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Based in California, the Lagunitas Brewing Company operates community rooms across the United States in cities including Seattle, Chicago, and Petaluma. The spaces provide a vital resource to local communities, hosting volunteer meet-ups and nonprofit fundraisers.

The company’s recent decision to close its community space in Portland, Oregon, however, has sent ripples through the city’s nonprofit sector.

On October 21, Lagunitas informed nonprofits that its Portland Community Room would close immediately, despite having scheduled 40 nonprofit events over the coming year. The abrupt announcement has left nonprofits scrambling to find new venues.

Andy Nelson of Impact NW expressed his dismay to Oregon Live: “I’m really disappointed to see them go. They were a unique and special place for nonprofits in our community.”

While Lagunitas’ sudden departure from Portland’s philanthropic scene has jilted organizations like Impact NW, at least a dozen breweries have responded to a request from the Oregon Brewers Guild to assist groups impacted by the closure. A handful of events have already been rescheduled at facilities owned by local craft breweries.

Development professionals need to draft contingency plans for their organizations’ keynote events. Galas and fundraisers play a central role in many annual fund campaigns. Cancellations can not only result in underwhelming fundraising results, but can be fatal to small nonprofits.


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