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The SBLC relies on the generosity of our sponsors. Community Leadership Partners give $10,000 or more a year. Community Supporting Partners give $5,000 or more a year. Enterprise Associates give $1,000 or more a year. We thank all of our sponsors for their continued support.

SBLC Sponsors

Community Leadership Partners

$10,000 per year or more

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    Bank of the West
    Bank of the West was the first sponsor on the road to making the SBLC dream a reality. A major funding partner from the “business” world, Bank of the West continues to support the SBLC in myriad ways.
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    City of Portland
    Mayor Charlie Hales and the City Commissioners enthusiastically supported the Small Legal Business Clinic as an important resource for Portland’s small business community. The City of Portland has been a huge supporter of the SBLC and our mission since 2006.
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    KeyBank Foundation
    As a financial institution, we have the fiscal expertise to help communities and individuals prosper. As a corporate neighbor, we have the dedication and concern to help them achieve their goals and to become economically self-sufficient in the process. Enhancing economic self-sufficiency involves two main thrusts – workforce development and financial education. The Key Foundation now focuses its grant dollars to worthwhile projects in these two areas. To a lesser degree, we support organizations that enhance diversity in Key communities.
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    Portland Development Commission
    PDC’s  is to bring together resources to achieve Portland’s vision of a diverse, sustainable community with healthy neighborhoods, a vibrant central city, a strong regional economy, and quality jobs and housing for all.
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    Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
    The second largest law firm in Oregon, Schwabe played a leadership role in helping to establish the SBLC. Schwabe’s continued support for the clinic illustrates their commitment to the goals of the SBLC.
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    Stoel Rives
    Stoel Rives has a one hundred year tradition of being a leader in Portland’s legal community. Providing the SBLC with major funding, as well as furniture and pro bono legal assistance, has enabled us to thrive.

Community Supporting Partners

$5,000-$9,999 per year

  • Samuel S. Johnson Foundation
    Samuel Johnson and his wife, Becky, establish the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation in 1948. Over the years, the Johnson charitable foundation funded numerous projects that fostered respect for nature, history and education. After Johnson died in 1984, his wife continued as the president of the foundation until her death in January 2007.

Enterprise Associates

$1,000 - $4,999 per year

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    Intel Corporation
    Every month since the summer of 2007 at least one attorney from Intel Corporation has volunteered through the SBLC’s Pro Bono Project. In addition to helping out our clients, Intel has generously donated $10 per every hour volunteered. 
  • John and Susan Bates
    Mr. Bates has been Chairman and CEO of Bates Private Capital and Bates Private Capital Advisors from 1988 to 2005. Presently he is the CEO of Oswego Partners, Inc, a financial holding company. Mr. Bates was a senior officer of a major New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) firm. He has served as a litigation consultant and expert witness to most major NYSE brokerage firms, and the Enforcement Division of the NYSE. Mr. Bates served as Associate Professor of Finance at Lewis & Clark College from 1975- 1981, and Adjunct Professor of Finance from 1985-1986. Mr. Bates graduated from Oregon State University in 1956 with a B.S. in Finance. He received his M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Oregon in 1967. Mr. Bates and his wife, Susan, reside in Portland.
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    Perkins Coie
    Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm offering a full spectrum of legal services. With nearly 700 lawyers in 15 offices across the United States and in China, the firm serves great companies ranging in size from start-ups to FORTUNE 100. Perkins Coie attorneys volunteer monthly to help SBLC clients with transactional legal questions.
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    Tonkon Torp, LLP
    One of the largest firms in the Northwest, Tonkon Torp saw the vision of the SBLC. The firm was the first to invest in the SBLC, and took the lead in encouraging other major Portland firms to join them.
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    U.S. Bancorp Foundation
    The U.S. Bancorp Foundation provides cash contributions to nonprofit organizations in our priority areas of education, affordable housing and economic opportunity, and artistic and cultural enrichment. Total charitable contributions from the U.S. Bancorp Foundation reached nearly $21.4 million in 2010.

Individual Sponsors 

  • Paul Cosgrove
  • Susan & Paul Felstiner
  • Lisa LeSage
  • Rebecca & Omar Martinez
  • NW Strategies

Become an SBLC Sponsor