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2016 Impact

 
 
 
 
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In January 2016, our small volunteer board set out to see what was possible with the collaboration of countless advocate partners and many members of the Portland business community. With your help, we issued ten calls to action -- measurable, impactful goals achievable within a month’s time. We were immediately encouraged by a groundswell of participation. Here's what we achieved with our ten monthly calls-to-action in 2016: 

 

Since the launch of BBPDX in early 2016, the organization has catalyzed over$50,000 in donations to local organizations. These include donations to support black-owned businesses, education around Portland’s history of gentrification and displacement, a bond measure for new affordable housing, and connecting homeless families with housing.

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Special thanks to photographer & collaborator Intisar Abioto

Special thanks to photographer & collaborator Intisar Abioto

Collaboration with:  Portland Development Commission, Sons of Haiti, Boise Neighborhood Association

What:  Raise $6,095 to cover the cost of bringing the Sons of Haiti Food Cart Pod up to code

Met?: Yes. $10,275 raised.

What we learned: There is untapped potential for the existing business community to support the economic prosperity of all businesses by leveraging crowdfunding campaigns and easy ways to lend a hand. 
 

 

 

March
status: achieved

Special thanks to photographer & collaborator Amanda Lucier

Special thanks to photographer & collaborator Amanda Lucier

Understanding Homelessness In Portland

Collaboration with: Welcome Home Coalition, Street Roots, JOIN, Panic

What: Bring together 50 attendees, many from the tech sector, to learn about Portland’s housing crisis

Met?: Yes. 55 attendees and $3,000 raised for Yes for Affordable Homes

What we learned: Employees in new sectors are eager for education around local policy issues. Hosting these events at industry locations sends a strong signal to employees that business leaders prioritize participation.   

 

April
status: not achieved

Special thanks to photographer & collaborator Amanda Lucier

Special thanks to photographer & collaborator Amanda Lucier

Why Portland Needs Open Data

Collaboration with: Hack Oregon

What: Include the open data amendment in the city’s comprehensive plan

Met?: No. We lost the inclusion of the amendment 2 -3.

What we learned: Advocates for Open Data need to focus on how access to data has real-world effects on equity.


 


May
status: achieved

Special thanks to photographer & collaborator Amanda Lucier

Special thanks to photographer & collaborator Amanda Lucier

 

Help Teens Bring Ethnic Studies to Portland Public Schools

Collaboration with: APANO

What: Include ethnic studies classes in the Portland Public School Curriculum

Met?: Yes. We collected signatures and support from 100+ PICOC supporters endorsing the initiative and the School Board passed the changes unanimously

What we learned: It is critical for the business community to understand the priorities of youth leaders, how they are already organizing, and what we can do to help them succeed.

 


June
status: NOT achieved

Special thanks to photographer & collaborator Sean Danaher 

Special thanks to photographer & collaborator Sean Danaher 

 

Street Roots Newspaper New Local Bussinesses’ Help

Collaboration with: Street Roots

What: An additional $3500 of in-kind donations for Street Roots’ annual fundraiser

Met?: No.

What we learned: We underestimated the difficulty of organizing a fundraiser and keeping track of donations in a shared, anonymous Google Spreadsheet. In the future, we can present supporters with a more straightforward ask. 

 


July
status: achieved

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Help Portland’s Independent Publishing Resource Center Relocate


Collaboration with: Independent Publishing Resource Center

What: Raise $20,000 to cover the IPRC’s relocation after due to a 3x increase in rent

Met?: Yes. $21,822 raised.

What we learned: While our Call-to-Action raised awareness around the issue there is room for improvement when it comes to concretely measuring the financial impact of our supporters. Also, we have to work more closely with the arts and culture organizations and clearly articulate how this vital groups contribute to our businesses’ success, and how we can contribute to theirs.

 


August
status: achieved

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Let’s Support Portland’s Black Entrepreneurs

Collaboration with: PitchBlack

What: Register 50 people for PitchBlack and raise funds to award to the winners

Met?: Yes. 50+ people registered, $7K (of total $12K) contributed from our supporters

What we learned: Creating easy ways for the business community to contribute in time, talent, and treasure to the next generation of Portland’s entrepreneurs builds lasting relationships. 


 


August
status: achieved

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It’s time for Portland businesses to step up and demand safe, walkable and bikable streets

Collaboration with: Oregon Walks

What: Pass Vision Zero to ensure safe, walkable, and bikable streets

Met?: Yes. Endorsement from 52 local businesses collected; PICOC testified before Council; Vision Zero approved by Council

What we learned: There are easy and efficient ways to collect signatures and endorsements from local businesses by leveraging social media. 

 


September
status: achieved

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XOXO x JOIN Fundraiser

Collaboration with: XOXO festival, JOIN

What: Raise $5K to help one homeless family off the streets

Met?: Yes. $50,722 raised from 436 XOXO festival attendees and supporters

What we learned: In March, we set an unstated fundraising goal to help one family off the street. While we didn’t meet our goal at that event, Ashley, Andy, and JOIN collaborated to meet the goal later in the year thanks to the help of XOXO festival attendees. 

 

 


October
status: not achieved

Special thanks to photographer & collaborator Amanda Lucier

Special thanks to photographer & collaborator Amanda Lucier


Portland Needs Affordable Homes, and Your Support

Collaboration with: Welcome Home Coalition

What: Attract 15 volunteers to phone bank in support of the Yes for Affordable Homes bond measure

Met?: No. Around ~5 volunteers attended. However the bond measure passed successfully and some of our supporters were financial contributors to the campaign. We congratulate the Welcome Home team on a successful campaign.

What we learned: Much work remains around mobilizing our supporters to show up for traditional grassroots organizing events. We remain committed to exploring how to make this “old fashioned organizing” easy, appealing, and fun to younger, busy Portlanders.

 

 


November
status: achieved

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Portland’s parking policies are bad for rent and bad for business. Let’s fix them.

What: Collect 50 signatures from business leaders to eliminate parking minimums

Met?: Yes. 52 signatures collected. PICOC submitted in-person and written testimony to Council. Measure passed 3 -2. 

What we learned: Communicating that measures like this are important to the business community is critical. These conversations should take place even earlier, and our organization can help to facilitate these connections. 


 
 

After formally launching as a membership organization in February with just 15 members, the organization has grown to nearly 150 members by early August.

In early June, the Portland Business Journal recognized BBPDX as one of the Top 25 Chambers of Commerce in the Metro area

We’ve seen over 350,000 impressions on social media, 16,000 views of our posts on Medium and over 1500 fans and followers. 

Over 200 companies— many of which were previously unengaged civically— have signed letters supporting tenant protections, revenue reform, Vision Zero and parking policies which we have delivered to lawmakers in Portland and Salem.

 
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