemental
Children's Trust Fund of Oregon
City of Beaverton
The Harvest Foundation
The Henry Lea Hillman Jr. Foundation
JP Morgan Chase
The Juan Young Trust
The Reser Family Foundation
Safeco Insurance Fund
The Starseed Foundation
Trust Management Services, LLC
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette
Verizon Hopeline
The Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation of the Oregon Community Foundation
The Wheeler Foundation

$500 - $999 Donors
Thank you to our $500 - $999 level donors!

Roy and Kay Abramowitz
Kris Alman and Mike Siegel
Akt Group LLP
Lynn and Dave Anderson
Mary Beth Baker
Bethel Assembly of God
Paul Burkhart
Cambia Health Foundation
Tina Cauthorn
Arlene and Mitchell Cogen
Brian and Rebecca Davis
James and Wendy Fenner
Gorge Holdings, LLC
Jelly Helm
Home Forward
Amy Houchen
Miki Iwai
Annalisa Jorgenson
Kaiser Permanente Foundation
Matthew Koehler
Maggie Kolkena
Randy Lauer
Alison Lorig
Shaun Mackie and Heidi Brinnich
Steven T. Maher
Anne and Ken Mersereau
Microsoft Matching Gift Program
Randolph L. Miller
Fabian Mills
Nancy and James Minard
Rebecca and Greg Mowe
Andy Nelson and Kathy Gorman
New Seasons Market
Linda Nilsen-Solares
Peter and Cassie Northrup
OnPoint Community Credit Union
Pacific Office Automation
Portland General Electric
Portland Literacy Council
Raphael House of Portland
Shirley D. Rogers
Russell Colgate Fund
Sam Siegel
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Kim Sisul
Steve Baker Colorectal Cancer Alliance
Susan Stoltenberg
Kathleen Swift
Tripwire Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Waggener Edstrom
Timothy Wrate

$5,000 - $9,999 Donors
Thank you to our $5,000 - $9,999 level donors!

Deseret Industries
The Edwards Lienhart Family Foundation
The J.W. & H.M. Goodman Family Charitable Foundation
The Heffernan Group
The Holzman Foundation
The Hoover Family Foundation
Dylan and Nicolette Hydes
The Joselow Foundation
Nordstrom, Inc.
NW Natural
PCC Structurals
The Anne and Eli Shapira Charitable Foundation
TJX Foundation
The US Bancorp Foundation
David and Christine Vernier
The Walters Family Foundation

$250 - $499 Donors
Thank you to our $250 - $499 level donors!

Frank C. Alverson
Julie Beals
Michelle D. Bonnette
George and Lorie Bowman
Brookdale Senior Living, Inc.
Alan and Katharine Cahn
Michael Crozier and Phoebe Owens
Jon Denney and Carol Finney
David and Gloria Dunlap
Kathleen Fazio
Gordon Feighner and Katherine Prevost
Jonathan Fine
Tom Forsythe
Judy Fox
Dennis P. Gilliam
Allen R. Greene
Klaus Hamm
Jennifer and Mike Heilbronner
Patricia D. Hogan and Melvin C. Donald
Jennifer Jenkins
Robin Johnson
Joseph King
Janet N. Kretzmeier
Todd J. Littlehales
Kim Menig
Chena Mesling
Alison Mitchell
Mt. Scott Park Presbyterian Church
John and Carol Munson
Network for Good
Janell and Mark Niemann-Ross
Sara Ohgushi
Paula Ordway
John Parkhurst and Marilyn McFarlane
Arnold Perlstein
Mary Anne Peterson
PGE Employee Giving Campaign
Jason Roberts
Charles and Judith Rooks
Evan Saulino and Brenda Brischetto
Carl Snook
Beeman C. Strong and Kirsten E. Healey
Valerie A. Thompson
Beverly M. Trover
United Grocers
Kevin Veaudry Casaus and Suzanne Casaus
Jan E. Vreeland
Bob R. Williams
Wendy and Carter Wray

Impact NW Leadership

Jeff Cogen

Jeff Cogen

Executive Director
"Impact NW strengthens our community by giving our neighbors the support they need to thrive. In a rapidly changing world, our community can count on us to be there when they need us. I feel very fortunate to help lead this organization, which is needed now more than ever before.
Kevin Washington

Kevin Washington

Chief Financial Officer
"During the past 18 months Impact NW has run the gauntlet and has come out the side a smarter, leaner and more efficient organization, and all credit is due to resilient and committed staff of this organization. As I reflect on our recent past and look to the future I am confident our staff will continue to rise the occasion and do whatever it takes to continue providing the support the community desperately needs."
Andy Nelson

Andy Nelson

Associate Director
"I have long believed that people want to do the right thing. And I feel so fortunate to get to see validation of this belief every day. So many people step up in so many ways to support Impact Nw. Only through this support can Impact NW help our neighbors find their way."
Kendra Johnson

Kendra Johnson

Director of Youth & Family Services
"Our diverse team works collaboratively with a wide range of partners to support participants in recognizing their strengths, reaching their goals, and increasing health and well-being. Guided by a social lens, we strive to challenge institutional barriers by connecting youth and families with culturally-responsive resources, advocacy, and access to opportunities."
Julie Houston

Julie Houston

Director of Early Childhood & Family Services
"Every day, I'm struck by the dedication, integrity, and compassion of the people I work with. They truly feel that their job is to believe in families, help them achieve the goals they've set for themselves, and hold hope for them when they're not quite able to hope for themselves. And they do that job every day."
Mamak Tabrizian

Mamak Tabrizian

Director of Seniors & Adults with Disabilities Services
"I have been with Impact NW for 33 years, and enjoyed every minute of this journey. I embrace the values that are the pillars of this amazing agency, a strong commitment to equality, diversity, and social justice. I am proud to work with the most compassionate and competent staff, and for an agency that has high standards for serving the community."
Jana Hak

Jana Hak

Director of Housing & Safety Net Services
"Housing and Safety Net Services play an essential role in fulfilling Impact NW's mission. Whether keeping people warm through our energy assistance programs, serving the most vulnerable in our day center, housing homeless veterans, working with people in recovery, or providing case management and access to food security to low-income families, our staff never lose focus and compassion."
Sik Yin Chan

Sik Yin Chan

Director of Quality Assurance
"Impact's Quality Assurance Department is one of the agency's trademarks and a reflection of how much we value high-quality service delivery. Our team is proud to support the agency's mission by innovating in exciting ways."

Board of Directors

"Impact NW is emerging from a period of rapid growth with a stable, sustainable foundation that positions it well to take on the new challenges facing our community."

— Robert McCarthy, Chair, Board of Directors

Robert McCarthy, Chair
Senior Finance Executive, Cedexis

Anne Mersereau, Vice Chair
Manager, Employee Services, Portland General Electric

Barry Hendrix, Treasurer
President, HBG Consulting

Robert Countryman
Senior Vice President, Bank of the Cascades

Richard Diforio
Co-founder & Principal, Gorge Holdings LLC
Phil Dollar
Insurance Agent, LaPorte & Associates

Yassi Irajpanah
Community Advocate

Sara Lax
Administrative Fellow, Kaiser Permanente

Julia Markley
Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

Peter Northrup
President, Northrup Corporation

Kris Peterson
Partner, Talbot, Korvola & Warwick LLP
Jerry Rosette
Executive, Hoffman Construction Company

Stephanie Sammons
HOM Division, Fred Meyer

Jay Stammer
Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis, Tripwire

Brian Stewart
Community Relations Officer, JPMorgan Chase