Five Finalists Announced for $50,000 Endowment Grant

The Community Foundation of NCW has announced the five finalists for a $50,000 Endowment Grant: Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, and the Numerica Performing Arts Center, NCW Business Loan Fund, Wenatchee Valley YMCA, and the Women’s Resource Center.

The Endowment Grant will provide one organization with a $50,000 endowment fund at the foundation. An endowment fund provides long-term sustainability for an organization through an annual stream of income. The principal of the fund is invested, with an annual disbursement back to the organization based on a spending policy, typically around 5% of the fund.

Grant applicants were asked to respond to various operating aspects of their organizations, such as service to community, financial stability, strategic planning, fundraising capacity, the impact an endowment fund would make on their organization, and plans for growth.

“It was challenging to narrow the field to five finalists” said Katie Pauly, the foundation’s board chair, “but we felt these five really demonstrated their mission’s impact reaching into the region, showed strong community support, a readiness to grow their endowment, and strong staff and board teams.”

Each of the finalists will participate in an in-depth interview with a team of foundation staff and board members for another level of evaluation. “This is a competitive grant that we take seriously” said Denise Sorom, Director of Community Philanthropy, “We consider this grant an investment in an organization that is prepared for another level of stability and service to the community.”

The Endowment Grant award recommendation will be brought to the board on September 16th and the final award recipient will be announced September 17th. For more information on the Endowment Grant and other Community Foundation grant opportunities, visit

Community Foundation Invests $100,000 Toward Fire Relief Recovery

Sunrise over Chiliwist Valley

Hazy sunrise over Chiliwist Valley

Employment of Disaster Case Managers in Okanogan and Methow Valley to Aid Fire Victims

The Community Foundation of NCW has invested $100,000 from its general fund toward long-term recovery efforts for fire relief victims in Okanogan County.

The funds will be used to employ Disaster Case Managers that will work with individuals to access resources and determine options available for those that have been displaced from their homes and workplace.

The Disaster Case Managers will be stationed at three locations: Okanogan Community Action Council in (OCAC) in Okanogan, Room One in Twisp, and the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Pateros.

Disaster Case Managers are important to long-term recovery, which can span several months to a couple of years. Victims can work with one manager throughout their recovery – only having to tell their story one time – and receive personal, one-on-one assistance.

Disaster Case Managers are skilled and trained to offer guidance through processes and paperwork that is often necessary to apply for loans, financial aid, and provide information on resources available and how to access them. The number of Disaster Case Managers is still to be determined and will depend on case load.

The foundation will work closely with the Disaster Case Managers to determine additional needs for victims and use that data to develop criteria that allows for fair and equitable disbursement of donations to directly support victims. These direct-support funds would come from the NCW Fire Relief Fund, which has received $234,720 in donations and continues to grow, thanks to ongoing contributions and community fundraisers.

Disaster Case Managers will be available to provide assistance by the end of August. Contact one of the sites for more information:

Okanogan Community Action Council |  424 South 2nd Ave, Okanogan | (509) 422-4041

Room One  | 315 Lincoln St, Twisp | (509) 997-2050

Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) | Opening Soon at the old grocery store in Pateros

For more information and to stay updated on the NCW Fire Relief Fund efforts, visit

Community Foundation Awards $136,125 in Grants to NCW Nonprofits

The Wenatchee River Institute was awarded $4,000 to support Youth Education Field Days that expose children to science through fun, hands-on activities.

The Wenatchee River Institute was awarded $4,000 to support Youth Education Field Days that expose children to science through fun, hands-on activities.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $136,125 in Regional Impact Grants to 43 nonprofits across North Central Washington.

Regional Impact Grants provide up to $5,000 for nonprofit programs that work to meet community needs and enhancements in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. A competitive grant program offered in the Spring and Fall, Regional Impact Grants provide one of the only grant funding resources for many of these nonprofit organizations.

This year the foundation received a record 69 applications. Each applicant is visited by a team of staff and board members to learn more about the proposed projects and are evaluated using a rated scoring sheet; final awards are approved by the board of trustees.

The foundation received $20,000 from an anonymous donor at the Seattle Foundation to be directed toward the Regional Impact Grants. In addition, the new Partners in Giving program allocated $5,000 to help increase the grant awards.

“We know there are so many nonprofits doing great work in our communities, and so many of them need our help” said Lisa Day, a member of Partners in Giving and also a foundation board member. “With so many applicants, we knew additional funding would be a huge help. This program was created for this kind of support.”

Partners in Giving provides businesses, families, and individuals who aren’t ready to open a fund an opportunity to support the work of the foundation. The foundation recognizes and appreciates the generosity of both gifts that increased capacity to fund Regional Impact Grant awards by 23%.

The foundation is now accepting applications for Fall Regional Impact Grants at Deadline is September 1.

Spring 2014 Regional Impact Grant Awards

Arts, Culture & Humanities | $27,200

Education | $14,500

Environment/Animal Related | $17,000

Health & Human Services | $68,925

Public/Social Benefit | $8,500


Community Foundation Awards $469,000 in Scholarships to NCW Students

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $469,000 in scholarships to students across North Central Washington – the highest amount ever awarded by the foundation. The foundation received 1,466 applications, another record amount, with 165 students receiving one or more awards.

The foundation manages 90 scholarship awards with varying criteria established by donors. Some focus on areas of study, while others focus on academic achievement, community leadership, first-generation going to college, or providing financial aid to those who need it most.

Alicia Ouellette received the Doell Family Scholarship and will be attending Wenatchee Valley College and plans pursue a degree in English. “I am paying for my education solely on my own, and this financial assistance is an enormous help. I am the first among my family to go to college, and I hope to make my family proud.I only hope that someday I will be given the opportunity to do for someone what you and your family has done for me.”

Elisabet Sitio-Herrera, recipient of the Linda M. Safar Memorial Scholarship, will be attending Gonzaga University this fall. “My long-term goals include receiving my Bachelor’s degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Spanish. I hope to attend medical school and become a pediatrician. Without the assistance of this scholarship, I would not be able to reach my education and career goals.”

The scholarship applications are reviewed by committees comprised of volunteers across the region. This year, 216 volunteers reviewed applications then met with their committees to determine award finalists that are approved by the foundation’s board of trustees.

The foundation would like to recognize members of its Partners in Giving program which provided $1,500 in additional awards through a “scholarships roundup”, which rounds awards up to the nearest $50. Partners in Giving is a program designed for businesses, families, and individuals who want to support the work of the foundation but aren’t ready to open a fund.

Applications for 2015 Scholarships will be available on our website in early December. For more information, visit

Woods Family Music and Arts Grant – Now Open

Application Deadline: September 30th

Up to $5,000 available to support programs that enhance music and arts culture in the greater Wenatchee Valley 

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting grant applications for the Woods Family Music and Arts Grant. This annual grant is available to nonprofit organizations who work to provide music and/or arts related services to the citizens of Cashmere; Leavenworth, Wenatchee, and East Wenatchee to receive up to $5,000 for programs in one of the following areas:

  • Foster and improve cultural awareness and education;
  • Music performance;
  • Music education direction for a wide range of students (children and adults);
  • Participation in coordination of regional arts events; or
  • Seminars and workshops for music educators and arts professionals.

How to Apply

The Woods Family Music and Arts Grant application is an online grant process that is managed by a third-party, Common Grant Application. Directions on how to apply along with a video tutorial are available on the Woods Family Music and Arts Grant webpage.

Applications are due by the end of business on Tuesday, September 30th.

Visit to learn more and apply.

Community Foundation of NCW Establishes Fire Relief Fund

The Community Foundation of NCW has established a Fire Relief Fund to assist those who have been affected by the devastating fires raging throughout North Central Washington, according to an announcement made today by Beth Stipe, Executive Director of the Foundation.

“We are working with our nonprofit partners throughout the region to ensure that there are adequate resources to assist both the short and long term recovery needs of those in our region who have been affected by the fires. In times like these, the people of North Central Washington – a resilient group of folks – are there to help their neighbors. This fund will be used to help both short term immediate needs of fire victims, but also to help long term needs of recovery” said Stipe.

In situations like the Charlton Complex Fire, the most effective method of assisting those impacted by the fire is through monetary donations to organizations that specialize in supporting local disasters. CFNCW encourages donors to support the local chapter of the American Red Cross who is working on immediate needs.

“We remain concerned about our neighbors and friends who have suffered losses related to the fires that continue to burn throughout North Central Washington. Our network of nonprofit relationships will ensure that any contributions we receive for the NCW FIRE RELIEF FUND are effectively distributed to those nonprofits and groups that can serve the greatest needs of the fire victims in our communities. While we don’t want to detract from the immediate local efforts, we believe we should simultaneously plan and prepare for the long term implications and needs this fire will produce for our region.”

To support the NCW FIRE RELIEF FUND, donations can be made directly online at:



Support the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross at

New Board Members Join Community Foundation of NCW

The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to announce the addition of four new board members: Deborah Hartl, Ken Jackson, Eliot Scull, and Peter Valaas.

debhartl2Deborah Hartl is the Human Resources Director at the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort and Icicle Broadcasting, Executive Director of the Sleeping Lady Foundation, and serves as assistant to Leavenworth business owner and philanthropist, Harriet Builitt. Prior to her current employment, Deborah worked for the Washington State Apple Commission for 10 years. A Leavenworth resident for nearly 30 years, Deborah lives with her husband Bill, who retired from the US Forest Service; together they have one son. Deborah is a member and past president of Wenatchee Valley Personnel Managers Group, member and past-president of the Leavenworth Rotary Club, and member and past church council president of Grace Lutheran Church in Cashmere. Deborah enjoys hiking, running, reading, and time with her family.

kenjackson2Ken Jackson is an Orchardist that has lived in the Upper Valley for 30 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and is an active volunteer in his profession and community. He currently serves as a board member for the Oregon-Washington Canned Pear Association, an alternate board member for the Pear Bureau, member of the Cashmere Rotary, member of the Washington Farm Bureau and Horticulture Association, and past board member and chairman of the Cashmere School Board. Ken enjoys traveling, skiing, a nice restaurant, and time at Lake Chelan with his family.

eliotscull-kayak2Eliot Scull is a retired Ophthalmologist and fell in love with the Northwest after working as a rafting guide in the middle fork of the Salmon River in 1960. He moved to Wenatchee in 1975 with his wife, Tina, after serving as a Navy Flight Surgeon in the Vietnam War. Eliot has a strong belief in supporting one’s community and has been involved in several volunteer positions, including the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. His passions are focused toward conservation and public recreation. Eliot is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking and kayaking both near and far.

petervalaas2Peter Valaas is a fourth generation Wenatchee Valley resident who has spent the past 30 years as a staff anesthesiologist for Confluence Health in Wenatchee. He is active in the Nordic Skiing community and has served many volunteer positions including the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Board, President of the Hog Loppet Association, and current Chair of the Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Advisory Committee. Professionally, Peter is a recent past-president of Wenatchee Anesthesia Associates. Peter enjoys skiing, hiking, is a bicycle commuter, and has been known to narrate the annual ice skating show with the Wenatchee Figure Skating Club. He and his wife Susan reside in Wenatchee and have one son and two daughters.

The foundation also announces the succession of Board of Trustee Officers with Katie Kavanaugh Pauly who will now serve as Chair, Ken Marson as Vice Chair, and Gil Sparks as Secretary/Treasurer. Katie is an active community volunteer and resides in Wenatchee; Ken Marson is owner of Marson & Marson Lumber, Inc. in Leavneworth; and Gil is an attorney at Ogden Murphy Wallace and resides in East Wenatchee. All Trustee Officers are committed to serve a 3-year term in each succeeding position.

The foundation gratefully acknowledges Kristine Taylor, Senior VP/Investments at Stifel Nicolaus, for her commitment, dedication, and completion of her term as Board Chair – thank you, Kris!!

For a full listing of Community Foundation Board of Trustees, click here.

$43,955 in Grants Awarded to Methow Valley Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $43,955 in grants from the Methow Valley Fund (MVF) to Methow Valley nonprofits. Managed by the foundation, The MVF was established in 2006 to meet the needs of the Methow Valley community and assist nonprofit and public organizations develop strong, sustainable programs.

Classrooms in Bloom provides hands-on education integrated through the school's curriculum through a half acre garden on the high school and elementary school campus in Winthrop.

Classrooms in Bloom provides hands-on education integrated through the school’s curriculum through a half acre garden on the high school and elementary school campus in Winthrop.

Donations from Methow Valley residents and beyond provide the ability to offer a significant annual grant program. The MVF offers grants up to $5,000 for programs that directly serve the needs of and enhance the Methow Valley. The fund is advised by a diverse group of volunteers that work and live in the valley and are passionate about the charitable work being done in their community. Awards are recommended by the advisory board and approved by the Community Foundation Board of Trustees.

This year’s awards and recipients are as follows:

Cascadia, Methow Music Association – $2,500 for carpet and window shades to improve music education and performance spaces

Classroom in Bloom – $2,250 for general operating support and curriculum development

Confluence Gallery and Art Center – $2,000 to extend ceramic tile flooring throughout entry and gallery shop

Family Planning of North Central Washington – $4,100 to support salary increase for staff

Little Start Montessori – $4,750 to expand the Need-Based Financial Aid Program from underserved populations

Merc Playhouse – $1,500 to support the production of a cowboy-themed version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Methow Arts Alliance – $4,750 to support various arts education programs in the Methow Valley school district

Methow Chamber Music Festival – $2,000 for compensation for musicians performing at the 19th annual festival

Methow Recycles – $2,000 for education and outreach programming

Methow Valley Community School – $355 to support the creation of “Kid-Tested Methow Valley Trail Guide” by 1st and 2nd graders

Methow Valley Elementary School – $2,000 for science-based expedition to the North Cascades Institute for 4th and 5th graders

Methow Valley Elementary School – $1,500 for Annual Young Writer’s Conference

Methow Valley Sport Trails Association – $4,000 to update the “2005 Economic Analysis on the Value of Trails and Lands in the Methow Valley” report

Room One – $1,000 to develop, construct, and install new general and program-specific signage at the Room One building and other outreach locations across the community

Shafer Historical Museum – $2,500 for stipends for two part-time archivists working on the Historic Photograph Recovery Project which entails the recovery and digital archiving of hundreds of images of the early-day Methow Valley

The Cove – $3,000 to support the Friday Food Program with financial assistance for an additional 5 students and hiring of a Distribution and Volunteer Coordinator

TwispWorks – $1,000 to support high school students’ involvement in the construction of a kitchenette in the North Warehouse

Valley Teen Center – $2,750 for general operating support, staffing expansion, and program development


Preschool Donates $62,000 to Classrooms Can! Grant Program

Greater Wenatchee Preschool Board Treasurer Suzi Graden, President Stacy Humphries, and Community Foundation Executive Director Beth Stipe.

Greater Wenatchee Preschool Board Treasurer Suzi Graden, President Stacy Humphries, and Community Foundation Executive Director Beth Stipe.

The Greater Wenatchee Parent-Child Preschool (GWPCP) has closed its doors and donated their remaining $62,000 in funds to the Classrooms Can! grant program at the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

Through a partnership with the United Way of Chelan-Douglas Counties and funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationClassrooms Can! provides funding for certified K-12 teachers in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties that supports innovative classroom projects developed to better engage students, especially the hard-to-reach learner.

Founded in 1966, the GWPCP was formed to meet a need in the community that didn’t exist: a cooperative preschool model that included parent involvement. The preschool had to close its doors in September 2013 due to low enrollment, not because of any fiscal issues. The money came from families and businesses that supported the school and its mission. As a nonprofit entity, GWPCP was required to move any leftover funds to another nonprofit, and they felt supporting the Classrooms Can! program at the foundation was the best fit.

“Many of the kids from GWPCP are in the school system now”, said Suzi Graden, former board treasurer and parent. “We thought, wouldn’t it be great if our kids benefited from some of these grants?” 

Another part of their decision was that the preschool’s model was “learning through play”Classrooms Can! grants encourage teachers to develop projects that are interactive and make learning fun, getting kids excited about coming to school.

“We felt the grants serve the same purpose as the school did and would have a great impact” said Stacy Humphries, former board president and also a parent. “Plus, the Community Foundation has supported us for years. It was a good fit.”

Last year, Classrooms Can! awarded $47,000 in grants to schools across the region. The deadline for the 2014 grants was April 1st – recipients of those awards will be announced in May and projects will be implemented in the Fall of 2014. The funds received by the GWPCP will begin supporting projects in 2015.

Applications for the next round of awards will open in January 2015.

To learn more, visit

Manson Students Award $10,000 in Grants to Teachers

The Associated Student Body at Manson High School deliver an award to Andrea Whitney, who received $1,550 to purchase xylophones for her music class.

The Associated Student Body at Manson High School deliver an award to Andrea Whitney, who received $1,550 to purchase xylophones for her music class.

Manson Giving Great Grants

On Friday, January 31st, the Associated Student Body at Manson High School traveled classroom to classroom to award $10,000 in Manson Giving Great Grants (G3) to 14 teachers at Manson schools.

Established by Manson donors Jack and Gale Courtney in 2008, Manson G3 is a special fund managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington that provides an opportunity for students to become grantmakers.

Each year in December, Manson teachers begin applying to the grant for classroom needs or special projects. The Associated Student Body (ASB) then convenes to review applications and determine award recipients.

While Community Foundation staff help facilitate the process, the students have thoughtful debate and discussion over the needs and priorities of their school and make the final decisions on who receives funding.

“The Manson G3 grant program is an outstanding example of ‘learning by doing'” said Denise Sorom, director community philanthropy at the foundation. “The students told me that making the G3 award decisions is one of the most challenging projects that they face as ASB leaders.

I’ve watched them grapple with the tough questions of what projects were most deserving, who submitted a realistic budget, and how many students would be impacted by any particular project. These are the same questions that the staff and board of the Community Foundation face when we are evaluating our grant applications.”

Not only is this a significant learning experience for the students, it also provides the school with some engaging projects that really make a difference in the learning environment along with some helpful financial support.

“These funds have made a huge impact on learning” said Manson Schools Principal, Don Vanderholm. “There is something almost magical about the creativity these grants have inspired in our district. Suddenly, it’s possible to think outside the box and go there. Furthermore, we see teachers going for other grants because of the success they’ve experienced with the G3s.”

This year’s award recipients are:

  • Andrea Whitney – $1,550 for xylophones
  • Chas Pauly – $1,465 for wilderness field courses
  • Matthew Brown – $1,309 for music stand and chairs for concerts
  • Phil Fournier – $1,000 for a poetry and art focused field trip to the Seattle Art Museum
  • Sandra Clausen – $975 for an after school culinary arts class
  • Heather Teague – $900 for an infinity rig for the weight room
  • Heather Ireland – $520 for a 5th Avenue theatre production
  • Don Vanderholm – $500 for an academic awards ceremony
  • Kamie Kronbauer and Kevin Amsden – $420 to design a mini golf course
  • Katie Sperling – $292 for phonics sing-along song books and CDs
  • Karoline Martin – $300 for books for middle school and high school libraries
  • Kevia Helleson – $250 for a Dream Big career day
  • Diana Soliday – $244 for a library in her 2nd grade classroom
  • Jen Koth and Tara Janet – $175 for an energy production adventure

For more information on grant opportunities at the foundation, visit

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