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Learn how to register in this quick tutorial

How do I register for Friend Raiser?

  • Event registration: you will be prompted to register for the event during your ticket purchase. Guest of a table host or sponsor? They will be in touch with our team who will send you a confirmation email. 

  • Folks who purchase tickets to the In-Person event will NOT automatically be registered for the Silent Auction running May 5 – May 9. Please register for the Silent Auction in order to participate.  

 How do I register for the silent auction?

  •  Register for the Silent Auction by clicking here. You will be directed to our Greater Giving site and takes 3-5 minutes. 

    1. Click "Get Started." 

    2. Click "Create Account" to enter your email address. 

    3. Enter your email address and you will receive a verification email from Greater Giving. Complete the steps in the email to register, including adding your credit card information and phone number (OPT IN to receive text message reminders and notifications when you have been outbid in real time). 

    4. Once you've completed registration, you will be redirected to the Greater Giving page. Click the gavel to start bidding! ​

Who do I contact if I’m having issues with online bidding?

  • We are here to help you! Between now and May 9th, please email or call us at (503) 281-6633 with your question, contact information and your availability for a staff person to return your call.  

  • If you are having trouble bidding, you can view this video tutorial or email with questions you have. 

Is my donation anonymous?

  • When you bid on a package, purchase a buy now package, or gives to the special appeal your name will not show.

  • During the in-person event, bidders will be using their bid numbers to bid on a package, purchase a buy now package, or give to the special appeal.



What is the schedule of events?

  • April 5: Ticket sales and Silent Auction registration open 

  • May 5, 12p: Silent Auction opens. Guests will be able to bid on or directly purchase exciting auction packages. 

  • May 9: In-person, under the Big Tent evening event. 

    • 6:00 PM Doors open on 65 NE Stanton St, check in at the REGISTRATION TABLE INSIDE THE MAIN TENT

    • 7:30p Silent Auction closes

    • 7:45 PM Live program with live auction and special appeal. 

    • 9:15 PM Friend Raiser ends. 

What is Friend Raiser? 

Friend Raiser is an iconic, annual celebration of mentorship and philanthropy, hosted on the second Thursday in May in our very own backyard in Northeast Portland. 

What is the parking situation?

Legacy Emanuel graciously loans us their lot for the evening (thank you!), located off NE Knott St and N. Williams, 2 blocks away. Parking is ample and we will shuttle you to the event a short distance away! Ride Shares are also strongly encouraged, street parking will be limited.

What can I expect? 

The event begins with a social hour, where guests can mingle, view auction items, drink a variety of curated beverages, and indulge in gourmet plates, prepared by some of the region's most celebrated chefs. After the cocktail hour, guests enter into the tent, by way of the high five tunnel, for an exciting and mission-centric live program. 

What is the attire?  

Portland cocktail casual! Remember that this event is largely outdoors, We are expecting sunny skies but it cools off quickly when the sun goes down. PLEASE dress for the anticipated weather, coats are encouraged!

Food and beverage details

  • Food: Featured chefs/restaurants include Andrew Biggs, Ben Bettinger, Kasey Mills, Earl Ninsom, Fatou Ouattara, Crisp Salads, Pip's Doughnuts, Devil's Food Catering and more! Instead of offering a seated dinner, guests have the opportunity to visit different chef stations throughout the our location during social hour to try some of the best that Portland has to offer. 

  • Beverage: Custom cocktails and bartending provided by Merit Badge featuring local Wild Roots spirits, wine provided by Beacon Hill, Cooper's Hall and more!

    • Variety of NAs also available!​

What COVID19 Health Protocols will be in place at the In-Person Event? 

  • Friends of the Children - Portland is committed to hosting a safe event for the public. We will be following all county and government requirement guidelines and encourage compliance with recommended guidelines.


How do I get the packages I purchased?

  • Pickup for physical items will be held on Friday, May 10th from 1 PM to 4 PM and Saturday, May 11th from 11a-3p at Friends of the Children - Portland’s parking lot located on 65 NE Stanton St.

  • Gift certificates will be mailed within 14 days of the event.

  •  If you purchased a planted item, we strongly encourage you to pick up the plants ASAP as we will not guarantee staff being able to care for the plants.

  • On site staff will help load your items into your car.

  • If you are unable to pick up items during designated pickup dates and times, please contact Joanna Laird at 971-340-1447 or email her at 

  • We are unable to ship wine or alcohol and any packages with these items must be picked up in person by an adult 21+. 



How do I pay for my auction purchases and paddle raise from the Online Auction?  

  • Your registered credit card will be charged after a thorough review of all sales and payments. You can make alternative payment arrangements by emailing us at

How do I pay for my auction purchases and paddle raise from Friend Raiser?

  • When you purchase your ticket to the In-Person Event, you will have an option to save your credit card information for easier registration on the night of the event. Friend Raiser guests will have another opportunity to provide a credit card during event registration. This will be the credit card associated with your account, and it will be charged for auction purchases and paddle raises on May 17 unless other arrangements are made. 

When will credit cards be charged?

  • Credit cards on file will be charged May 17 for all purchases and contributions made to Friend Raiser unless we have been instructed to handle your payment another way. All sales, pre-payments, and charges are reviewed before being processed. If you have questions or would like to make special payment arrangements, please email

How do I make alternative payment arrangements? 

  • We are happy to accommodate arrangements for alternative payment options.  Please email by Wednesday, May 15 to let us know how you would like to handle your statement and charges. If you have registered a credit card, your card will not be charged, and your account will be set up for your preferred payment method.

  • Please note that Donor Advised Fund contributions can be used for special appeal contributions, but cannot be used to pay for auction items, raffle tickets, or other event purchases. Please consult with your fund administrator or advisor for more information. 

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?   

  • Your registered credit card will be charged after a thorough review of all sales and payments. You can make alternative payment arrangements by emailing us at

Can I make a gift through my donor advised fund?

  • If you plan to make a contribution using your Donor Advised Fund, please let us know before May 9th. 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 at to make arrangements. 

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

When will I receive my statement, invoice, or receipt?

  • Statements for auction purchases and special appeal contributions will be sent Friday, June 9th to the contact information that you provide during registration. If you have any requests for your invoice or statement, please let us know at by Friday, May 20. 

  • To request an invoice or receipt for an event sponsorship or donated auction item, please email us at


Thank you for joining us at 2024 Friend Raiser and standing alongside our youth no matter what!

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