Anvil believes in karma and supporting the local community. As such, we’re active on a variety of levels: providing pro bono services for local charity organizations, hosting an annual fundraiser event, encouraging individual employee volunteerism, and sponsoring a local networking group.
Charity of Choice
Anvil has provided pro bono digital marketing services to a host of local charities throughout the years, increasing the online visibility of each organization. Each quarter, Anvil employees participate in a Charity of Choice competition where they get to nominate a local organization they support to win $2,500 in Anvil Services to use for any digital marketing help they need.
Q3 Winner: Urban League of Portland
Urban League of Portland, empowering Black communities in Oregon and Southwest Washington since 1945. Urban League of Portland is one of Oregon’s oldest civil rights and social service organizations, empowering African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.
Q2 Winner: Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
Hunger-Free Oregon is in pursuit of a hunger-free state. One where all of our neighbors have access to fresh and affordable food. Chasing this goal, they approach hunger differently. They partner with those most impacted in pursuit of changing the system and addressing root causes. They are leaders in the anti-hunger movement. They envision an Oregon where everyone is healthy and thriving, with access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food.
Q1 Winner: POIC
Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. is a non-profit education management organization established in 1968 in North Portland, serving over 700 students and work trainees annually across three programs: Rosemary Anderson High School, Rosemary Anderson Transitions, and Work Opportunities Training.
Previous winners include:
- These Numbers Have Faces
- Craig Law Center
- Cole Parker Randall Foundation
- Blue Mountain Wildlife
- Candlelighters for Children with Cancer
- Dream Big Community Center
- The Dreaming Zebra Foundation
- Feral Cats Coalition of Oreon
- Friends of Trees
- Mercy Corps Northwest
- Oregon Humane Society
- Pacific Pug Rescue
- The Pongo Fund
Other organizations Anvil has supported in the past:
- American Red Cross – Oregon Trail Chapter
- Community Warehouse
- Green Empowerment
- Loaves & Fishes Centers: The Meals-on-Wheels People
- Make-A-Wish® Oregon
- Mercy Corps
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- One Dream Movement
- Oregon Humane Society
- The Pixie Project
- Raphael House: Take Care
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest WashingtonUnited Way of the Columbia-Willamette
From day one, Anvil has been a proponent of employee support of charities. In this spirit, Anvil created Employee Volunteer Day, where the entire team is encouraged (if not required) to take a few hours off from work to support a local non-profit. Anvil provides these volunteer opportunities for the team quarterly.
In addition, Anvil employees are encouraged to become actively involved in local professional trade associations. Below is a sampling of Anvil’s current involvement.
- Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO): Board Member, Membership Chair and Executive Forum Member
- Oregon Game Project Challenge (OGPC): Mentor & Judge
- Oregon Restaurants and Lodging Association (ORLA): Board Member
- Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE): Mentor and Advisor
- Portland Advertising Federation (PAF): Founding Roundtable Member and Ad Bowling League President
- SEMpdx: Board Member
- Start Making a Reader Today (SMART): Marketing Committee Member and Reading Volunteers
pdxMindShare: Career Community Powered by Anvil
As an active participant in the Portland marketing and technology community, Anvil loves to connect people in our network. In 2001, Kent Lewis kicked off a monthly networking event, pdxMindShare, that has become a regular fixture at local establishments. It has evolved to include a career-focused workshop where experts are brought in to educate attendees on how to navigate their own personal career path. Events are held every third Wednesday at 4:30 in Downtown Portland. Since the initial email invitation to 20 individuals in 2001, over 3,200 have signed up to be notified of upcoming events and job opportunities in the Portland area each week and also has a strong following on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook with well over 10,000 followers between all the platforms.