Registration Open for NPI 6th Annual Summit

A partnership between the Community Foundation of North Central Washington (CFNCW) and the Icicle Fund, the Nonprofit Practices Institute (NPI) provides professional development and training opportunities for the nonprofit industry.

The NPI Summit is a day of professional development for nonprofit board, staff, and volunteers on the various facets of nonprofit work. Topics ranging from fundraising, strategic planning, board governance, accounting, marketing, and more are covered by experts in their field.

The summit provides a unique opportunity for our communities’ nonprofits to get the tools and resources they need for effective nonprofit management and network with others in the industry.

This year’s session topics include:

  • Board Essentials
  • Navigating Multi-Media Mayhem
  • Advocacy Through Storytelling
  • Donor Development
  • Building Effective Partnerships
  • Recruiting and Sustaining Volunteers
  • Board Management
  • Washington Nonprofit’s NEW Online Financial Tutorials
  • Planning for the Unexpected
  • Leadership Coaching

The summit is being held on Monday, May 19th from 9:00am – 4:00pm at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan, WA. There is a registration fee of $15 that includes lunch. Online registration is required at

Place Matters | 2013 Annual Report

We love North Central Washington. We love its landscape, its history, its people and innovations. While 2013 has come and gone, we celebrate our milestones, recognize our nonprofit sector, praise our scholarship students, and honor the generous donors that make it all possible.

We hope you enjoy a look back on this memorable year, showcasing the vast region your community foundation supports. From Tonasket to Twisp, Omak to Leavenworth, Waterville to Wenatchee and everywhere in between, we believe that place matters.



Now Accepting Applications for Multiple Grant Offerings

Regional Impact Grant, Classrooms Can!, and Endowment Grant

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for three competitive grant programs: the Regional Impact Grant, Classrooms Can!, and an Endowment Grant.

Offered twice a year, the Regional Impact Grant provides up to $5,000 available for general programs, special projects, start-up funding, small equipment, and other needs/enhancements for 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Government entities, public educational institutions, and religious organizations are also eligible. All other organizations are required to seek a fiscal sponsor to submit a grant request. This grant is offered twice a year; the fall 2013 cycle of this grant awarded over $120,000 to 39 nonprofits across North Central Washington. The application deadline is April 1 with awards announced in July.

The Community Foundation of NCW, The United Way, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have partnered to provide fifty $1,000 Classrooms Can! grants to teachers in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan countieswho can excite, expand, and enhance their classroom experiences. Projects should be innovative, involve students through hands-on activities, and engage the hard to reach learner. Projects must be focused in one of the following areas: arts education; field trips; literacy and social studies; STEM; or wellness. The application deadline is April 1, and awards are announced in May with implementation in the fall of 2014.

One $50,000 Endowment Grant will be awarded to sustain a nonprofit organization through a permanent fund at the Community Foundation with an annual income disbursement based on a spending policy. This grant is only offered every other year; the foundation awarded the inaugural grant to Methow Valley Sport Trails Association in 2012. The application deadline is May 1 with award announcement in September.

More information on grant requirements and instructions on how to apply are available on our Community Grants page.

Registration for Regional Impact Grant Now Open

Application Opens February 1st 
Deadline April 1st

This year, the application for the Regional Impact Grant will be completed through our new CFNCW Online portal. In order to best serve our grant seekers,  we are asking all applicants to first complete a quick Registration Form to give us some basic information on your organization and its request. Click on the link below to submit your registration.

Once we receive the form and approve your eligibility, we will email you a LOGIN and PASSWORD to access  the portal and apply for the grant, which opens February 1st. If you already have a LOGIN for the portal, you will not need to complete the registration form. The deadline for applications is April 1st, with award distribution in July.

Click Here to Register Now 

The Regional Impact Grant provides up to $5,000 available for general programs, special projects, start-up funding, small equipment, and other needs/enhancements for 501c3 nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.

Government entities, public educational institutions, and religious organizations defined by the IRS in Section 170c1 or 170b1A are also eligible. All other organizations are required to seek a 501c3 fiscal sponsor to submit a grant request.

Preparing for the Grant

If you’d like to start preparing for the grant, here are some topics we will be asking you to respond to in the application:

  • Organization’s mission and leadership
  • Proposal description, need, budget, and evaluation
  • Operating budget and population served
  • Documents such as bids/quotes, list of board members, last year’s audit, and your 501c3 IRS determination letter

Questions? Contact Denise Sorom at or call 509-663-7716.

2014 Scholarship Application Open

2014 Scholarship Guide ImageThe Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for scholarships for students planning to attend college or university in the fall of 2014. Over 80 scholarships are available to high school and college students in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Donors establish scholarships for various reasons, and every scholarship is unique. Some focus on specific programs or extra-curricular activities, while others provide opportunities for students who have the greatest financial need.

The deadline for most scholarships is February 15th, with a few exceptions. A Scholarship Guide listing all the scholarships available, deadlines, criteria, and other important details can be found online at our scholarships page, along with instructions on how to apply. This year, the application will be completed online using an interactive form and emailed to our office. Step-by-step instructions for submission are available in the guide and on the website. The foundation will not be accepting or consider any hard copy or mailed applications.

Scholarship Guides have also been distributed to school across the region. Students can inquire with their counseling office for a hard copy, or contact the foundation at 509-663-7716.

Woods Family Music and Arts Grant Awards $37,000 to Local Programs

WoodsFamilyGrantLogoThe Woods Family Music and Arts Grant, managed by the Community Foundation of NCW, has awarded $37,000 to local programs in Cashmere, Leavenworth, Wenatchee and East Wenatchee. Established in 2011, the Woods Family Music and Arts Fund was created to enhance the music and arts culture of the Wenatchee Valley through nonprofit organizations who work to provide music and/or arts related services.

The grant funds up $5,000 for programs that foster and improve cultural awareness and education, support music performance, provide music education direction, participate in regional arts events, and workshops/seminars for music educators and professionals.

Here are this year’s award recipients and their programs:

Art on the Avenues – $2,500 to support the Beauty of the Bronze program that provides 5th graders the opportunity to learn about bronze sculptures in the community and create their own bronze sculptures.

Cascade Education Foundation – $1,500 to provide after-school violin instruction for Kindergarten through 2nd grade students at Peshastin-Dryden Elementary. TheCubs on Strings program will provide music education through violin to students of varied income levels by providing instrument rental assistance.

Icicle Arts – $1,500 for Art Academy Scholarships that place under-privileged and gifted artists in a variety of visual arts classes taught by local professional teaching artists. Scholarships will be awarded by teacher recommendation on set criteria to determine highest needs.

Icicle Creek Center for the Arts – $3,000 to support individuals seeking to participate in Icicle Creek Center for the Art’s music education programs by funding part or all of the tuition.

North Central Education Service District – $2,500 for grants for music and arts classroom teachers with projects that increase students learning.

Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee – $2,500 to have The Liverpool Legends, a Beatles tribute band, lead workshops in a local middle school’s music classes, teaching/mentoring students for the purpose of performing two concerts (school and community) of Beatles music.

Solomon’s Porch – $1,500 to provide musical instruments and sound gear to homeless and at-risk teens as vehicle for expressing emotions and feeling that might otherwise manifest through destructive behaviors.

Upper Valley Connection – $2,500 for a Theater Camp program that provides both a theater and camp experience for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Washington State University – $2,000 for Performance as Education, a program that uses writing, theatre, and performance to improve college attendance and retention rates of low income and rural students. This funding will support a performance in Wenatchee’s Performing Arts Center that is free for high school students.

Wenatchee Jazz Workshop (Wenatchee Valley Museum) – $4,000 to bring professional jazz musicians to Wenatchee to teach their art to local students in a unique classroom setting. The week-long Workshop features several days of intense instruction, culminating with two public performances.

Wenatchee High School (Wenatchee School District) – $1,500 for an Ion 1024 Light Board Console, an electronic device used in theatrical lighting design to control multiple lights at once.

Wenatchee High School Mariachi (Wenatchee School District) – $2,000 to purchase a harp for the Mariachi Huenchi ensemble. The harp is a traditional mariachi instrument that will round out Mariachi Huenachi’s current ensemble of guitars, violins, trumpets, vihuela, and guitarron.

Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – $3,000 to help build an Art Room at the museum that provides hands-on art experiences for young children and their families year-round. Funds will help pay for renovation costs of a room at the museum and art supplies.

Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra – $2,500 for an Act II, semi-staged performance of Mozart’s The marriage of Figaro. The performance will expose the community to live opera, a genre that is rarely presented in NCW, with exceptional vocal and instrumental talent.

Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra – $2,500 to support the Angela Schuster Svendsen Memorial Young Musician Competition where serious music students have the chance to earn a significant monetary award along with a solo performance opportunity either with the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra or at Symphony events.

YWCA of Wenatchee Valley – $2,000 for Open Mic and Klean Karaoke to assist in sustaining recovering addicts in our community by giving them healthy outlets for entertainment and to encourage creativity.

Arena Youth Enrichment Grant Pays for 60 Students to Learn to Skate

Learn to SkateThe Town Toyota Arena Youth Enrichment fund at the Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $5,600 to four schools in the Wenatchee School District. The grant will be shared equally by the After School Programs at Columbia Elementary, Mission View Elementary, Orchard Middle School, and Pioneer Middle School. A total of 60 students (15 from each school) will participate in a six-week long “Learn to Skate” program, which includes instruction and skate rental.

The mission of the After School Program is to provide enriching opportunities to academically struggling students. “Data shows that students who participate in enriching activities often show better academic performance, better social skills, increased school attendance, and increased school success” read a statement from the grant.

“We are thrilled to have the Arena Youth Enrichment fund at full fruition as it enables students to learn to skate, providing exercise and enrichment in their lives, while benefitting the arena, the community and the schools” said Jennifer Bushong, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Town Toyota Center. “These students will remember their skating lessons for generations to come. This program is truly a win-win-win for all involved.”

The Arena Youth Enrichment Grant is ongoing, with applications due by the 20th of each month. It is open to schools and/or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that support youth activities and enrichment, this grant funds Town Toyota Center arena programs and activities such as skate classes, private rentals, show tickets, transportation services, equipment, and other skate classes provided by the center.

Community Foundation Week Celebrates Local Giving

South CF WeekEach year, over 750 Community Foundations Celebrate Community Foundation Week November 12 – 18. Officially proclaimed by President George H.W. Bush in 1989, the Community Foundation of NCW wants to take the opportunity to thank and recognize our generous donors and partners.

Last year YOUR community foundation received $3.7 million in gifts and awarded $2.8 million to programs that protect our environment, embrace our cultures, preserve our history, and shape our future.

For all of this: WE THANK YOU.

We hope you take a moment today or sometime this week to embrace your inner philanthropist and consider supporting your favorite local cause. Whether it’s time or money, we all have something to give.

On Thursday, November 14th, you can support your community foundation – just by having dinner! Join us at SOUTH at Pybus from 5:00pm – 9:00pm and 20% of all food sales will benefit the foundation. Those funds will go right back into supporting communities across NCW. We hope to see you there!

Foundation Awards $120,855 in Grants Across the Region

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $120,855 in grants to local nonprofits from the fall cycle of its Regional Impact Grants. These grants are offered twice a year to nonprofit agencies for special projects, needs, and enhancements that benefit the region. The foundation received double the amount of grant requests than usual, making the grant more competitive. With a recent $40,000 gift from an anonymous donor from The Seattle Foundation, an additional $20,000 in grants was awarded. This gift will also allow the same support to the next cycle of Regional Impact Grants.

Congratulations to the following award recipients and their projects by area of interest:

Arts, Culture, and Humanities | $9,500

Icicle Creek Center for the Arts – $2,000 Basic kitchen equipment, commercial BBQ, outdoor tent for shaded seating, service-ware, and folding tables for student camps

Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus – $2,500 Support for one concert in the 2013 season, which provides 3 concerts and one broadways show per year for the community

Performing Arts Center – $5,000 A lighting console that will upgrade the distribution of lighting data throughout the facility, establish wireless control, and installation

Education | $32,180

Columbia Elementary School – $4,000 Two sets of Second Step, a social skills curriculum for social and academic success

Eastmont School District – $1,900 Interlocking floor mats for indoor and outdoor play space for Wee Wildcats Integrated Preschool

Hearts Gathered – $1,500 Copier, laminator, and five computers for an immersive Salish Language school on the Colville Indian Reservation

Lake Chelan School District – $5,000 Equipment to establish a Biomedical Sciences program at Chelan High School in the Fall of 2013.

Mountain Sprouts Children’s Community – $3,500 General operations, supplies, and materials for preschool focused on hand-on exploration of art, music, community and nature

North Valley Community Schools – $3,000 General operations for an Okanogan County school that provides education, recreational, and cultural experiences and classes

Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program – $1,000 Books in Spanish for children from low-income families in Douglas and Okanogan counties

Rock Island Elementary – $1,500 Reading Corps volunteer to continue a reading program has been working to improve children’s literacy skills

SHIFT – $2,000 Through My Lens, a workshop that will train 24 teachers from Wenatchee and Eastmont School Districts on filmmaking and digital storytelling that will be incorporated in their curriculum

Tonasket Preschool Association – $3,280 Learning toys and games, four booster seats for vehicles, and outside playground equipment

Tonasket School District – $2,500 Administrative and supervisory costs for three VISTA volunteers that provide various services to the school, such as managing the school garden and coordinating a mentoring program

Upper Valley Cooperative Preschool – $3,000 Music programming including indoor and outdoor musical instruments and music-related curriculum for Leavenworth preschool

Environmental / Animal Protection | $17,275

Chelan-Douglas Land Trust – $5,000 Information kiosk at the Dry Gulch Preserve to increase awareness of management, use, rules, and trail etiquette

Hawkwatch International – $2,000 Stipend for volunteer biologist at Chelan Ridge Raptor Project which strives to increase public awareness of wildlife and ecosystem conservation and enhance stewardship

NCW Audubon Society – $2,275 Website designer to create a web-based birding guide covering Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, and Ferry counties

Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board – $4,000 Forest Health Collaborative to provide a forum for stakeholders to determine design and implementation of restoration projects in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that improve the health of the region’s watersheds, reduce risk of disease and catastrophic wildfires, and create timber jobs to strengthen economy

Wenatchee Valley Humane Society – $4,000 Spays and neuters of pets of low-income residents in Chelan and Douglas counties

Health and Human Services | $50,900

Aero Methow Rescue Service – $4,300 Adult CPR training mannequin to be used for Basic and Advanced Life Support and EMS courses to health care professionals in the Okanogan, North Douglas, and Chelan County service areas

Alatheia Riding Center – $2,500 Support general operations including, replacing saddles, hay, horse care, insurance, and gravel for a therapeutic riding center

Children’s Home Society – $5,000 Primary Intervention Program, a school-based early intervention mental health program, at Lincoln and Mission View Elementary schools

Columbia Valley Community Health – $2,000 Expansion of Girls on the Run program in Wenatchee Valley

Community Farm Connection – $4,000 Van with refrigeration system to transport produce to food banks, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscribers, chefs, and wholesale buyers

Complete the Loop Coalition – $2,000 Match for completion of Phase 2 of the expansion of Rocky Reach Trail

Continuum of Care – $2,400 Support publication expenses for Pathways, a guide to senior care and services in the Lake Chelan Valley

EASE Cancer Care Foundation – $4,000 Two-day cancer survivorship workshop and 12-week community based collaborative rehabilitation program

Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation – $3,000 Develop and implement Kids-Fit! Lake Chelan, a health and wellness program for ages 5-11

Lighthouse Christian Ministries – $800 General support for Gospel House, a new emergency shelter facility in Wenatchee for clean and sober families, individuals, and children

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health Support) – $4,000 Furnishings and equipment to establish an office and meeting space at a new location that provides support groups, classes, and other meetings

Okanogan County Community Action Council – $4,000 Support the administrative, supervisory, and space costs for VISTA volunteers that are implementing some of the strategic plan’s short term goals and developing local volunteer and staff capacity for sustainability

Packing Friendship – $3,000 Collaborative program between 8 churches to provide bags of food for school children at risk of going hungry over the weekends and holidays

Upper Valley MEND – $2,500 Van to be used by MEND programs for a variety of needs and a primary vehicle for Cornerstone Community Adult Family Home

Wellness Place – $5,000 Support, recruitment, and equipment for Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) exercise program that focuses on fall prevention for aging adults

Wenatchee Youth Circus – $2,400 Repair and update of traveling cook shack wagon that feeds 770 people a day while traveling and performing

Public/Social Benefit | $11,000

Community Cultural Center of Tonasket – $3,000 Review of financial statements by CPA firm to ensure best practices, accountability, transparency, and any recommendations for improvements

Keep it in the Valley Foundation – $4,000 Equipment to make and sell caramel apples and cotton candy at the Apple Blossom Festival where proceeds will fund local scholarships

WSU Foundation / Northwest Public Radio – $4,000 Matching funds to donors in Chelan and Douglas counties who make pledges during the one-day on-air fund drive

Woods Family Music and Arts Grant Open

Application Deadline: October 15th

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for the Woods Family Music and Arts Grant. Established in 2011, the Woods Family Music and Arts Funds were created to enhance the music and arts culture of the Wenatchee Valley. 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.

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