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.
Betty Lou Roberts Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Bloomfield Family Foundation
Calypso Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Herbert A Templeton Foundation
McGeady Family Foundation
Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust
Roy and Diane Marvin Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
Seven Diamonds Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
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 flying higher than ever with new space and school programs," OregonLive.com 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
“Homeless Youth Find a Home with the Circus,” Tonic.com, December 13, 2010
“The Circus Project’s, Indulge, a Big Top Success,” Just Out, December 7, 2010
“Homeless Youths Join the Circus Project,” Northwest Examiner, October 2008
“Community Hotline,” MetroEast Community Media, November 2011