Teachers Receive $1,000 Grants for Classrooms Projects

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

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

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

Award recipients by area are as follows:

Arts Education

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


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

Math & Science

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


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


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

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

$98,955 in Grants Awarded to NCW Nonprofits


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

Arts, Culture, and Humanities

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


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

Environment/Animal Protection

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

Health and Human Services

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

Public/Social Benefit

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

CFNCW Receives Reconfirmation of Accreditation from National Standards Board

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$41,440 in Grants Awarded to Methow Valley Nonprofits


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

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

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

Art, Culture, and Humanities

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


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

Health and Human Services

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

Public / Social Benefit

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

Manson Students Award $10,000 to Teachers

From Manson G3 Fund at the Community Foundation of NCW

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Middle School

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

High School

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

Secondary Support Staff

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

CONGRATULATIONS teachers, staff, and students!

CFNCW Receives $50,000 Grant for New Technology

Scholarship StackThe Community Foundation of NCW has received a $50,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust that will fund a new financial and account management system. The software, purchased from Blackbaud, Inc. (a renowned nonprofit software company with 27,000 customers worldwide), will provide significant upgrades to streamline processes and increase donor services for the foundation.

“We are extremely excited for this opportunity to enhance our donors’ and fundholders’ ability to access and manage their funds,” said Beth Stipe, executive director. “This new system will also make many of our operating procedures much more efficient.”

Staff at the foundation are currently being trained on the new system and plan to go live with the software in mid-August. Once the implementation is complete, all grants and scholarship applications will be exclusively online. “We will be eliminating hundreds of pounds of paper and many hours of staff time moving to an online only process” said Stipe. “Applying for grants and scholarships is going to be so much easier for our nonprofits and students.”

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust provides grant opportunities to Pacific Northwest nonprofit organizations that seek to strengthen the region. To receive a grant, agencies must first submit a Letter of Inquiry and if accepted, are then given an invitation to apply. Between 2007-2011, Washington State received $16.6 million in grants – 10% of the total grant distribution by the trust.

“We are so grateful to the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for this opportunity” added Stipe. “It’s going to shape our internal infrastructure to support our growth long term.”

Ending Poverty through Education Initiative Provides Reading Program and Classroom Grants to NCW Schools

Classrooms CanCommunity Foundation of NCW and Chelan-Douglas United Way partner through a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant

The Community Foundation of NCW and Chelan-Douglas United Way have partnered to develop an Ending Poverty through Education initiative that is focusing on improving K-12 reading levels and increasing student engagement in schools across North Central Washington.

Through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CFNCW, and United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties are working with Intermountain AmeriCorps to develop a reading program that will work to achieve 90% of students reading at grade level in 15 of the region’s low income elementary schools. Out of 35 elementary schools in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties, 29 have greater than 50% of their students on the free and reduced lunch program and 25 schools have less than 70% reading at grade level. Requests for proposals will be sent to schools with the greatest needs, and 15 will be chosen for the program. Each will receive one Reading Corps volunteer that will work with students over the next 4 years to achieve the reading goal. “The Gates Foundation investment of $340,000 to our region will provide the opportunity to advance the reading skills of many more students,” said Alan Walker, Executive Director for United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties. “The Community Foundation and United Way are excited to work closer with area schools and Intermountain AmeriCorps to improve the lives and open doors of opportunity for our youth.”

The grant will also provide funds for CFNCW’s new annual grant program, Classrooms Can!, which will grant $1,000 to 50 K-12 teachers in North Central Washington for entrepreneurial projects in math and science, technology, arts education, literacy, or obesity prevention. Successful projects will excite and engage students, especially the hard to reach learner. “The Gates Foundation grant has allowed us to focus in on an issue that affects all of the communities we serve in North Central Washington.” said Beth Stipe, CFNCW executive director. “Success in life is tied directly to success in school. We hope that this program will help our teachers to reach those kids who are struggling, keep them excited about learning, and ultimately see their reading and achievement in school improve.”

These programs have been funded because of their innovation in providing educational opportunities and increased student engagement in low income schools. According to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, “children who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of third grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school.” CFNCW and the United Way of Chelan-Douglas Counties believe our communities can reduce local poverty through stronger education for our children and greater opportunities for their continued educational success.

Applications for Classrooms Can! grants will be available in February 2013, due April 2013, and awards will be made at the end of the school year with project implementation for the 2013-2014 academic school year

New Members Join Methow Valley Fund Advisory Board

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington announces two new members have joined the Methow Valley Fund Advisory Board: Danica Ready and Julie Tate-Libby.

Danica ReadyDanica Ready has lived in the Methow since 2001 and holds degrees in education, geology, and conservation biology. Her professional experience includes community outreach, organizational development, fundraising and public relations. She has been involved in the Valley’s non-profit community as staff, volunteer, and board member. Danica believes that our community has great potential to increase the capacity and impact of Methow Valley non-profits, and sees the Methow Valley Fund as a tool to simplify and amplify the philanthropic wishes of Methow Valley supporters. Danica loves to bake, hike, run, ski and climb with her kids and friends, and her most recent passion is poetry. She is the Program Director for the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association and lives near Mazama.

Julie Tate-LibbyJulie Tate-Libby grew up in the Methow Valley. Following completion of her Masters, PhD, and extensive travel, she returned to the Methow Valley to raise her family. Julie’s research and writings are strongly focused on the role of place in our lives. She has studied and written about amenity migration, specifically in the Methow Valley. She feels that broad involvement in community is integral to a sense of belonging and place, and because of this, Julie is drawn to working with the Methow Valley Fund. Julie teaches anthropology and sociology at Wenatchee Valley College, and lives with her family near Carlton.

The Methow Valley Fund was established in 2006 in partnership with the Community Foundation of NCW to serve the specific needs of the Methow Valley through its nonprofit organizations. Its mission is “sustainable funding for a healthy, vibrant Methow Valley”. The Fund is advised by a diverse group of local volunteers that live and work in the valley and are passionate about the charitable work being done in the community. They have first-hand knowledge of local needs and opportunities.

A permanent endowment managed by the Community Foundation, the Methow Valley Fund offers grants up to $5,000 each spring to fund nonprofit projects that address community needs. In 2012, the Methow Valley Fund awarded $42,800 to 20 nonprofits in the valley, including Aero Methow Rescue Service, Classroom in Bloom, Merc Playhouse, Room One, and more. The Community Foundation of NCW is currently accepting grant applications for the Methow Valley Fund with a deadline of January 15.

2013 Scholarships Available

2013 Scholarship GuideApplications are now open for nearly 70 scholarships from the Community Foundation of North Central Washington. Scholarships vary in criteria and intent and are available to high school and college students in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties. Application deadline is February 15, 2013 (unless otherwise indicated in scholarship description). Awards are distributed for students planning to attend college or university in the fall of 2013.

Each Community Foundation scholarship is unique, with varying GPA and extra-curricular requirements. Many of the Community Foundation scholarships seek to assist students that may have struggled, but express intent to work hard to achieve their educational goals and dreams.

Community Foundation scholarships are created for many reasons – in memory of a loved one, to honor a special skill or field, or to provide assistance to those who need it most. Scholarship funds at the Community Foundation are established during a lifetime or are a fulfillment of one’s will. They are invested and grow over time so they can be offered to students for years to come.

In 2012, the Community Foundation of NCW awarded over $341,000 to 260 students now attending college or university.

Woods Music and Arts Fund Awards $36,800 to Local Nonprofits

The Woods Family and Woods House Music and Arts Fund has awarded $36,800 to local nonprofits to support and enhance music and arts culture and education in the community. Up to $5,000 is available to 501c3 nonprofits that provide music and/or arts related services to support citizens in Cashmere, Leavenworth, Wenatchee or East Wenatchee. The grant was established to provide support for local music and arts that focus on: fostering and improving cultural awareness and education; music performance; music education direction; participation in coordination of regional arts events; or seminars and workshops for music educators and art professionals.

The grant is available annually through the Community Foundation of NCW with applications being accepted August 1st and deadline August 31st.

Those awarded this year’s grants include:

  • Arts on the Avenue $2,500 – Beauty of Bronze, a program that introduces 5th graders to community art while giving them an opportunity to work with artist Kevin Pettelle to create a small sculpture
  • Cashmere Music Boosters (Vale Elem. PTO, sponsor) $2,700 – Small group lessons and sectionals for all wind instrumentalists in Cashmere Middle School bands
  • Dancing with Birds (Wenatchee Valley Museum, sponsor)$2,500 – Six sessions in Wenatchee elementary schools and citizenship classes using music, dance, art, and science curriculum to engage Latinos with science and nature
  • Icicle Creek Center for the Arts $2,500 – Expand the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival to mark the 20th anniversary
  • Mariachi Northwest Festival (Wenatchee Valley Museum, sponsor)$2,000 – Expand the educational and public performance components of the 15th annual Mariachi Northwest Festival
  • North Central ESD Educational Foundation $2,500 – Grants to teachers for music and arts classroom learning aids
  • Performing Arts Center $5,000 – Educational outreach “Breaking with the Masters” workshops by Break! Urban Funk Spectacular for middle and high school youth
  • Upper Valley Connection $2,000 – Scholarships and stipends for 2013 theatre arts camp
  • Wenatchee Jazz Workshop (Wenatchee Valley Museum, sponsor) $5,000 – Support for 13th annual Jazz Workshop
  • Wenatchee Valley Symphony $5,000 – engage Mark O’Connor (critically acclaimed violinist, fiddler, and composer) to perform as a guest artist with the symphony and present a fiddling workshop to local string musicians
  • Wenatchee Valley Symphony $2,500 – Annual Young Artist Competition
  • YWCA Wenatchee Valley $2,600 – staffing and promotional costs for six month of Open Mic and Klean Karaoke at Café AZs.

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