The Philanthropy Collaborative

Regional Case Studies

DePaul Industries
Portland, OR




DePaul Industries mission is putting people to work; providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to earn a lifetime stream of income that otherwise might not exist. The impact of providing an average lifetime income can have a net present value of over half a million dollars, so the multiplier effects of such workforce training and job placement can be tremendous. By its 40th anniversary in 2011, DePaul had trained or employed more than 15,000 people with disabilities and paid wages and benefits over $150 million. Last year alone, DePaul generated earned revenue of about $30 million and employed 2,000 people with disabilities. In the long-term, we find DePaul's work contributes $194.80 million to the annual GDP and is responsible for almost 4,000 jobs in the community.

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