Community Foundation’s Regional Impact Grant Reopens to NCW Nonprofits

Awarded Quarterly (First Quarter Due September 30)

The Community Foundation of NCW has reopened its Regional Impact Grant (RIG), the largest funding opportunity for nonprofits in the region. The RIG has been on-hold for the last two years as the Foundation retooled its grantmaking and changed criteria to respond to the impacts of nonprofits during the height of the pandemic.

The return of the RIG brings a few changes – it will now be offered quarterly instead of annually and nonprofits will apply for one of two grant funding options: $4,000 or $10,000. This will increase funding opportunities and support for more organizations.

“The last year has given us an opportunity to re-evaluate our grant programs to make the biggest impact we can in our region with our resources” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “We pivoted to quarterly grants during the pandemic and learned that this more frequent cycle of funding was a better way to get the funds into the hands of the organizations that were shaping the communities in our region.”

The RIG is open to 501c3 public charities, government agencies (excluding schools), tribal agencies, faith-based organizations, and fiscally sponsored programs serving Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Nonprofits are eligible for core operating support, while other agencies will be eligible for program-specific support. “The new RIG criteria will provide more flexible funding for nonprofits so they can be nimble and adapt to the changing needs of the community” said Oatey. “We know core support is so important for organizations to depend on when needs or opportunities arise.”

In addition, Give NCW, the online fundraising campaign that runs Thanksgiving to December 31 supporting the region’s nonprofits, will no longer be contingent upon receiving a RIG as in years past. It will be open to any eligible nonprofit in the three counties, with some select criteria.

The RIG is now accepting applications, with the first quarter grant due September 15.


Community Foundation of NCW Awards over $1M in Scholarships

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $1,061,700 in scholarships to 228 students from North Central Washington and beyond – the largest award amount and number of student recipients to date.

The Foundation now manages over 120 scholarships established by individuals, families, and businesses from across the region who care deeply about supporting local students’ education. Each scholarship’s criteria is unique and set by the donor, with many seeking to help students with the greatest financial need.

“We are so grateful and delighted to provide financial support to more students than ever before” said Julie Mott, scholarship specialist. “It’s so exciting to know over $1M has been invested in our local students’ futures, and that it’s all because of generous people in our communities who care to make that investment.”

The 30% increase in scholarship awards this year comes largely from a few new scholarships: two established by a bequest from Edna Maguire, which resulted in $195,000 in awards, both supporting students attending Washington State University; and a scholarship established by a bequest from Edith Zur Hausen, resulting in $50,000 in awards, supporting students studying engineering or agriculture.

“These scholarships are going to be life-changing for so many students for years to come” said Beth Stipe, executive director. “These funds will grow over time through the Foundation’s prudent investments, so awards will increase and continue to be granted to students – forever. That’s the power of an endowment, and the incredible gift of leaving a legacy.”


Woods Family Music and Arts Grant Application Open

Deadline: September 30

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for the Woods Family Music and Arts Grant.

Nonprofit organizations (or fiscally sponsored programs) and public schools in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 in funding for:

  • Increasing equitable access to high quality arts and culture for youth
  • Expand and increase participation in arts and culture to underrepresented audiences
  • Programs or projects that celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of NCW, or
  • Operating support for organizations that are bringing high-quality arts programs to NCW

Established in 2011, the Woods Family Music and Arts Fund was created to enhance music and arts culture across the NCW region. Since its inception, the fund has awarded over $560,000 in music and arts grants.


Strategic Consulting Grants Awarded to 14 Nonprofits

The Nonprofit Practices Institute (a partnership between the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund) has funded Strategic Consulting Grants to 14 nonprofits across the region.

The Strategic Consulting Grant will provide one-on-one customized consulting in one of three areas: Planning and Engagement; Partnerships and Collaboration, or Organizational Culture and Structure.

Grant recipients will work with a consultant over the course of several months to identify goals and create working plans to strengthen organizations post-pandemic.

“The pandemic impacted nonprofit organizations in various ways across the region” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants for the Community Foundation. “We felt this type of direct, tailored consulting would provide an opportunity to learn from the past and propel their missions with not only lessons learned, but new perspectives for long term impact in the communities they serve.”

Roughly half the organizations will begin their consulting project this summer, while the other half will begin in the fall. The grant funds cover consultant fees and the nonprofits invest staff and board leadership time. The Strategic Consulting Grant Program is funded by donations to the Community Foundation’s Partners in Giving program and the Icicle Fund.

Icicle Fund Executive Director Christine J. Morgan added, “Our communities thrive when the region’s non-profit organizations are able to do their best work. I am encouraged by the willingness of these organizations to do the hard, internal work of strategic development. This will set the foundation for strong and targeted long term service delivery in essential areas such as emergency services, arts, conservation, heritage, and basic human services across the region. And we will all be better for it.”


Organization Grant Area of Work Service Area
Aero Methow Rescue Service Planning & Engagement Emergency Medical Services Methow Valley
Arts Alliance Partnerships & Collaboration Visual and Performing Arts Chelan and Douglas counties
Chelan Valley Hope Planning & Engagement Crisis/Support Services Center Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties
Columbia Basin Allied Arts Planning & Engagement Visual and Performing Arts Grant County
Greater Leavenworth Museum Planning & Engagement Historical Museum Leavenworth/Plain
Methow Valley Citizens Council Planning & Engagement Environmental Protection/Advocacy Methow Valley, Okanogan County
Methow Valley Interpretive Center Planning & Engagement Cultural Education Methow Valley, Okanogan County
Mountain Sprouts Children’s Community & Wenatchee River Institute Partnerships & Collaboration Early Childhood; Outdoor Youth Education Chelan County
Sustainable Wenatchee Planning & Engagement Environmental Protection/Advocacy Chelan County, East Wenatchee
TEAMS Learning Center Organizational Culture & Structure Early Childhood Education Chelan County
Upper Valley MEND Organizational Culture & Structure Crisis/Support Services Center Leavenworth/Plain
Waste Loop Planning & Engagement Environmental Protection/Advocacy Leavenworth/Plain
Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center Organizational Culture & Structure Historical/Cultural Museum Chelan and Douglas counties

For more information on the Nonprofit Practices Institute, visit

Hugs for Healthcare Heroes Final Distribution

The Hugs for Healthcare Heroes campaign has made its third and final “Hug in a Mug” distribution, resulting in 1,696 healthcare heroes at Confluence Health, Columbia Valley Community Health, Cascade Medical Center, and Lake Chelan Community Hospital that have been recognized for their hard work and sacrifices during the pandemic.

Each “Hug in a Mug” was filled with a gift card from a local business, thank you cards and notes of encouragement from the community, and other goods. Mugs were purchased with donations to the campaign or donated by local businesses and assembled by volunteers.

Claire Oatey, director of community grants at the Community Foundation of NCW, and Mandi Burton-Carter, hospitalist for Confluence Health, spearheaded the project with support from the Community Foundation of NCW, the Confluence Health Foundation, and several partners across the region.

“When we heard our healthcare workers were feeling exhausted and depleted, we were compelled to find a way to let them know their community was supporting them” said Oatey. “Purchasing gift cards from local businesses who were also struggling felt like a win-win for our communities.”

Since the campaign began in December, over $37,500 was collected in cash donations, gift cards, and in-kind donations to purchase mugs, gift cards, and other fun goods from over 90 local businesses.

For more information and to view a list of partners and participating businesses, visit


Confluence Health and Wenatchee Valley Medical Group Announce Grant Program through Community Foundation of NCW

Confluence Health and the Wenatchee Valley Medical Group (WVMG) have teamed up to launch the Community Partnership Fund, a program focused on advancing local initiatives that contribute to the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve. The Community Partnership Fund will be managed by the Community Foundation of NCW and plans to award $500,000 each year.

This grant is open to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (or fiscally sponsored), public schools, and public agencies in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, and Grant counties. Grants will be made to support programs that promote health and wellness, education, and arts and culture.

The grant application opens June 1, 2021 with a deadline of June 30, 2021. Grant awards may range between $2,500 and $15,000 and will be announced in early August.

“While organizations were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, our nonprofit community stepped up to continue serving the residents of North Central Washington” said Dr. Peter Rutherford, CEO for Confluence Health.

Wenatchee Valley Medical Group President, Dr. Mitch Garrison added, “We know how important the services provided by nonprofits are to the health, safety, and well-being of the region. We hope the Community Partnership Fund can help further support our nonprofits as we depend on them more than ever before.”

“Confluence and WVMG have been supporting community initiatives and making an impact across the region for years” said Beth Stipe, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “We’re excited to be their charitable partner and help them continue and grow this effort that provides a huge benefit to the citizens of our region.”


Strategic Consulting Grant Open to NCW Nonprofits

The Nonprofit Practices Institute, a partnership of the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund, is now offering capacity-building grants to nonprofits in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, and Grant counties.

The pandemic has caused many nonprofits to step back, pause, and re-examine their organizational purpose, plans, and capacity. Strategic Consulting for Nonprofit Success is an opportunity to make the most of this time of change to strengthen their organizations.

The grant will provide customized consulting services for selected nonprofits in one of three areas: Planning & Engagement, Organizational Culture & Structure, or Partnerships & Collaboration. The grant will cover the cost of the consultant that will guide board and staff leadership over the course of several months to address the specific needs of the organization.

“This type of work is so important for our nonprofit organizations right now as they emerge from a difficult year” said Beth Stipe, the Foundation’s executive director. “It’s a great opportunity to work one on one with a professional consultant that can help them realign their goals, evaluate their processes, and even consider some partnerships that may result in a stronger impact of their mission.”

The grant is open to 501c3 nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, and Grant counties; fiscally-sponsored programs are eligible for the Partnership & Collaboration area only. Awards will be determined by the scope of the project.

Application deadline is May 31st.


Give NCW Raises $561,189 for NCW Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to announce that $561,189 has been raised to benefit 60 nonprofit organizations across the region through Give NCW.

Give NCW is an annual online fundraising campaign hosted by the Community Foundation that begins Thanksgiving Day through December 31st. Typically the campaign is reserved for nonprofits that have received a Regional Impact Grant from the foundation; however this year, the foundation retooled its grant-making programs to meet the needs of organizations struggling during the pandemic.

Nonprofits in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties who had received a grant from the foundation any time in the past were invited to participate (excluding the Methow Valley, as that area raises funds through Give Methow).

The foundation provided $90,000 in giving incentives to encourage community support, including a $50,000 match to “Give to All” donations that were spread equally among all participants, resulting in an added $1,700 per organization.

“This has been a tough year for our nonprofit partners who either faced an increase in providing basic needs and social services or shutting their doors when gatherings were impacted” said Beth Stipe, executive director. “We took a ‘ya’ll come’ approach with Give NCW this year in an effort to support as many nonprofits as possible. We feel this year’s campaign was a great success, providing much needed funding for our nonprofit community. We are so  grateful and humbled by the generosity of our region!”


Organization Amount
Alatheia Riding Center $9,774
CAFE: The Community for the Advancement of Family Education $19,489
Camp Fire NCW $9,965
Cancer Care of NCW $9,864
Cascade Fisheries $7,844
Cascade Medical Foundation $3,179
Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village $6,554
Chelan Douglas CASA $30,534
Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services $11,169
Chelan Valley Hope $8,694
Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council $6,634
Children’s Home Society of Washington $22,364
Community Cultural Center of Tonasket $2,859
Garden Terrace Senior Living $3,709
Greater Leavenworth Museum $3,584
Green Okanogan $4,959
Habitat for Humanity – Greater Wenatchee $5,094
Hand in Hand Immigration Services $20,974
Heritage Heights $4,284
Hope Care Clinic $12,179
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts $4,890
Ingalls Creek Enrichment Center $10,105
IRIS $2,854
Leavenworth Summer Theater $4,254
Mobile Meals of Wenatchee $12,654
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project $28,189
Numerica Performing Arts Center $8,694
Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare $2,304
Okanogan County Child Development Association $3,059
Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group $3,234
Okanogan County Search and Rescue Association $2,234
Okanogan Land Trust $2,599
Okanogan Regional Humane $3,134
Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus $2,754
Pateros Brewster Community Resource Center $3,754
Plain Valley Ski Trails $2,629
PowerHouse Ministries $5,549
Pybus Market Charitable Foundation $10,189
SAGE (Safety, Advocacy, Growth Empowerment) $22,304
Serve Wenatchee Valley $26,159
Small Miracles $11,159
Stage Kids WA $7,214
Sustainable Wenatchee $5,444
TEAMS Learning Center $5,304
The Brave Warrior Project $4,619
Thrive Chelan Valley $2,659
TREAD (Trails Recreation Education Advocacy and Development) $6,139
Upper Valley Connection $4,094
Upper Valley MEND $32,534
Velocity Swimming $2,144
Wellness Place $11,594
Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society $2,474
Wenatchee River Institute $9,684
Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center $4,864
Wenatchee Valley Humane Society $19,352
Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center $6,209
Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center $6,484
Wenatchee Valley YMCA $14,502
Wenatchee Youth Circus $2,574
Women’s Resource Center of NCW $36,904
TOTAL $561,189


Hugs for Healthcare Heroes to Support Healthcare Workers and Local Businesses

The Community Foundation of NCW has partnered with several local agencies to show support for local healthcare workers and local businesses through the Hugs for Healthcare Heroes campaign.

Hugs for Healthcare Heroes will put together a “Hug in a Mug” filled with gift cards from local businesses and notes of encouragement and distribute to healthcare workers.

For those who are unable to purchase gift cards in-store, donations are accepted at that will go toward the purchase of gift cards or can be mailed or delivered to the Community Foundation office.

Notes of encouragement are also being added to the mugs and can be mailed or delivered to the Community Foundation at 9 S Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee WA 98801.

“The pandemic has taken a toll on many individuals and families in our community, and we know our front-line healthcare workers are working tirelessly to care for patients to meet the demands this is causing on our healthcare system” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director.

“With Central Washington Hospital at capacity, healthcare workers are tired and depleted. We wanted to find a way to show them our support so they know they are appreciated” said Stipe. “This program also helps boost our local businesses who are struggling now too, so we feel like this effort is a win-win.”

For more information on how to apply, donate, and other resources, visit

Community Foundation of NCW Awards $735,725 in Grants to Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $735,725 in grants to several nonprofit organizations through its retooled grant programs and community partnerships.

The foundation’s grant programming has been updated to focus on providing stability for nonprofits who have been impacted by Covid-19. The survival challenges nonprofits face parallel those of small businesses, with some struggling to meet increased demand and others completely shuttered.

“Our nonprofit sector provides vital services, cultural experiences, and environmental support across the region” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “This year has been hard on them in so many ways. We’re here to connect them to funding resources and do everything we can to keep them viable during this time.”

Chelan County CARES Nonprofit Assistance Awards – $500,000 

This grant program is in partnership with Chelan County, who allocated $500,000 to the foundation to disburse as reimbursement grants to organizations in Chelan County who provide basic needs such as food security, housing, mental and physical health and childcare. All applicants who applied received funding.

  • Hope Care Clinic – $25,500
  • SAGE (Safety, Advocacy, Growth, Empowerment) – $9,500
  • TEAMS Learning Center – $40,000
  • Upper Valley MEND – $100,000
  • Wenatchee River Institute – $45,000
  • Wenatchee Valley YMCA – $130,000
  • Women’s Resource Center of NCW – $65,000
  • YWCA of North Central Washington – $85,000

Nonprofit Reemergence Grant – $100,000

This is a quarterly grant program by the Community Foundation providing general operating support. Applicants can apply for up to 10% of their current organizational budget with a maximum request of $20,000. This is the first of four grant cycles, with $100,000 available each quarter.

  • Alatheia Riding Center – $15,750
  • Cashmere Museum – $14,000
  • Chelan Valley Housing Trust – $15,750
  • Hand in Hand Immigration Services – $11,000
  • Thrive Chelan Valley – $12,000
  • Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center – $15,750
  • Wenatchee Valley YMCA – $15,750

Helping Hands 2.0 Grant – $65,560 

In this revised version of the foundation’s Helping Hands grant, which provides emergent support, organizations can apply for any amount to help with critical safety-net needs such as food security, housing, mental and physical health and childcare. Awards are made monthly.

  • Chelan Douglas CASA – $5,000 child abuse educational outreach
  • Chelan Valley Hope – $25,000 capacity building to meet increases in demands for services
  • Hope Care Clinic – $9,360 dental assistant
  • Serve Wenatchee Valley – $5,500 Fresh HOPE Market, a public pantry for people facing food insecurity
  • Leavenworth Community United Methodist Church – $5,700 backpack food program for kids with food insecurity
  • Wenatchee Rescue Mission – $15,000 community meal program for people facing food insecurity

Woods Music and Arts Grant – $61,200

This grant, established by the Woods Family, supports music and arts education and programming across the region. This year, the grant focused on general operating support for arts organizations impacted by the pandemic.

  • 49-degrees North Artists Association – $3,000
  • Beauty of Bronze – $5,000
  • Grunewald Guild – $5,000
  • Icicle Creek Center for the Arts – $5,000
  • Lake Chelan Bach Fest – $5,000
  • Leavenworth Summer Theater – $5,000
  • Music Theater of Wenatchee – $5,000
  • Numerica Performing Arts Center – $5,000
  • Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus – $5,000
  • Stage Kids WA – $5,000
  • Wenatchee Valley Symphony Association – $5,000
  • North Central Education Foundation – $6,500
  • Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – $1,900 

NCW Foundation for Youth – $8,965

Formerly a nonprofit organization, NCW Foundation for Youth is now a grant program managed by the foundation that provides up to $1,000 year-round to activities that directly benefit youth across the valley. Shop with a Cop is an exception in funding, as it is a program established by the founding organization and receives this annual designation in perpetuity.

  • Les Schwab – $1,000 Community Toy Drive
  • Wenatchee Police – $5,000 Shop with a Cop
  • Washington State University Extension 4H – $965 4H Virtual Eco-Stewardship
  • Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – $1,000 Virtual Mobile Makers
  • Trinity Church – $1,000 Side-by-Side Camp for CVCH Families

The Community Foundation is committed to providing continual support of nonprofits across the region. Learn about these grant opportunities and more at

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