Since 1989, Oregon Tradeswomen has offered a “hand up”:  Economic independence and a secure future for women and their families.

Our training and support services help create a pipeline of skilled, qualified workers for the industries building and maintaining the Portland metro region.

Your support makes sure our programs are available to those who need them. Your contributions help us expand our employer base and increase opportunities for women with these employers.

Like all nonprofit organizations, Oregon Tradeswomen relies on a numerous funding sources. By making a monthly gift, you help us create a source of financial stability. We invite you to become one of our Foundation Partners with a sustaining donation of $10 or more per month.

“I am happy to support Oregon Tradeswomen! You’re doing such good work for women, including my daughter. She will journey out at the age of 22 with the NW Carpenter’s Union later this year.

I would not have known how to help her without the support of Oregon Tradeswomen.”

– Dr. Leslie Carter

Giving Levels

Your investment of $10 per month or a $120 one-time donation provides full personal protective equipment (PPE) for one student to complete training and start work.

Your investment of $15 per month or a $180 one-time donation supports emergency needs requests for students experiencing unexpected challenges such as transportation or childcare,  allowing them to complete training and start work.

Your support of $25 per month or a $300 one-time donation allows for the purchase of trade specific equipment for one student ready to start their new apprenticeship or job.

Your gift of $50 per month or a $500 one-time donation allows Oregon Tradeswomen to purchase replacement tools to keep workshop training equipment safe and functional.

Your investment of $85+ per month or $1,000+ one-time donation provides Lumber and materials for the hands-on building portion of one entire class.

Bert Martinez Fund

A strong supporter of women in the trades, Bert recognized, trained, and mentored talent. She pushed her people to be the best she knew they could be -- to be better than they thought they could be.

Bert broke down walls and built bridges in their place.

She had so many strengths, talents, abilities -- and the greatest of these is love. It was Bert's superpower and she used that power for good.

All donations made in Bert's name will provide lumber, tools and training support for Oregon Tradeswomen's workshop.


Helen Getchell Women of Color Scholarship Fund

Oregon Tradeswomen manages the Helen Getchell Women of Color Scholarship Fund which specifically supports tradeswomen of color to succeed in the construction industry by providing financial resources to help remove barriers. The funds are overseen by a scholarship committee comprised of BIPOC industry partners.

Contact our Development Director

To learn more about how your gift can help most, or to make your donation:

  • via check
  • cash
  • stock transfer
  • donate your vehicle
  • set up a legacy gift

Please contact Lisa Palermo, Development Director:  |  503.335.8200 x 138

Information for Donors

Donations are tax deductible under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS code (tax ID #31-1655001).

Oregon Tradeswomen respects our donors privacy. Donor information will never be sold or shared with other parties.

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We Value


We dare to envision a different future for women by building economic independence.


We are stronger together and build bridges to create an inclusive movement for lasting change.


We operate with integrity and are committed to the highest standards for our industry and community.


We create shared prosperity, by organizing to dismantle oppressive systems.


We hold an unwavering commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice.