Give Methow Raises over a Half Million for Methow Valley Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW’s Give Methow campaign has raised $522,204 for 36 Methow Valley nonprofits – over $200,000 more than last year.

Give Methow is an annual crowdfunding campaign hosted by the Community Foundation during the month of October to build awareness of nonprofit work that benefits the Methow Valley and provide an easy way for anyone to support their work.

“We are blown away by the incredible support of Give Methow this year” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “It’s been a challenging year for our region’s nonprofits, and the people who love the Methow Valley have stepped up to give these organizations some sustainability and hope.”

Any 501c3 public charity in the Methow Valley is eligible to participate in Give Methow to raise funds for a specific program or general operations. Each organization serves a unique and meaningful purpose for improving the quality of life for Methow Valley residents – from the arts to environment, health and housing, to education, recreation, and community services.

An anonymous donor seeded a $20,000 “Give to All” stretch pool to incentivize and bolster fundraising efforts. The Community Foundation added $10,000 and the public donated $33,866 totaling $63,866 that was disbursed among all nonprofits equally. However this year, several organizations decided to “gift” their portion back to the pool in the spirit of togetherness, providing additional funding to others.

“When we started planning for the campaign it was powerfully clear how much we are all in this together. We wanted to create an opportunity for a rising tide that would lift all boats.” said Betsy Cushman, Executive Director of Methow Recycles and a Board Trustee of the Community Foundation.

“All of the organizations decided to tell our stories together through weekly videos that we shared with our supporters. Our work and our community depend upon each other, and we wanted to share that message and recognize each of our parts in shaping the future of the Methow Valley” said Cushman.

Give Methow Results

Aero Methow $19,308
American Legion $3,394
Cascadia Music $8,619
Classroom in Bloom $17,764
Confluence Gallery $8,154
Cove Methow Valley Food Bank $26,450
Evergreen MTB $10,929
Friends of the Pool $13,841
Friends of the Winthrop Public Library $21,572
Jamie’s Place $16,164
Little Star $17,015
Loup Loup Ski Foundation $10,104
Methow Arts Alliance $12,784
Methow at Home $15,719
Methow Beaver Project (Methow Salmon Recovery) $9,469
Methow Conservancy $32,230
Methow Housing Trust $16,229
Methow Recycles $18,294
Methow Trails $17,700
Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival $3,779
Methow Valley Citizens Council $37,391
Methow Valley Community Center $10,154
Methow Valley Education Foundation $16,624
Methow Valley Interpretive Center $8,239
Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation $13,024
Methow Valley Riding Unlimited $11,976
Methow Watershed Foundation $7,069
Northwest Outward Bound School $4,824
Public School Funding Alliance $19,504
Room One $22,815
Shafer Museum $7,989
The Merc Playhouse $17,994
TwispWorks Foundation $21,639
Twisp Valley Grange (WA State Grange Foundation) $7,244
Winthrop Rink $11,095
Winthrop Kiwanis Foundation $5,409

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