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700 NE Dekum St. Portland, OR 97211
503.828.0884

Frequently Asked Questions

How can my charity get supported by The Oregon Public House?

Right now, the best way to be involved is by becoming a Featured "Charity of the Night".  This allows you to be the ONLY charity benefitting from our single night sales.  If you'd like more info on how this works, please contact vanessa@oregonpublichouse.com and we can chat. 
As of right now, we are not accepting applications for new nonprofits to be on our consistent partnership list, but we will be opening up applications and making decisions every Spring.
If you would like, please follow us on Facebook and or Twitter as we will be letting people know when we will be opening up our application process.

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) are all volunteers and 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 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.  If you're interested in Volunteering, shoot us an email at ophvolunteers@gmail.com. 
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. Our organization was founded and started in September of 2010. At that time we began working on the opening of the Pub. 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?

We did!  In just our first two weeks of opening, we gave away over $2,000 to the charities that we're partnered with.  As we continue to grow and become more efficient, we are projecting a total of $100,000 given away each year to our partnered charities.  But...it takes YOUR help!  And by that we mean, come in, grab a meal and a pint.  Tough work.

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.
Click here to become a Founder RIGHT NOW!  Simply scroll down and click on the level Founder you wish to become.
If you'd like to give at any level, please email Ryan at ryan@oregonpublichouse.com, or call us at 503.828.0884 x2.