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Portland Parks Foundation Executive Director Moves to New Opportunity after Four Productive Years

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March 3, 2015

(Portland, OR) –

Nick Hardigg, Executive Director of the non-profit Portland Parks Foundation (PPF), is moving on after four years in PPF’s top position. Hardigg helped lead the Foundation’s lasting alliance with Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) as the bureau’s valued fundraising partner. He takes over as Executive Director of the Portland Audubon Society beginning March 23.

PP&R and PPF have partnered over the last several years to grow the vaunted Summer Free For All series of free concerts, movies, lunch and playground programs throughout Portland. Under Hardigg’s leadership, the Foundation launched Parke Diem (Portland’s largest park volunteer event), and Parklandians Unite (a parks friends and partner event). Most recently, Hardigg and the Foundation continue to have the gratitude of PP&R for the role they played in partnering with the Fix Our Parks campaign, and helping shape and pass the vital 2014 Parks Replacement Bond.
“Nick has been a great partner for Portland Parks & Recreation and the City of Portland,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “He was a key partner and leader in getting the Parks Bond passed last November. The Audubon Society is very fortunate to have Nick as their next Executive Director. I look forward to working with him in his new role.”

“We thank Nick for all his far-reaching work,” says Elizabeth Whalen, Chair of the Portland Parks Foundation Board. “He was a tireless advocate for the Parks Replacement Bond, created the Foundation’s fiscal sponsorship program, and Nick has helped establish the Foundation as one of Portland's leading voices for parks and parks access—raising awareness across the city about park needs.”

“Nick brought energy, enthusiasm and expertise to his role at the Foundation,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “We are grateful for his extensive efforts in building grassroots community support for our people, places and programs. He has been a key player in fundraising and awareness efforts, and we thank him very much.”

About Nick Hardigg
Before he joined Portland Parks Foundation, Nick led Alaska's largest fundraising foundation for the environment, Alaska Conservation Foundation, where he successfully restructured programs and tripled funds raised to over $4 million annually. He has worked for The Nature Conservancy in Oregon as director of finance and operations, and was in charge of public-private partnerships for the National Park Service at the Grand Canyon and Denali National Park, where he initiated nationally-recognized fundraising programs and contracting reforms.


Nick has an MBA from Yale University, and a BA in environmental science from Wesleyan University. He serves on boards of the Association of Partners for Public Lands, Alaska Geographic (the nonprofit partner for Alaska's parks), and the MBA Nonprofit Connection. Past board experience includes Bicycle Commuters of Anchorage (co-founder), the Foraker Group (Alaska's nonprofit association), and the Grand Canyon Community Center. In his free time, Nick can often be found in Portland’s parks with his family.

About the Portland Parks Foundation

Portland Parks Foundation is an independent, 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization formed in 2001 to bring resources for the long-term stewardship of Portland's parks and park programs, and to ensure that they remain publicly supported. We are a highly productive team committed to efficient parks management through partnerships and a high return on your philanthropic investment.

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