Frequently Asked Questions
Ok... what's the catch?
Seriously, no catch. We're just trying to do our small part to give back to our community.
So who gets paid then? Who's actually making money off this?
No one. Literally no one is "making money" off this idea or our business. We (the Board) have hired a few full-time employees to work and run the restaurant, but no one will receive any "salary" or "stipend" or payment of any kind simply because we came up with this idea, or are helping direct and guide the vision. This is a profit-generating machine for, and only for, the charities we support.
So how do you all make money?
Everyone who is a part of the Board of the Oregon Public House has another full time job. We are all volunteers helping to make this vision a reality, and will continue as volunteers after we open.
How can I believe that?
Our books are public. Simply ask to see them, and we'll be glad to share it. Trust is such a priority for us, that we believe nothing should be kept secret.
How can my charity get supported by The Oregon Public House?
We have an application and vetting process. Charities are rotated around twice a year. If you would like an application, please email us and request it.
How can I be involved?
In a number of ways. Volunteering to help serve, host, bartend, bus tables, and work in the Pub is the most direct. Also, by renting our Ballroom, The Village Ballroom, you help offset our facilities cost. The third way, is by becoming a Founder. All of our Founders donations go to the opening of our Brewery, which will allow us to produce and sell beer at a significantly higher profit margin, thereby enabling us to generate more and more money for our Charities.
Are you really the "first of your kind"?
Yes. Perhaps others have created a similar way of giving back, but our model of choosing your own charity, and giving back through the social and communal nature of a Pub is definitely the first of its kind.
What makes you think you can actually make money for charities?
Well, we are currently making money. Unfortunately, right now, all if it is going towards the build out. But, with the Ballroom that we manage, we are able to run significantly in the black as a successful business, while actually paying rent on a vacant Pub. And if we can simply run a moderately successful restaurant, we'll be able to generate a considerable amount of money for the charities that we're partnered with.
Ok, I'm game. How can I help?
Become a Founder! We're pretty much done with the remodeling. All we need now is just a little more startup capital to get this thing roling.
Founders are this:
Level 1 Founders ($2,500 donation)
Receive ONE FREE BEER A DAY FOR LIFE
Level 2 Founders ($1,500 donation)
Receive ONE FREE BEER A WEEK FOR LIFE
Level 3 Founders ($500 donation)
Receive ONE FREE BEER A MONTH FOR LIFE
Involvement at both levels get you a "Founder's Card" - a personalized ID card, to be presented for your free beer. Also, you will have your personalized pint glass displayed on the "Wall of Founders" behind the Bar in the pub, which you may use at each visit.
If you'd like to give at any level, please email Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 503.828.0884.