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.
Deborah 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.
Ken 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.
Eliot 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.
Peter 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.
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
Community Foundation hosts program to support nonprofit leadership development
The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for Nonprofit Leadership Circles, an online peer coaching series for nonprofit executives. Ten participants will be selected to join one of two cohorts to increase competencies, effectiveness, confidence in leadership, and establish a professional peer network.
Pam Toal, a peer coach and consultant with 20 years of experience in leadership and management positions, will be facilitating the course. Pam is a former nonprofit CEO with extensive experience serving on boards and other community service roles and understands the challenges of leading complex and evolving organizations, specifically in philanthropy.
Open to nonprofit executive directors in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties, the series begins in September 2014 and meets monthly through March 2015 via the GoToMeeting online service and requires access to internet and high-speed connectivity. Tuition is $150 for the entire course and applications are due August 11, 2014.
This program is offered at a reduced rate thanks to the support of the Partners in Giving program at the Community Foundation. Partners in Giving is a special program that allows businesses, families, and individuals to significantly support the foundation without having to open a fund. To view a list of partners or become one, visit www.cfncw.org/partnersingiving.
To learn more about the leadership circles and apply, visit www.cfncw.org/leadershipcircles.
The Nonprofit Practices Institute is hosting a workshop on how to build a Planned Giving program for nonprofits on Tuesday, July 15 from 9:00am to 2:30pm at Wenatchee Valley College. In this course, you will learn how to establish and operate a program for securing planned gifts for your charity. The program is presented by Frank Minton of Planned Giving Services and Russell Speidel of Speidel Law Firm.
Online registration is required with a $15 fee that includes lunch. Learn more about the program, its presenters, and register online at www.cfncw.org/plannedgiving101.
The Nonprofit Practices Institute is hosting a workshop on how to build a Planned Giving program for nonprofits. Frank Minton of Planned Giving Services and Russell Speidel of Speidel Law Firm will be presenting on basic estate planning concepts, gifts for today, gifts for the future, and gifts that give back. Planned giving is an important aspect of nonprofit sustainability and long term success, and this workshop will give you the tools to determine the right planned giving program for your organization and how to market it.
Online registration is required (coming soon) with a $15 that includes lunch. The workshop is scheduled for 9:00am – 2:30pm; location to be announced.
Learn more at www.cfncw.org/plannedgiving101.
The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $43,000 in grants to teachers across North Central Washington for innovative classroom projects that engage students, especially the hard to reach learner.
Forty-three teachers across 14 districts each received a $1,000 Classrooms Can! grant to be implemented in the 2014-2015 academic year.
Awards are distributed in 5 funding areas: Arts Education, Field Trips, Literacy and Social Studies, STEM, or Wellness.
Each application is reviewed by a committee of community members with knowledge and expertise in the areas of funding.
The following are the schools and teachers awarded, or click here to view full award descriptions:
- Beaver Valley School, Eric Tiegel – Field Trip to Wenatchee River Institute 1st-5th graders students will enjoy direct, hands-on outdoor experiences on a 9-acre preserve featuring a rich diversity of plant and animal species and also utilize the green classroom equipped with microscopes, snowshoes, kick nets, live animals, and more.
- Bridgeport Elementary School, Mary Avalos – Hands on with Science Kindergarten students will learn about earth and space science by creating a recycled project for their bedroom using fabric technology skills.
- Eastmont High School, Dana Leming – Speechless Writing Project 10th-12th grade students will write narratives, poems, and song lyrics about their lives with the goal of publishing a book, giving them the ability to share their struggles, obstacles, and triumphs with other teens to spread hope, tolerance.
- East Omak Elementary, Leslie Clough – Eagles Orchestra Provide instruments (violins, flutes, clarinets, and tubas) for 3rd-5th grade students who are unable to purchase them so they can participate in the orchestra program.
- East Omak Elementary, Kathy St. Germaine – Art Room Art room for 3rd-5th grade students with integrated projects that complement the topics covered by each of the classrooms.
- Entiat High School, Bill Edwardson – Holocaust Museum Field Trip 11th-12th grade field trip to the Washington State Holocaust Museum in Seattle to view artifacts and see the exhibits while listening to guest speakers that have lived through the experience.
- Entiat Elementary School, Dana Cada – Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds Continuation and expansion of “healthy living” program for 1st grade classroom that includes positive reinforcement tactics, daily healthy snacks with mini nutrition lessons, easy-reader books, audiobooks and high quality application for iPads.
- Foothills Middle School, Toby Johnson – Night of the Notables 7th grade students will choose a positive world changer, read their biography, write a paper, and act at an event presentation for parents.
- Foothills Middle School, Kyle Hurst – Dynamic Review Games Various activities and games for the classroom to engage the learning experience and make it more fun.
- John Newbery Elementary, Connie Michael – MinecraftEdu 2nd graders will experience a version of Minecraft software developed for educators that better engages students in STEM, History, and Art subjects through a video game based on scale-modeling and civilization development.
- John Newbery Elementary, Leslie Kiick – Masters of Measuring “Measurement Tubs” filled with a variety objects for Kindergarteners to measure and a collection of various tools to measure them, creating problem solving opportunity for children learn how to choose appropriately.
- Lewis and Clark Elementary, Maria Gonzalez – Classrooms Can Cook A year-long project for 1st graders that connects cooking to healthy eating habits, teaching children about nutrition while using math and measuring skills.
- Liberty Bell High School, Lisa Monahan – HASPI Medical Biology Curriculum Health Sciences Pathway Initiative Program (HASPI) aims to provide accessibility and proficiency in STEM-related sciences through 19 health-based labs, available to 8th-12th graders.
- Lincoln Elementary, Tina Nicpan-Brown – STEM Field Experience: Snowshoe Through An Avalanche 5th grade students will interact with a local biologist/environmental education director in the area of avalanche and mudslide control/identification and learn snowshoeing techniques needed in the field.
- Mansfield School District, Luke Hall – Advocate for Community Skate Park 7th-12th grade students will learn the process for making change in their community by advocating for a skate and bike park through various research methods and a presentation to city officials.
- Manson Elementary, Marcella Lindert – Imitating Artists 4th grade students will read about a famous artist, learn their media and style, create art in that style, then write about their experience.
- Manson Elementary School, Jay Fox – Resistance Sets Purchase of resistance sets to complete and enhance the fitness program for K-5th graders.
- Manson High School, Jennifer Koth – Exploring Social Ethics and Science Through Henriett Lacks In partnership with Erik Helleson’s class, 9th-10th grade students will read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and explore the social, racial, and ethical issues of this science while simultaneously with DNA and genetic studies in Biology.
- Manson High School, Erik Helleson – Laboratory Experiences of the HeLa cells of Henrietta Lacks In partnership with Jennifer Koth’s class, 10th-12th grade students will be able to clone genes, purify proteins, transform bacteria with genes from jellyfish to make them glow green and visualize the mitosis of cancer cells.
- Manson High School Extensions Program – Chase Pauly, Backpacking Field Courses 7th-12th grade science students will study biology and ecology in the field by participating in 1 of 3 offered 6-day/7-night backpacking field courses at the Watersheds of Washington (Olympic Peninsula), Ecology of Alpine Lakes (Leavenworth), Natural History of Glacier Peak Wilderness (North Cascades)
- Methow Valley Elementary School, Anne Andersen – Measurement Lab A school-wide Measurement Lab that would allow students to manipulate a variety of materials, explore different units of measurement and measuring tools, and determine the importance of varying degrees of accuracy.
- Methow Valley Independent Learning Center, Kim Odell – Be ART! A program that connects at-risk youth with their community, self, and academics through various art projects that each provide a particular skill set such as math, science, public speaking, teamwork, problem solving, trade skill, as well as exposure to social services and needs of their community.
- Omak Early Childhood Programs, Lynnette Rose – Family Adventure and Literacy Activities A series of out-of-school family activities focusing on language development and science understanding that are fun and allow parents to see their young children as active learners.
- Orondo Elementary School, Carol Steichen – Field Trip to Wenatchee River Institute Kindergarten students will enjoy direct, hands-on outdoor experiences on a 9-acre preserve featuring a rich diversity of plant and animal species and also utilize the green classroom equipped with microscopes, snowshoes, kick nets, live animals, and more.
- Pateros School District, Scotti Wiltse – Scientist for a Day Field Trip 7th-8th grade students will be scientists for a day through 3 field trip experiences: Stonerose Interpretive Center, where students become archeologists, dig and identify fossils; Gardener Cave, where students learn about formation of cave, stalagmites, stalactites; and Boundary Dam, where students learn how dams are made and their important function in our world today.
- Pioneer Middle School, Sandra Lancaster – Audiobooks for Battle of the Books Continuation of successful program that increases reading engagement and improves literacy through audiobooks.
- Tonasket Elementary School, Megan Huckaby – Enhanced Literacy Center Enhance current literacy model in 2nd grade classroom and improve reading performance by providing access to highly motivating, multi-level literacy materials.
- Tonasket High School, Emily Bjelland – The Robotic Engineering Design Challenge 9th-12th grade students will apply their knowledge of mechanics to robot design and be introduced to computer programming and the research design loop.
- Tonasket Outreach Program (Homeschool), Carol Lanigan – Washington State Exploration 4th-8th grade students will study the regions of Washington State throughout the year including geography, map reading, and diverse environments culminating with a 4-day/3-night field trip to the North Cascades National Park, Padilla Bay, and Seattle to enrich our study of WA state.
- Tonasket Elementary School, Rose Corso – Tonasket School Garden/ Compost Project A permanent, covered composting structure that will support expansion of the composting program and provide K-5th grade students exposure to the benefits of recycling, waste reduction, and sustainable stewardship through conservation awareness through the composting cycle.
- Robert E. Lee Elementary, Lisa Snyder – Preschool Math in a Box A collaboration between preschools and the Kindergarten team, “Math in a Box” addresses one of the four domains of math literacy including; counting and cardinality, geometry, operations and algebraic thinking, and data and measurement and provides a total of 20 boxes available to our early learning providers to check out through our school library to help bridge the gap entering public school.
- Vale Elementary, Kristin Umbarger-Keene – Mexican Folk Dances The addition of Mexican Folk Dancing to current six-weeks school-wide dance instruction program including costumes.
- Vale Elementary, Devera Sharp – Art: It’s Elementary Support a current art enrichment program for 1st-4th grade students for students to study and explore art history, culture, techniques, and connections with nature.
- Vale Elementary, DeAnn Kruiswyk – A Garden So Kids Can Grow Building a new school-wide student garden in a currently unused, concrete space using the “square foot gardening” method which requires installation of raised beds, a watering system, and materials for initial installation.
- Vale Elementary, Kappy Schoening – Lifetime Swimmers Swimming lessons for 1st and 3rd grade students to increase the swimming abilities and safety.
- Virginia Grainger Elementary School, Marilou Baker – Salmon Studies 4th grade students study salmon and ecosystems, designing and carving block prints, and participate in a riparian restoration project on Salmon Creek near the school.
- Virginia Grainger Elementary School, Amy Sullivan – Animal Studies 3rd grade students will participate in an in-depth inquiry into animal characteristics, behavior, and habitat, write a detailed research paper, culminating with a 3D art project.
- Virginia Grainger Elementary School, Susan Brown – Library Theater Enhance reading/literacy skills and English acquisition through a moveable puppet theater and puppets designed and built by students to use in the school library.
- Washington Elementary School, Amy Kerker – Create Your Own Instrument 1st-5th grade students will create a variety of musical instruments (such as drums, flutes, xylophones, rain sticks, guitars) using simple materials.
- Washington Elementary School, Monika Christensen – Geocaching Field Trips 5th grade students will learn geography, technology, and math skills while exploring their local community for hidden treasures through Geochaching Field Trips.
- Washington Elementary School, Jill Reinfeld – Salmon Festival Field Trip 5th grade students will discover and appreciate the complexities of the natural world and the significance of the salmon ecosystem through hands-on activities and “edutainment”.
- WestSide High School, Peg Ronhovde – WestSide’s Got Talent Instruments and costumes for a student-directed peer-mentoring program that expresses itself through the fine arts.
- WestSide High School, Heidi Monroe – WestSide Presents A portable stage and sound equipment to use in conjunction for new performing arts program, focused on building on student talents to build personal wellness and a positive school environment.
Classrooms Can! is a partnership between the Community Foundation of NCW and the United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Learn more about all of our grant programs at here.
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 www.cfncw.org/npiannualsummit.
The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $43,955 in grants from the Methow Valley Fund (MVF) to Methow Valley nonprofits. Managed by the foundation, The MVF was established in 2006 to meet the needs of the Methow Valley community and assist nonprofit and public organizations develop strong, sustainable programs.
Classrooms in Bloom provides hands-on education integrated through the school’s curriculum through a half acre garden on the high school and elementary school campus in Winthrop.
Donations from Methow Valley residents and beyond provide the ability to offer a significant annual grant program. The MVF offers grants up to $5,000 for programs that directly serve the needs of and enhance the Methow Valley. The fund is advised by a diverse group of volunteers that work and live in the valley and are passionate about the charitable work being done in their community. Awards are recommended by the advisory board and approved by the Community Foundation Board of Trustees.
This year’s awards and recipients are as follows:
Cascadia, Methow Music Association – $2,500 for carpet and window shades to improve music education and performance spaces
Classroom in Bloom – $2,250 for general operating support and curriculum development
Confluence Gallery and Art Center – $2,000 to extend ceramic tile flooring throughout entry and gallery shop
Family Planning of North Central Washington – $4,100 to support salary increase for staff
Little Start Montessori – $4,750 to expand the Need-Based Financial Aid Program from underserved populations
Merc Playhouse – $1,500 to support the production of a cowboy-themed version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Methow Arts Alliance – $4,750 to support various arts education programs in the Methow Valley school district
Methow Chamber Music Festival – $2,000 for compensation for musicians performing at the 19th annual festival
Methow Recycles – $2,000 for education and outreach programming
Methow Valley Community School – $355 to support the creation of “Kid-Tested Methow Valley Trail Guide” by 1st and 2nd graders
Methow Valley Elementary School – $2,000 for science-based expedition to the North Cascades Institute for 4th and 5th graders
Methow Valley Elementary School – $1,500 for Annual Young Writer’s Conference
Methow Valley Sport Trails Association – $4,000 to update the “2005 Economic Analysis on the Value of Trails and Lands in the Methow Valley” report
Room One – $1,000 to develop, construct, and install new general and program-specific signage at the Room One building and other outreach locations across the community
Shafer Historical Museum – $2,500 for stipends for two part-time archivists working on the Historic Photograph Recovery Project which entails the recovery and digital archiving of hundreds of images of the early-day Methow Valley
The Cove – $3,000 to support the Friday Food Program with financial assistance for an additional 5 students and hiring of a Distribution and Volunteer Coordinator
TwispWorks – $1,000 to support high school students’ involvement in the construction of a kitchenette in the North Warehouse
Valley Teen Center – $2,750 for general operating support, staffing expansion, and program development
Greater Wenatchee Preschool Board Treasurer Suzi Graden, President Stacy Humphries, and Community Foundation Executive Director Beth Stipe.
The Greater Wenatchee Parent-Child Preschool (GWPCP) has closed its doors and donated their remaining $62,000 in funds to the Classrooms Can! grant program at the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.
Through a partnership with the United Way of Chelan-Douglas Counties and funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Classrooms Can! provides funding for certified K-12 teachers in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties that supports innovative classroom projects developed to better engage students, especially the hard-to-reach learner.
Founded in 1966, the GWPCP was formed to meet a need in the community that didn’t exist: a cooperative preschool model that included parent involvement. The preschool had to close its doors in September 2013 due to low enrollment, not because of any fiscal issues. The money came from families and businesses that supported the school and its mission. As a nonprofit entity, GWPCP was required to move any leftover funds to another nonprofit, and they felt supporting the Classrooms Can! program at the foundation was the best fit.
“Many of the kids from GWPCP are in the school system now”, said Suzi Graden, former board treasurer and parent. “We thought, wouldn’t it be great if our kids benefited from some of these grants?”
Another part of their decision was that the preschool’s model was “learning through play”. Classrooms Can! grants encourage teachers to develop projects that are interactive and make learning fun, getting kids excited about coming to school.
“We felt the grants serve the same purpose as the school did and would have a great impact” said Stacy Humphries, former board president and also a parent. “Plus, the Community Foundation has supported us for years. It was a good fit.”
Last year, Classrooms Can! awarded $47,000 in grants to schools across the region. The deadline for the 2014 grants was April 1st – recipients of those awards will be announced in May and projects will be implemented in the Fall of 2014. The funds received by the GWPCP will begin supporting projects in 2015.
Applications for the next round of awards will open in January 2015.
To learn more, visit www.cfncw.org/classroomscan.
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.