Foundation Welcomes New Director of Philanthropy

Denise SoromThe Community Foundation of NCW has hired a new Director of Community Philanthropy, Denise Sorom. A Seattle native, Denise received her BA in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA in Business with a major in Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Business.

“Denise stood out as a person with exactly the right combination of professional experience, academic preparation, and personal skills to service as our Director of Community Philanthropy” said Katie Kavanaugh Pauly, the foundation’s Vice President of the Board.

Denise has had an active career in the arts, working at several museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2003, she joined the Rochester Art Center in Minnesota and became its Executive Director in 2005. Denise was very involved with arts initiatives throughout the community, serving on several arts councils and boards.

Denise most recently worked for the University of Oregon, first as a Development Director for the College of Arts and Sciences and later at their Museum of Natural and Cultural History as its Marketing and Special Projects coordinator. In June, Denise and her family moved to Wenatchee to raise their children and enjoy proximity to their families. Denise enjoys hiking, running, skiing, tennis, and the arts.

The Director of Community Philanthropy is a new position at the foundation, developed to oversee the foundation’s growing Community Grants Program, which awards over $300,000 in grants annually, and Nonprofit Practices Institute, which offers workshops, events, and resources to help strengthen and sustain nonprofit agencies.

“We received double the usual amount of grant requests in our last cycle – the need for grant programs in our region is huge” said the foundation’s Executive Director Beth Stipe.

“We believe in providing our communities, donors, and nonprofit partners with the highest quality service. Our Trustees knew we needed to add additional support to continue that”, said Stipe.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with Denise joining our team!”

Milestone Achievement: $50 mil in Assets

The Community Foundation of NCW has achieved a significant milestone in the field, marking $50 million in assets. Established in 1986, the foundation began with $2 million in assets and has grown through local donors investing in funds that allow safe, effective charitable giving to the causes they care about.

“This is a great accomplishment for our region of rural communities, especially when it’s not considered one of high net worth” said Executive Director Beth Stipe. “It’s really indicative of the generosity in our region and the interest people have in giving back to their community.”

The recent growth in assets has come from donors who have established donor advised funds that allow them to recommend grants to their favorite causes, as well as scholarship funds that have been established to support college education for local students. The most significant portion of asset growth has come from bequests that will allow the donor’s charitable giving to continue long beyond their lifetime.

Of the 24 community foundations in Washington State, the Community Foundation of NCW now ranks 5th in asset size, which indicates a high percentage of giving for its population size.

“We understand philanthropy and advise our donors on how to make the best impact in the areas they are passionate about while also addressing community needs through grant making and supporting our region’s nonprofits” said Stipe. “Our donors make it all possible.”

In 2012, the Community Foundation of NCW received $3.4 mil in gifts, awarded nearly $3 mil in grants to 147 nonprofits across the region, and distributed over $341,000 in scholarships to 260 students.

Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

In July, the Community Foundation of NCW welcomed six new board members to their team: Hank Manriquez, Ron Skagen, Mike Stancil, Mike Steele, Darci Waterman, and Anne White.

Hank ManriquezHank Manriquez was born in Los Angeles, CA and joined the US Coast Guard in 1965 where he spent 4 years between Alaska and San Francisco. He then became a manufacturer’s rep in the pet-supply industry covering 14 states and in 1997 retired from the business with gross sales of over $12 million annually. Through smart investing, Hank retired in the Leavenworth area where he owned a vacation home and has been a part-owner in a local lodge since 1986. He is enthusiastically involved in the community, especially with the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce and the Bavarian village concept. Hank is the President of the Cascade Farmlands Association, promoting agri-tourism in Chelan and Douglas counties; a member of the 2% lodging tax committee for Chelan County, working with local politicians to pass Senate bill #6237 to change ag-tourism regulations for the State; started the Leavenworth Cards business; and developed Certified Folder Display company to over 160 accounts. Hank’s strong skills involve marketing and sales. He shares a Leavenworth home with his wife, Stephanie, and their menagerie of special dogs and cats.

Ron SkagenRon Skagen is a fourth-generation Douglas County resident and graduated from Eastmont High School in 1972. He earned a degree in Business Administration from Washington State University in 1976 and later graduated from the first class of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Leadership Program. He is a Commercial Loan Officer with US Bank specializing in agri-business and has been a Commissioner for the Douglas County PUD since 2007. Ron was recently appointed as a Trustee to the Wenatchee Valley YMCA and is an active participant in the Eastmont School District, chairing on the 2004 Levy Campaign and serving on the Fiscal Advisory Board Committee. He married his wife Lisa in 2000, and they enjoy a blended family with seven adult children.

Mark StancilMike Stancil was born and raised in Alabama and is a veteran of the US Army’s 18th Airborne Division, serving on the front lines as an artillery soldier in campaigns in Iraq (Desert Storm), Panama, Cuba, and Yugoslavia. He owns and operates VitaGreen, LLC since 2005 and believes in integrity and morals both personally and professionally. Coming from foster care in Alabama, Stancil said “I know what it’s like to live on skid row. I know what it’s like to not have a family. I feel very blessed and I want to give back.” Mike and his wife Shawn have three children and enjoy family vacations and the outdoors.

Mike SteeleMike Steele is the executive director of the Lake Chalan Chamber of Commerce. He was born and raised in Lake Chelan and is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with majors in Political Science and Business Administration. He has served in the White House as a member of the Political Affairs team and has worked with the Washington State Legislature as a member of the Republican Caucus staff. Mike serves as a member of the City Council in Chelan, is an active board member for the Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation, serves on the board of directors for the Washington State Chamber of Commerce executives, and other civic groups.

Darci WatermanDarci Waterman was raised in the Wenatchee Valley and graduated from Eastmont High School in 1985. She earned an AA from Wenatchee Valley College in 1987, and a BS in Mass Communications from Eastern Washington University in 1989. Darci is the Administrator of the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival and has been for the past 20 years. She is also a member of Wenatchee Central Lions Club and serves on the Board of Directors for the Washington Festival and Events Assoc., the Eastmont Foundation, and Miss East Cascades. Darci has three sons and enjoys attending her boys’ activities, volunteering in their schools, working on house projects, and enjoying everything about this wonderful community.

Anne WhiteAnne White was raised in the Yakima Valley and studied Business and Sociology at the University of Washington. After graduation, she was hired as one of the first two women in the Northwest to enter the Management Training Program for J.C. Penney and was among the retailers who opened the extensive Southcenter Mall in Tukwila. Anne and her husband, Robert, travelled to Korea where he served as 2nd Lieutenant in the military and she worked as a Recreation Assistant. They lived in New York City and Montana, where Anne served as head of the Docent Program for the Yellowstone Art Museum, before moving to Wenatchee. Anne has worked at Davis Furniture in sales and design and Wenatchee High School as a Career Coordinator and has been active on several boards, including Apple Blossom and the Performing Arts Center, where she served as President. Anne and Robert have one daughter and love living in a community that is so willing to work together and give back.

The Community Foundation also extends gratitude and appreciation to two outgoing board members Robert White and Mary C. Murphy. Robert has served on the foundation board for 26 years (since its inception in 1986) and has passed the torch on to his wife, Anne. Mary served on the board for 10 years, the last three serving as Board Chair. Their contributions to the foundation have made a significant impact in the region. Their expertise and dedication have helped propel the organization to its peak performance and is gratefully acknowledged!

Record Breaking $408,348 in Scholarships to Students

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $408,348 to 137 high school and college students from Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. It is the largest distribution of scholarship awards from the foundation to date.

The awards came from 73 scholarship funds managed by the foundation that were created by donors who are passionate about local students getting the opportunity to receive secondary education.

Scholarship criteria are varied and established by the donor. Some focus on specific subjects, schools, or geographic location, while others focus on leadership, academic achievement or progress, first generation, or those that simply need financial assistance in order to attend college or university. This year, 191 community volunteers served on selection committees that determined the final award recipients.

Junior GonzalezChelan student Junior Gonzalez received the Katie Rolfs Memorial Scholarship and plans to attend Eastern Washington University. “Growing up in a small town has given me an appreciation for community” said Gonzalez in a letter to the scholarship committee. “The scholarship you have provided me will assist me in continuing to follow my dream to study Criminal Justice.”

Many students who receive scholarships not only appreciate the financial assistance, but better understand the spirit of philanthropy and feel compelled to give back after their education career.

Holly ThorpeHolly Thorpe of Wenatchee High School received three scholarships from the foundation and plans to pursue a degree at the University of Washington. In her thank you letter to the foundation, Thorpe wrote, “My commitment to give back to the people that have given so much to me… will be the driving factor behind my pursuit of a successful college education.”

The following is a list of students who received awards, representing high schools and colleges across NCW and includes scholarship renewals:

Jonathan Abarca, Sage Abate, Emily Abbott, Michael Amsel, Alexandra Atwood, Chet Bardwell, Callie Barker, Sherry Baxter, Sydney Rae Berg, Brady Black, Austin Booker, Chase Bozett, Zachery Burchett, Alexandria Burgett, Kiera Burnett, Marco Caballero, Hannah Cain, Aaron Carroll, Alexis Castro, Kevin Celutska, Marcel Chambers, Zoe Cheeseman, Connor Christensen, Maggie Chvilicek, Mitchell Clements, Courtney Clifton, Brendan Colbert, Daniel Conner, Cheyenne Crose, Jaime Cuellar, Matthew Danielson, Kathryn Dewey, Brendali Diaz-Magana, Maddison Dietrich, Drew Dixon, Toma Donceel, Allison Drescher, Johnnie Duquay, Naomi Ellingson, Mackenzie English, Jasmine Escalera, Sarah Fletcher, Kendra Foth, Owen Fox, Erica Garcia, Wendy Garcia-Naranjo, Sydney Gavin, Junior Gonzalez, Donaji Gonzalez-Maydole, Scarlet Graham, Carson Grater, Cassidy Halle, Kailey Harris, Joseph Hausman, Kay Havlicek, McKenna Hawkins, Jennifer Henley, Guadalupe Hernandez, Ana Hernandez, Omar Hernandez, Jason Hill, Briana Hinderer, Ryan Horne, Kaycee Howell, Janaesha Iwaasa, Jared Jaeger, Laurel Jones, Kevin Kenoyer, Crash Ketcham, Carissa Kirk, Joanna Klein, Kathryn Klock, Alexandrea Landon, Marbella Leyva, Yuridia Lopez-Acevedo, Christine Lowman, Rosie Maas, Devon Machado, Micaela Meadows, Elizabeth Medina, Maria Medina, Janelle Miranda, Alyssa Moomaw, Tyler Mooney, Jabe Murphy, Randall Mutschler, Dakota Nelson, Nina Nguyen, Autumn Noyes, Krysten Ochs, Siobhan O’Conner, Tanner Odle, Kyle Parkhill, Kealani Paton, Stephen Paxton, Mackenzie Pease, Yaneli Perez, Mariano Perez, Cameron Peters, Nina Phanh, Marina Pichardo, Travis Pittman, Anayssa Pulido, Bianca Ramirez, Eduardo Ramirez, Michael Ripley, Carly Rix, Carli Robins, Matthew Robinson, Franklin Rosas, Coraima Sales, Austin Salgado, Nancy Sanchez Arroyo, Magnus Schlyer, Aaron Schramm, Kamryn Shafer, Shelby Simonson, Hunter Sloan, Elizabeth Smith, Madi Still, Arnie Techavimol, Christopher Thies, Claire Thornton, Holly Thorpe, Whitney Throgmorton, Vanessa Urquilla, Consuelo Vega, Marta Vegdahl-Crowell, Brenna Visser, Andrea Whiting, Katrina Whitman, Mikayla Wilkes, Emily Williams, Lauren Williamson, Nikole Wyles, Amalia Zapata, Jessica Zimmerman

$40,000 Anonymous Gift to Increase Grantmaking

The Community Foundation of NCW has received a $40,000 anonymous gift to be used for helping nonprofits through the foundation’s Community Grants Program. The donor, who gave the gift through a donor advised fund at The Seattle Foundation, wanted to find a way to make a significant impact across the state. “The donor felt that the best way to affect change in the state was to give to Community Foundations, since they know the greatest needs in their communities” said Brent Ponton, philanthropic advisor at The Seattle Foundation. The donor gave to other community foundations in the state for their discretionary grant-making programs as well.

The gift will be applied to the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 cycles of the foundation’s Regional Impact Grants, which provides up to $5,000 for general programs, needs, and enhancements for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Each year, the foundation awards up to $200,000 in Regional Impact Grants and this gift increases the amount awarded by 20%, helping more nonprofits meet the needs of our region.

The Community Foundation is often the only access to funding that our region’s nonprofits have to help make real change happen in their communities. “We are seeing a record number of grant applications come through our office” said Beth Stipe, CFNCW executive director. ”This is a truly generous gift that couldn’t have come at a better time, where need is at its highest.”

Teachers Receive $1,000 Grants for Classrooms Projects

The Community Foundation of NCW recently visited schools across North Central Washington delivering Classrooms Can! grant awards to teachers in their classrooms. Staff, board members, and selection committee volunteers surprised teachers in their classrooms with their award certificates.

Classrooms Can! is part of the foundation’s Community Grants Program that provides teachers with a $1,000 grant for innovative and exciting classroom projects that engage the hard to reach learner. Over 130 applications were received and 47 were funded. Awards were distributed in five areas: Arts Education, Literacy, Math & Science, Technology, and Wellness. Teachers in K-12 public schools were able to apply for grants in one or more categories, with up to 10 projects to be funded in each category.

Each area had a selection committee comprised volunteers in the community with expertise and experience one of the five areas and one student. Projects will be implemented in the 2013-2014 academic year.

Award recipients by area are as follows:

Arts Education

  • Bridgeport Elementary – Ms. Tabitha Brownfield, Classrooms Can Take a Trip Around the World: purchase of two floor maps to take students around the globe and learn about different animals through drawing and poetry
  • Lewis and Clark Elementary – Mr. Clifford Bull, Classrooms Can Share Cultures through Mariachi: purchase of mariachi instruments for each student to be able to take home, practice, and return to share
  • Lewis and Clark Elementary – Ms. Maria Gonzalez, Classrooms Can Perform Reader’s Theater: perform stories and have students evaluate performances
  • Lincoln Elementary – Mrs. Tanya Iwaasa, Classrooms Can Make Musicians with Ukuleles: purchase a class set of ukuleles and teach students to play
  • Methow Valley Independent Learning Center – Ms. Kim Odell, Classrooms Can Be Art: students to work with local artists and craftsmen on unique art pieces with a focus on community and identity
  • Okanogan Middle School – Mr. Dan Brown, Classrooms Can Create in 3D: creaste plaster 3D works of art, casts of hands, plaster masks
  • Virginia Grainger Elementary – Mr. Jim Anderson, Classrooms Can Connect Art and Fish Biology: design and create original block prints of fish while learning about fish habitat and healthy communities
  • Virginia Grainger Elementary – Ms. Gail Ridenour, Classrooms Can Bring the World to Students: learn a West African song and dance and perform it at a school concert
  • Wenatchee High School – Mr. Brian Higgins, Classrooms Can Bring Shakespeare to Life: bring a Shakespeare troupe to Wenatchee High School so students can experience the plays and have an opportunity to perform
  • Washington Elementary – Ms. Lynda Huson, Classrooms Can Master Math Through Theater: students will participate in Mastering Math, a theater production, and will be charged with set creation, costume design, and performance


  • Foothills Middle School – Ms. Jana Sutton, Classrooms Can Become History Professors: students will choose a time period and become experts through screen media, nonfiction and historical novels, and become “professors” by sharing with the class
  • Lewis and Clark Elementary – Ms. Lucy Garcia, Classrooms Can Read Successfully with Soccer: a reading tutoring program where students meet reading goals that are recorded on a soccer-themed class graph with an end of the year celebration with the Wenatchee Fire soccer players
  • Liberty Bell Junior/Senior High School – Ms. Dani Golden, Classrooms Can Romance the World: poetry residence with poet laureate Sam Green to include student reflection assignments, poetry writing, and presentation with an opportunity to be published through Methow Arts Alliance
  • Manson High School – Ms. Jennifer Koth, Classrooms Can Read College Bound Novels: challenge students to read college-bound novels, particularly those written by women and minorities that have readability accessible to all levels
  • Mission View Elementary – Ms. Mary Berdine, Classrooms Can Become Voracious Readers: “Good Fit Books” to increase fluency rate, take home, and use to read out loud at Family Literacy Night
  • Peshastin-Dryden Elementary – Ms. Lindsay Camp, Classrooms Can Kick-Start Literacy: “Kick-Start” literacy boxes that include a book, retelling materials (such as puppets, action figures, masks, etc.) and journaling to go home with students on a rotating basis
  • Pioneer Middle School – Ms. Sandra Lancaster, Classrooms Can Read Better Through Technology: purchase audiobooks to use for Battle of the Books competition where students are grouped in teams and read 22 books and battle through questions about the books
  • Vale Elementary – Ms. Alicia Smith, Classrooms Can Bring a Character to Life: students will research a famous person, write a speech from the character’s point of view, and perform it in costume during a classroom-created “was museum”
  • Wenatchee High School – Ms. Malia Renner-Singer, Classrooms Can Impact Public Policy: 12th grade students will work in teams to identify a problem in our community/state, its current solution, evaluate alternatives, determine their own solution, and create an action plan
  • Wenatchee High School – Ms. Mary Symonds, Classrooms Can Inspire Young Students to Read: videotape Natinoal Honor Society club members at Wenatchee High School reading and sharing their enthusiasm for books and share it with first and second grade classrooms in the district

Math & Science

  • Beaver Valley Elementary – Mr. Eric Tiegel, Classrooms Can Collaborate, Construct, and Celebrate Imagination: build a geo-thermal schoolyard playhouse with garden roof and solar enhancements, designed and built by 1st-4th graders
  • Bridgeport High School – Mr. Eric Schmidt, Classrooms Can Learn about NCW Biology: observe ecological diversity of neighboring abandoned orchard through sampling plants, insects, fungi, and birds that inhabit the area
  • East Omak Elementary – Ms. Lisa Baum, Classrooms Can Be a Measurement Lab: create a centrally-located measurement labe for grades 3-5 that they will access once a week to build their measurement skills
  • East Omak Elementary –Ms. Cathy Darley, Classrooms Can Plant Seeds of Learning: a holistic garden project emphasizing sustainable foods and ecology using seed-to-table gardening
  • Foothills Middle School – Mr. Kyle Hurst, Classrooms Can Go Beyond the Building and Be Thrilling: dynamic review games where students have physical challenges mixed with academic challenges, answering academic questions while performing physical activities
  • Lewis and Clark Elementary – Ms. Nancy Navarro-Ortiz, Classrooms Can Become Greenhouse Biologists: purchase of a greenhouse to teach plant life cycles and characteristics over time
  • Liberty Bell Junior/Senior High School – Mr. Bob Wilson, Classrooms Can Make Electric Guitars: teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) concepts thorugh assembling electric guitars
  • Peshastin-Dryden Elementary – Mr. Dan Phelps, Classrooms Can Reduce Food Waste: students will collect fruit and vegetable lunch scraps and recycle it through vermicomposting and use resulting casting for school garden box
  • Washington Elementary – Ms. Jill Reinfeld, Classrooms Can Make Math Fun: create math games from simple items found in the home, focusing on teaching a particular math skill, with some students presenting their games at Family Math Night
  • Wenatchee School District Enrichment Program – Ms. Kari DeMarco, Classrooms Can Invent: “Invent Washington”, a program for 4th and 5th grade visual/spatial learners in “studio” classrooms to help think outside teh box and become inventors


  • Cashmere High School – Ms. Karin Blomquist, Classrooms Can Bring Enthusiasm for Exercise: develop fitness curriculum to inspire students to seek exercise outside of the classroom, including yoga, pilates, modern dance, and zumba
  • Columbia Elementary – Mr. Ryan Weaver, Classrooms Can Focus and Learn While Having a Ball: exercise balls for students to use as chairs in the classroom
  • Entiat Elementary School – Ms. Floy Kay Arras, Classrooms Can Move: movement activities to develop hand/eye coordination, gross motor skills, balance, and cooperation
  • Entiat Elementary School – Dana Cada, Classrooms Can Inspire Healthy Living: implement the “Stress Free Kids” curriculum that includes reasearch-based stress management techniques, stories, songs, movement, books, and lesson plans
  • Foothill Middle School – Ms. Tracey Reese, Classrooms Can Motivate Students to be Active: purchase mini trampolines for student exercises
  • Lewis and Clark Elementary – Ms. Maria Gonzalez, Classrooms Can Cook Farm Fresh Food: purchase seasonal foods from Community Farm Connection and prepare healthy recipies in the classroom while learning about classifications of plants and food
  • Lincoln Elementary – Ms. Tina Nicpan-Brown, Classrooms Can Learn While They Burn: exercise balls for each student in the classroom to use as their chairs and use during transitions and for “brain breaks”
  • Tonasket Elementary – Ms. Rose Corso, Classrooms Can Grow Healthy Minds: build a school garden
  • Washington Elementary – Mr. Aaron MacKenzie, Classrooms Can Go Old School: purchase of “The Exploerer Kit”, a field guide that includes directions on how to facilitate over 100 energentic, comprehensive activities including equipment
  • Waterville Schools – Mr. Dan Lopez, Classrooms Can Cross Country Ski the Plateau: create a cross-country ski club


  • Entiat Junior/Senior High – Mr. Dan Durr, Classrooms Can Create Engineers: design a solar-powered car
  • Icicle River Middle School – Ms. Anastasia Habergerber, Classrooms Can Create Movies: help students develop media literacy skills through creation of personal narrative films and documentaries using iMovie or Moviemaker
  • Lewis and Clark Elementary – Ms. Maria Gonzalez, Classrooms Can Publish Digital Books: digitally publsh a story through iMovie
  • Liberty Bell Jr/Sr High School – Mr. Bob Wilson – Clssrooms Can Build Electric Guitars
  • Lincoln Elementary – Ms. Tina Nicpan-Brown, Classrooms Can Learn Robotics: introduce STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) concepts and robotics through “Lego WeDo” kits
  • Manson High School – Mr. Erik Helleson, Classrooms Can Solve Crimes Using DNA: students become forensic scientists and solve crimes through interviewing subjects and analyzing fingerprints through DNA electrophoresis
  • Valley Academy of Learning – Mr. Jim Mugg, Classrooms Can Compute: purchase of Raspberry Pi single-board computers to teach students basic computer science, revealing the inner working of connections and computers

In partnership with the United Way of Chelan-Douglas Counties, Classrooms Can! grants are funded for 4 years (through 2016) through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

$98,955 in Grants Awarded to NCW Nonprofits


The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $98,955 in Regional Impact Grants to 25 nonprofits across the region. Offered twice per year, Regional Impact Grants provide up to $5,000 for general program, special projects, start-up funding, small equipment, and other needs and enhancements to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, public institutions, and religious organizations. The foundation’s grants committee reviews each application, visits with each organization, and determines awards based on several criteria, including need, effectiveness, and innovation. The following lists the awards by area of interest:

Arts, Culture, and Humanities

  • Chelan County Historical Society – $2,500 for roof repairs to the lobby at the Cashmere Museum
  • Leavenworth Summer Theater – $1,200 to replace trail lighting system at Ski Hill Amphitheater from incandescent to commercial grade LED lights
  • Okanogan County Historical Society – $1,440 to replace outdated security system
  • Write on the River – $3,250 for additional hours to Executive Director’s contract to expand community outreach


  • Foothills Middle School PTSA – $2,500 matching grant to replace marching percussion equipment
  • InvestED- $5,000 for basic supplies, access to school programs, and other needed assistance for needy students in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties
  • Literacy Council of Chelan-Douglas Counties – $5,000 for AmeriCorps volunteers for 2013-2014 program year
  • Wenatchee Valley College at Omak – $4,500 for a symposium and celebration of the life and work of Mourning Dove, a member of the Okanogan tribe and the first Native American woman to publish a novel

Environment/Animal Protection

  • Cascadia Conservation District – $3,750 for education and outreach to support the Picture the Wenatchee watershed stewardship campaign to improve water quality and stream habitat in the Wenatchee River and its tributaries

Health and Human Services

  • Brewster Food Bank – $3,750 matching funds for a walk-in freezer
  • CareNet Pregnancy Center of Okanogan County – $4,450 for Earn While You Learn curriculum for Oroville clients; Spanish version of Earn While You Learn; continuation of Choosing the Best curriculum in 13 Okanogan County schools
  • Columbia Valley Housing Association – $5,000 for community outreach, website development, updating and translating marketing materials in Spanish
  • Entiat Valley Community Services Food Bank – $5,000 for mobile dental clinic for low income people and ethnic minorities who lack access or are faced with barriers to dental care
  • Habitat for Humanity – Wenatchee – $3,750 for home building materials that will result in the 47th Habitat for Humanity house in Wenatchee
  • Lilac Services for the Blind – $5,000 for adaptive devices and appropriate training for clients who are blind or dealing with vision issues
  • More to Life – $2,550 for a sound system to be used during youth activities in Tonasket
  • Mountain Meadows Senior Living – $3,315 for garden benches for the new landscape area created by the expansion project
  • Rebuilding Together-Greater Wenatchee Valley – $5,000 for home repairs for three low-income homeowners
  • Solomon’s Porch – $5,000 for part-time kitchen manager to oversee preparation of state-required daily hot meals
  • Wenatchee Police Department – $5,000 for Crisis Intervention Team Training for local law enforcement officers
  • YMCA of Wenatchee – $5,000 for a used Chevrolet Suburban to use at the Lake Wenatchee YMCA camp

Public/Social Benefit

  • Eastmont Metropolitan Park District – $5,000 for playground equipment at Kenroy Park, accessible to all populations with mobility challenges
  • Ingalls Creek Enrichment Center – $3,250 for an ADA ramp at the retreat center
  • Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center – $3,750 for directional signage to the Tonasket Water Ranch, a new spray park opening summer 2013 at Chief Tonasket Park
  • United Way of Chelan-Douglas Counties – $5,000 for AmeriCorps volunteer and financial education materials for the Youth United program

CFNCW Receives Reconfirmation of Accreditation from National Standards Board

Community Foundation National StandardsThe Community Foundation of NCW (CFNCW) has received reconfirmation of accreditation from the Community Foundations National Standards Board (CFNCSB), effective for the next 5 years.

“With this achievement you continue to be a part of a group of community foundations that has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operation quality, integrity, and accountability” read the official letter signed by CFNSB President Hugh Ralston. “National Standards accreditation is a commitment to transparency, excellence, stewardship, and leadership. The ultimate rewards… are the credibility it brings to community foundations and the confidence it gives donors, professional advisors, and others who seek a qualified, trustworthy philanthropic partner.”

To receive accreditation, community foundations must demonstrate that they meet 41 National Standards benchmarks in six key areas:

  • mission, structure and governance;
  • stewardship and accountability;
  • donor relations;
  • resources development;
  • grantmaking and community leadership;
  • and communications.

“Volunteering for the Community Foundation is exceptionally rewarding” said Gil Sparks, CFNCW board member and attorney at Ogden Murphy Wallace.”We have the opportunity to learn about many of the non-profit organizations in our service area and the valuable services they offer, along with selecting and distributing a wide array of scholarships to some very talented and deserving individuals. I am honored to serve our communities through involvement with the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.”

The Community Foundation’s mission is to grow, connect, and protect charitable gifts in support of strong communities. The foundation manages a permanent endowment that provides resources to improve and enhance the quality of life for the residents of Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.

Providing various grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies is a primary way the foundation helps to make a difference in NCW communities, along with training and professional development for the nonprofit sector and offering over 70 scholarships awarded to students annually across the region who are continuing their education.

Established in 1986, the foundation manages over $43 million in assets and to date has awarded over $26.6 million in grants and scholarships.

$41,440 in Grants Awarded to Methow Valley Nonprofits


Ann Henry, Barry Stromberger, Becki Studden, Beth Stipe, and Denny O’Callahan stand under a trailhead shelter provided by the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $41,440 in grants to 16 nonprofit organizations from the Methow Valley. In 2006, the Methow Valley Fund was established at the Community Foundation to create sustainable funding for a healthy, vibrant Methow Valley. Funded by donors throughout the valley, the Methow Valley Fund provides grants up to $5,000 to 501c3 organizations that address local community needs and enhancements.

Here is the list of this year’s award recipients by area of interest:

Art, Culture, and Humanities

  • Confluence Gallery and Art Center – $2,000 for roof remodel
  • Merc Playhouse – $1,770 for administrative support for expanded programming
  • Methow Field Institute (Methow Valley Interpretive Center) – $1,370 for storage area for archives


  • Classroom in Bloom – $2,500 for general operations; staff time for garden education and garden maintenance; curriculum training by Facing the Future
  • Liberty Bell High School – $2,000 for science expeditions with Salish Seas for 10th grade biology classes
  • Methow Arts – $3,000 to support arts education programs in the Methow Valley School District
  • Methow Valley Elementary School – $2,500 for science based expeditions for 4th and 5th graders
  • Methow Valley Elementary School – $1,000 for Annual Young Writer’s conference
  • Methow Valley School District – $5,000 for mental health counselor to provide direct services to students who suffer from social and emotional trauma

Health and Human Services

  • Family Planning Association of Chelan-Douglas Counties – $3,600 for staff training at Twisp Family Planning Clinic; providing a part time Spanish-speaking staff person
  • Methow Valley Sports Trails Association – $2,000 for improvements to the kiosk/shelter at the Suspension Bridge trailhead
  • Room One – $2,500 for general operations; staff training, implementation, and management of new client tracking database; wages for Client Services staff
  • Valley Teen Center – $2,500 for a VISTA volunteer for the next two years

Public / Social Benefit

  • Methow Valley Community Center – $2,700 for drapes for the windows in the gymnasium/auditorium
  • Town of Twisp – $4,000 for design/engineering plan for a non-motorized community trail along the river and within town limits
  • Twisp PDA (TwispWorks) – $3,000 for general operations; staff time on fundraising, board training, and case statement development

Manson Students Award $10,000 to Teachers

From Manson G3 Fund at the Community Foundation of NCW

ASB student Javis Escalera awards a grant to Elementary Music Teacher Andrea Whitney

ASB student Javis Escalera awards a grant to Elementary Music Teacher Andrea Whitney

ASB student Javis Escalera awards a grant to Elementary Music Teacher Andrea Whitney
In January, the Associated Student Body (ASB) at Manson High School convened to review grant applications submitted by their own teachers and awarded $10,000 to winners for various school needs.

Created by Manson residents and business owners Jack and Gale Courtney, the Manson Great Giving Grants (G3) provide an opportunity for class officers to make their school a better place while also participating in the grant-making process. The ASB students collectively reviewed 18 applications, had thoughtful discussion, determined 12 final recipients, and distributed awards to elementary, middle, and high school teachers.

Managed by the Community Foundation of NCW, the grants provide funding for school needs and enhancements, and a valuable learning experience for the ASB students.

The following are this year’s Manson G3 recipients and their awards:


  • Jay Fox, PE Teacher – $500 for a lockable ball cart
  • Carman Fretwell, Special Education – $250 for sensory materials for special needs students
  • Kavla Helleson, School Counselor – $325 for Kelso’s Choice, conflict resolution curriculum for grades K-5
  • Heather Ireland, Principal – $600 for 5th Annual Family Math Night
  • Andrea Whitney, Music Teacher – $1,000 for music curriculum and mallets

Middle School

  • Tara Janet, Science and Erick Helleson, Math – $875 for probes and interface units for ipads for science department projects
  • Chas Pauly, PE/Math/Science – $2,000 for weight room equipment
  • Phil Thomas, Art Teacher – $1,550 for art display case

High School

  • Kamie Kronbauer, Math Teacher – $200 for multiple math projects
  • Don Vanderholm, Principal and Kristy Nelson, Administrative Secretary – $1,500 for academic awards ceremony

Secondary Support Staff

  • Karoline Martin, Librarian – $800 for library books
  • Adelina Velasco, Parent Involvement Coordinator – $400 for daycare to support parents taking GED preparation classes

CONGRATULATIONS teachers, staff, and students!

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