Community Foundation of NCW Announces New Board Trustees

The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to announce new Board Trustees who have joined our organization: Matt Canlis, Lester Cooper, Leslie Freytag, and Dr. David Kolde.

Each of them brings leadership and expertise from business, faith, and health arenas of the community.

Lester Cooper was born in England and immigrated to North America in 1965. In 1992 he purchased a home in Lake Chelan and is now a full time resident. Lester retired from an extensive career with General Electric and throughout his career traveled the world, gaining a unique understanding of many different cultures and diversity. Lester enjoys everything Lake Chelan has to offer, is active in the community and serves on many boards, and believes strongly in dedication to community. 

Rev. Matt Canlis was ordained in the Church of Scotland, and currently serves at Trinity Church in Wenatchee. Matt has a Master’s of Literature in Theology from the University of St. Andrew’s, a Master’s of Divinity from Regent College, and his B.A. in History from the University of Washington.


Leslie Freytag is a highly accomplished senior executive, entrepreneur, and turnaround expert with more than 40 years of success in retail. She is a brand management and targeted sales strategist. Most recently, Leslie was the President and CEO of butter LONDON, where she took an underachieving startup to a successful, global operation. Leslie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Clothing from Colorado State University. She is the founder and Principle of her own consulting firm, the Freytag Group, where she continues to provide advisory services to retail companies. Leslie and her husband Tony live in Wenatchee.

Dr. David Kolde is a graduate of UCLA and Hahnemann University Medical School and has been practicing family medicine in the Wenatchee Valley for 15 years. He is married to Kaye and has two children, a son who is a senior in high school and a daughter who is a junior. He enjoys tennis, the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, and traveling.

The foundation wishes to acknowledge outgoing Trustees for their time and service to the North Central Washington region: Bart Clennon, Lisa Day, and outgoing Board Chair Katie Kavanaugh Pauly. We are grateful for their long-term investment of service with the foundation!

Live2Lead Global Simulcast Leadership Event Selects CFNCW as Benefit Partner

November 3, 2017
7:30am – 12:00 noon
Numerica PAC, Wenatchee


Be Clearly will host Live2Lead WenatcheeValley on November 3. This event is a half day, leader development simulcast experience designed to equip attendees with new perspectives, practical tools, and key takeaways they can put into practice immediately. The event is scheduled from 7:30-noon and will be held at the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee.

Attendees will learn from world-class leadership experts, including Dr. John C. Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Cheryl A. Bachelder, and Warrick Dunn who will be presenting to a live audience in Atlanta, GA and is rebroadcast here locally.  Attendees should expect to be prepared to embrace a growth mindset, implement a new action plan, and start leading when they get back to the office with renewed passion and commitment.

“This will be an exceptional opportunity to learn from the world’s top leadership influencers as they reach out to leaders like us all around the world.” according to Colin Brine, CEO of Be Clearly the host and producer of the event.  “We have designed the experience for people of value to create value for our community.”

“We created the event to not only create personal and professional growth for participants, but to create value for our community in three ways: first to challenge participants to think more broadly about the role they play and how they add value to the community, second to direct proceeds from ticket sales to our Benefit Partner, The Community Foundation of NCW – creating funding for a leadership academy for non-profit leaders throughout our region, and third that each of the first 150 ticket purchases, will automatically fund a mentorship ticket enabling an equal number local high school and college students to attend.  Imagine – 150 next generation leaders learning right alongside up to 350 of our region’s best leaders, thinkers and doers.” Brine added.

Dr. John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 26 million books, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazines in 2014. In that year, John also received the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network. His organizations — The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP — have trained more than 6 million leaders in every nation.

Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business, Dave Ramsey is a personal money-management expert and extremely popular national radio personality. His seven best-selling books—Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, EntreLeadership, The Complete Guide to Money, Smart Money Smart Kids and The Legacy Journey—have sold more than 10 million copies combined.

Cheryl A. Bachelder is a passionate restaurant industry executive who most recently served as the CEO Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Cheryl is known for her crisp strategic thinking, franchisee-focused approach, development of outstanding leaders and teams and superior financial performance. She brings more than 35 years of experience in brand building, operations and public-company management at companies like Yum Brands, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco, The Gillette Company and The Procter & Gamble Company.

Warrick Dunn is a former NFL running back and a three-time Pro Bowl selection, known for his success both on and off the field. Dunn’s football career began at Florida State University and in 1997, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played for the Bucs for five years before signing with the Atlanta Falcons in 2002. Six seasons later, in 2008, he returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his final season.

The Wenatchee World and Jennifer Korfiatis Marketing are presenting sponsors of the event as well as passionate advocates for whole community thinking and action.

Up to $200 Available to Support Your Make a Difference Day Project!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

$200 grants available to help your Make a Difference Day project!

Did your organization coordinate a Make a Difference Day project last year? If so, you might be eligible for a grant of up to $200 to support your 2017 project!

The funds can be used in a variety of ways to help implement or enhance the quality of volunteer efforts for your 2017 Make a Difference Day project.

Recipients must be 501c3 charitable organizations, public agencies (schools, cities, government, etc.), or projects can be fiscally sponsored by a qualifying agency.

Applying for the grant is easy! Just let us know the title of your 2016 project and a description of your 2017 project. That’s it!

For questions on qualifying agencies, email

Important Dates

Deadline to apply: October 1
Grants awarded: October 10
Make a Difference Day: October 28


Submit/View 2017 Make a Difference Day Projects

This grant is made possible through USA Weekend Magazine prizes from the Gannet Foundation, now managed by the Community Foundation of NCW. 

Community Foundation Accepting Applications for Library Technology Grant

Application deadline: November 1st

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for the Eric C. Jensen Memorial Grant to improve literacy through technology and increase the ease and accessibility of information in libraries.

This grant is open to public libraries and public school libraries within the boundaries of Cashmere, Entiat, Wenatchee, and East Wenatchee School Districts. Awards range from $500 – $1000.

Previous programs funded by the grant include an Apple TV and two iPad teaching stations at Lewis and Clark Elementary Library and audiobooks and iPod shuffles for Pioneer Middle School Library.

Established in 2003, this grant honors of the work of Eric C. Jensen, which focused on expanding the use of information technology through innovative programs in the community.


Board Celebration Dinners to Honor NCW Nonprofit Board Volunteers

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop
Wednesday, October 11th, 207 at Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth

Reserve your seat!

Special Guest, Peter Drury is the Vice President for Mission Advancement of the Make a Wish Foundation (Alaska & Washington) and Adjunct Professor in Seattle University’s Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program.

The Community Foundation of NCW in partnership with the Icicle Fund is now taking reservations for the annual Board Celebration Dinners that honors and recognizes nonprofit board volunteer service.

For current board members of nonprofits in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties, the Board Celebration Dinners provide a complimentary dinner at either Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop or Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth along with a short program to recognize the important role of board volunteers and inspire continued service to community.

“Volunteer board service is a vital component of a nonprofit, and we want board members to know we appreciate their dedication to improving their community through the nonprofits they are passionate about” said Beth Stipe, executive director. “The Board Celebration Dinners honors their service to community, and it’s a fun, inspiring night that reminds us all how important our nonprofit sector is to a great quality of life.”

The evening includes a presentation by special guest, Peter Drury, Vice President for Mission Advancement of the Make-A-Wish (Alaska & Washington). He also serves as Adjunct Professor in Seattle University’s Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program. Peter has extensive experience working with charities, nonprofits, and community foundations. He will inspire the evening with the impact of storytelling to engage our communities in supporting charitable causes.

Seating is limited and reservations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Reserve seats online at A credit card will be required to reserve a seat, but will not be charged except for no shows or late cancellations.

Reservation deadline is September 29th.

Community Foundation of NCW Welcomes New Staff

The Community Foundation of NCW has seen significant growth over the last decade, and in response has hired new staff to better serve its generous donors, regional nonprofits, and college-bound students.

Erika Orsulak has joined the foundation as the Director of Education Programs. This position manages over 100 unique scholarship funds, connecting students across North Central Washington to scholarships that can ease the financial burden of a college education. Erika will also oversee the foundation’s education-focused grant programs, including the Stronger Schools Grant that supports public schools and school districts. Erika has worked in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors for over 17 years. Most recently, she worked for the National Scholarship Providers Association and Washington Women in Need.

Claire Oatey has joined the foundation as the Director of Community Grants. This position manages the foundation’s competitive grant programs, including the Regional Impact Grant and the Helping Hands Grant. Claire will also oversee the Nonprofit Practices Institute, a capacity-building program in partnership with the Icicle Fund that serves the region’s nonprofits. Claire has several years of experience working in various areas of the nonprofit sector, including Rebuilding Together Seattle, an animal welfare organization, and The Center for Early Childhood Programs in Colorado.

The Community Foundation has also created a new position, Director of Philanthropy, which will be assumed by Denise Sorom, the foundation’s former Director of Community Philanthropy. Denise will be stewarding current and interested foundation donors, and supporting the continued growth of community philanthropy in our region.

“We are committed to protecting our region’s charitable investments with a highly talented and dedicated team that can bridge people’s philanthropic dreams with our community’s needs,” said Beth Stipe, Executive Director. “Our region continues to support and expand community philanthropy with generous gifts, and we’re excited to be growing in the direction of continually improving our communities together.”

Accepting Applications – Woods Family Music and Arts Grant

Application Deadline: September 30

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for the Woods Family Music and Arts Grant. Open to nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties (excluding the Methow Valley), the grant seeks to supports work that provides music and/or arts related services and education in these communities.

Up to $5,000 is available 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.

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


Nonprofit “Boards in Gear” Workshop Coming to Wenatchee and Twisp

The Nonprofit Practices Institute is hosting a workshop, “Boards in Gear”, for nonprofit board members and staff to help strengthen the practice of board leadership for more effective, sustainable results in addressing community needs.

“Boards in Gear” will be facilitated by Nancy Bacon, Director of Learning and Engagement at Washington Nonprofits. It’s an interactive, hands-on workshop that will cover board responsibilities, operations, development, fundraising, and advocacy and is appropriate for new, incoming board members or longtime board members looking for a good refresher.

“Boards in Gear” will be offered Tuesday September 26 in Wenatchee at Pybus Public Market and Wednesday September 27 at Aero Methow in Twisp. Both workshops begin at 10:00am and end at 3:00pm. Registration is $15 and includes lunch.

The Nonprofit Practices Institute is a partnership of the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund, to support capacity building opportunities for nonprofits in the NCW region.

For more information and to register online, visit Registration deadline is September 15th.


Community Foundation Awards Over Half Million in Scholarships

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $542,816 in scholarships to 152 students across North Central Washington. This is the largest scholarship award total disbursed from the foundation to date.

The Community Foundation of NCW manages 97 unique scholarship funds established by generous individuals, families, and businesses that feel passionate about helping students ease the financial burden of pursuing a college degree.

Each scholarship is unique with varying criteria. While many focus on academic achievement, most seek to support the hard working students that show great potential and have a significant financial need.

“It’s an honor to award this amount of scholarships for our donors, who truly care about helping our local students get to college and achieve their dreams.” said Beth Stipe, Executive Director. “We are continually humbled by the generous people in our region – the future is brighter for these students, thanks to their support.”

A total of 1,472 applications were received and reviewed by selection committees, comprised over 237 community volunteers.

“Our volunteers spend many hours reviewing applications – we are grateful to have dedicated people who are passionate about supporting higher education opportunities for all students in the region” added Stipe.

Community Foundation scholarships are offered annually. The next round of scholarship applications opens January 1, 2018 with most applications due on March 1st.


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


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