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.
HELPING HANDS GRANTS – $34,750
- 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.
The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $72,000 in grants to 24 nonprofits serving the Methow Valley through the Methow Valley Fund (MVF) grant program.
The Methow Valley Fund was established in 2006 to provide sustainable funding for a vibrant, healthy Methow Valley. MVF grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations supporting health and human services, education, arts and culture, the environment, social and public benefit projects.
This year, the MVF program guidelines were updated to better serve the grant-seeking nonprofits. Historically, the MVF awarded grants up to $5,000, but often awarded partial grants in an effort to serve as many needs as possible.
Now the MVF has two award categories – $2,000 and $5,000 – with no partial award options. The application process is now more commensurate with the award, with the smaller grant having a shorter, less-intensive application. Both grants still require a site visit with the Methow Valley Fund Advisors, a group of local residents who evaluate each application and determine the final grant awards.
“We surveyed the nonprofits across the valley to evaluate how the Methow Valley Fund grant process was meeting their needs” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “Their responses indicated that a smaller award option that required less time investment would be valuable. Now that we’ve been through the new process, it feels like a better fit for the nonprofits and hopefully results in more effective impact.”
The MVF grants are made possible by donations to the fund by the general public who care about the Methow Valley and want to see it thrive. Since its inception, the MVF has awarded over $1 million in grants to nonprofit programs serving the Methow Valley.
The MVF grants are open each year on December 1st and are due January 31st. To learn more, visit www.cfncw.org/methowvalleyfund.
2019 Methow Valley Fund Grant Awards
|Aero Methow Rescue Service
||Ambulance child restraint system
|Classroom in Bloom
||Greenhouse and Farm to School Expansion Project
|Confluence Gallery and Art Center
||Art in the Wild, summer arts enrichment camp
|Methow At Home
||Membership Grant Fund, financial aid for membership dues
||Methow Grown Farm and Ranch Guide, 2nd edition
|Methow Housing Trust
||Staff training and capacity-building
|Methow Valley Citizens Council
||Clean Air Project
|Methow Valley Family Home Center Assoc.
||Computer and printer upgrade
|Methow Valley Interpretive Center
||Expanded signage for the Methow Valley Native Garden
|Methow Watershed Foundation
||Pamphlet to educate residents about water supply and quality
|Methow Valley Riding Unlimited
||Training and certification
||Outreach for new Room One communications
|Shafer Historical Museum
||Modernizing admissions donations to accept debit/credit
||Friday Food Program, supplemental food over the weekend for Methow Valley students in need
|The Merc Playhouse
||Musical Theater Camp and Drama Camp for Summer 2019
||4th grade Free Skate Program and other youth programs
|Total MVF2K Grants
||Capacity-building and strategic planning
|Friends of the Twisp Pool
||Situation assessment and feasibility study
|Friends of the Winthrop Library
||Capacity-building and marketing for capital campaign
|Little Star Montessori School
||Programs/General Operating support
|Methow Arts Alliance
||Free arts education for Methow Valley School District
||General Operating support
||Methow Valley Trails Collaborative – 2019 Save A Trail-Riser Lake
|Okanogan County Search and Rescue Assoc.
||Technical Rope Rescue Training Class
|Total MVF5K Grants
The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to announce its Give NCW campaign has raised $203,254 for 25 nonprofits in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.
Give NCW is a crowdfunding campaign starting Thanksgiving Day through December 31st that invites the public to support 25 nonprofits across North Central Washington. The selected organizations received a Regional Impact Grant from the foundation, but only for a portion of their request. Give NCW provided an opportunity for organizations to raise additional funds to reach their full request goal and build awareness about their program or project. Seven organizations were “Fully Funded” and met their full fundraising goals.
“We launched Give NCW five years ago as a way for people to learn about charitable programs that are impacting their community directly” said Beth Stipe, executive director. “It’s an easy way for people to give locally, in any amount, and be part of philanthropy in our region.”
There was an additional $3,000 awarded to nonprofits through Funday Monday – each time someone gave on a Monday, their name was entered to win up to $1,000 to use on Give NCW any way they chose. Several nonprofits benefitted from the extra funds and it provided incentive for people to give. Two Wenatchee businesses, Mela Coffee Roasting and Firehouse Pet Shop, also provided gift cards as incentive for people to donate.
“Giving should be a fun and rewarding experience.” said Stipe, “Each year we try to come up with new ways to engage people to give. Our goal is not just raising the dollars, but inspiring everyone to be a philanthropist – at any level.”
The total amount dispersed to the 25 nonprofits between Give NCW and the Regional Impact Grant is over $417,000.
The next Regional Impact Grant application opens June 1, 2019.
Give NCW Award Recipients
||Amount Awarded (RIG+Give NCW)
|Alatheia Riding Center
||Keep Them in the Saddle!
|Camp Fire NCW FULLY FUNDED
||Help Camp Fire NCW get children back outdoors!
|Cancer Care of NCW FULLY FUNDED
||Help “Our House” Get New Commercial Washers & Dryers
|Chapter 2 Chapter
||Every Child Wants to Read
|Chelan Valley Hope FULLY FUNDED
||Tender Loving Care (TLC) for Seniors Program
||A Powerful Voice for Children
|Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council
||Free English as a Second Language Classes at the Literacy Council
|City of Entiat
||Entiat Fire Station Park
||Bringing the sport of STEM to NCW Youth!
|Friends of the Wenatchee Public Library
||Wenatchee Public Library Capital Campaign
|Habitat for Humanity -Greater Wenatchee
||Building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
|Hand in Hand Immigration Services FULLY FUNDED
||Okanagan Salish Guides Our School Forward
|NCW Economic Development District
||Fostering Inclusive Prosperity Across North Central Washington
|Okanogan County Child Development Association
||Upgrade our computer software to meet our needs!!
|Okanogan County Community Action Council
||Health Home Care Coordinator Support
|Pybus Market Charitable Foundation
||Pybus Market Community-Building Programs
|Small Miracles FULLY FUNDED
||Help Feed Hungry Kids
|Special Olympics Washington FULLY FUNDED
||Supporting Health and Wellness Opportunities for Local Athletes
|TeamNaturaleza FULLY FUNDED
||Uniting People and Nature: Reuniendo la Gente y la Naturaleza
|Upper Valley MEND
||Improving food bank client health with access to healthy produce
||FUEL for the FIGHT -Cancer Support in NCW
|Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center
||Changing Relationships Through Peaceful Conflict Resolution
|Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center
|Wenatchee Valley YMCA
||Ment2B -Changing Lives Through Mentoring
The Woods Family Music and Arts Fund has awarded $59,400 in grants supporting schools and nonprofits across the region.
Established in 2011, the Woods Family Music and Arts Grant provides up to $5,000 to support programs that foster and improve arts and music awareness, education, performance, events, and professional development.
“We are so grateful for the generosity the Woods have provided to our music and arts community for the last decade” said Jennifer Dolge, director of donor services and communications. “They are committed to ensuring music and arts is accessible to all – from professional development for musicians to bringing experiences to under-served communities. They’ve recently extended their grant opportunities to Okanogan County, furthering their passion for sharing their love of music.”
The Woods Grant opens August 1, 2019.
2019 Grant Awards
|Art On the Avenues
||Beauty of Bronze
|Beaver Valley School
||Arts Exploration in Music and Play
|Cascade Education Foundation
||Leavenworth Elementary Art Appreciation Program (LEAAP)
|Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council
||Wenatchee Empty Bowls
|Friends of the Oroville LIbrary
||Oroville Ukulele Club
|Icicle Creek Center for the Arts
||Summer Symphony 2019
|Icicle Creek Center for the Arts
||Dar Williams Community Building Tour
|Julian Patrick Vocal Camp
||Julian Patrick Vocal Intensive
|Leavenworth Summer Theater
||Sound of Music VonTrapp Children’s Workshop
|Lincoln Elementary PTA
||Missoula Children’s Theater Production – The Frog Prince
|Methow Arts Alliance
||Art Education for 5 Rural School Districts in Okanogan County
|North Central Education Foundation
||Art/Music Teacher Classroom Grants
||Villalobos Brothers outreach
|Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus
|Pybus Market Charitable Foundation
||All of Creation Art for Kids 2019
|Stage Kids WA
||Professional Development for Staff
|Upper Valley Connection
||Theater Camp support
|Wenatchee Art Education Consortium
|Wenatchee Brethren Baptist Homes
||Garden Terrace Holiday Art Show and Sale
|Wenatchee Jazz Workshop
||Wenatchee Jazz Workshop 2019
|Wenatchee Valley College
||MAC Gallery Exhibition Program
|Wenatchee Valley Symphony
||Young Musician Competition and Season Guest Artists
|WestSide High School
||Visiting Artist / Playback Theater
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 www.cfncw.org/endowmentgrant.
ENDOWMENT GRANT FINALISTS
Upper Valley MEND
Women’s Resource Center
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.
STRONGER SCHOOLS GRANTS AWARDED
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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!!
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 www.givemethow.org 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.”
- 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.