PPCW Wins Oregon Entrepreneurship Nonprofit Award


Liz Delapoer
Marketing Director
Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette
503.775.4931 x2221

Published: 09.20.07| Updated: 06.21.13

Portland, OR — Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette won the top non-profit award from the OEN Tom Holce Awards for Entrepreneurship on September 20, 2007 for being the first family planning provider in the nation to offer online reproductive and sexual health care.

Along with the award, PPCW also received a $5,000 cash award from Meyer Memorial Trust as seed money for future innovative programs.

The OEN Tom Holce Award is the second major award for PPCW in less than a month. The organization also won a $5,000 award for Disruptive Innovations in health care, from social entrepreneur organizations Changemakers and Ashoka. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will invest up to $50 million in Disruptive Innovations identified through this competition.

With about 1,000 guests in the audience, COO Adrienne Karecki and PPCW Board Vice Chair Anthony Lincoln accepted the OEN award on behalf of the entire PPCW staff. President and CEO David Greenberg was out of town and unable to attend.

"This award is primarily for our incredibly dedicated staff, who work so hard to ensure women and men in Oregon and Washington have quality access to reproductive and sexual health care," said Karecki.

OEN annually recogizes "the best and brightest of the Northwest's entrepreneurs" in four categories: companies in development, working capital stage, growth stage, individual achievement and one non-profit.


Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) is the largest non-profit family planning and reproductive rights organization in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Since 1963, PPCW has successfully carried out its mission of providing, promoting and protecting access to quality reproductive and sexual health care. Each year, 60,000 women, men and teens visit one of PPCW’s eleven health centers. We provide a wide range education programs and health care services, including low-cost contraceptives, emergency contraception, annual gynecological check-ups, breast exams, cervical cancer detection and treatment, testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, and pregnancy testing and options counseling. Less than five percent of PPCW’s services are for first term abortion care. For more information, visit

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