Frequently asked questions

E-mail with any questions.

What is the schedule of events?

  • April 7: 7:00 AM Registration Opens. Pre-Function packages and raffle tickets will be available for sale while supplies last!

  • May 6: 7:00 AM Online Silent Auction opens

  • May 13:

    • 6:30 PM Preshow starts

    • 7:00 PM Livestreamed Program with Live Auction and Special Appeal

    • 9:00 PM Online Silent Auction closes

How do I register for Friend Raiser? Do I need to buy tickets? How do I purchase a package or bid on an auction item?

  • Virtual Friend Raiser 2021 is a ticketless event this year. On April 7, you can register to become a bidder. Once you are registered you will be able to purchase pre-function packages and raffle tickets. You will also be able to bid on packages on this site when the Online Silent Auction opens on May 6. We then look forward to seeing you on May 13 at our free livestreamed program from 7-8 pm. Our Live Auction will be held during this livestreamed program. You must be a registered bidder on the Online Bidding Site to bid on live auction packages.

Do I have to register online with my credit card to participate in the event, make a contribution toward the special appeal, or bid on auction packages?

  • In order to register on our Online Bidding Site, you must provide a credit card number. However, this credit card will not be charged unless you purchase any packages. Simply registering is free. For the best experience, we encourage you to register on our Online Bidding Site if you would like to contribute toward the special appeal, bid on auction packages, or purchase raffle tickets. If you prefer to make other arrangements, please note:

Can I watch the Livestream program without registering for the auction

  • You can watch our live-streamed program on May 13 at 7 pm without registering by clicking this link.

Can I donate to Friend Raiser without registering for the auction?

  • You can make a special appeal contribution at this link without registering on the online bidding page. Contributions made without registering or made by check will be counted toward event totals after the live program.


Do I have to pay with a credit card? Can I make alternate payment arrangements?

  • You can request alternate payment arrangements for your online bidding activity by contacting by May 19.

How do I coordinate gifts of stock or getting my employer to match my donation?

  • We appreciate gifts of stock and corporate employer matching gifts! Please contact to learn more about these giving opportunities.

Do I have to give during the live event? Can I get a proxy bidder?

  • You can request a staff proxy to bid on silent or live auction packages or make a special appeal contribution on your behalf during the live event by contacting by May 11.

If you plan to make a contribution using your Donor Advised Fund, please let us know before Virtual Friend Raiser 2021. Please note the following IRS guidelines around event giving through a Donor Advised Fund:

  • Donor Advised Fund contributions cannot be used to purchase auction packages, raffle tickets, or any items.

  • Special Appeal contributions can be made using your Donor Advised Fund. Please contact to let us know and make arrangements.

  • A Donor Advised Fund contribution cannot be used to pay for a pledge for a Special Appeal contribution or other event donation. In order to ensure that your contribution is processed according to Donor Advised Fund guidelines, please contact us to make arrangements.

  • We appreciate gifts of stock and corporate employer matching gifts! Please contact to learn more about these giving opportunities.

(503) 281-6633

Main office address:
44 NE Morris St. Portland, OR 97212


Friends of the Children - Portland is a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization. EIN 93-1098105

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