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Nonprofit selection process​


Classic Wines Auction supports the good work of Oregon and Southwest Washington organizations by providing funds to pre-selected nonprofit partners benefiting children and families. Classic Wines Auction only partners with nonprofit partners who exemplify the following characteristics: 

  • mission compatibility (must benefit children and families in the Portland or SW Washington communities)

  • effective organizational management

  • sound financial practices

  • board-led fundraising

  • sustainability

  • solid volunteer network

Classic Wines Auction has very limited opportunities to engage new nonprofit partners each year and does not currently have openings. We encourage local nonprofit organizations interested in discussing their interest for future involvement with the Classic Wines Auction to contact Executive Director Heather Martin at

Classic Wines Auction does not require formal applications, and all compatible nonprofit organizations expressing interest will be considered by the Board and Executive Committee. If opportunities are available, the Executive Committee will select organizations with the characteristics listed above for further consideration. In order to become involved, interested organizations must contact Classic Wines Auction before April 1 to discuss potential participation in the the following calendar year’s events.

If selected by the Executive Committee to be considered by the Board, organizations will be asked to submit the following information:


  • Current annual report

  • Roster of Board of Directors, Advisory Council or Ambassador Board including titles, terms, company affiliations

  • List of major fundraising events, including the following information about each event: brief description, approximate revenue raisedsponsors engaged (list actual sponsors) and their levels of engagement, available sponsorship levels

  • Budget information for the most recent fiscal year, including: total budget, sources of revenue (private contributions, grants & contracts, etc.), percentage of each source of revenue as a percentage of the total budget, audited financial statements

  • Current management staff roster including titles and years of employment with the organization

  • Approximate number of volunteers engaged with the organization (do not list actual volunteers, just the total number of volunteers)

  • Standard packet/folder of materials provided to potential donors

  • Other information upon request

In addition to the required documents above, the Classic Wines Auction Executive Committee may schedule a meeting with an organization’s key Board members and staff in order to become more familiar with the organization.

The Executive Committee will present the requested information and make any recommendations to the entire Board of the Classic Wines Auction. Then, the Board will make any final selections and notify the organization by the end of the fiscal year (June 30th) for participation in events the following calendar year. If selected, the organization will receive additional information about the Classic Wines Auction’s annual participation goals and the anticipated allocation of proceeds for that year.

Thank you for your interest in Classic Wines Auction. 

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