Students Act as Grantmakers

In Civic by Caitlin Pihl

CommuniCare Celebrates Student Philanthropy

CommuniCare, founded in 1997 by Harold and Arlene Schnitzer, channels The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation’s commitment to community giving. Stewardship and education are of primary importance to Jordan D. Schnitzer, who honors his parents’ legacy and commitment by recently expanding the reach of the CommuniCare program. In its 21-year history students have granted over $1,000,000 to over 230 nonprofit organizations and school programs in Oregon.

CommuniCare is an academic year-long grantmaking program giving Oregon high school students an opportunity to learn more about issues that affect their communities and to develop a commitment to social activism. During the fall and winter months students are challenged to raise up to $1,500, which is matched 10:1 by the Foundation. In the spring, students then act as community grantmakers by awarding local nonprofits the funds raised and matched by the Foundation for their programs. The program challenges students to learn about the needs of their communities through grantmaking and emphasizes the importance of empathy, teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership. In 2018, 17 Oregon student groups granted $224,524.30 to over 100 nonprofit and school groups.

“Giving back to the community is a critical part of life. We care about each other in our community. When you reach out and help others it makes the community a bigger and stronger place,” said Jordan D. Schnitzer, President of the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation. By challenging students to engage in community service that is both rewarding and educational, Jordan hopes to encourage them to become active adult citizens with a lifelong ethic of philanthropy.

Jordan D. Schnitzer welcomes students, advisors and nonprofit representatives to the 2018 CommuniCare Awards Ceremony in Portland, Oregon.

For more information visit CommuniCare at and The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation at