Precipitation NW is an Oregon public benefit corporation, currently in the process of acquiring 501 (c)(3) non-profit status. It was created to hold the assets of and provide oversight to the projects that SOAK, LLC has managed over the past decade.


“It takes hundreds of people to build and manage the SOAK infrastructure, and hundreds more to bring the art, music and joy that transform infrastructure into an event. Being part of that process is deeply satisfying.
— Melissa ‘Mel’ Casburn, SOAK Producer
  1. Vision + Mission written √
  2. Name selected √
  3. Website up (you are here!) √
  4. Community announcement
  5. New public benefit corporation formed with State of Oregon √
  6. Get EIN
  7. Register for Payroll Taxes
  8. Register for Portland Business Tax
  9. Insurance acquired
  10. Inaugural board selected
  11. Assets from SOAK, LLC transferred
  12. Contracts from SOAK, LLC transferred
  13. Adopt Bylaws √
  14. Adopt policy manual √
  15. Board and Mission vetted by community referendum
  16. First event as new entity!