Thursday, December 13, 2012

20 Worst Charities in Oregon

Posted By on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum released the names of the top 20 worst charities in Oregon today.

Some of these charities collected millions of dollars and spent less than 10 percent on actual charitable causes. Instead, the charities on this list spent their money fundraising (read throwing parties) and paying administrators.

Though not a single charity on the list is based on Oregon, all are registered to do business here.

Here's her report:


Thanks for the heads up, Ellen. And beware who you write your checks to this holiday season...

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Elf Bash Tonight: One of the last Century Center Events

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 3:11 PM

In the words of their Facebook page, organizers of the Elf Bash have "nuked" the GoodLife Brewery's warehouse with Christmas in preparation for the big show tonight.

The Elf Bash is basically one giant Christmas party with live music from High Street in the brewery or a dance party in the event center space.

But the real mission here is to collect unwrapped toys for kids in Central Oregon who would not otherwise have presents.

SO! Swing by a store, get a gift in the $10 range and get yourself down to Bend's biggest Christmas party (and one of your last chances to party at Century Center in the near future).

Hundreds of families are relying on your generosity to bring Christmas to their kiddos.

Note: Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 at Mothers Cafe (East Side Location), Powder House and Pendleton (Bend Factory Stores) beforehand.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

D's Hobbies Wants Your Nominations For Families in Need of Gifts

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM


D's Hobbies is looking to "adopt" four struggling families in the Bend area this Christmas. These families will receive hand delivered gifts on Dec. 23 to make sure Christmas makes it to their house this year.

"It's really about recognizing how fortunate some of us are and how many can use a little help," wrote Dave Arata, owner of D's Hobbies, in an email to the Source.

You can help by nominating a family that needs a little extra help to make Christmas special this year. Think about the people in your life that are working hard, then write a letter to Dave about them.

Send your nominations to by Dec. 22 and help make sure the kids in that family get a few special gifts this year.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Eff Cancer: Tshirts available locally from 541 Threads

Buy an eff cancer tshirt and contribute to a good cause.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Hate cancer? Us too. Express your anti-cancer sentiment by wearing one of these tshirts from 541 Threads, a Bend company that donates four meals to NeighborhoodImpact's  food bank for every shirt they sell.

The local clothing company is continuing to give back with its PG-13 "eff cancer" tshirt campaign. $5 from each shirt sale will be directly donated to Jen Burgess Thompson, a popular Redmond photographer who is currently battling stage three ovarian cancer. 

The t‐shirts are now available on the 541 Threads website. Available in men's and women's (v-neck) versions (and there's no white splatter paint/bird poop effect on the shirts, a la my screenshot. Not sure why it loaded like that).


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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sagebrush Fundraiser Needs Its Own Cash Injection

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 3:11 AM

The newly re-branded and retooled Sagebrush Community Challenge reportedly fell short of its fundraising goals and is going to need roughly $30,000 just to cover the events operating costs.

Deschutes Brewery CEO Gary Fish told a crowd of sponsors and participants on Tuesday afternoon that the inaugural event failed to raise enough money to cover the costs of putting on the event, which was modeled after a fundraiser in Jackson Hole, Wy. Fish reportedly told the crowd that the Sagebrush Community Challenge would have to largely forego the promised fundrasing match that was used as an incentive for many local non-profits to participate. Those non-profits raised thousands of dollars in anticipation of securing matching funds from the Sagebrush Challenge.

The format was a departure from years past when the Sagebrush Classic served as a fundraiser for the Deschutes Children’s Foundation with a golf tournament and chef’s banquet at Broken Top served as the primary draw and fundraising vehicle.

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