October 28, 2017
Dear Cause + Event Portland participants, volunteers and sponsors,
It is with a very heavy heart that our race committee and board of directors share with you the future of our nonprofit and our race.
First of all, we are so very proud of our community and the support for the dozens of nonprofits that have been supported since our first event in 2012. We were able to maintain a quality event for five years with an all-volunteer race committee.
Every year our event grew in popularity and we continually raised more money for more nonprofits, fielded more teams and hosted more runners. Our volunteers were the best and the businesses who supported the event were amazing.
We gave every single penny that we possibly could to our participating nonprofits each and every year. Our 100% volunteer committee (and their families) gave countless hours to organize this event each year.
Unfortunately, over the years our expenses increased due to the demands of Washington County and not enough local business support in the form of cash sponsorships for our event.
Without support from the County and from local businesses the planning and support for the event was beginning to take its toll on an all volunteer race committee.
We are in the unfortunate position of having to close the Cause + Event Foundation and cease operations for the Cause + Event Portland race for 2017. This has not been an easy decision and one that we have not taken lightly. We have all given so much of ourselves for the past five years it is hard to say goodbye to something that has meant so much for all of us.
We are optimistic that we can find someone to coordinate the event in the fall of 2018 and are in talks with another nonprofit at this time. We are not able to say with 100% certainty that the event will transpire. We cannot say for sure if it will look exactly the same as it has in the past. We do know that if it does continue the focus will be on the nonprofits, the fundraising aspect and the awareness we can raise for the organizations we support. There has never been a better time than right now to continually support and raise awareness about the important contributions nonprofits make to our quality of life and in support of our community’s most vulnerable citizens.
We will continue to keep you informed about the future of Cause + Event Portland through social media and email.
We are saddened to share this news with you all as we know the event means as much to you as it does to us. If you want to see the event continue, please contact us and let us know if you can help us as a volunteer race committee member in the future, if you can secure desperately needed financial support for the event in the form of sponsorships or if you have any influence over the logistics of working with Washington County which has year over year become harder and harder to do.
Thank you for your support and love over the past five years. Thank you to our race committee and our board of directors who have been so passionate about our event.
We also would like to thank our family and friends who have also been along in this journey with us. They have supported us in so many ways and we can never thank them enough for allowing us the ability to step away for days and hours at a time to put on this event.
In the meantime, please continue to support your favorite nonprofits through the gifts of your time, talent and treasure. Volunteer, donate, get involved and raise awareness. Cause + Event Portland was a great venue to do this, but you can always be involved year round.
We thank the running community from the bottom of our hearts for embracing this event and allowing us to champion nonprofits everywhere.
Cause + Event Foundation Board of Directors
Cause + Event Portland Race Committee
Every race has a cause. No race has EVERY cause…until NOW.
The Cause + Event Race Series is unlike any other race series of its kind. The runner (or walker) chooses their their favorite registered 501(c)3 nonprofit and their cause will receive at least half of the racer’s registration.