For nearly 100 years -- completing over 1,000 fact-based non-partisan research and advocacy projects -- the City Club of Portland has been bringing together civic-minded people to help solve our toughest local problems.

In City Club’s Civic Labs we use our deep place-based and subject-area expertise on behalf of our clients and partners, like:

  • Project Impact:  The nonprofit sector in the Portland region is robust and expansive. Lives are being touched every day. Communities are being transformed. But our collective capacity to prove and to improve our impact is insufficient. To ensure we are doing the greatest good for the communities we serve, we need an enhanced ability to engage in crisp, clear, and effective evaluation. City Club is convening a project to make that happen.  Learn more here.
  • Children's Dental Health Task Force: Together with City Club, some of the key leaders of Portland’s fluoridation debate announced that they are creating a special task force that will bring together both sides of the fluoride debate in the name of children’s dental health. The task force is funded and led by major water fluoridation proponents Northwest Health Foundation and Kaiser Permanente along with Daniel Deutsch, the largest in-state donor for the anti-water-fluoridation campaign. The task force will study the most workable solutions for improving dental health outcomes for children in Multnomah County. Learn more here.
  • City of Fresno Delegation: Last June, City Club hosted a delegation of leaders who were focused on quality of life in Fresno, CA. Funded by the Irvine Foundation (, the delegation spent three years touring Portland, meeting with Civic Leaders, and discussing ways to make Fresno a great place to live. Learn more here:


City Club brings people together to find solutions.

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