CFNCW Awards $50,000 Endowment Grant to Wenatchee Valley Humane Society

CFNCW Board and Staff surprised the WVHS team with the Endowment Grant Award. Left to right: Leslie Freytag (CFNCW Board Trustee), Beth Stipe (CFNCW Executive Director), Cindy Fraley (WVHS Board Member), Pam Arena (WVHS Board Member), Dawn Davies (WVHS Executive Director), Jane Provo (WVHS Board Vice President), Jennifer Sands (WVHS Board Member), Joni Pepperl (WVHS Board President), Pepe Sandoval (WVHS Board Member), Anne White (CFNCW Board Trustee), Claire Oatey (CFNCW Director of Community Grants), Mark Spurgeon (CFNCW Board Trustee)

The Community Foundation of NCW has chosen the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society to receive its $50,000 Endowment Grant.

The Endowment Grant is a competitive grant open every other year to 501c3 nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. The grant provides the recipient with an annual stream of income through a permanent fund at the foundation, roughly 5% of the fund’s balance. As the fund grows through investment and added donations, the annual income increases for long term support of the organization.

The Endowment Grant is awarded to a well-established, extraordinary organization that is making a significant impact in the community it serves, has experienced leadership at both the board and staff level, and is poised to take the organization to the next level.

“While the grant committee had a difficult time making its decision, it was clear that the Humane Society had positioned itself for this opportunity” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “As a finalist for the previous endowment grant, they demonstrated improvements, implemented new policies that set them up for success, and exhibited a strong board and staff. We feel confident they are ready to take advantage of the opportunities this endowment will provide.”

Out of eighteen applicants, four finalists were chosen to give presentations to the Endowment Grant Committee, comprised of several board members. The other three finalists were: Methow Recycles, Women’s Resource Center, and Upper Valley MEND.

“Each of these organizations were deserving of the award” said Ken Marson, past board chair. “Their presentations were very well prepared, and they are all providing vital services to their communities. We commend their efforts and are proud of the work they are achieving. We hope they consider applying again.”

The next opportunity for the Endowment Grant opens February 1, 2020. For more information, visit


Upper Valley MEND

Women’s Resource Center

Methow Recycles





Community Foundation Awards $90,000 in Grants to Schools

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $90,000 in Stronger Schools Grants to schools across North Central Washington, the largest total award for this grant to date.

Stronger Schools is an annual grant that provides up to $5,000 per school and/or school district to support innovative programs that enhance student learning and engagement and get kids excited about school.

“The schools in our region are very diverse in the resources they have available”, said Claire Oatey, the foundation’s director of community grants. “We were impressed with the level of engagement teachers have in creating exciting learning opportunities for their students, and the Stronger Schools grant will give them an opportunity to take the classroom to the next level.”

The foundation receive 30 applications from across the region, and a review committee consisting of staff, board trustees, and volunteers visited each school to learn more about their projects and determine final awards.

The next Stronger Schools Grant cycle opens on January 15, 2019.



  • Castle Rock Early Childhood Learning Center – $2,500 Training specific to early childhood learning to implement PBIS strategies for children with and without special needs

Elementary Schools

  • Beaver Valley School – $4,500 The Grassy Hill, a multi-level play space to improve play yard
  • Brewster Elementary School – $3,000 Book Up Summer, children choose 12 books to take home over the summer
  • East Omak Elementary School – $4,000 Eagles Orchestra support
  • Lewis and Clark Elementary School – $4,000 Performing Arts Experience collaboration with After School Explorers Academy to expose students to performance arts, music, and theater
  • Lincoln Elementary School – $5,000 Islandwood: A School in the Woods, a project-based, STEAM-focused overnight adventure in a natural world setting
  • Methow Valley Elementary School – $2,500 Ukuleles in the Classroom, integrating literacy and music in the classroom
  • Tonasket Elementary School – $5,000 Virtual Reality Expeditions for grades 3-5
  • Virginia Grainger Elementary School – $3,000 World Music in the Classroom
  • Washington Elementary School – $4,000 Just Get Out!, supporting field experiences for every students

Middle Schools

  • Foothills Middle School – $4,000 Robotics Program
  • Icicle River Middle School – $4,000 Develop a book collection that represents and reflects students’ life experiences
  • Manson Options Middle School – $2,500 Salish Sea Expedition, students spend 3 nights on a sailboat learning about nautical navigation and marine biology
  • Pioneer Middle School – $3,000 6th Grade Science/Leadership Camp

High Schools

  • Independent Learning Center (Methow Valley) – $5,000 Mentorship program to break the cycle of generational poverty
  • Lake Roosevelt High School – $5,000 Natural Helpers Re-boot, a peer support program
  • Tonasket Choice High School – $3,000 Positive Behavior Rewards Program field trip to Spokane
  • Wenatchee High School – $4,000 Class of 2019 College Access and Support Project, helping students prepare for college
  • WestSide High School – $3,500 Fall Teambuilding and Leadership at Stonewater Ranch

School Districts

  • Eastmont School District – $4,500 Eastmont Summer Library Program to keep K-12 students engaged in reading and learning over the summer
  • Multi-District (led by Wenatchee School District) – $5,000 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Family Advocacy Nights (monthly) for students from any district in the region
  • Tonasket School District – $5,000 Tonasket School Garden expansion
  • Wenatchee School District – $4,000 Transportation for After School Programs to visit local community sites


Tonasket Builds a Community Pool for All

The Tonasket Pool Association formed in 2014 to raise funds and build a new community pool. Led by a small group of local people, the Association raised nearly $1million. The city will take over management of the pool, with the support of the Parks and Recreation.

We are so inspired by the Tonasket community!!

In the last two years, they have raised over $950,000 to build a community pool. Yesterday, we joined the pool’s official opening ceremony – the the pool was FILLED with kids and families laughing and playing, and many community members came out for its dedication and BBQ.

This small town of just over 1,000 spent thousands of volunteer hours on this project and many local businesses donated materials and time – all led by small group of local people who formed The Tonasket Pool Association in 2014 for this effort.

The Community Foundation awarded $10,000 toward the pool project, and an additional $9,000 was raised by the public through Give NCW.

The pool is open to the public and tourists, with times dedicated for lap swims, and is available for parties and events. The community is working on creating a swim team and offering swim lessons. The City will take over management of the pool, with support from the Parks and Recreation.

It’s truly incredible what a group of people can do who care so much about the place they live. What a gift to the community, for many years to come! Way to go, Tonasket!!

Give Methow Donations Support New Trail Project in Methow Valley

We are excited to share some good news today: the first project of the Methow Trails Collaborative – opening the Falls Creek/Burch Mountain FS #518 trail – was a success!

The Methow Trails Collaborative formed last year with a mission to join forces with other partners to increase efficiency in opening and maintaining trails across the Methow Valley.

In October, the Collaborative sought donations for this first “Save-A-Trail” project through Give Methow, an online crowdfunding campaign hosted by the Community Foundation of NCW.

Donations from 46 generous individuals provided over $5,000 in funding to support the project.

In addition, over 300 hours of labor was put into the trail in one weekend thanks to 56 individuals who love and care about the beautiful trails of the Methow Valley.
“This event shows the profound impact and experience you can have when our trail community converges” said Jon Albright of Methow Trails.

A list of individuals who contributed both time and money to this project can be found at here.

The Methow Trails Collaborative includes: the Methow Valley Ranger District, Methow Trails, Washington Trails Association, Evergreen Mountain Bike Association, the Methow Valley Backcountry Horsemen, Methow Snowmobile Association, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Rendezvous Huts, guides and outfitters, backcountry skiing, mountaineering, trail running, dirt biking and ATV clubs.  

Give Methow is coming in 2017!

From October 1-31, visit to see a list of Methow Valley organizations seeking your support as they work to preserve, protect, and enhance the Methow Valley. Last year, your donations invested over $207,000 in the Methow Valley. To see a list of organizations that supported last year, click here

Community Foundation Awards $43,500 to NCW Nonprofits in Need

After rescuing 29 dogs and 150 cats from inadequate homes, the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society used all of their Medical Fund to treat them. The Medical Fund covers dental care, surgeries, and anything not considered a regular treatment (spay/neuter, vaccines). With a Helping Hands grant, they were able to replenish some of the funds and ensure incoming animals received the care they needed.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded a total of $43,500 in Helping Hands Grants to nonprofits in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties in its last fiscal year, since July 2016.

Helping Hands is a competitive grant that provides up to $2,500 to support nonprofits’ unexpected needs or special funding opportunities where a small investment could make a big difference. Applications are accepted year round and awarded every other month.

“With our Regional Impact Grant giving much larger awards, we wanted to ensure there was still a funding mechanism that could support some of the smaller requests we receive” said Denise Sorom, director of community philanthropy.

“We know for many nonprofits, things come up that weren’t planned in the budget – Helping Hands provides that resource so they can continue their good work.”

Helping Hands Grants are funded by unrestricted gifts to the foundation, in support of benefiting nonprofits in North Central Washington.

Helping Hands Grant Awards


  • Lake Chelan Bach Fest – $1,000 Stipend support for choral section leaders
  • Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus – $2,500 Support for 2017 Free Family Concert
  • Stage Kids WA – $2,500 Organizational governance and management support
  • Wenatchee Youth Circus – $2,500 Performance at 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Environmental/Animal Protection

  • Cascade Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group – $2,500 AmeriCorps staff for Education Outreach Program
  • Wenatchee Valley Humane Society – $2,500 Medical Fund support
  • Wenatchee Valley Humane Society – $1,500 NCW EcoChallenge First Place Winner

Public/Social Benefit

  • Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship – $750 NCW EcoChallenge Second Place Winner
  • Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society – $2,500 Museum intern
  • Okanogan County Historical Society – $2,500 A Monument to the Methow
  • Outdoor Discovery Network – $2,500 Website data conversion
  • Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – $2,500 Mobile MakerSpace for Mission View and Lincoln Elementary
  • Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – $2,500 Wells House Turret Restoration Project
  • Wenatchee Valley YMCA – $2,500 Renovation of Teen Center
  • Wenatchee Valley YMCA – $250 NCW EcoChallenge Third Place Winner
  • Wenatchee Brethren Baptist Homes – $2,500 Emergency roof repair

Health/Human Services

  • Chelan County Fire District 1 – $2,500 Mapping the Wildland Urban Interface
  • Rock Island Community Food Bank – $2,500 Commercial refrigerators
  • Vincent de Paul Society – $2,500 Shelving for food pantry
  • TEAMS Learning Center – $2,500 Outdoor learning center for preschool
  • YWCA of NCW – $2,500 Heating and cooling system replacement


Methow Valley Fund Awards $63,050 to Local Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $63,050 to Methow Valley nonprofits through the Methow Valley Fund (MVF).

Established in 2006, the MVF is funded by an anonymous donor and donations from the public to support programs that address community needs and enhancements for the Methow Valley.

“The Methow Valley is such a great example of a community taking care of each other” said Denise Sorom, the foundation’s director of community philanthropy. “The bounty of nonprofit work in the valley tremendously improves the quality of life, which makes it such a special place to live and visit.”

Grant Awards

  • Aero Methow Rescue Service – $3,500 Emergency responder/healthcare provider wellness and suicide prevention
  • Cascadia Music – $1,500 Music Library
  • Classroom in Bloom – $2,500 Garden coordinator
  • Confluence Gallery and Art Center – $2,250 Fundraising development
  • Friends of the Twisp Pool – $3,000 Support Pool and Safety Fund
  • Little Star Montessori – $3,500 General program support
  • Methow Arts Alliance – $4,000 Arts education program for Methow Valley students
  • Methow At Home – $2,500 Methow at Home Membership Grant fund
  • Methow Conservancy – $2,000 Volunteers in Action
  • Methow Field Institute/Interpretive Center – $1,000 Exhibit storage and enhancement
  • Methow Recycles – $3,700 Event Recycling Program Development
  • Methow Trails – $2,500 Methow Valley Trails Collaborative
  • Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival – $2,500 Outreach and community partnerships
  • Methow Valley Citizens Council – $2,000 Communications toolbox for effective advocacy
  • Methow Valley Community Center – $1,500 Auditorium chair replacement
  • Methow Valley Family Home Center Association – $4,000 Generator replacement
  • Methow Valley Riding Unlimited – $2,000 General program support
  • Methow Valley Theater – $1,500 New mobile spotlight
  • Methow Watershed Foundation – $3,600 Administrative support
  • Northwest Outward Bound School – $2,500 Outdoor education program for Methow Valley School District
  • Room One – $3,500 Access to pro-bono / low-cost legal services for vulnerable Methow Valley residents
  • The Merc Playhouse – $2,000 Summer Theater Camps
  • Twisp Valley Grange – $1,000 Access ramp
  • TwispWorks foundation – $3,000 Methow Skills Workshops
  • Winthrop Rink – $2,000 Rink spectator and visitor safety project

The next Methow Valley Fund grant opportunity will be in December of 2017.

Students Grant $10,000 to their Teachers in Manson

Dane Johnson, Middle School Options teacher, received $1,100 to take his students on a 3-day sailing excursion on the Salish Sea to help students better understand the scientific method and learn skills of sailing and navigating.

The Community Foundation of NCW has granted $10,000 through the Manson Giving Great Grants (MG3) fund to support teacher projects in the Manson School District.

Longtime Manson residents Jack and Gale Courtney established the MG3 Donor Advised Fund to give students the experience of the grantmaking process from the funder’s point of view.

Applications are submitted by school teachers and staff in the Manson School District and the student of the Associated Student Body review and determine final awards under the mentorship of foundation staff.

“It’s really fun to watch these students have meaningful discussions about which projects will have the most impact on the school” said Denise Sorom, the foundation’s director of community philanthropy.

“This year they had to make some tough choices with over $17,000 in requests and only $10,000 to award. Participating in this process really sets them up for future experiences when hard decisions need to be made within a group” said Sorom. “The Courtneys have given these students a profound opportunity.”

Grants Awarded

  • Mia Cauley, Middle School Language Arts – $600 to support an 8th grade backpacking club. Students take short day hikes to prepare them for an annual week-long backpacking trip guided by Stehekin Outfitters. The camp will include studies of native plants, food, and ceremonies of Salish tribes as well as understanding ecology and geology.
  • Ann Marie Flores, Elementary Options – $1,500 to support an overnight camp experience at Holden Village for 80 students in the Manson Options program. The un-plugged adventure blends academic learning with outdoor activities that will provide teambuilding and survival skills and build awareness of environmental stewardship.
  • Phillip Fournier, High School Language Arts – $900 for a high school field trip to Seattle Art Museum and Museum of Pop Culture to help develop a deeper understanding of post-modern art culture and artists’ influence.
  • Kayla Helleson, Elementary Counselor – $1,800 to support a weekly, half-day summer camp for students with transportation and/or cost barriers.
  • Dane Johnson, Middle School Options – $1,100 to support an Options Middle School field trip to the Salish Sea to help students better understand the scientific method and learn skills of sailing and navigating. Before the excursion, students will develop a hypothesis, then gather data on a 3-day sailing trip using marine tools for a “hands on” science experience.
  • Kami Kronbauer and Jennifer Koth, High School Directed Studies – $2,000 to for supplies and materials for directed studies program, where students choose courses to study such as robotics, aviation, remote controlled airplanes, building go-karts, jet skis, and more.
  • Karoline Martin, Librarian – $500 to purchase a vetted list of new hard copy and e-books requested by students for the Secondary Library.
  • Jared Mumley, Secondary Science – $1,000 toward Wireless Smart Carts that provide precise, real-time data collection to better connect students to highly mathematical, abstract concepts in physics and computer technology to prepare them for the 21st century workforce.
  • Keitlyn Watson, Elementary Principal – $600 to provide a game or puzzle for each family to take home as incentive for attending STEAM night and encourage practicing math skills at home.

For more information on grants and Donor Advised Funds, visit

CFNCW Shatters Grantmaking Record Through Public Donations

Give NCW Donations Exceed Grant

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $459,202 to twenty-five nonprofit organizations in North Central Washington. The awards come from the foundation’s Regional Impact Grant program and donations through Give NCW, a crowdfunding program hosted by the foundation.

The Regional Impact Grant program (RIG) is a competitive, annual grant program open to nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties. This year, twenty-five nonprofits received $225,000 from the RIG to support specific programs or general operations.

The RIG funded a portion of their grant request, and Give NCW provided an opportunity for the public to learn about their programs and donate to help them reach their full grant request.

Give NCW received $234,202 in gifts from the public, including $5,000 in “Funday Monday” bonuses, exceeding the RIG award amount from the foundation. In its second year, Give NCW received 55% more in donations than in 2015.

Of the participating nonprofits, eleven programs were fully funded thanks to public donations through Give NCW.

“We are completely overwhelmed by the public’s generosity to the Give NCW program” said Beth Stipe, executive director.

“When the opportunity came to do crowdfunding through some new technology, we knew we had to take advantage of it. We hoped it would give our friends and neighbors the opportunity to become philanthropists, at all levels, and really get to know and understand their nonprofit community. These results tell us that people are invested in this region, and we couldn’t be more proud to support that effort.”

Award Recipients and Outcomes

Community Foundation Awards $225,000 in Grants and Announces Give NCW

Give NCW

Support your local nonprofits Thanksgiving Day to December 31st at!

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $225,000 in Regional Impact Grants to 25 nonprofits across the region.

The Regional Impact Grant (RIG) is open to any 501c3 charitable nonprofit or public agency in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties to support specific projects or general operations for programs that make a positive impact in the community.

Applications opened in July and were due in September. Each applicant is visited by a team of Community Foundation staff and board to learn more about their organization and grant request to determine grant awards. Fifty applications were submitted, making this annual grant very competitive.

“There are always so many great organizations and projects that we want to support, but we only have so many resources” said Denise Sorom, director of community philanthropy. “That’s where Give NCW comes in, as we reach out to the community and ask people to help these vetted nonprofits reach their ultimate goal.”

Give NCW is a crowdfunding campaign that invites the general public to learn more about nonprofit projects in their community and donate online to support them.

Each RIG recipient is participating in Give NCW, requesting a certain amount of funds to help them complete their original grant request.

Give NCW starts on Thanksgiving Day and ends on December 31st. Information about the nonprofits’ requests are online at where donations can be made. Minimum donation is $10 and the Community Foundation is absorbing all credit cards fees so 100% of the donation supports the nonprofit.

The following organizations have received a Regional Impact Grant and will be participating in Give NCW:

  • Alatheia Riding Center – $12,500 Financial Aid Fund to ensure that anyone can receive therapeutic support regardless of ability to pay
  • Chelan County Sheriff / Douglas County Sheriff – $16,000 AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for Chelan and Douglas County Sheriff Departments in effort to equip all police vehicles with this life saving device
  • Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services – $9,000 Support of a Legal Case Manager to help individuals/families with limited resources for legal assistance
  • Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition – $7,500 General operating support for wildfire education and prevention
  • Columbia Valley Housing Association – $7,500 Down payment assistance for low income individuals and families in need of housing
  • FIRST Washington – $5,000 Support for High School robotics competitions in various NCW schools
  • Green Okanogan – $7,500 General operating support for recycling center in Okanogan County
  • Habitat for Humanity, Greater Wenatchee – $5,000 New home construction for family in Rock Island
  • Hand in Hand Immigration Services – $12,500 General operating support for guiding legal immigrants through naturalization and other services
  • Heritage Heights at Lake Chelan – $10,000 Support of design phase for new construction of assisted living community
  • Icicle Creek Center for the Arts – $7,500 Support for equipment used at youth film camp
  • Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation – $8,000 Outreach program to Latino community
  • Lighthouse Christian Ministry – $12,500 Support for a medical/dental clinic and expansion of soup kitchen
  • Mountain Meadows Senior Living Campus – $9,000 Furniture for Memory Care Unit at assisted living community
  • North Valley Community Health Association – $9,000 Support for wheelchair lift for van that transports assisted living residents to outings and activities
  • Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group – $14,000 General operating support to continue providing aid and housing for wildfire survivors
  • Oroville CARES – $7,000 Support of billboards used for anti-drug campaign
  • Pybus Market Charitable Foundation – $6,500 Support to subsidize facility rental costs for nonprofit organizations
  • Upper Valley Connection – $7,500 Support for summer theater camp
  • Upper Valley MEND – $9,000 Gleaning program to provide fresh produce for food bank
  • Wenatchee Jazz Workshop – $3,500 General operating support to bring professional jazz musicians to the Wenatchee Valley to teach, inspire, and perform with high school jazz students
  • Wenatchee Valley College Foundation – $7,500 Support of Knights Fund, en emergency fund to help students in need of resources to continue attending Wenatchee Valley College
  • Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – $9,000 Ice Age Field Experience for all 2nd, 4th, and 5th Grade students in the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee School Districts
  • Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center – $10,000 Support for installing new roof
  • Women’s Resource Center of NCW – $12,500 General operating support to increase case management and help homeless individuals and families

Learn more about Give NCW and support your local nonprofits!

Feel Good Friday: Thank You for Supporting Our Local Firefighters!


Thanks to your donations to the Sleepy Hollow Fire Relief Fund, volunteer recruits Kelsey Schuttie, Mariam Ridgwell, and Stephanie Preheim received new gear as they prepare for careers in firefighting.

By Jennifer Dolge, Director of Donor Services and Communications

One of the best parts of my job is going on the road with my camera, driving to places near and far, to capture the impact of a grant funded by the Community Foundation of NCW. Today was no exception.

With the windows rolled down and the fall breeze clearing out the summer of my Subaru, I headed to the Malaga Fire Station to get a look at the new “bunker gear” purchased by the Chelan County Fire District 1.

Earlier this summer, I received a call from Glen Widener, CCFD1 Deputy Chief, asking if we knew of any way they could get some help in purchasing new gear. With all of the wildfires over the last few years, especially Sleep Hollow, the CCFD1 received an influx of interest in volunteer firefighting.

These new volunteers were women and men who would need new gear of all sizes. The Fire District had reached out to other agencies and were able to purchase a fair amount of gear at a reasonable cost, but were unable to get any gear that came in smaller sizes.

That’s when they turned to the Community Foundation. Through the Sleepy Hollow Fire Relief Fund, the foundation helped the CCFD1 purchase four new sets of bunker gear in the sizes they needed.

When I arrived at the fire station, three strong female recruits came out to greet me, then started putting on their gear – and suddenly I wished I had my 11 year old daughter with me.

I’d tell her that she could be whatever she wanted when she grew up. That people in this community cared so much about each other, they gave money to help friends and even strangers. That it takes working together and helping each other to keep our town and our neighborhoods safe.

I could have made the recruits pose on a ladder, or asked them to do an action shot– “pretend you’re putting out a fire!” – to really get the “impact”. But the real impact isn’t pretend. The real impact is demonstrating the dedication and service of our firefighters, and knowing that our communities are safer as they selflessly protect our valley, our land, our people.

To our firefighters, volunteers, and first responders: we thank you for your dedication and service. To the generous people who supported the Sleepy Hollow Fire Relief Fund, we thank you for paying it forward and helping to protect your community!

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