Oregon's Hub for Global Changemakers

Creating the space for our community to thrive

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SPOON Office Sublease

Since mid-March, SPOON has become entirely virtual and foresees staying like that for an extended period.  However, we love our office and don’t want to give it up.  Therefore, we are looking for a friend or organization who may want to co-share our space.

The office is located at 135 SE Main St, Suite 201 in the Central Eastside Industrial Neighborhood.

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GlobalPDX Virtual Lunch & Learn

Big Burnout, or Little Business?

October 22nd, noon - 1pm

In this time of intense and pervasive work-place pressure, more and more individuals are experiencing burnout in the roles where they once felt invigorated. Danielle Isaac opens up a frank conversation around professional exhaustion, and the desire to leave a corporate structure to seek a better work-life balance.

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Help CREATE! Meet the Challenge

This fall, help CREATE! meet the challenge of raising $25,000 towards a matching $50,000 grant from One Day's Wages to help rural communities in Senegal gain access to clean water and improved food security.
This year has highlighted the importance of the work that CREATE! is doing in Senegal. Through a matching challenge grant with One Day's Wages, CREATE! hopes to bring this kind of success to more communities across rural Senegal in 2020 and beyond.

Our Mission

Put Oregon's community of changemakers on the map as a widely renowned hub inciting positive change around the world.

We are uniting the Oregon-based global development community into a thriving, collaborative, and high-impact network of people and organizations with global reach.

Due to COVID 19, GlobalPDX has postponed all in-person events until further notice. 

Check out these opportunities to engage virtually:


This new program connects people in our area with experts on their topic of interest. Whether a student, young professional, expert, or retiree, lend your voice to this catalyst of connectivity!


We are always looking for experts in their field to share their expertise, whether through a virtual Lunch & Learn, as a guest on our podcast, or as an interviewee for our member spotlights.


Check out upcoming international development events around Oregon (trainings, networking, workshops, lectures, and more) 


Have your INGO, academic institution, foundation, social enterprise or business join Global PDX today!


Learn more about the Oregon based organizations doing extraordinary work abroad in over 100 countries.


We exist to support you - ever hesitate to reach out and share an idea of what we can be doing to strengthen your involvement in our community.

Virtual Sessions

GlobalPDX hosts monthly virtual sessions highlighting speakers who are experts in

amplifying your voice and elevating your impact.

Our History

In 1996 Irene began "Dev Drinks", an informal global development group in her home. It was in these meetings, over micro brews and shared philosophy, that GlobalPDX was born. In 2012 Green Empowerment helped transform these informal gatherings into a strategic networking events for the global development Community. In 2017 Portland State University took GlobalPDX to the next level by developing a framework for GlobalPDX to support local academic pursuits and organizations around Oregon. Ever since GlobalPDX has focused on elevating the impact of globally conscious organizations and amplifying the voices of the passionate individuals of Portland.

A big thanks to our founding Steering Committee Member Organizations who continue to guide the development of GlobalPDX.

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Membership Benefits

Whether your organization has one employee or 1000, you identify as a start-up or a seasoned organization, or are seeking a new network, we have something for you...

  • Small INGOs & social enterprises | Promotion to the community and funders, training and shared resources, networking with other organizations, and advertising job, internship or volunteer positions.
  • Large INGOs | GlobalPDX will promote your organization, help recruit talented Fellows and employees, and connect you to academic institutions. We will promote high value partnerships with other members on proposals.
  • Academic institutions | GlobalPDX is committed to enabling academic programs to connect with practitioners in the field. In addition, we promote your institution, help publicize your research, and assist in placing your students into fellowships and internships.
  • Businesses & BCorps Organizations | Direct access to organizations to partner with or sponsor. Promotion of your brand to socially conscience and internationally minded groups.
  • Foundations & Funders | Foster partnerships, become a thought-leader in the field, and support meaningful international development projects. GlobalPDX can help ensure that you are supporting meaningful and impactful projects and partners.