Now Accepting Applications for Nonprofit Leadership Circles Series

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

To learn more about the leadership circles and apply, visit

Registration Open: Planned Giving 101

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

Save the Date! July 15 Planned Giving 101

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

Classrooms Can! Grant Program Awards $43,000 to NCW Teachers

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.

Registration Open for NPI 6th Annual Summit

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

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

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

This year’s session topics include:

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

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

$43,955 in Grants Awarded to Methow Valley Nonprofits

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.

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


Preschool Donates $62,000 to Classrooms Can! Grant Program

Greater Wenatchee Preschool Board Treasurer Suzi Graden, President Stacy Humphries, and Community Foundation Executive Director Beth Stipe.

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 FoundationClassrooms 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

Place Matters | 2013 Annual Report

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

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



Be the Change: Service Clubs Helping Families Escape Generational Poverty

BeTheChangeThe Community Foundation of North Central Washington and the United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties are inviting Service Club members in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties to learn about “Be the Change”, a new funding opportunity to help alleviate generational poverty in the region.

Made possible by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, “Be the Change” looks to financially support service club projects that help low-income families escape the cycle of generational poverty and expand on them.

The grant would provide 10 service clubs with $20,000 each to be spent over two years for projects that help alleviate poverty.

Emphasis will be placed on programs that provide youth in poverty an “aspirational window” to help them escape the generational cycle of poverty through role-modeling, scholastic support, and other activities that bolster self-confidence and socio-emotional development.  To this end, eligible projects will have a relationship-based component, such as conditional/incentive-based scholarship awards, reading tutors, and mentorship programs. 

The grant funding will also help to build the capacity and organizational strength of service clubs so that they can continue this work for years to come.

“Stronger clubs increases the community’s capacity for good” said Katie Kavanaugh Pauly, the Community Foundation’s Board Vice President, “and that’s what we’re after.”

Attend a Learning Lunch

This grant is in its early stages of development and we are inviting service club members to participate in discussion on strategies to best meet its goals.

Choose one of the following days to learn about the program and participate in discussion – lunch is on us!

Monday March 10 at 12:00 noon 


Tuesday March 11 at 12:00 noon 

Both luncheons will be held at the Community Foundation office located at 9 S Wenatchee Avenue.

RSVP to Denise Sorom at 509-663-7716 or email

Reservations are required, seating is limited!

NPI Introduction to Plan Building – Registration Open

Dave Coleman, Presenter BoardTrek Nonprofit Consulting

Dave Coleman, Presenter
BoardTrek Nonprofit Consulting

Strategic Planning Workshop for Nonprofits

The Nonprofit Practices Institute (NPI) (a partnership between the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund) and Washington Nonprofits are hosting a Strategic Planning Workshop for board and staff of nonprofit organizations.

This four-hour interactive workshop not only introduces strategic planning and gets you started. Some pre-work will be suggested for those who plan to attend, maximizing every minute of the time you spend at this event.

Presenter is Dave Coleman is the principal/consultant with  BoardTrek Nonprofit Consulting in Tacoma. He is a former grant maker with the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and before that spent many years in local, regional, and national leadership with the Youth for Christ organization. His academic training includes a master’s degree in management from Chapman University. He is a leader of the Plan Builders program of Washington Nonprofits, and has a new book, Board Essentials, that has just been published.

We have two training opportunities available on Tuesday, March 25 at Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee and Wednesday, March 26 at Aero Methow in Twisp. 


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