Community Foundation Awards $240,455 in Grants to Nonprofits, Prepares for Give NCW

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $240,455 in grants to 30 nonprofits across the region. The grants were funded by the Regional Impact Grant and Partners in Giving programs.

The Regional Impact Grant (RIG) is an annual, competitive grant program that supports charitable organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Sixty organizations applied for the grant, and 30 received awards.

To evaluate and determine award recipients, a team of foundation staff and board participate in site visits with each applicant to learn more about their organization’s grant request and potential impact. The site visit teams visited all 60 organizations spanning the region, from Leavenworth to Chelan to Tonasket, and logged over 600 driving miles. These insightful visits are essential in helping the foundation’s board make thoughtful, informed decisions to ensure grant making supports a broad base of areas that enhance quality of life in the region’s communities.

Of the awarded organizations, 25 will participate in Give NCW, an online crowdfunding campaign beginning Thanksgiving Day through December 31st. Since the RIG can only award a portion of the grant requests, Give NCW provides an opportunity for the public to donate and help organizations reach their ultimate goals. Last year, Give NCW received over $253,000 in donations from the public – over $50,000 more than the foundation’s grant award amount.

While Give NCW is limited to 25 participants, the foundation’s board agreed to fund 5 additional organizations with programs that meet essential needs and/or have a significant impact in the community. A portion of this funding was made possible by the Partners in Giving program, comprised of individuals, families, and businesses that make unrestricted gifts to support the general work of the foundation.

“The foundation’s budget for these annual grants is around $200,000 each year, which comes from bequests left by generous individuals and families who loved the region” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “We’re trying to help nonprofits make a greater impact with larger awards, but each year we have more requests than we can fund. Added resources from our Partners in Giving allows us to grant a few extra awards, and Give NCW gives nonprofits an amazing opportunity to reach their full goal. We are so grateful for those that invest in making our region a better place for all.”


*Organizations marked with an asterisk will not participate in Give NCW
Organization  Project  Award 
Alatheia Riding Center Financial Aid Fund – Keep Them in the Saddle! $14,000
Artist Trust* Professional Development for Artists in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties $5,000
Camp Fire NCW Council Outdoor Education Program for teachers and students $5,000
Cancer Care of North Central Washington New commercial washers and dryers at Our House $3,500
Chapter 2 Chapter Resourcing youth literacy programs in NCW $7,500
Chelan County Historical Society (Cashmere Museum)* Collections Management and Reference Materials $7,055
Chelan-Douglas CASA Program I am for the Child – awareness and volunteer recruitment program $14,000
Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council Support for Literacy Council of Chelan and Douglas Counties $6,000
City of Entiat Fire Station Park $9,500
FIRST Washington After school STEM programs for vulnerable at-risk youth $9,500
Grunewald Guild* Art Access wheelchair ramp $5,400
Habitat For Humanity Of The Greater Wenatchee Area Townhomes at South Chelan Ave $6,000
Hand in Hand Immigration Support for citizenship program $14,000
Hearts Gathered General support for Okanagan Salish immersion Montessori school $8,000
NCW Economic Development District Support for NCW Regional Economic Forum and Economic Development $6,000
Okanogan County Child Development Association Purchase and implement updated fiscal and HR systems software $11,500
Okanogan County Community Action Council Program to help individuals maintain health and reduce emergency visits $10,000
Okanogan Land Trust OkaKnowledgy – educational lecture series $4,000
Pybus Market Charitable Foundation Support for community programs and activities at the Pybus Market $6,000
Small Miracles Free summer lunch program $8,000
Special Olympics Washington General operating support $6,000
Team Naturaleza Support for free, bilingual, natural resource and conservation education $6,000
Tender Loving Care for Seniors Home-based support for seniors $5,000
The Friends of the Wenatchee Public Library Support for Capital Campaign $11,500
Upper Valley Connection* Theater Camp $7,500
Upper Valley MEND Access to fresh produce at the Community Cupboard food bank $9,500
Wellness Place “FUEL for the FIGHT” offering pre-paid gas cards for rural patients fighting cancer $8,000
Wenatchee Valley DRC Increasing access to low/no cost alternative Conflict resolution $7,000
Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center Walk-In Freezer $9,000
Wenatchee Valley YMCA “Ment2B” program providing mentoring services for youth ages 8-17 $11,000


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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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