Five Finalists Announced for $50,000 Endowment Grant

The Community Foundation of NCW has announced the five finalists for a $50,000 Endowment Grant: Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, and the Numerica Performing Arts Center, NCW Business Loan Fund, Wenatchee Valley YMCA, and the Women’s Resource Center.

The Endowment Grant will provide one organization with a $50,000 endowment fund at the foundation. An endowment fund provides long-term sustainability for an organization through an annual stream of income. The principal of the fund is invested, with an annual disbursement back to the organization based on a spending policy, typically around 5% of the fund.

Grant applicants were asked to respond to various operating aspects of their organizations, such as service to community, financial stability, strategic planning, fundraising capacity, the impact an endowment fund would make on their organization, and plans for growth.

“It was challenging to narrow the field to five finalists” said Katie Pauly, the foundation’s board chair, “but we felt these five really demonstrated their mission’s impact reaching into the region, showed strong community support, a readiness to grow their endowment, and strong staff and board teams.”

Each of the finalists will participate in an in-depth interview with a team of foundation staff and board members for another level of evaluation. “This is a competitive grant that we take seriously” said Denise Sorom, Director of Community Philanthropy, “We consider this grant an investment in an organization that is prepared for another level of stability and service to the community.”

The Endowment Grant award recommendation will be brought to the board on September 16th and the final award recipient will be announced September 17th. For more information on the Endowment Grant and other Community Foundation grant opportunities, visit

Community Foundation Invests $100,000 Toward Fire Relief Recovery

Sunrise over Chiliwist Valley

Hazy sunrise over Chiliwist Valley

Employment of Disaster Case Managers in Okanogan and Methow Valley to Aid Fire Victims

The Community Foundation of NCW has invested $100,000 from its general fund toward long-term recovery efforts for fire relief victims in Okanogan County.

The funds will be used to employ Disaster Case Managers that will work with individuals to access resources and determine options available for those that have been displaced from their homes and workplace.

The Disaster Case Managers will be stationed at three locations: Okanogan Community Action Council in (OCAC) in Okanogan, Room One in Twisp, and the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Pateros.

Disaster Case Managers are important to long-term recovery, which can span several months to a couple of years. Victims can work with one manager throughout their recovery – only having to tell their story one time – and receive personal, one-on-one assistance.

Disaster Case Managers are skilled and trained to offer guidance through processes and paperwork that is often necessary to apply for loans, financial aid, and provide information on resources available and how to access them. The number of Disaster Case Managers is still to be determined and will depend on case load.

The foundation will work closely with the Disaster Case Managers to determine additional needs for victims and use that data to develop criteria that allows for fair and equitable disbursement of donations to directly support victims. These direct-support funds would come from the NCW Fire Relief Fund, which has received $234,720 in donations and continues to grow, thanks to ongoing contributions and community fundraisers.

Disaster Case Managers will be available to provide assistance by the end of August. Contact one of the sites for more information:

Okanogan Community Action Council |  424 South 2nd Ave, Okanogan | (509) 422-4041

Room One  | 315 Lincoln St, Twisp | (509) 997-2050

Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) | Opening Soon at the old grocery store in Pateros

For more information and to stay updated on the NCW Fire Relief Fund efforts, visit

Community Foundation Awards $136,125 in Grants to NCW Nonprofits

The Wenatchee River Institute was awarded $4,000 to support Youth Education Field Days that expose children to science through fun, hands-on activities.

The Wenatchee River Institute was awarded $4,000 to support Youth Education Field Days that expose children to science through fun, hands-on activities.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $136,125 in Regional Impact Grants to 43 nonprofits across North Central Washington.

Regional Impact Grants provide up to $5,000 for nonprofit programs that work to meet community needs and enhancements in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. A competitive grant program offered in the Spring and Fall, Regional Impact Grants provide one of the only grant funding resources for many of these nonprofit organizations.

This year the foundation received a record 69 applications. Each applicant is visited by a team of staff and board members to learn more about the proposed projects and are evaluated using a rated scoring sheet; final awards are approved by the board of trustees.

The foundation received $20,000 from an anonymous donor at the Seattle Foundation to be directed toward the Regional Impact Grants. In addition, the new Partners in Giving program allocated $5,000 to help increase the grant awards.

“We know there are so many nonprofits doing great work in our communities, and so many of them need our help” said Lisa Day, a member of Partners in Giving and also a foundation board member. “With so many applicants, we knew additional funding would be a huge help. This program was created for this kind of support.”

Partners in Giving provides businesses, families, and individuals who aren’t ready to open a fund an opportunity to support the work of the foundation. The foundation recognizes and appreciates the generosity of both gifts that increased capacity to fund Regional Impact Grant awards by 23%.

The foundation is now accepting applications for Fall Regional Impact Grants at Deadline is September 1.

Spring 2014 Regional Impact Grant Awards

Arts, Culture & Humanities | $27,200

Education | $14,500

Environment/Animal Related | $17,000

Health & Human Services | $68,925

Public/Social Benefit | $8,500


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.

Community Foundation Awards $469,000 in Scholarships to NCW Students

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $469,000 in scholarships to students across North Central Washington – the highest amount ever awarded by the foundation. The foundation received 1,466 applications, another record amount, with 165 students receiving one or more awards.

The foundation manages 90 scholarship awards with varying criteria established by donors. Some focus on areas of study, while others focus on academic achievement, community leadership, first-generation going to college, or providing financial aid to those who need it most.

Alicia Ouellette received the Doell Family Scholarship and will be attending Wenatchee Valley College and plans pursue a degree in English. “I am paying for my education solely on my own, and this financial assistance is an enormous help. I am the first among my family to go to college, and I hope to make my family proud.I only hope that someday I will be given the opportunity to do for someone what you and your family has done for me.”

Elisabet Sitio-Herrera, recipient of the Linda M. Safar Memorial Scholarship, will be attending Gonzaga University this fall. “My long-term goals include receiving my Bachelor’s degree with a major in Biology and a minor in Spanish. I hope to attend medical school and become a pediatrician. Without the assistance of this scholarship, I would not be able to reach my education and career goals.”

The scholarship applications are reviewed by committees comprised of volunteers across the region. This year, 216 volunteers reviewed applications then met with their committees to determine award finalists that are approved by the foundation’s board of trustees.

The foundation would like to recognize members of its Partners in Giving program which provided $1,500 in additional awards through a “scholarships roundup”, which rounds awards up to the nearest $50. Partners in Giving is a program designed for businesses, families, and individuals who want to support the work of the foundation but aren’t ready to open a fund.

Applications for 2015 Scholarships will be available on our website in early December. For more information, visit

Woods Family Music and Arts Grant – Now Open

Application Deadline: September 30th

Up to $5,000 available to support programs that enhance music and arts culture in the greater Wenatchee Valley 

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

How to Apply

The Woods Family Music and Arts Grant application is an online grant process that is managed by a third-party, Common Grant Application. Directions on how to apply along with a video tutorial are available on the Woods Family Music and Arts Grant webpage.

Applications are due by the end of business on Tuesday, September 30th.

Visit to learn more and apply.

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.

Community Foundation of NCW Establishes Fire Relief Fund

The Community Foundation of NCW has established a Fire Relief Fund to assist those who have been affected by the devastating fires raging throughout North Central Washington, according to an announcement made today by Beth Stipe, Executive Director of the Foundation.

“We are working with our nonprofit partners throughout the region to ensure that there are adequate resources to assist both the short and long term recovery needs of those in our region who have been affected by the fires. In times like these, the people of North Central Washington – a resilient group of folks – are there to help their neighbors. This fund will be used to help both short term immediate needs of fire victims, but also to help long term needs of recovery” said Stipe.

In situations like the Charlton Complex Fire, the most effective method of assisting those impacted by the fire is through monetary donations to organizations that specialize in supporting local disasters. CFNCW encourages donors to support the local chapter of the American Red Cross who is working on immediate needs.

“We remain concerned about our neighbors and friends who have suffered losses related to the fires that continue to burn throughout North Central Washington. Our network of nonprofit relationships will ensure that any contributions we receive for the NCW FIRE RELIEF FUND are effectively distributed to those nonprofits and groups that can serve the greatest needs of the fire victims in our communities. While we don’t want to detract from the immediate local efforts, we believe we should simultaneously plan and prepare for the long term implications and needs this fire will produce for our region.”

To support the NCW FIRE RELIEF FUND, donations can be made directly online at:



Support the Apple Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross at

New Board Members Join Community Foundation of NCW

The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to announce the addition of four new board members: Deborah Hartl, Ken Jackson, Eliot Scull, and Peter Valaas.

debhartl2Deborah Hartl is the Human Resources Director at the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort and Icicle Broadcasting, Executive Director of the Sleeping Lady Foundation, and serves as assistant to Leavenworth business owner and philanthropist, Harriet Builitt. Prior to her current employment, Deborah worked for the Washington State Apple Commission for 10 years. A Leavenworth resident for nearly 30 years, Deborah lives with her husband Bill, who retired from the US Forest Service; together they have one son. Deborah is a member and past president of Wenatchee Valley Personnel Managers Group, member and past-president of the Leavenworth Rotary Club, and member and past church council president of Grace Lutheran Church in Cashmere. Deborah enjoys hiking, running, reading, and time with her family.

kenjackson2Ken Jackson is an Orchardist that has lived in the Upper Valley for 30 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and is an active volunteer in his profession and community. He currently serves as a board member for the Oregon-Washington Canned Pear Association, an alternate board member for the Pear Bureau, member of the Cashmere Rotary, member of the Washington Farm Bureau and Horticulture Association, and past board member and chairman of the Cashmere School Board. Ken enjoys traveling, skiing, a nice restaurant, and time at Lake Chelan with his family.

eliotscull-kayak2Eliot Scull is a retired Ophthalmologist and fell in love with the Northwest after working as a rafting guide in the middle fork of the Salmon River in 1960. He moved to Wenatchee in 1975 with his wife, Tina, after serving as a Navy Flight Surgeon in the Vietnam War. Eliot has a strong belief in supporting one’s community and has been involved in several volunteer positions, including the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust. His passions are focused toward conservation and public recreation. Eliot is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking and kayaking both near and far.

petervalaas2Peter Valaas is a fourth generation Wenatchee Valley resident who has spent the past 30 years as a staff anesthesiologist for Confluence Health in Wenatchee. He is active in the Nordic Skiing community and has served many volunteer positions including the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club Board, President of the Hog Loppet Association, and current Chair of the Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Advisory Committee. Professionally, Peter is a recent past-president of Wenatchee Anesthesia Associates. Peter enjoys skiing, hiking, is a bicycle commuter, and has been known to narrate the annual ice skating show with the Wenatchee Figure Skating Club. He and his wife Susan reside in Wenatchee and have one son and two daughters.

The foundation also announces the succession of Board of Trustee Officers with Katie Kavanaugh Pauly who will now serve as Chair, Ken Marson as Vice Chair, and Gil Sparks as Secretary/Treasurer. Katie is an active community volunteer and resides in Wenatchee; Ken Marson is owner of Marson & Marson Lumber, Inc. in Leavneworth; and Gil is an attorney at Ogden Murphy Wallace and resides in East Wenatchee. All Trustee Officers are committed to serve a 3-year term in each succeeding position.

The foundation gratefully acknowledges Kristine Taylor, Senior VP/Investments at Stifel Nicolaus, for her commitment, dedication, and completion of her term as Board Chair – thank you, Kris!!

For a full listing of Community Foundation Board of Trustees, click here.

Now Accepting Applications for Regional Impact Grant

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington is now accepting applications for Regional Impact Grants that provide up to $5,000 to support community needs and enhancements in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.

Organizations eligible include:

  • Nonprofit organizations that are recognized as exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code;
  • Governmental entities, public educational institutions, and religious organizations defined by the IRS in Section 170(c)(1) or in 170(b)(1)(A);
  • Organizations/programs with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor; or
  • Methow Valley organizations/programs that are supporting programs outside of the Methow Valley.

How to Apply

The Regional Impact Grant (RIG) application is available on our website and is managed by a third-party, Common Grant Application. Applying organizations will need to establish an account; directions on how to do so are on our website. We highly recommend you view the video tutorial to help guide you through the applications process.

Applications are due by the end of business on Monday, September 1st.

If you have previously received an RIG, please note you must sit out two grant cycles (spring and fall) before re-applying. If you have questions or need information about this, please contact us.

Note: Spring Regional Impact Grant awards have not yet been announced; applicants will be notified in late July.

Click here to learn more and apply 

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