Tools for Schools 2016


Be a Business and Community Leader

Join the effort that has put more than 125,000 backpacks filled with school supplies in the hands of students in need throughout our community over the past decade.  Tools for Schools is much more than just a financial contribution, it’s a tangible opportunity to support local schools and connect directly with the community.

Opportunities for Partners

In addition to your financial support, up to 20 of your employees will join their school’s community to pack and distribute backpacks at the sponsored school. This meaningful volunteer experience occurs in August just before or during the first week of school. This is direct engagement with students and teachers that provides a deep connection for your staff.

Sponsorship of an entire eligible school in 2016 ranges from $5,200 – $12,800. Please contact us for more details on supporting a year of learning for a school in need.  Note: 2016 sponsorships are no longer available – please contact us to reserve participation for 2017 or to learn about other sponsorship opportunities.

2016 Partnerships

School Projected Enrollment Free & Reduced Lunch %  2016 Sponsor
Boise-Eliot / Humboldt (K-8) 617 89 Kuni Lexus of Portland and Chase Bank
César Chávez (K-8) 581 88 Comcast
Creston (K-8) 455 57 Vernier Software & Technology
Faubion (K-8) 537 79 Comcast
Grout (K-5) 443 68 TMT Development and Sussman Shank 
Harrison Park (K-8) 753 85 New York Life
James John (K-5) 462 75 Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo
Kelly (K-5) 653 77 Kuni Lexus of Portland
King (Prek-8) 472 89 Smith CFI
Lee (K-8) 511 77 Moda Health
Lent (K-8) 593 85 WebtrendsLouisiana Pacific and Portland General Electric
Marysville (K-8) 442 73 Umpqua Bank
Rigler (K-5) 505 85 Moda Health
Rosa Parks (K-5) 343 96 adidas and held for Pacific Power Foundation
Scott (K-8) 548 84 PacificSource
Sitton (K-5) 455 85 Terwilliger Plaza and Grainger
Vestal (K-8) 448 72 Unitus Community Credit Union
Whitman (K-5)

Woodlawn (K-5)





NIKE, Inc.


Woodmere (K-5) 352 76 Tripwire and The Standard

Join us for 2017!

To learn more about the Tools for Schools program or other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alice Forbes at or (503) 249.9933 x8.

Tools for Schools Program History

Year Started: 2003

Backpacks Distributed: 125,865 (as of June 2016)

Dollar Value of Backpacks and Supplies Distributed: $15,292,721 (as of June 2016)

Dollar Value of 2015 Volunteer Time: $49,021

Current School Eligibility Requirement

  • K-5 & K-8 schools in PPS
  • At least 65% of students are eligible for free & reduced lunch