Scholarship Deadline Extended to March 1st

The Community Foundation of NCW has extended its scholarship deadline to March 1st. Over 90 scholarships are available to students in the North Central Washington Region, each unique with its own set of criteria established by generous donors.

Not all scholarships require students to have top academics – many focus on students that have scholastic potential and/or have the greatest financial need.

There are a several important steps students need to take before starting an application, including submitting fall semester transcripts and requesting letters of recommendations from teachers and mentors.

Students are urged to review the instructions online and in the Scholarship Guide carefully before beginning the application process.

There are a few scholarships with deadlines later than March 1st – students are highly encouraged to review each scholarship criteria carefully for deadline and other important information.

Learn more and apply.

Local Organizations Awarded Make A Difference Day Grants


Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $1,500 in grants to eight agencies with Make A Difference Day projects on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Make A Difference Day grants are available annually to not-for-profit organizations that participated in projects in the previous year. Up to $200 is awarded to be used to help implement or enhance the quality of the volunteer projects that are improving the community.

In 1993, Wenatchee was named “Make a Difference Day Community of the Year” by USA Weekend Magazine, leader of the effort. This resulted in a $10,000 financial award that was used to establish a fund at the Community Foundation of NCW with the purpose to help continue volunteer projects on the annual Make A Difference Day in the Wenatchee community.

This year’s Make A Difference Day recipients and projects are:

  • Camp Fire NCW – $200 to prepare Camp Zanika Lache for Winter
  • Chelan Douglas Child Services Association – $200 to clean up the Mustard Seed Neighborhood Center
  • Grace Lutheran Church – $200 to build fences and winterizing for Methow/Pateros victims affected by the wildfires
  • Grief Place NCW – $100 for a Garden Art project by Washington Elementary students
  • Hospitality House Ministries – $200 for a Winter clothing drive
  • Junior Service League of Wenatchee – $200 for a diaper drive
  • Ohme Gardens Friends Society – $200 to clearing areas for new spring planting
  • Trusting Spirit Horse Rescue – $200 removing and replacing fencing

The next Make A Difference Day grant application opens in September 2015. Visit for more information.

To volunteer for a Make A Difference Day project, visit or visit Pybus Public Market on Saturday, October 25th for a list of projects and various donation sites.

Now Accepting Grant Applications for Waterville Community Fund

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington is now accepting applications for the Waterville Community Fund Grant which provides funding for innovative programs that help to meet the needs of Waterville and its citizens.

The fund supports a variety of organizations and activities, including arts and culture, civic project, conservation and environment, education, and health and human services. Applicants must be a 501c3 charitable nonprofit or apply under a fiscal sponsorship. 

The Waterville Community Fund was established in 1989 and has awarded over $82,000 in grant funding to organizations that benefit the Waterville community. An advisory committee reviews all applications and recommends grants to the Community Foundation Board of Trustees who will approve all finalists. Applicants are notified of award status in December.

The grant application is only available online – no paper submissions will be accepted. The application deadline is November 30.

For more information, contact Denise Sorom, Director of Community Philanthropy, at 509-663-7716 or email


Safe and Sound: Protecting Your Organization Through Internal Controls

Julleen Snyder, CPA Jacobson, Jarvis & Co.

Julleen Snyder, CPA
Jacobson, Jarvis & Co.

Presented by Julleen Snyder, CPA
Jacobson Jarvis & Co.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
10:00am – 2:30pm
Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee WA

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
10:00am – 2:30pm
Aero Methow, Twisp WA

$15 Registration Fee Includes Lunch

Internal controls are the financial processes and procedures that enable the organization to safeguard its assets.  


If set up properly, accounting procedures can increase accuracy and oversight while decreasing chances of employee fraud or embezzlement.  


At this session, Ms. Snyder will offer best practices for organizations of all sizes. Please join us to ensure your organization’s assets are safe and sound! 

Register For Wenatchee Workshop

Register for Twisp Workshop

Bag and Brag Executive Director Luncheon

BagandBragFriday, September 12
12:00pm – 1:30pm

CFNCW Large Conference Room
9 S Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee
Map and Directions

This quarterly luncheon is a great opportunity for Executive Directors of nonprofit organizations to share the challenges and opportunities they face and develop relationships with their nonprofit peers.

Bring your lunch, we’ll have the refreshments.

Please RSVP to so we can be sure to accommodate appropriate seating and refreshments.

Note: This event is for Executive Directors only and is not intended for other staff or board members. If you have received this invitation and are not an executive director, please forward appropriately or kindly disregard.

Board Celebration Dinners – Registration Now Open

The Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund invite volunteer board members for a complimentary dinner at Sun Mountain Lodge on October 1 or Sleeping Lady on October 2 to honor and recognize board service in North Central Washington.

We know the dedication and commitment it takes to volunteer your time to organizations that are meeting important community needs. Board Celebration Dinners provide an opportunity to mingle with others in board service, enjoy a fabulous meal, and feel inspired and energized to continue your great work!

Norm Smith

Special guest Norm Smith, Senior Fellow with M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and former CEO of the Ford Family Foundation, will join us to share his insights and expertise on the sector. Norm understands rural philanthropy. Combined with his background in law and and government, we are really excited to have him here and glean from his experiences. Read more about Norm here

Dinner is complimentary for volunteer board members, however we do require a $75 deposit to reserve your seat. Complete the online registration, then deliver or mail a check to our office and we will hand the check back to you at the event. Please provide one check per guest. Spouses and partners that are not board members are welcome to attend, but will need to pay a $75 fee. We appreciate your cooperation with our process!

Board Celebration Dinner at Sun Mountain Lodge

Choose one location:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Sun Mountain Lodge, Winthrop
5:30pm – 9:00pm

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth
5:30pm – 9:00pm



Board Celebration Dinners are for volunteer board members of nonprofit charitable organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan county only. 

Ending the Cycle of Poverty Conference – Registration Now Open

SONY DSCDr. Donna M. Beegle is an inspirational speaker who has experienced first-hand the challenges and barriers of generational poverty. After growing up in poverty, Dr. Beegle found the courage to break the cycle. Today, she shares her inspiring story with people and organizations across the nation who are working to end the cycle poverty in their communities and beyond.

Join us for a day-long conference including a keynote and workshops to break down the barriers and build strategies for alleviating generational poverty in our communities.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
11:30am – 5:00pm
Wenatchee Convention Center

The event is open to the public and highly recommended for service clubs planning to apply for a Be the Change grant at the Community Foundation.

Online registration required – $20 admission includes lunch. Click here to register.

Sponsored by: The City of Wenatchee Diversity Advisory Committee, Community Foundation of NCW, United Way of Chelan-Douglas Counties, and Together for a Drug Free Youth.

Update on NCW Fire Relief Fund – $100,000 in Donations and Counting

Join the festivities at Pybus Public Market this Sunday, Aug 3rd from 1pm-5pm to benefit the NCW Fire Relief Fund, Red Cross, and Salvation Army.

Join the festivities at Pybus Public Market this Sunday, Aug 3rd from 1pm-5pm to benefit the NCW Fire Relief Fund, Red Cross, and Salvation Army.

The Community Foundation of NCW is working hard on developing a plan to support long-term recovery efforts for those affected by the fires in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. 

As of today, our NCW Fire Relief Fund has raised over $100,000 from generous donors locally, nationally, and one from Dublin, Ireland!
We are holding the funds right now andtaking the time to assess the needs, the resources available, and where we can fit in to be effective and make the most impact in helping to rebuild the lives of the victims and the community.

Immediate needs are being met by the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Okanogan Community Action Council, churches, and other small groups established directly in the communities affected.

The Red Cross has set up Case Management sites in Twisp and Pateros to help victims through the often lengthy and paperwork-laden processes of obtaining financial aid, housing, and other vital needs. This is an important resource for victims. The foundation is working closely with the Red Cross and other providers serving case manager roles to ensure we can be ready to assist when needed.

A second fund – the Brewster/Pateros Fruit Tree Industry Fund – has been established to support farmers and ag-related workers that have been displaced and affected by the fires. We are working on developing a grant process for this that would provide funds directly to these victims.

Your community foundation is committed to the long haul, aware that recovery will take time. The focus of the NCW Fire Relief Fund is to ensure the financial resources are available months – maybe even years – from now tocontinue helping those affected when all other resources are gone. 

Special thanks to all of the donors and community fundraisers out there who are helping the fire victims through the NCW Fire Relief Fund. We truly appreciate your support!

Executive Director, Beth Stipe, will be talking to Steve Hair about the NCW Fire Relief Fund and the many ways you can help the fire victims. Click here to stream.

Save the Date! July 15 Planned Giving 101

The Nonprofit Practices Institute is hosting a workshop on how to build a Planned Giving program for nonprofits. Frank Minton of Planned Giving Services and Russell Speidel of Speidel Law Firm will be presenting on basic estate planning concepts, gifts for today, gifts for the future, and gifts that give back. Planned giving is an important aspect of nonprofit sustainability and long term success, and this workshop will give you the tools to determine the right planned giving program for your organization and how to market it.

Online registration is required (coming soon) with a $15 that includes lunch. The workshop is scheduled for 9:00am – 2:30pm; location to be announced.

Learn more at

Classrooms Can! Grant Program Awards $43,000 to NCW Teachers

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $43,000 in grants to teachers across North Central Washington for innovative classroom projects that engage students, especially the hard to reach learner.

Forty-three teachers across 14 districts each received a $1,000 Classrooms Can! grant to be implemented in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Awards are distributed in 5 funding areas: Arts Education, Field Trips, Literacy and Social Studies, STEM, or Wellness.

Each application is reviewed by a committee of community members with knowledge and expertise in the areas of funding.

The following are the schools and teachers awarded, or click here to view full award descriptions:

  • Beaver Valley School, Eric Tiegel – Field Trip to Wenatchee River Institute 1st-5th graders students will enjoy direct, hands-on outdoor experiences on a 9-acre preserve featuring a rich diversity of plant and animal species and also utilize the green classroom equipped with microscopes, snowshoes, kick nets, live animals, and more.
  • Bridgeport Elementary School, Mary Avalos – Hands on with Science Kindergarten students will learn about earth and space science by creating a recycled project for their bedroom using fabric technology skills.
  • Eastmont High School, Dana Leming – Speechless Writing Project 10th-12th grade students will write narratives, poems, and song lyrics about their lives with the goal of publishing a book, giving them the ability to share their struggles, obstacles, and triumphs with other teens to spread hope, tolerance.
  • East Omak Elementary, Leslie Clough – Eagles Orchestra Provide instruments (violins, flutes, clarinets, and tubas) for 3rd-5th grade students who are unable to purchase them so they can participate in the orchestra program.
  • East Omak Elementary, Kathy St. Germaine – Art Room Art room for 3rd-5th grade students with integrated projects that complement the topics covered by each of the classrooms.
  • Entiat High School, Bill Edwardson – Holocaust Museum Field Trip 11th-12th grade field trip to the Washington State Holocaust Museum in Seattle to view artifacts and see the exhibits while listening to guest speakers that have lived through the experience.
  • Entiat Elementary School, Dana Cada – Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Continuation and expansion of “healthy living” program for 1st grade classroom that includes positive reinforcement tactics, daily healthy snacks with mini nutrition lessons, easy-reader books, audiobooks and high quality application for iPads.
  • Foothills Middle School, Toby Johnson – Night of the Notables 7th grade students will choose a positive world changer, read their biography, write a paper, and act at an event presentation for parents.
  • Foothills Middle School, Kyle Hurst – Dynamic Review Games Various activities and games for the classroom to engage the learning experience and make it more fun.
  • John Newbery Elementary, Connie Michael – MinecraftEdu 2nd graders will experience a version of Minecraft software developed for educators that better engages students in STEM, History, and Art subjects through a video game based on scale-modeling and civilization development.
  • John Newbery Elementary, Leslie Kiick – Masters of Measuring “Measurement Tubs” filled with a variety objects for Kindergarteners to measure and a collection of various tools to measure them, creating problem solving opportunity for children learn how to choose appropriately.
  • Lewis and Clark Elementary, Maria Gonzalez – Classrooms Can Cook A year-long project for 1st graders that connects cooking to healthy eating habits, teaching children about nutrition while using math and measuring skills.
  • Liberty Bell High School, Lisa Monahan – HASPI Medical Biology Curriculum Health Sciences Pathway Initiative Program (HASPI) aims to provide accessibility and proficiency in STEM-related sciences through 19 health-based labs, available to 8th-12th graders.
  • Lincoln Elementary, Tina Nicpan-Brown – STEM Field Experience: Snowshoe Through An Avalanche 5th grade students will interact with a local biologist/environmental education director in the area of avalanche and mudslide control/identification and learn snowshoeing techniques needed in the field.
  • Mansfield School District, Luke Hall – Advocate for Community Skate Park 7th-12th grade students will learn the process for making change in their community by advocating for a skate and bike park through various research methods and a presentation to city officials.
  • Manson Elementary, Marcella Lindert – Imitating Artists 4th grade students will read about a famous artist, learn their media and style, create art in that style, then write about their experience.
  • Manson Elementary School, Jay Fox – Resistance Sets Purchase of resistance sets to complete and enhance the fitness program for K-5th graders.
  • Manson High School, Jennifer Koth – Exploring Social Ethics and Science Through Henriett Lacks In partnership with Erik Helleson’s class, 9th-10th grade students will read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and explore the social, racial, and ethical issues of this science while simultaneously with DNA and genetic studies in Biology.
  • Manson High School, Erik Helleson – Laboratory Experiences of the HeLa cells of Henrietta Lacks In partnership with Jennifer Koth’s class, 10th-12th grade students will be able to clone genes, purify proteins, transform bacteria with genes from jellyfish to make them glow green and visualize the mitosis of cancer cells.
  • Manson High School Extensions Program – Chase Pauly, Backpacking Field Courses 7th-12th grade science students will study biology and ecology in the field by participating in 1 of 3 offered 6-day/7-night backpacking field courses at the Watersheds of Washington (Olympic Peninsula), Ecology of Alpine Lakes (Leavenworth), Natural History of Glacier Peak Wilderness (North Cascades)
  • Methow Valley Elementary School, Anne Andersen – Measurement Lab A school-wide Measurement Lab that would allow students to manipulate a variety of materials, explore different units of measurement and measuring tools, and determine the importance of varying degrees of accuracy.
  •  Methow Valley Independent Learning Center, Kim Odell – Be ART! A program that connects at-risk youth with their community, self, and academics through various art projects that each provide a particular skill set such as math, science, public speaking, teamwork, problem solving, trade skill, as well as exposure to social services and needs of their community.
  • Omak Early Childhood Programs, Lynnette Rose – Family Adventure and Literacy Activities A series of out-of-school family activities focusing on language development and science understanding that are fun and allow parents to see their young children as active learners.
  • Orondo Elementary School, Carol Steichen – Field Trip to Wenatchee River Institute Kindergarten students will enjoy direct, hands-on outdoor experiences on a 9-acre preserve featuring a rich diversity of plant and animal species and also utilize the green classroom equipped with microscopes, snowshoes, kick nets, live animals, and more.
  • Pateros School District, Scotti Wiltse – Scientist for a Day Field Trip 7th-8th grade students will be scientists for a day through 3 field trip experiences: Stonerose Interpretive Center, where students become archeologists, dig and identify fossils; Gardener Cave, where students learn about formation of cave, stalagmites, stalactites; and Boundary Dam, where students learn how dams are made and their important function in our world today.
  • Pioneer Middle School, Sandra Lancaster – Audiobooks for Battle of the Books Continuation of successful program that increases reading engagement and improves literacy through audiobooks.
  • Tonasket Elementary School, Megan Huckaby – Enhanced Literacy Center Enhance current literacy model in 2nd grade classroom and improve reading performance by providing access to highly motivating, multi-level literacy materials.
  • Tonasket High School, Emily Bjelland – The Robotic Engineering Design Challenge 9th-12th grade students will apply their knowledge of mechanics to robot design and be introduced to computer programming and the research design loop.
  • Tonasket Outreach Program (Homeschool), Carol Lanigan – Washington State Exploration 4th-8th grade students will study the regions of Washington State throughout the year including geography, map reading, and diverse environments culminating with a 4-day/3-night field trip to the North Cascades National Park, Padilla Bay, and Seattle to enrich our study of WA state.
  • Tonasket Elementary School, Rose Corso – Tonasket School Garden/ Compost Project A permanent, covered composting structure that will support expansion of the composting program and provide K-5th grade students exposure to the benefits of recycling, waste reduction, and sustainable stewardship through conservation awareness through the composting cycle.
  • Robert E. Lee Elementary, Lisa Snyder – Preschool Math in a Box A collaboration between preschools and the Kindergarten team, “Math in a Box” addresses one of the four domains of math literacy including; counting and cardinality, geometry, operations and algebraic thinking, and data and measurement and provides a total of 20 boxes available to our early learning providers to check out through our school library to help bridge the gap entering public school.
  • Vale Elementary, Kristin Umbarger-Keene – Mexican Folk Dances The addition of Mexican Folk Dancing to current six-weeks school-wide dance instruction program including costumes.
  • Vale Elementary, Devera Sharp – Art: It’s Elementary Support a current art enrichment program for 1st-4th grade students for students to study and explore art history, culture, techniques, and connections with nature.
  • Vale Elementary, DeAnn Kruiswyk – A Garden So Kids Can Grow Building a new school-wide student garden in a currently unused, concrete space using the “square foot gardening” method which requires installation of raised beds, a watering system, and materials for initial installation.
  • Vale Elementary, Kappy Schoening – Lifetime Swimmers Swimming lessons for 1st and 3rd grade students to increase the swimming abilities and safety.
  • Virginia Grainger Elementary School, Marilou Baker – Salmon Studies 4th grade students study salmon and ecosystems, designing and carving block prints, and participate in a riparian restoration project on Salmon Creek near the school.
  • Virginia Grainger Elementary School, Amy Sullivan – Animal Studies 3rd grade students will participate in an in-depth inquiry into animal characteristics, behavior, and habitat, write a detailed research paper, culminating with a 3D art project.
  • Virginia Grainger Elementary School, Susan Brown – Library Theater Enhance reading/literacy skills and English acquisition through a moveable puppet theater and puppets designed and built by students to use in the school library.
  • Washington Elementary School, Amy Kerker – Create Your Own Instrument 1st-5th grade students will create a variety of musical instruments (such as drums, flutes, xylophones, rain sticks, guitars) using simple materials.
  • Washington Elementary School, Monika Christensen – Geocaching Field Trips 5th grade students will learn geography, technology, and math skills while exploring their local community for hidden treasures through Geochaching Field Trips.
  • Washington Elementary School, Jill Reinfeld – Salmon Festival Field Trip 5th grade students will discover and appreciate the complexities of the natural world and the significance of the salmon ecosystem through hands-on activities and “edutainment”.
  • WestSide High School, Peg Ronhovde – WestSide’s Got Talent  Instruments and costumes for a student-directed peer-mentoring program that expresses itself through the fine arts.
  • WestSide High School, Heidi Monroe – WestSide Presents A portable stage and sound equipment to use in conjunction for new performing arts program, focused on building on student talents to build personal wellness and a positive school environment.

Classrooms Can! is a partnership between the Community Foundation of NCW and the United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Learn more about all of our grant programs at here.

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