Maps Community Foundation continues to sponsor local nonprofit
organizations as events go virtual in response to COVID-19.  

We know that now, more than ever, our support is critical to sustain the incredible organizations
that make our Mid-Willamette Valley region the place we love to call home. 

July 18-19: Virtual Salem Art Fair & Festival

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Maps is excited to be supporting Salem Art Association’s first-ever Virtual Salem Art Fair from July 18-19, 2020. The on-line venue will showcase the work of over 126 artists working in 14 different media. Visitors can join on their phone, iPad or laptop by going to and clicking on the portal to enter the Virtual Art Fair. You will be able to view incredible artwork in Art Fair tents and in the Bush Barn Art Center, visit the Kid’s Court, or see the artists demonstrate their crafts in the Demo Area. Click through to your favorite artist’s personal website and purchase fabulous artwork that catches your eye. Art Fair artists make their living traveling a circuit during the months from spring to fall, going from fair to fair. This year, nearly every single major fair has been cancelled across the country. Virtual participation will help support these artists during this very hard time and be a celebration of community, creativity, and over 70 years of beautiful art in Salem.

June 14: Willamette Humane Society's Virtual Willamutt Strut

Maps Community Foundation once again strutted our stuff in the Willamette Humane Society’s Virtual Willamutt Strut on June 14. Maps contributed pet food spoons for participant goody bags and promoted the event on our Maps live drive-through Thursdays.  A total of 240 pet-lovers participated, doing drive-by goody bag pick-ups and watching a live-streamed “pawty” event to celebrate the day. A total of $25,000 was raised, with the majority of these donations going directly to support the shelter animals. 

June 1 - 6: Gospel Mission's Walk for Hope

Maps fielded a team of eight runners and walkers who had a blast participating in the Union Gospel Mission’s Walk for Hope in early June. This year's event was held from June 1-6, with participants invited to race anytime during that week and post photos, videos and chat with other racers on the UGM Facebook page. A total of 189 people participated, with some registrants from as far away as Arizona and England. The event raised $31,000 to provide shelter and services to those experiencing homelessness in our community. 

If you are a nonprofit organization interested in applying for an event sponsorship from the Maps Community Foundation, please email Kim Hanson, Executive Director, at [email protected]. Please share your contact information, organization name, website URL, date and description of the event, sponsorship levels and/or support requested, and how the event and/or your organization support our Mid-Willamette Valley region. Look for sponsorship criteria and a new on-line sponsorship application process here on the website by January 2021.