The Circus Project is an organic collaboration of the diverse sectors of Pacific Northwest and the international theatre and circus communities. We are indebted to the following foundations and corporations for their generosity and commitment over the years.


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Autzen Foundation

Betty Lou Roberts Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

Bloomfield Family Foundation

Calypso Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

Charlotte Martin Foundation

Cirque du Soleil™

Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation

Herbert A Templeton Foundation

Hoover Family Foundation

James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation

Jackson Foundation

McGeady Family Foundation

Meyer Memorial Trust

Multnomah County Cultural Coalition

National Endowment for the Arts

Nike Employee Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

NW Natural

Oregon Arts Commission

Oregon Community Foundation

Oregon Cultural Trust

Pettit Foundation

Regional Arts & Culture Council

Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust

Roy and Diane Marvin Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

Seven Diamonds Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation

Trail Blazer Foundation

Work for Art



Awards + Honors

Circus Project named as Top Pick for Kid Gymnastics classes, PDX Parent, 2017

Circus Project receives Safety Recognition by the American Circus Educator's Association

Circus Project Awarded Best Summer Camp in Dance & Gymnastics, NW Kids Magazine, 2016

Circus Project Programs Director, Jacki Ward, received the 2013 “Ye?Lan Lima (Helping Hand) Award” from Spirit Mountain Community Fund, which recognizes the “dedication, commitment and unwavering effort of individuals” within non-profit organizations.

Community Hero Award: Circus Project Board Vice Chair and grant writer, Kirsten Collins, receives “Community Hero Award” for excellence in nonprofit fundraising.

Recipient of Portland Monthly’s 2012 Light a Fire Award for Growing Creativity (Previously the Arts & Culture Award): One of 14 top nonprofits selected in Portland, Oregon.

TEDx: Circus Project Director Jenn Cohen, along with TCP Training Company graduates Meg Russell and Blythe Olson presented at TEDx at Concordia University featuring short talks by Portland’s most innovative and inspiring minds.

Turning Point: The Circus Project was recently in an episode of “Turning Point,” a nationally-syndicated PBS program which aired in 36 states.

Skidmore Prize: Director Jenn Cohen received Willamette Week’s 2011 Skidmore Prize, a recognition for young nonprofit leaders.

Willamette Week Give!Guide: Listed as one of Oregon’s top 100 nonprofits in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015.


“The Circus Project stitches together a bigger tent” Oregon ArtsWatch, October 11, 2018.

"17 Circuses that are changing the world!" BuzzFeed, February 2016

"The State of Arts & Culture", Arts & Culture Report, Commissioner Nick Fish, December 2015

"Circus Project teaches homeless kids to fly. It's Awesome"  UpWorthy, December 2015

"America's Top Aerialist"  Willamette Week August 26, 2015

"The Circus Project flying higher than ever with new space and school programs," April 26, 2015

“Class act! Portland, The Circus Project shows homeless, at-risk youth how to handle a high-wire act,” Portland Tribune, February 13, 2014

“The Circus Project: performers of all ages and experiences undergo transformation,” The Oregonian, November 29, 2013

“Nonprofit Circus Project Helps Young People Overcome Struggles,” Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 7, 2013

“Growing Creativity: the Circus Project,” Portland Monthly Magazine, October 11, 2012

“See the Good,” BYUtv Blog, January 23, 2012

“3 Circuses in 3 Weeks,” That Jolie Girl Blog, December 30, 2011

“A City’s Riches,” Willamette Week, November 9, 2011

“A Leap Towards Life,” The Oregonian, September 15, 2011

“Homeless Youth Find a Home with the Circus,”, December 13, 2010

“The Circus Project’s, Indulge, a Big Top Success,” Just Out, December 7, 2010

“Aerial Altruism,” The Oregonian, December 2, 2010

“At-Risk Youth Receive Trapeze Training from Portland Circus Guru,” Huffington Post, December 2, 2010

“Worthy Causes: Portlanders Doing Good,” Portland Tribune, October 7, 2010

“Six Portlanders Making the City a Better Community,” Willamette Week, November 2009

“Circus Heaven in Oregon,” Michelle Bates Photography Blog, September 19, 2009

“The Circus Project: Making a Difference,” The Flourish Flash Blog, September 17, 2009

“Dreams Under the Big Top: Portland Woman Ties Circus to Success,” The Oregonian, September 10. 2009

“Homeless Youths Join the Circus Project,” Northwest Examiner, October 2008