FESTA ITALIANA ASSOCIATION INC

Rating: 4.7 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 4815 Sw Orchard Ln Portland OR 97219 USA

Mission:

2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Filter Reviews by Role

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have served on the board of the Festa for all 18 years of its existence. I was born in Naples, Italy and have lived in the U.S. for 45 years. I want to share and promote the Italian heritage. I work hard to that end by involved all through the year in various capacities. I currently handle the entertainment and help with obtaining Italian restaurants for the event. I am proud to be asscociated with this marvelous event.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being a volunteer and seeing many other volunteers enthusiastically involved in the event. It is held in the downtown public square which has the feeling of a small Italian town square.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

My oppurtunity to give back to the community and share my love of the Italian culture.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fantastic!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Keep this Festa going for 100 more years and also help many other non-profit organizations that promote Italian culture.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

The Portland Italian Festa is an important part of the city's cultural life as it helps to preserve Italian culture. Hundreds of volunteers work to put together an important summer event for the city. There is no charge for admission to the event and it provides great entertainment for thousands of citizens and its visitors.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The entertainment that they provide without charge for everyone.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more publicity

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The feeling of everyone contributing towards a common goal.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

hard working and friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

contribute more towards assisting other charities

Ways to make it better...

had more volunteers

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

cost of providing the Festa: city rent, insurance, contractors.... the cost is high and the receipts from sales and vendors does prevents getting better entertainment, etc....for an event that is free to the public

One thing I'd also say is that...

I enjoy working with the organization. The people are friendly and hardworking

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I love Italian Food and Entertainment. Portland is a great city to visit outdoor events such as the Festa Italiana. Fun to meet up with people and spend the evening enjoying a little wine and people watching. Free to get into and the prices for food and wine are reasonable. Viva la Festa

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Portland Oregon

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

brings people together and is a family event.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

operate a few more days

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been with Festa Italiana Association, Inc since it's inception in 1992. I have served as boad member, publicity director,parlamentarian,and cureently coordinate the production of the Festa Brochure. The involvment is certainly rewarding as we strive to share the beauty of the Italian culturte with the local community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Please see "Your Experience" mentioned previously.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Festa is a chance for a lot of people, Italians and "wanna bes" like me, to mingle and mangiano in downtown Portland. What I like about the annual Festa is the fun, and the scope ... everything from a Mass to kick the event off well and respectfully, to Opera students performing in the square (Pioneer Square, or Piazza Pioneer for the weekend) to food, fun and the pleasure of sharing Italian culture with anyone who happens by. The committee is very responsive to feedback; in 2010 it's restructuring the entire restaurant deal in response to concerns that Festa had lost a step on food quality. It's now adding a Green committee to improve that aspect of the public event .. something all groups NEED to do. I'm pleased to be on the host committee this year and look forward to seeing what will happen when we adopt "festa verde" (Green Festa) ideals ... how many plastic cups can we NOT add to the landfill! And still serve a bout 30,000 folks over several days of summer fun. Ciao and Grazie

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The fun and community of Festa Italiana in Pioneer Square each August

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Join it and start a green sub committee .. whi ch I have DONE

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Inclusiveness ... long or short time around the event, one's thoughts matter to the organizers

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly and grateful to the volunteers

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

arrange many more Italian cultural events each year, like bocce tournaments, and guided trips to Italian regioni!

Ways to make it better...

I didn't see so much plastic garbage, cups, utensils, go in the trach

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Like any group, money, money, money. A big bank roll means more perks for attendees, like non-disposable refillable water bottles, that kind of thing

One thing I'd also say is that...

Festa does a great job of welcoming the citizens of Portland, Italian or not, to it's party!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Festa Italiana Association is a hard-working, enthusiastic group that puts on an extremely popular event taking place in Portland's "piazza", Pioneer Square, every August. Tens of thousands of people eat, drink, dance and enjoy camaraderie under sunny skies and starry nights. I really enjoy some of the "auxiliary" events like film night and the bocce tournament that lead up to the main event. Sometimes I wish Festa were more Italian and less Italian-American, especially when it comes to the entertainment and food.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Saturday night, when most of the work is done and the party can begin for those who have put in so much time and effort.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The Festa is held in the Portland city square downtown and draws locals and visitors estimated at about 30-40 thousand over a 3-day period. Entertainment covers all ages from a puppet show to an Italian dance band. It is a fun event with never an altercation or fight. The mood is festive but family friendly. There is no charge for admission.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Managing the Wine Garden, I have met thousands of people, virtually all who enjoy the experience of a fun event. There is a spirit of joy and celebration of the Italian Heritage, regardless of you background. Incidently, I am French American.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Voluteering

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Give more away to charitable organizations and ensure the continuation of the Festa

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This is a great time to meet new people and then see them again year after year. Many are now considered friends. Its a quaint, fun event that the whole family can attend.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and hard working. Sometimes the members of the Board are over-worked and it would be great for some of them to delegate the duties if there were more dependable people to rely on.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Festa Italiana Portland is one big Italian Party! You do not have to be Italian to have fun at this event just have an interest in good Italian food, wine and non stop Italian entertainment. Something for the entire family. Each year I run into old friends, relatives and meet several new people. Portland is such a beautiful city and August in the Square is hard to beat. A great day for all. And it is Free.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That it is free and brings all ages together to enjoy it.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Send everyone to Italy!No I think they should just stay in beautiful Portland and add more days to the Festa Italiana.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My involvement with Festa Italiana is an immensely rewarding experience. As a non-Italian who loves Italian culture, participation in this organization is teaching me a lot about Italy plus has helped me to meet many of her sons and daughters who live in Portland and beyond, as well as develop my own leadership skills. When I first started with Festa back in 2005, I was welcome with open arms. I am very proud to serve on the board of an organization whose mission involves putting on a cultural celebration every year, to make the culture more accessible to the greater community, through personal engagement and education.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how cohesive the association members and volunteers are.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Was this review helpful?