Community Foundation Awards $225,000 in Regional Impact Grants and Launches Give NCW


Give NCW begins Thanksgiving Day! Learn about nonprofit organizations working on great projects in your community and donate to support them!

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $225,000 in Regional Impact Grants (RIG) to 25 nonprofits in North Central Washington. As an extension of the RIG program, the foundation announces its new crowdfunding campaign, Give NCW.

The nonprofit organizations who received RIG awards will be participants in Give NCW, an online giving catalog that opens Thanksgiving Day through December 31.

Each of the Give NCW participants has a larger goal to complete their project – the foundation has awarded a portion of their project through the RIG and is inviting the public to learn more about the nonprofit work in their community and help complete these projects by donating at

Historically, our grant program only awarded up to $5,000 – and while that was helping these organizations get by, we didn’t think we were making the impact we could” said Denise Sorom, Director of Community Philanthropy. “When we upgraded our database technology, one of the features was an online grant catalog – we knew this was a great opportunity to change philanthropy in our region.”

With a minimum gift of $10, anyone can support one or more projects that span the areas of art, environment, education, social service, and public benefit in communities across North Central Washington.

The Community Foundation will be offering $1,000 Bonus Days each week as incentive to engage the public and encourage giving. To receive updates on bonus days and more, find the Community Foundation of NCW on Facebook, follow on twitter @cfncw or join our mailing list.

The following is the list of RIG award recipients and their projects. To learn more and donate to help complete these projects, visit

  1. Art on the Avenues – $6,000 for Building organizational capacity, increase programming and outreach
  2. Blue Lotus Foundation – $12,500 to support a Pump Track in Leavenworth that will provide a fun, family oriented recreational opportunity for the local community and visitors
  3. Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group – $10,000 for a Salmon Awareness Project that includes education and outreach on the importance of salmon in our ecosystem
  4. Chelan County Juvenile Center – $11,000 to support Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement and corrections officers in Chelan and Douglas counties
  5. Chelan County Natural Resources Department – $8,000 for Lake Chelan long-term water quality monitoring
  6. Chelan-Douglas CASA – $10,000 for recruitment and training of Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteers who are a voice for abused or neglected children
  7. Chelan Valley Hope – $6,500 for a coordinated system to support rapid rehousing for homeless individuals and families in the Chelan area
  8. Community Cultural Center of Tonasket – $10,000 for general operating support of a community center used for arts, culture, and community activities as well as an emergency shelter during wildfires
  9. EASE Cancer Care Foundation – $6,000 to support general operating expenses for cancer survivor program
  10. Eastmont Parks and Recreation – $7,000 to create pickle ball courts open to all ages and abilities
  11. InvestED – $6,000 to provide financial assistance to provide basic needs for students in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan schools
  12. Literacy Council of Chelan and Douglas Counties – $8,000 for AmeriCorps volunteers
  13. Methow Arts Alliance – $10,000 for Access to Arts for Okanogan county schools
  14. Mobile Meals of Wenatchee – $7,500 to support general operations of meal delivery service to house bound people in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee
  15. NCW Child and Family Advocacy (SAGE) – $10,000 to help soundproof the interview room used to record sensitive testimony by victims of child abuse and purchase a mobile unit that can travel to rural locations
  16. Numerica Performing Arts Center – $9,000 toward the upgrade of new sound system
  17. Okanogan County Habitat for Humanity – $10,000 to help build an affordable home for a young family in Omak, WA
  18. Run Wenatchee – $5,500 toward completing the installment of mile markers on the Apple Capital Loop Trail
  19. The Trust for Public Land – $8,000 for upgrades at Methow and Eastmont parks
  20. The Truth About Wildfire – $15,000 to support the production of documentary videos to educate the general public on wildfire risk and prevention in the region
  21. Tonasket Swimming Pool Association – $10,000 to help build a public/community pool in Tonasket
  22. Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board – $12,000 to support the NCW Forest Health Collaborative’ s effort to bring together conservation groups to restore forest lands in Chelan and Okanogan counties
  23. Wenatchee Arts Education Consortium – $12,000 to support kindergarten art program in the Wenatchee School District
  24. Wenatchee River Institute – $10,000 to support Youth Education Field Days, a hands-on program that connects young students to their local environment
  25. Wenatchee Valley Humane Society – $5,000 for the Pets for Life program that helps keeps pets in their homes through various types of support

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I am currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at Stanford. Since the beginning of my freshman year I have been involved with clubs such as Stanford’s Space Initiative (SSI) and the Society of Latinx Engineers (SOLE). In SSI I built a rocket and launched it.


Aero Methow Rescue Service


Due to being rural, remote, and geographically isolated, we must be prepared to do more than respond to emergencies. We have become a healthcare partner who fills gaps in service. The grant allowed our board the time and ability to work with a Strategic Planner to modify our plan to address those gaps.


Chelan Douglas Volunteer Attorney Services


The grant provided funds to hire a Housing Justice and Outreach Coordinator to visit rural and underserved areas. Rosie’s bilingual and bicultural skills and experience have increased equity of service. Rosie is building partnerships with local organizations through events such as the Columbia Valley Community Health’s Back to School Drive, as well as posting yard signs.

Tenoch Mandujano

Tenoch Mandujano

Scholarship Recipient

My father was a migrant agricultural worker who eventually started his own cherry and apple orchard. He told me if I wanted to live a better life, I had to get an education. I plan on starting a career with the Chelan PUD with a passion for renewable energy and in turn give back to my parents and community for supporting my dreams.

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