In this year-long, student-directed program, CommuniCare groups act as “mini-foundations.” Girls begin the year by selecting a community issue or service area that they feel passionate about and are challenged to raise $1,500 during the fall and winter months. Each dollar they raise is matched 10:1 by The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, up to a maximum gift of $15,000. Girls spend the rest of the school year completing the grantmaking process – researching Oregon nonprofits whose work aligns with their mission, evaluating grant proposals, meeting with representatives from those organizations, and deciding which to fund. Girls Inc. leads two CommuniCARE groups—one for middle school girls and one for high school girls. Girls learn to engage in community service that is both rewarding and educational, and learn how to be leaders in their communities.

For more information on CommuniCARE, please email Carolyn Manke at