Community Foundation Awards $90,000 in Grants to Schools

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $90,000 in Stronger Schools Grants to schools across North Central Washington, the largest total award for this grant to date.

Stronger Schools is an annual grant that provides up to $5,000 per school and/or school district to support innovative programs that enhance student learning and engagement and get kids excited about school.

“The schools in our region are very diverse in the resources they have available”, said Claire Oatey, the foundation’s director of community grants. “We were impressed with the level of engagement teachers have in creating exciting learning opportunities for their students, and the Stronger Schools grant will give them an opportunity to take the classroom to the next level.”

The foundation receive 30 applications from across the region, and a review committee consisting of staff, board trustees, and volunteers visited each school to learn more about their projects and determine final awards.

The next Stronger Schools Grant cycle opens on January 15, 2019.



  • Castle Rock Early Childhood Learning Center – $2,500 Training specific to early childhood learning to implement PBIS strategies for children with and without special needs

Elementary Schools

  • Beaver Valley School – $4,500 The Grassy Hill, a multi-level play space to improve play yard
  • Brewster Elementary School – $3,000 Book Up Summer, children choose 12 books to take home over the summer
  • East Omak Elementary School – $4,000 Eagles Orchestra support
  • Lewis and Clark Elementary School – $4,000 Performing Arts Experience collaboration with After School Explorers Academy to expose students to performance arts, music, and theater
  • Lincoln Elementary School – $5,000 Islandwood: A School in the Woods, a project-based, STEAM-focused overnight adventure in a natural world setting
  • Methow Valley Elementary School – $2,500 Ukuleles in the Classroom, integrating literacy and music in the classroom
  • Tonasket Elementary School – $5,000 Virtual Reality Expeditions for grades 3-5
  • Virginia Grainger Elementary School – $3,000 World Music in the Classroom
  • Washington Elementary School – $4,000 Just Get Out!, supporting field experiences for every students

Middle Schools

  • Foothills Middle School – $4,000 Robotics Program
  • Icicle River Middle School – $4,000 Develop a book collection that represents and reflects students’ life experiences
  • Manson Options Middle School – $2,500 Salish Sea Expedition, students spend 3 nights on a sailboat learning about nautical navigation and marine biology
  • Pioneer Middle School – $3,000 6th Grade Science/Leadership Camp

High Schools

  • Independent Learning Center (Methow Valley) – $5,000 Mentorship program to break the cycle of generational poverty
  • Lake Roosevelt High School – $5,000 Natural Helpers Re-boot, a peer support program
  • Tonasket Choice High School – $3,000 Positive Behavior Rewards Program field trip to Spokane
  • Wenatchee High School – $4,000 Class of 2019 College Access and Support Project, helping students prepare for college
  • WestSide High School – $3,500 Fall Teambuilding and Leadership at Stonewater Ranch

School Districts

  • Eastmont School District – $4,500 Eastmont Summer Library Program to keep K-12 students engaged in reading and learning over the summer
  • Multi-District (led by Wenatchee School District) – $5,000 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Family Advocacy Nights (monthly) for students from any district in the region
  • Tonasket School District – $5,000 Tonasket School Garden expansion
  • Wenatchee School District – $4,000 Transportation for After School Programs to visit local community sites


Methow Valley Fund Awards $61,500 in Grants for Local Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $61,500 in grants from its Methow Valley Fund to support 25 nonprofits serving the Methow Valley.

The Methow Valley Fund was established in 2006 to assist nonprofit and public organizations in developing strong, sustainable programs that contribute to a vibrant community.

The Methow Valley Fund is advised by a diverse group of volunteers who live and/or work in the Methow Valley and are passionate about local charitable work. Grant requests are reviewed and determined by the advisors and approved by the foundation.

The Methow Valley Fund grant is a competitive grant offered annually. The grant is made possible by an anonymous donor and contributions to the fund.


  • Little Star Montessori – $4,000 for programs
  • Methow Arts Alliance – $4,000 for free arts education programs
  • Methow Housing Trust – $3,500 for data management system
  • Methow at Home – $3,500 for membership grant fund
  • Methow Valley Riding Unlimited – $3,500 for therapeutic horsemanship program
  • Methow Watershed Foundation – $3,000 for water project
  • The Merc Playhouse – $3,000 for production directors
  • TwispWorks Foundation – $3,000 for Methow Made program
  • Friends of the Pool – $3,000 for MESH fund
  • Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival – $3,000 for website design
  • Methow Field Institute – $2,600 for audio-visual enhancement of interpretive center
  • Methow Valley Citizens Council – $2,500 for Citizen Air Quality ambassadors
  • Methow valley Family Home Center Association – $2,500 for flooring project
  • Methow Valley Community Center – $2,500 for office equipment replacement
  • Public School Funding Alliance – $2,500 for strategic plan and capacity building
  • Classroom in Bloom – $2,000 for farm to school internship program
  • Confluence Gallery and Art Center – $2,000 for art camp
  • Cascadia Music – $2,000 for chorus/orchestra risers
  • Methow Trails – $1,900 for adaptive ski program enhancement
  • Methow Conservancy – $1,500 for pocket guide to Methow Valley Farms
  • Methow Valley Education Foundation – $1,500 for community reintroduction
  • Okanogan County Search and Rescue Association – $1,500 for rescue equipment upgrade
  • Friends of the Winthrop Library – $1,000 for a feasibility study
  • Winthrop Kiwanis – $1,000 for partnership with Independent Learning Center
  • Winthrop Rink – $1,000 for a new fleet of ice skates

The Methow Valley Fund Grant opens December 1st and is due January 31st.

Registration Open for Annual Nonprofit Practices Institute Summit

Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Nonprofit Practices Institute Summit, a day-long conference for nonprofit staff, board, volunteers, and anyone interested in learning about and fine-tuning best practices for nonprofit work.

Monday, May 14, 2018
9:00am – 4:00pm (registration opens at 8:00am)
Campbell’s Resort, Chelan Washington
Registration Fee: $25, includes lunch
Online registration required
Registration deadline is May 7th or max capacity, whichever comes first.

The Nonprofit Practices Institute (NPI) is a partnership of the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund, established to provide affordable and accessible professional development and training for nonprofit organizations.

The NPI Summit kicks off with a keynote on strategic planning in a changing environment presented by Mark Fulop, owner and principal of Facilitation and Process consulting firm. Several breakout sessions follow, covering various nonprofits subjects including:

  • Capital Campaigns
  • Fundraising
  • Data Tools
  • Building Relationships
  • Board Leadership
  • Marketing

Ten scholarships are available to attend the summit provided by the Statewide Capacity Collaborative, awarded on a first-come first-served basis for those that meet the scholarship’s the criteria.



$50,000 Endowment Grant Open to Support One NCW Nonprofit

Application deadline: May 1, 2018

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for a $50,000 Endowment Grant to support one nonprofit in Chelan, Douglas, or Okanogan county.

An endowment fund at CFNCW provides a nonprofit agency an annual income disbursement to support its operations while the principal of the fund grows in perpetuity.

The ideal grantee is a well-established, extraordinary organization making a significant impact on the community it serves. The organization must have experienced leadership at both the board and staff level who will use the $50,000 Endowment Grant to move the organization to the next level of expertise.

“Part of our mission is to help strengthen nonprofit agencies in an effort to support strong, healthy communities,” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “An endowment is an important component to securing long-term financial sustainability. The endowment grows over time through additional gifts and prudent investment through the foundation, which gives the organization the ability to continue their mission for generations to come.”

Previous recipients include Methow Trails, Numerica Performing Arts Center, and the Children’s Home Society of Weantchee.

The award will be announced and disbursed in September.


Accepting Applications for Stronger Schools Grant

Up to $5,000 for PreK-12 Public Schools in NCW

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for its Stronger Schools grant program that supports public schools and school districts serving grades Pre-K through 12 in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.

Application deadline is March 15, 2018.

Up to $5,000 is available for programs that enrich school experiences for students, support teacher development, and provide opportunities for schools to better achieve their goals.

Applications can be submitted by teachers, PTSAs, staff, or supporting foundations. Only one application can be submitted per school with principal’s approval, but can include multiple projects.

School districts are also eligible to apply for programs that will provide district-wide benefits or opportunities. School districts may apply in addition to schools within their district.

Stronger Schools grant awards are disbursed in May and must be used within the 2018-2019 academic school year.

Last year, the Community Foundation of NCW awarded $82,942 in Stronger Schools grants to twenty schools across the region, supporting literacy programs, music education, robotics, mentoring, and more.


Strategic Planning in Nonprofits Workshop in Wenatchee and Twisp

Strategic Planning in NonprofitsThe Community Foundation of NCW is hosting a Strategic Planning in Nonprofits workshop on Tuesday March 27 at the Red Lion in Wenatchee and Wednesday March 28 at the Aero Methow in Twisp.

Strategic planning offers a critical pathway for nonprofits to better achieve their mission. There are many benefits, including: increased focus, support, accountability, and ability to measure impact. Yet the vast majority of small nonprofits who do not have plans miss this opportunity to think deeply about their work and expand their capacity to deliver more powerfully on their mission.

Strategic Planning in Nonprofits covers six planning elements: preparing, listening, envisioning, planning, executing, and evaluating. It anchors each unit in why they matter and provides tools to help learners act on what they learn and better achieve their mission.

This workshop is designed for staff, board members, and others involved in the strategic planning process for nonprofit organizations.

Both workshops begin at 9:00am and end at 3:00pm. Registration fee is $20 and includes light morning refreshments and lunch.


Give NCW Donations Exceed Community Foundation Grants

Give NCWThe Community Foundation of NCW has awarded a total $441,630 to 25 nonprofits, thanks to generous donations to Give NCW from people across the region and beyond.

The foundation awarded $201,250 in Regional Impact Grants, and the public donated $235,380 through Give NCW.

An extra $5,000 was added to the total awards from the foundation through its Funday Monday contest, where names were drawn from donations processed on each Monday of the campaign. Winners received $500, $1,000, or $2,000 to use on Give NCW any way they chose.

This is the second year that the public has outdone the foundation in funding our local nonprofits” said Beth Stipe, executive director.

“Give NCW allows everyone to be part of philanthropy. The minimum gift is $10, and those add up to a lot when everyone pitches in. We want everyone to feel like they can support good work happening in their own community, and these results make us feel we are helping to make that happen”, said Stipe.

Give NCW is a crowdfunding campaign that supports twenty-five nonprofits who have received a Regional Impact Grant from the foundation to help fund a program or project, but still need additional funds to meet their goal.

Donations to Give NCW are tax-deductible and credit card fees are absorbed by the foundation through the Partners in Giving program, so 100% of the donations support the nonprofits.

Applicants must be 501c3 public charities or government agencies serving Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. The grant will be open June 1, 2018 and due August 1, 2018 – one month earlier than previous years.


Community Foundation of NCW Scholarship Applications Open January 1st

Steve Robinson presents the William and Elizabeth Robinson Scholarship, established in memory of his parents, to Hunter Brawley. Last year over a half million dollars in scholarships was awarded to 152 students in North Central Washington.

The Community Foundation of NCW will open applications for its scholarship program on January 1, 2018. The deadline for most scholarships is March 1. 

The Community Foundation manages over 100 unique scholarships established by individuals and families who feel passionate about furthering education for local students. 

Scholarship criteria varies and many do not require top academics or participation in specific activities. In fact, most scholarships seek to support students who have served their communities, show growth and potential, and demonstrate significant financial need. 

Scholarships are available to high school seniors, current college students, and non-traditional students from North Central Washington who are planning to attend four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, and trade schools. 

The application process is online and students can easily apply for multiple scholarships at once. The eligibility quiz feature helps students easily determine the scholarships that are right for them. 

“We encourage every student planning to attend college in the fall to apply for scholarships,” said Erika Orsulak, director of education programs. “The eligibility quiz will help students find scholarships, and there are scholarships for every type of student. Each year the Community Foundation has scholarships that don’t get awarded, simply because students don’t apply – all students should consider applying today.”


Woods Family Music and Arts Grant Awards $56,628 to Local Schools and Nonprofits

The Woods Family Music and Arts Grant, managed by the Community Foundation of NCW, has awarded $56,628 in grants to schools and nonprofits across North Central Washington.

Established in 2011, the Woods Family Music and Arts Grant provides up to $5,000 to support programs that foster and improve arts and music awareness, education, performance, events, and professional development.

The annual grant is open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties.

“The Woods family are incredibly passionate about access to art and music for everyone in the region” said Erika Orsulak, the director of education programs at the Community Foundation.

“They are helping to inspire every generation to embrace art and music culture and have invested in programs that provide enriching experiences for a deeper connection to self and community. We are grateful for such meaningful philanthropy right here in our region.”

Grants Awarded



Community Foundation of NCW Awards $216,950 in Grants, Announces Give NCW

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $216,950 in Regional Impact Grants to 28 nonprofits across North Central Washington.

The Regional Impact Grant (RIG) is an annual grant open to any 501c3 charitable nonprofit or public agency in Chelan, Douglas, or Okanogan counties to support specific projects or general operations for programs that make a positive impact in their communities.

Each applicant is visited by a team of Community Foundation staff and Trustees to learn more about their organization and grant request to determine award recipients. Over 60 applications were submitted, making this year’s grant very competitive.

“We are really excited about the list of recipients this year,” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “They are so diverse – from arts to environment, health services to youth programs – all reaching different areas of our region to improve quality of life.”

Each of the grant recipients received a portion of their grant request, as the amount of requests received far exceeded the amount the foundation was able to award. That’s where Give NCW comes in.

Give NCW is an online crowdfunding campaign that showcases each of the nonprofit’s projects and programs and asks the community to donate to help them reach their initial fundraising goal.

“We started Give NCW to build awareness of the great nonprofit work happening in our communities across the region,” said Jennifer Dolge, director of donor service and communications. “Last year, the public gave more to organizations on Give NCW than the foundation awarded in Regional Impact Grants – and to us, that was a huge success. Seeing your community come out and support its nonprofits is what makes our region so special.”

To view the list of participants and donate to their projects, visit from Thanksgiving Day to December 31st.

Minimum donation is $10, and the Community Foundation is absorbing all credit cards fees so 100% of the donation supports the nonprofit.

Donations can support multiple projects in one transaction, or the Give to All option allows your gift to be divided among each organization.

Regional Impact Grant Recipients / Give NCW Participants

  • Apple Pie Jamboree – $6,000 Event improvements
  • Art on the Avenues – $7,500 Beauty of Bronze, an arts education program for 5th graders in Wenatchee School District
  • Cascade Columbia Fisheries – $9,000 Expanded education and outreach to adults in NCW
  • Cascade Medical Foundation – $11,000 Colonoscope replacement and upgrades to colonoscopy suite
  • Chelan-Douglas Land Trust – $7,500 Wenatchee Foothills invasive species control
  • Children’s Home Society of Washington – $7,500 Readiness to Learn, an early intervention dropout reduction program
  • Confluence Health Foundation – $5,000 Miracle Milk for Babies, a program supporting donated breastmilk for newborn babies who need special care
  • EASE Cancer Care Foundation – $10,000 Journey to Wellness 2-day educational workshop and a 12-week Cancer Survivorship rehabilitation program
  • Invent Now, Inc. – $5,000 Camp Invention, a week-long STEM-focused summer program
  • Leavenworth Community United Methodist Church – $7,500 Backpack Mission to provide backpacks of food for 75 pre-K through High School students in Cascade and Pateros School Districts
  • Lilac Services for the Blind – $5,000 Technology training for individuals with vision loss on assistive devices such as computer, tablets, and smart phones
  • Medical Teams International – $7,500 Mobile Dental Program for free or low-cost dental care in several locations across NCW
  • Methow Arts Alliance – $11,250 Arts education for students in five Okanogan county school districts that would otherwise not have any art programming
  • More to Life – $6,000 The Anchor Recovery Program that serves teens newly released from Juvenile Detention
  • Northwest Immigration Rights Project – $12,000 Keeping Families Together project that provides legal representation for low-income immigrants
  • Numerica Performing Arts Center – $10,000 Every Kid at the PAC program that creates opportunities for students in NCW to experience the arts for free
  • Pateros Brewster Community Resource Group – $9,000 General operating support
  • Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho – $7,500 Well Women Exams Patient Assistance Fund to remove cost barriers to receive cervical cancer screening, detection, and early intervention services
  • Stage Kids WA – $7,000 General operating support
  • The Trust for Public Land – $7,500 Parks for the People program, ensuring everyone lives within a 10-min walk to a quality park in Wenatchee Valley
  • THRIVE Chelan Valley – $7,500 Fusion One on One Mentoring connecting adults to mentor youth for inspiring and supporting personal growth
  • Wenatchee Valley Humane Society – $10,000 Operation Fix, providing vouchers for low-income residents to spay and neuter their dogs and cats and other related programs
  • Wenatchee River Institute – $8,000 Traveling Naturalists to visit four Wenatchee elementary schools engaging students in nature and science
  • Wenatchee Valley TREAD – $8,000 Support for Executive Director to lead new organization that advocates for outdoor recreation in the Wenatchee Valley
  • YWCA North Central Washington – $9,000 Opportunity Homeless Case Management to connect with homeless individuals, help eliminate barriers, and access permanent housing

The following organizations also received Regional Impact Grants, but will not participate in Give NCW.

  • Chelan County Natural Resource Department – $6,000 Stemilt-Squilchuck recreation plan implementation
  • Community Cultural Center of Tonasket – $5,300 Expand community outreach
  • Northwest Youth Corps – $4,400

The next Regional Impact Grant will open in July 2018. All awarded recipients must wait out one year before re-applying.

The Community Foundation of NCW would like to thank and recognize the Wenatchee World for its partnership in Give NCW and helping to showcase the charitable work of nonprofits across the North Central Washington region throughout the campaign.


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