Community Foundation of NCW Awards $735,725 in Grants to Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $735,725 in grants to several nonprofit organizations through its retooled grant programs and community partnerships.

The foundation’s grant programming has been updated to focus on providing stability for nonprofits who have been impacted by Covid-19. The survival challenges nonprofits face parallel those of small businesses, with some struggling to meet increased demand and others completely shuttered.

“Our nonprofit sector provides vital services, cultural experiences, and environmental support across the region” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “This year has been hard on them in so many ways. We’re here to connect them to funding resources and do everything we can to keep them viable during this time.”

Chelan County CARES Nonprofit Assistance Awards – $500,000 

This grant program is in partnership with Chelan County, who allocated $500,000 to the foundation to disburse as reimbursement grants to organizations in Chelan County who provide basic needs such as food security, housing, mental and physical health and childcare. All applicants who applied received funding.

  • Hope Care Clinic – $25,500
  • SAGE (Safety, Advocacy, Growth, Empowerment) – $9,500
  • TEAMS Learning Center – $40,000
  • Upper Valley MEND – $100,000
  • Wenatchee River Institute – $45,000
  • Wenatchee Valley YMCA – $130,000
  • Women’s Resource Center of NCW – $65,000
  • YWCA of North Central Washington – $85,000

Nonprofit Reemergence Grant – $100,000

This is a quarterly grant program by the Community Foundation providing general operating support. Applicants can apply for up to 10% of their current organizational budget with a maximum request of $20,000. This is the first of four grant cycles, with $100,000 available each quarter.

  • Alatheia Riding Center – $15,750
  • Cashmere Museum – $14,000
  • Chelan Valley Housing Trust – $15,750
  • Hand in Hand Immigration Services – $11,000
  • Thrive Chelan Valley – $12,000
  • Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center – $15,750
  • Wenatchee Valley YMCA – $15,750

Helping Hands 2.0 Grant – $65,560 

In this revised version of the foundation’s Helping Hands grant, which provides emergent support, organizations can apply for any amount to help with critical safety-net needs such as food security, housing, mental and physical health and childcare. Awards are made monthly.

  • Chelan Douglas CASA – $5,000 child abuse educational outreach
  • Chelan Valley Hope – $25,000 capacity building to meet increases in demands for services
  • Hope Care Clinic – $9,360 dental assistant
  • Serve Wenatchee Valley – $5,500 Fresh HOPE Market, a public pantry for people facing food insecurity
  • Leavenworth Community United Methodist Church – $5,700 backpack food program for kids with food insecurity
  • Wenatchee Rescue Mission – $15,000 community meal program for people facing food insecurity

Woods Music and Arts Grant – $61,200

This grant, established by the Woods Family, supports music and arts education and programming across the region. This year, the grant focused on general operating support for arts organizations impacted by the pandemic.

  • 49-degrees North Artists Association – $3,000
  • Beauty of Bronze – $5,000
  • Grunewald Guild – $5,000
  • Icicle Creek Center for the Arts – $5,000
  • Lake Chelan Bach Fest – $5,000
  • Leavenworth Summer Theater – $5,000
  • Music Theater of Wenatchee – $5,000
  • Numerica Performing Arts Center – $5,000
  • Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus – $5,000
  • Stage Kids WA – $5,000
  • Wenatchee Valley Symphony Association – $5,000
  • North Central Education Foundation – $6,500
  • Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – $1,900 

NCW Foundation for Youth – $8,965

Formerly a nonprofit organization, NCW Foundation for Youth is now a grant program managed by the foundation that provides up to $1,000 year-round to activities that directly benefit youth across the valley. Shop with a Cop is an exception in funding, as it is a program established by the founding organization and receives this annual designation in perpetuity.

  • Les Schwab – $1,000 Community Toy Drive
  • Wenatchee Police – $5,000 Shop with a Cop
  • Washington State University Extension 4H – $965 4H Virtual Eco-Stewardship
  • Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – $1,000 Virtual Mobile Makers
  • Trinity Church – $1,000 Side-by-Side Camp for CVCH Families

The Community Foundation is committed to providing continual support of nonprofits across the region. Learn about these grant opportunities and more at

Community Foundation Receives $1.7M Bequest to Benefit Methow Valley

Ken Westman and his beloved dog, Snoopy.

Ken Westman and his beloved dog, Snoopy.

The Community Foundation of NCW has received a $1.7M bequest that will support Methow Valley nonprofits in perpetuity through the Methow Valley Fund.

The bequest came from Ken Westman, a long-time Methow Valley resident who cared deeply about providing charitable resources to benefit the Methow Valley and its citizens. Throughout his lifetime, Ken was an active participant with many local organizations that served to enhance the quality of life in the Methow Valley. In addition to financial support, Ken devoted much of his time to serving on committees, as a volunteer on boards and in leadership positions. His lifetime of service and legacy in this community is legendary.

The bequest secures an endowment that supports the Methow Valley Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation of NCW which provides a competitive grant program benefiting Methow Valley nonprofits. Currently, the fund awards over $60,000 in grants each year. This bequest will significantly increase the amount of funding available for grants to Methow nonprofits.

An endowment is one of the most significant ways to leave a legacy in your community. The original gift is invested by the foundation and grows over time. An annual distribution is made available each year to provide for grants to charitable organizations.

“This bequest will have a significant impact on the quality of life for the Methow Valley for generations” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “Ken was always so kind and generous. We knew he was planning to leave a gift to benefit the Valley he loved, but we were stunned at the magnitude. I can only imagine his delight and much loved laugh, knowing the surprise he pulled on all of us!  We are honored to be able to continue Ken’s generosity and to support the Valley and the many causes that make it such a special place, forever!”

Learn more about how you can leave a legacy in your community.

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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$106,633 Disbursed to NCW School Districts to Help Struggling Students

We are so grateful to everyone who donated to the Back to Basics campaign to support struggling students and their families. Over $106,000 has been disbursed to ALL school districts across North Central Washington.
Earlier this spring when schools shut down, we heard stories about students having a hard time staying engaged in remote learning because they were having to care for their younger siblings or their parents lost jobs and were struggling to put food on the table. We knew we had to do something about it, and help provide some basic needs so they could focus on their education as much as possible.
The foundation’s Board of Trustees approved $55,000 to kick-start the campaign. Each district received a portion of these funds based on their district’s population and number of low-income students. Donations from the public were directed to the districts of their choice.
When we reached out to the family advocates and counselors about the campaign, they were so grateful for the added support. They see first-hand the challenges many students and their families face, especially during this year of with the pandemic and wildfire.
Those who work closely with students will identify and distribute the funds, which will be used for food, clothing, school supplies, health and personal hygiene needs, and sanitation items.
Thanks to you, they will be able to give them even greater support.
  • Brewster School District – $4,740
  • Bridgeport School District – $4,272
  • Cascade School District – $5,599
  • Cashmere School District – $3,911
  • Eastmont School District – $14,631
  • Entiat School District – $2,922
  • Lake Chelan School District – $5,094
  • Mansfield School District – $3,272
  • Manson School District – $3,709
  • Methow Valley School District – $3,103
  • Nespelem School District – $3,602
  • Okanogan School District – $4,172
  • Omak School District – $5,222
  • Orondo School District – $2,902
  • Oroville School District – $2,975
  • Palisades School District – $1,937
  • Pateros School District – $3,257
  • Stehekin School District – $2,047
  • Tonasket School District – $4,590
  • Waterville School District – $2,912
  • Wenatchee School District – $21,769
While the campaign is complete, donations can always be made to school districts or PTAs to support students who really need our help.
This year has been challenging in so many ways, but people like you who continue to help our neighbors in need across the region are truly changing lives in our communities!

Community Foundation of NCW Awards $734,852 in Scholarships

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $734,852 in scholarships to 204 students across North Central Washington – the largest distribution of scholarships to date.

The Community Foundation manages over 110 scholarships established by individuals, families, and businesses who are passionate about helping students achieve their college and career goals. Each scholarship is unique, with varying criteria set by the donor.

“We have scholarship opportunities for all types of students” said Julie Mott, the foundation’s scholarship program specialist. “Some support students going into a specific field, some support students who have overcome obstacles, others support students who demonstrate exceptional character and community service. Most of our scholarships want to help students who have significant financial need.”

This year, the foundation received 3,277 applications that were reviewed by over 250 volunteers who serve on scholarships committees. “Our volunteers do an amazing service to the foundation and these students, as they read dozens or sometimes hundreds of applications and thoughtfully determine the award finalist” said Mott. “We are so grateful for their time and commitment to help our local students.”

Since 2003, over $6 million in scholarships from the foundation have been awarded, and annual award disbursements continue to grow each year. Contributing to this growth are new scholarship funds being established each year as well as the investment returns on the funds, which are endowed to enable disbursement of scholarship awards in perpetuity.

Statewide “All in WA” Campaign for Matches Donations for NCW Covid Relief

The Community Foundation of NCW announces its participation is the All in WA statewide fundraising campaign for Covid relief.

The campaign launched on Wednesday May 27th with six All in WA flags raised across the state, including one at Pybus Public Market representing all of North Central Washington that was raised by Jesus Hernandez, board trustee with the Community Foundation of NCW.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will match individual donations under $1 million to All in WA donations, up to $25 million. Donations through All in WA support selected Cause and Community Funds, including the Community Foundation of NCW. These donations will be directed to the Helping Hands Grant Fund, providing emergency relief to nonprofits across the NCW region. Over $92,000 has been awarded in Covid relief grants across NCW and will continue until funds are expended.

“This is a great opportunity for us to join our friends and partners across the state in a huge initiative to bring people together and leverage matching funds for our region” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “We are so grateful the effort includes Community Foundations so donations can go directly to our communities.”

To promote the effort and raise funds, All in WA is hosting a live-streaming benefit concert on Wednesday, June 10th at 7:00pm that includes Pearl Jam, Macklemore, Brandi Carlile, Ciara, Russell Wilson, The Black Tones, Dave Matthews, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Pete Carroll, Mary Lambert, Joel McHale, Ben Gibbard, and Allen Stone with the full lineup to be announced at a later date.


Community Foundation of NCW Awards 3rd Round of Covid Relief

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $21,692 in its third round of Helping Hands Grants to nonprofits struggling with the effects of Covid-19.

The Helping Hands Grant provides emergent funding to nonprofits in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties and has expanded its criteria to those impacted by Covid. Awards are disbursed every other week until funds are expended.

Over $286,000 has been donated to the Helping Hands Grant since March 1st, including contributions by Microsoft, MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, the Seattle Foundation, Perteet, Inc., Cairdeas Winery, and Icicle Brewing Company.

“We are so grateful to the generous individuals and businesses that are contributing to these emergency funding efforts right now” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director.

“We’re continuing to talk with our nonprofit partners and leaders across the region about what recovery will look like as well, and having this funding is crucial to keeping many organizations afloat as we start to plan for that next phase.”


  1. Chelan Community Nurse Program – $3,000 Adapting services for social distancing and preparing for an increase of in-home services as shelter in place eases
  2. Entiat Food Bank – $3,000 Food security improvements
  3. Ingalls Creek Enrichment Center – $1,230 Commercial freezer to store food for Upper Valley MEND’s gleaning program, which provides fresh produce for food bank
  4. Methow Arts Alliance – $3,000 resources for NCW art teachers and home delivery kits; recouping direct costs from cancelled events
  5. Okanogan Behavioral Health Care – $3,000 Mental illness/substance abuse recovery program delivery adaptations during Covid and recouping direct costs from cancelled event
  6. Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus – $2,462 Recoup direct costs from cancelled concert
  7. Tonasket Food Bank – $3,000 Serving 58% more individuals/families needing food
  8. Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – $3,000 Recoup direct costs from cancelled events

For more information on how to apply, donate, and other resources, visit

Community Foundation of NCW Awards 2nd Round of Covid Relief

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $15,927 in its second round of Helping Hands Grants to nonprofits struggling with the effects of Covid-19.

The Helping Hands Grant provides emergent funding to nonprofits in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties and has expanded its criteria to those impacted by Covid. Awards are disbursed every other week until funds are expended.

Over $245,000 has been donated to the Helping Hands Grant since March 1st. These donations are imperative for the foundation to continue awarding funds.

“We cannot thank these donors enough for their generosity during this time” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “We were able to seed this fund with $45,000, which has already been awarded in this first month. We know this will be a marathon, so these contributions are crucial to continue supporting our nonprofit partners and the important work they do across our region as more needs arise.”


  • Methow at Home – $2,028 Free memberships for 6 aging in place residents during Covid, such as food delivery and phone buddy system
  • Methow Housing Trust – $1,500 Support for providing Covid-related housing resources to individuals in need
  • Numerica PAC – $3,000 Recoup direct costs from cancelled event and production of digital campaign for 2021 season
  • Office Moms and Dads – $1,804 Basic needs, therapeutic toys, and increased recruitment for volunteers who provide companionship to children during office visits that are transitioning to foster care
  • Okanogan Land Trust – $1,035 Updated equipment for safe remote work
  • Okanogan Regional Humane Society – $2,560 Recoup direct costs from cancelled event
  • PowerHouse Ministries – $1,000 Sanitation and supplies for day shelter for homeless individuals
  • The Cove – $3,000 Support for increased individuals and families needing food and financial help

VIEW all Helping Hands Grant Awards

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Community Foundation of NCW Awards $89,750 in Covid-19 Relief to Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $89,750 to 24 nonprofits across the region who have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. The funds come from the Helping Hands Grant, the Board of Trustees Fund, and donations from the public.

“When we started to see the effect the pandemic was having on our nonprofit community, we knew we had to use our resources to help” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “We expanded the criteria for our Helping Hands grant – which typically funds emergent needs – to include issues our nonprofit partners are facing with Covid-19”.

The foundation also utilized its Board of Trustee fund, where board members donate to this “rainy day” type fund. The Board approved using $55,000 toward supporting nonprofits that provide vital services such as access to food and rental assistance. Agencies receiving a distribution from this fund include: Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council,  Okanogan County Community Action Council,  Room One (Methow Valley), Serve Wenatchee, Salvation Army (Wenatchee), Children’s Home Society of Wenatchee, Safety, Advocacy, Growth, and Empowerment (SAGE), and Chelan Valley Hope.

“We are looking at all of our resources right now and where they can help the most” said Stipe. “We are being thoughtful about what we can do right now, but also be poised to support the region in the long run. We know from our past experiences from the recession and from wildfire disaster recoveries, the needs of our communities will likely increase.”

Over $100,000 has been donated by Community Foundation donors and the public. “We’re so grateful for those in our community who are able to give what they can and help those in need right now” said Stipe.


  • Garden Terrace Senior Living – $1,600 Individual meal service during dining room closure
  • Icicle Creek Center for the Arts – $3,000 Recoup direct costs from cancelled event
  • Life Choices – $300 Recoup direct costs from cancelled event
  • Methow Valley Citizens Council – $800 Recoup direct costs from cancelled event
  • Mobile Meals of Wenatchee – $1,700 Increased meal delivery service for home-bound citizens
  • North Valley Hospital District – $3,000 Supplies to 3D-print 200 N95 masks with reusable inserts
  • Okanogan County Community Coalition – $3,000 Fabricating PPE including masks and gowns for local healthcare workers and emergency responders
  • Omak Food Bank – $3,000 Increased food bank demands
  • The Community for the Advancement of Family Education (CAFÉ) – $3,000 Outreach to Spanish-speaking community on Covid-19 and available resources
  • Thrive Chelan Valley – $3,000 Weekend food support for Chelan/Manson students
  • TwispWorks Foundation – $3,000 Connecting small local businesses impacted to resources
  • Wellness Place – $3,000 Gas cards for patients needing to travel to appointments and increased costs for shipping nutritional food
  • Wenatchee River Institute – $750 Recoup direct costs from cancelled event
  • Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center – $1,000 Technology and equipment to support the move to Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) mediation services
  • Wenatchee Valley Humane Society – $3,000 Pet Food Pantry that provides for low-income pet owners
  • Wenatchee Valley Symphony Association – $1,600 Recoup direct costs from cancelled event

The foundation is accepting donations to the Helping Hands Grant Fund and hopes to continue awarding grants every other week until funds are expended.

For more information on grants, resources, and how to donate, visit our Covid-19 Response Support page.

Give NCW Brings in Record Number of Donations for Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $533,621 to 25 nonprofits across the region, with $278,621 of that coming from public donations through Give NCW – a record number since the effort began in 2015. The remaining amount comes from grants awarded by the foundation.

Give NCW is an online giving catalog comprised of 25 nonprofits who have received a Regional Impact Grant from the Community Foundation for a portion of their request, but need additional funds to meet their full goal. Minimum donation to Give NCW is just $10 and 100% of the donations go directly to the nonprofits – the foundation even takes care of the credit card fees – and all donations are tax-deductible.

“We started Give NCW to showcase the work of our region’s nonprofits and give people an opportunity to support them easily, and at any level” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “It’s a great way to learn about what’s going on in your community, and be part of making it happen.”

Give NCW begins each year on Thanksgiving Day through December 31st. The Regional Impact Grant opens on June 1, 2020.

Organization Name RIG Award Give NCW Total
Art On the Avenues – Beauty of Bronze $10,000.00 $6,420.06 $16,420.06
Cashmere Food Bank – General Support $9,000.00 $9,692.20 $18,692.20
CDC Volunteer Attorney Services – General Support $10,000.00 $5,860.06 $15,860.06
Children’s Home Society – Readiness to Learn Program $14,000.00 $16,667.20 $30,667.20
Conservation Northwest – Wildlife Crossing on Highway 97 $11,000.00 $7,812.20 $18,812.20
Green Okanogan – General Support $7,000.00 $3,767.20 $10,767.20
Lake Chelan Health and Wellness Foundation – General Support $7,000.00 $1,830.05 $8,830.05
Lake Wenatchee Fire & Rescue Volunteer Firefighters Association – AEDs $10,000.00 $6,215.06 $16,215.06
Lighthouse Clinic – Dental Clinic $10,000.00 $12,730.06 $22,730.06
Manson Park & Recreation District – Singleton Park Support $7,000.00 $1,465.05 $8,465.05
Methow Arts Alliance – Art Education in Okanogan County $10,000.00 $1,830.05 $11,830.05
Mobile Meals of Wenatchee – General Support $9,000.00 $11,897.20 $20,897.20
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project – General Support $13,000.00 $30,982.20 $43,982.20
Packing Friendship – General Support $6,500.00 $8,417.20 $14,917.20
Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho – Free Cerivcal Cancer Screenings $14,000.00 $37,802.20 $51,802.20
SAGE: Domestic & Sexual Violence Crisis Center – Housing Assistance Program $10,000.00 $18,767.20 $28,767.20
Stage Kids WA – General Support $10,000.00 $8,165.06 $18,165.06
TEAMS Learning Center – General Support $7,000.00 $7,767.20 $14,767.20
The Brave Warrior Project – General Support $7,500.00 $6,279.20 $13,779.20
The Trust for Public Land – Kiwanis Methow Park Project $13,000.00 $7,717.20 $20,717.20
Thrive Chelan Valley – Trauma Training for Mentors $12,000.00 $3,185.05 $15,185.05
Wenatchee River Institute – General Support $11,000.00 $10,760.06 $21,760.06
Wenatchee Valley Humane Society – Spay and Neuter Fund $14,000.00 $10,320.06 $24,320.06
Wenatchee Valley TREAD – Mapping App $9,000.00 $5,255.06 $14,255.06
Women’s Resource Center of NCW – Bruce Transitional Housing $14,000.00 $37,017.20 $51,017.20
  $255,000.00 $278,621.28 $533,621.28


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