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Portland Arts Business Nonprofit To Close By End Of Summer

A Portland-based nonprofit group, Business for Culture and the Arts, has announced it will end operations this summer.

The group, funded by donations from the corporate community, organizes business volunteers and trains business professionals to serve on nonprofit boards.

“The membership model is one that still works,” said Parker Lee, the organization’s board chair, “but some of our analysis found we were speeding 40 to 50 percent of the organization’s energy just trying to maintain that business model. It’s just not sustainable.”

Lee said businesses have changed in the 30 years BCA has been around. The group is trying to find other organizations that might take the reins of events like its executive trainings and annual “Breakfast of Champions” corporate event.

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