Community Foundation of NCW Offers Training for New Board Members

The Community Foundation of NCW is now offering Board 101: The Basics, a 90-minute presentation by foundation staff to help new and prospective board members better understand the roles and responsibilities expected in serving an organization as a volunteer board member.

Board 101 will be offered quarterly, with maximum capacity is 25. The first presentation will be on Thursday, May 30, from 5:30PM – 7:30PM.

Board 101 is intended for:

  • Those who haven’t served on a board, but want to know what it’s about
  • New board members who have never served
  • Board members who have been serving but want to brush up on basics

Board 101 will cover topics including:

  • General introduction to the nonprofit sector and key terms
  • Board roles and responsibilities
  • Reading financials – the basics!
  • Introduction to fundraising
  • Board Meeting Tips
  • Next steps – how to join a board & more educational resources

Board 101 will be offered quarterly, with maximum capacity is 25.

Participation is free, but registration is required.


Important Dates for Year-End Giving

As we begin the last month of the year, the Community Foundation wants to remind you of important dates to give in order to receive your tax-deduction for 2018. If you have a giving opportunity that isn’t listed below, please give us a call and we’d be happy to help!

  • Gifts of Appreciated Stock must be received by 12/31/2018, please notify your broker as soon as possible. You can find transfer information here.
  • Gifts from your IRA, including Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) should also be initiated as soon as possible to meet the 12/31/2018 deadline. See transfer information hereNote: RMDs cannot be used to open or add to a Donor Advised Fund, but the Foundation can accept the gift and pass it on to nonprofits of our choice. 
  • Gifts by check sent via the US Postal Service to the Community Foundation must be postmarked by 12/31/2018. Checks sent via other carriers (eg: FedEx, UPS) must be in our office on or before 12/31/2018.
  • Gifts by credit card online may be made by midnight 12/31/18 to receive a tax receipt for 2018 and will be sent via email to the address you provide. Click here to give online.
  • Gifts from your Donor Advised Fund requested after 12/10/18 will be sent to the organization in January. Click here to login to your account.

Thank you so much for your continued investment in your community through the Community Foundation of NCW!

Now Accepting Applications for Regional Impact Grant / Give NCW – Deadline September 1

As the Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for the Regional Impact Grant (RIG) and Give NCW.

The RIG is open to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, government agencies (excluding public schools), or fiscally sponsored programs in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties. 

Methow Valley nonprofits are not eligible, but can apply for Give Methow and the Methow Valley Fund.

The Regional Impact Grant is very competitive, with over 40 applicants each year. Only 25 grant recipients will be chosen to receive awards.

There is no maximum funding request, however RIG awards are not likely to exceed $10,000.

Activities considered for support include:

  • Programs and projects that serve a broad sector of the community (or a particularly vulnerable or at-risk population) and help resolve important existing or emerging community issues.
  • Programs and projects that will enable nonprofit and charitable agencies to reduce costs, increase efficiency and move toward self-sufficiency.
  • “Seed Grants” to initiate promising new projects and programs so that such projects and programs are able to demonstrate their usefulness to the community.
  • Final funding for capital campaigns. Capital campaign must be at least 70% complete before CFNCW will consider for a Regional Impact Grant.
  • General operating support.

As the foundation’s largest grant opportunity for nonprofits in the region, the RIG program has awarded over $3.7 million to support charitable work across North Central Washington.

Give NCW

November 28 – December 31

Each year we receive more grant requests than we can fund. RIG recipients now have an opportunity to participate in Give NCW, a crowdfunding campaign that invites you to learn about their charitable work and donate to help them reach their fundraising goal.

Give NCW is works like an online giving catalog. You’ll see a description of each grant request, the amount invested by the Community Foundation (their RIG award), and their fundraising goal.

Minimum donation is just $10 and you can support multiple projects in one transaction. Also, each time you give on a “Funday Monday” you could win bonus dollars for any nonprofit(s) of your choice!

Give NCW will open on Thanksgiving Day and runs through December 31st. Donations can be made online at 100% of your gift will benefit the nonprofit, we are taking care of the credit card fees.

Last year, twenty-five nonprofits received $230,000 in Regional Impact Grants from the Foundation and an additional $229,202 in donations from Give NCW, totaling an incredible record-breaking $459,202 investment in charitable causes throughout NCW.

Now Hiring for Director of Community Philanthropy

The Community Foundation of NCW is now hiring for a Director of Community Philanthropy. This leadership position will oversee our competitive grant programs, along with the Nonprofit Practices Institute, and other philanthropic activities.

The position is 32 hours per week and requires some travel primarily within Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan county and at times outside of NCW or the state.

The Foundation is seeking someone who is passionate about the nonprofit sector with the skills to manage a large grant program, build relationships, and develop capacity building programs. The DCP works closely with the Board of Trustees and community volunteers to thoughtfully evaluate requests and determine funding awards.

The DCP will also understand the capacity building needs of nonprofits and develop programs to connect them to resources, training, and opportunities that help organizations meet their missions.

The DCP is highly organized, self motivated, and a strong collaborator with coworkers, nonprofits, and community leaders.

Submission deadline is June 23, 2017.


Safeway/Albertsons Donates $255,532 to Community Foundation of NCW Fire Relief Funds

Safeway-FireReliefThe Community Foundation of NCW has received a $255,532 donation from Safeway/Albertsons that will support the Okanogan Complex and Chelan Valley Fire Relief Funds. Donations were made by customers in stores across the state to support recovery for fire victims.

“The fires this year were catastrophic and many of the victims were uninsured or don’t have the means to get back on their feet” said Beth Stipe, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “Because of the generous people of the region and with Safeway/Albertson’s providing an easy giving vehicle, we can better help those in need.”

The Community Foundation is working with several local service agencies to help hundreds of individuals and families through the recovery process, which can take several months to years. Disaster Case Managers in Twisp and Okanogan work directly with fire victims to determine their needs and match them with the resources available. Community Foundation fire relief funds are used to support the unmet needs, providing funding where no other resources are available.

“We know that recovery can take time” said Stipe. “Thanks to these gifts, we will be here for the long haul.”

New Scholarship and Administrative Services Manager – Allison Pechtel


Allison Pechtel, the foundation’s new Scholarship and Administrative Services Manager

The Community Foundation of NCW announces the appointment of its new Scholarship and Administrative Services Manager, Allison Pechtel.

Allison grew up in the Wenatchee Valley and returned in 2009. In her time away, she earned a degree in Environmental Studies and Biology at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She incorporated her love of travel into her studies and was lucky enough to spend time studying and doing research in Sweden, Peru, and the Republic of Georgia. After graduating, Allison worked for a number of non-profits focused on issues around food and farming, both in Massachusetts and Washington. Most recently she was the Executive Director at Community Farm Connection here in the Valley. Allison enjoys hiking, cooking, and gardening with her daughter.

Allison will work with Scholarship donors, committee members, and recipients, connecting those who care about education to students who are in need of financial assistance. She will also serve as office manager and carry out various administrative duties.You can reach Allison at or (509) 663-7716.

Join us in welcoming her to the Community Foundation family!


Fund Opened to Support Firefighters and Displaced Victims in Wenatchee

The Community Foundation of NCW has established a fire fund to help support firefighters and displaced families and animals affected by the recent fires in the Wenatchee Valley.

The “Sleepy Hollow Heights Fire Support” and will provide food and other needs. Monetary donations can be made online here or at the Community Foundation office at 9 S Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801.

Donations of food and items can be directed to the Apple Valley Red Cross.

Community Foundation Grant Programs Increase Funding Support

The Community Foundation of NCW announces changes to its grant programs to improve and expand the funding support for nonprofits in the region: Helping Hands Grants, Regional Impact Grants, and the Give NCW crowdfunding campaign.

The new Helping Hands Grant program provides up to $2,500 to support unexpected needs or special funding opportunities where a small investment could make a big difference. Starting July 1st, applications for Helping Hands Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis. Grants are approved and awarded every other month.

The Regional Impact Grant (RIG) program is the foundation’s largest funding opportunity for nonprofits in the NCW region, supporting general operating needs and/or specific projects through a competitive grant process.

The program will be offered once per year and no longer has a funding cap, providing more opportunities for nonprofits to make a bigger impact through their work.

All applicants will submit their application online and participate in a site visit with foundation staff and board to learn more about their organization and request. The foundation’s Board of Trustees will award grants to 25 applicants.

In partnership with the Wenatchee World, the foundation will be hosting a new online crowdfunding campaign called Give NCW. Through an online catalog, Give NCW will list the 25 RIG award recipients and the amount remaining to complete their project.

Each year the foundation receives more requests than funds availableGive NCW provides an opportunity for the public to learn about and support the nonprofits that are improving the quality of life in their communities.

“We took a very thoughtful look at how the RIG program was supporting the nonprofit sector and determined that changing the program for greater funding support could make a bigger impact in our communities,” said Denise Sorom, the foundation’s Director of Community Philanthropy.

“With Helping Hands, we are still able to support smaller requests. With Give NCW we are better able to support larger requests by leveraging the philanthropic dollars in the community.”

Give NCW is an annual program that will begin on Thanksgiving Day through December 31. Anyone can donate in any amount to the nonprofits listed on the Give NCW catalog.

Bonus funding incentives will be given throughout the campaign to bolster engagement and create a fun, rewarding giving experience.

Helping Hands and Regional Impact Grants are open to 501c3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies (except for public schools) in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties.

Applications open July 1, 2015.

For more information or to apply, visit

Methow Valley Fund Awards $70,480 to Local Nonprofits

MVFLogoSustainable funding for a healthy, vibrant Methow Valley

The Methow Valley Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, has recently awarded $70,480 in grants to Methow Valley nonprofits.

Established in 2006, the Methow Valley Fund provides grant funding to charitable organizations that are meeting needs and developing strong, sustainable programs that enhance the Methow Valley.

The Methow Valley Fund is an annual grant that opens in December and is due January 31. The funding comes from generous donors that care about the valley and is matched by an anonymous donor.

The Fund is advised by a diverse group of volunteers that live and work in the Valley that are passionate about charitable work and have first-hand knowledge of the local needs and opportunities that make successful impacts in the community. Awards are recommended by the advisors and approved by the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

The following is a list of award recipients, amounts, and programs funded:

  • Aero Methow Rescue Service – $3,640 Extend the back-up generator power from the Operations Building to the Administration Building
  • Cascadia Methow Music Association – $1,000 Purchase accounting software and cover costs for website upgrades
  • Classroom in Bloom – $4,140 Support an Education Coordinator position critical for K-6 curriculum development for the school garden
  • Confluence Gallery & Art Center – $3,140 Support a technology upgrade
  • Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance-Methow Chapter – $2,000 Support the purchase, design, and installation of multi-use trail signage on currently unmarked trails in the Methow Valley Ranger District
  • Family Planning of North Central Washington – $3,000 Improve the Family Planning office space located at Room One
  • Little Star Montessori School – $3,500 General operating support
  • Methow Arts Alliance – $4,640 Support arts education programs at the Methow Valley School District using local teaching artists
  • Methow Field Institute / Interpretive Center – $3,000 Support educational programming that promotes students’ understanding their local environment
  • Methow Mentoring & Childcare – $2,500 Start-up support for early education preschool for children ages 2-6 and after school childcare for children grades K-9
  • Methow Recycles – $2,940 Development of education and outreach materials
  • Methow Trails – $2,640 Support artist fees for life-sized “Wild Side Character Panels” used as a fun physical challenge and education tool for kids while skiing and/or hiking the Methow Trails system
  • Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival – $2,500 Support musician fees
  • Methow Valley Community School – $1,500 General operating support for alternative school with education program focusing on fire-dependent ecology and understanding how wildfire shapes a community
  • Methow Valley Family Home Center Association (Jamie’s Place) – $3,000 Help with purchase and installation of new flooring
  • Methow Valley Riding Unlimited – $2,000 Support the “Let ‘Em Ride” 10-week horsemanship program that works with special needs students from the Methow Valley Elementary School
  • Methow Valley School District – $3,650 Support Elementary School staff to attend a two-day International Baccalaureate training session to design engaging units of integrated study
  • Methow Valley School District – $3,640 Support High School staff to attend a two-day International Baccalaureate training session to design engaging units of integrated study
  • Okanogan Conservation District – $3,640 Support the Firewise Program, providing education and technical assistance to landowners in areas at risk from wildfire in Okanogan county
  • Room One – $3,140 Help purchase essential, updated office equipment
  • Shafter Historical Museum – $2,000 Help finance the printing of an abridged edition of “Seven Years on the Pacific Slope”, first printed in 1914 and authored by a female pioneer who documented historical events, people, and life in the Methow Valley
  • TwispWorks Foundation – $3,140 Materials to complete landscaping and exterior improvements to continue the improvement of TwispWorks campus
  • The Merc Playhouse – $2,000 Support operating costs in association with presenting youth theater opportunities and engaging younger audiences in theater performance
  • Valley Teen Center – $2,500 General operating support
  • Winthrop Ice & Sport Rink – $1,640 Support matching campaign to install refrigeration system to help increase skating opportunities at an outdoor ice rink

Learn more about the Methow Valley Fund

Finance Workshop for Nonprofit Board and Staff

Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits is FUN!

Hosted by The Nonprofit Practices Institute (a partnership of the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund), “Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits” (FUN) is an interactive, hands-on workshop that unveils the who, what, why, and how of nonprofit finance.

Facilitated by Nancy Bacon, Director of Learning for Washington Nonprofits, “FUN” is aimed at nonprofit board members and staff who want to elevate their financial knowledge within their organizations. “FUN” uses BINGO cards, comedy, and informational kits that make learning about finance fun. Team attendance is strongly encouraged.

Participants can choose one of two workshops:

  • Tuesday, April 7 – 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Cashmere Riverside Center in Cashmere
  • Wednesday, April 8 – 10:00am-2:00pm at the Aero Methow Rescue Service in Twisp

Online registration is required with a fee of $15 and includes lunch.

To learn more and register, visit

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