Community Foundation Sponsors TEDxWenatcheeED Event

In 2014, TEDxWenatchee presented its first event, themed “Connecting the Dots”, aiming to energize leaders to think more creatively about the possibilities for the future of the valley.

TEDxWenatchee organizers Sara Rolfs and Jessica Lara announce today that TEDx  will return to the Wenatchee Valley for the second time. The event will be held on February 20th, 2019 at Wenatchee Valley College’s Grove Recital Hall with an additional Live Streaming options simul-cast at the Pybus Event Center.

“We are thrilled to be hosting another local TEDxWenatchee event,” said Rolfs. “Our inaugural event helped prod some creative and innovative thinking in our valley and we hope to capitalize on the momentum.”

“The 2019 event is TEDxWenatcheeED, “ED” stands for education,” adds Lara. “We really want to dig into some ideas that will really push us to think about what education can look like.”

ED events are TEDx events where educators, students, administrators and others gather to discuss the future of education. ED events give people in educational communities an opportunity to spark discussion on the future of education, and share those ideas with the global community.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.

TEDxWenatcheeED has opened its nomination/application process which closes on September 21st, 2018. For more information or to nominate someone (you?) with a fantastic Big Idea, please visit Organizers add that they are curating for thinkers, doers, artists, and people with ideas about education. Researched-based ideas are welcome as well as emerging talents in performing arts.

TEDxWenatcheeED is a ticketed event. Please visit the TEDxWenatcheeED website for updates on ticket sales or follow TEDxWenatchee on Facebook.

Be a TEDxWenatcheeED Presenter

Are you a thinker, doer, artists, and/or person with great ideas worth spreading about education? Be a speaker at TEDxWenatcheeED! Submissions are due September 21, 2018.

Presenter Submission

Be a TEDxWenatcheeED Sponsor

TEDxWenatcheeED is not-for-profit project and is grateful to the Community Foundation of NCW for providing fiscal sponsorship so that all donations are tax-deductible.  A limited number of event sponsorships are available for local and regional businesses. For more information please email

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter, on Facebook, and Instagram.

Three New Members Join Community Foundation of NCW Board of Trustees

The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to announce three new members to the Board of Trustees: Vaishalie Bhide, Pam Brulotte, and Karen Rutherford.

Community Foundation Trustees commit to serving 3 terms of 3 years, for a total of 9 years of service. The selection process is overseen by the foundation’s nominating committee, who seek to ensure a diverse range of individuals to govern the foundation.

“We believe that having a wide range of perspectives, skills, and experience make the most successful governing boards and therefore have a thoughtful selection process” said Beth Stipe, executive director. “We are thrilled to have these three incredible women bring their unique talents to the foundation.”

Vaishali Bhide is an RN Practice Manager of Oncology and Infusion for Confluence Health. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India, and has been living in the United States with her husband Vasudev for 25 years. They have one son, Niv, who is entering college this year and two cats they adore. Vaishali loves running, hiking, knitting, and traveling to new places.



Pam Brulotte and her husband Oliver are owners of Munchen Haus and Icicle Brewing Company in Leavenworth. Pam currently serves as the President of the Washington Brewers Guild and is also involved with Rotary, the CHS Business Department Advisory Committee, and several other local organizations. They have three children, Gabrielle, Joshua, and Elis. Pam loves spending time outdoors and serving her community.


Karen Rutherford is retired from the Wenatchee City Council and Wenatchee School District, but continues to volunteer her services in many capacities across the Valley. She is passionate about getting kids involved in Maker Spaces, STEAM projects, and loves to build with Legos. Karen can frequently be found walking the trails in Eastern Washington with her trusty companions: her dog, Ernie and her husband, Peter.

In addition to the new trustees, our officers have changed positions. Gil Sparks is now Board Chair, with Mark Spurgeon as Vice Chair and Claudia DeRobles as Secretary/Treasurer. They will each serve 2 years in these positions.
The foundation wishes to acknowledge Ken Marson as past-chair and three outgoing Trustees for volunteering their time and service to the region: Darci Christoferson, Diane Carson, and Mike Stancil.


Community Foundation of NCW Awards $17,910 in Nonprofit and Youth Grants

Cascadia Conservation District received an NCW Foundation for Youth Grant to support their Water on Wheels program that offers free lessons on water and soil conservation in lively, hands-on demonstrations for K-6th grade classrooms.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $17,910 in grants through the Helping Hands and NCW Foundation for Youth grant programs.

The Helping Hands grant program provides up to $2,500 to support unexpected needs or a special opportunity where a small investment could make a big difference for a nonprofit organization serving Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.

The NCW Foundation for Youth grant program, previously its own nonprofit organization, has completed its first grant cycle under the foundation’s management. The grant provides up to $1,000 to support programs that directly benefit Pre-K through 12th grade youth in Chelan and Douglas counties.

The foundation accepts applications for both programs year-round with awards disbursed every other month.

“These smaller grant programs are designed to quickly respond to and support nonprofit organizations serving our communities” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “The grant application process is easy but informative, and year-round funding makes it accessible to nonprofits with unexpected needs or opportunities.”

Helping Hands Grant Awards

  • Community Choice – Blood pressure self-assessment program at the Wenatchee Public Library
  • Rotary First Harvest – Harvest Against Hunger program in Leavenworth and Farm to Food Pantry program in Leavenworth and Okanogan
  • Wenatchee Parks and Recreation – Purchase of a Van for Special Olympics athletes

NCW Foundation for Youth Awards

  • Cascadia Conservation District – Water on Wheels program offers free lessons on water and soil conservation in lively, hands-on demonstrations to K-6th grade
  • Numerica Performing Arts Center – Every Kid at the PAC presentation of “OUTSIDE”, a theater piece exposing the issue of bullying, accompanied by curriculum materials for teachers
  • Packing Friendship – Weekend backpacks of food for needy students in the Wenatchee and Eastmont School Districts
  • Shop with a Cop – 40 selected students in need from Wenatchee and East Wenatchee to “Shop with a Cop” and demonstrate that law enforcement is helpful and approachable
  • Wenatchee FC – Support for soccer teammates who cannot afford registration fees, uniforms, and other related needs
  • Wenatchee Parks and Recreation – Junior Leadership in the Wading Pool Program
  • Wenatchee River Salmon Festival –Learning materials and education in English/Spanish and help with bus transportation
  • Wenatchee Valley Museum – Scholarships for Super Summer Adventure Camp
  • Wenatchee Valley YMCA – Partners with Youth scholarship membership program

CFNCW Awards $50,000 Endowment Grant to Wenatchee Valley Humane Society

CFNCW Board and Staff surprised the WVHS team with the Endowment Grant Award. Left to right: Leslie Freytag (CFNCW Board Trustee), Beth Stipe (CFNCW Executive Director), Cindy Fraley (WVHS Board Member), Pam Arena (WVHS Board Member), Dawn Davies (WVHS Executive Director), Jane Provo (WVHS Board Vice President), Jennifer Sands (WVHS Board Member), Joni Pepperl (WVHS Board President), Pepe Sandoval (WVHS Board Member), Anne White (CFNCW Board Trustee), Claire Oatey (CFNCW Director of Community Grants), Mark Spurgeon (CFNCW Board Trustee)

The Community Foundation of NCW has chosen the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society to receive its $50,000 Endowment Grant.

The Endowment Grant is a competitive grant open every other year to 501c3 nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. The grant provides the recipient with an annual stream of income through a permanent fund at the foundation, roughly 5% of the fund’s balance. As the fund grows through investment and added donations, the annual income increases for long term support of the organization.

The Endowment Grant is awarded to a well-established, extraordinary organization that is making a significant impact in the community it serves, has experienced leadership at both the board and staff level, and is poised to take the organization to the next level.

“While the grant committee had a difficult time making its decision, it was clear that the Humane Society had positioned itself for this opportunity” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “As a finalist for the previous endowment grant, they demonstrated improvements, implemented new policies that set them up for success, and exhibited a strong board and staff. We feel confident they are ready to take advantage of the opportunities this endowment will provide.”

Out of eighteen applicants, four finalists were chosen to give presentations to the Endowment Grant Committee, comprised of several board members. The other three finalists were: Methow Recycles, Women’s Resource Center, and Upper Valley MEND.

“Each of these organizations were deserving of the award” said Ken Marson, past board chair. “Their presentations were very well prepared, and they are all providing vital services to their communities. We commend their efforts and are proud of the work they are achieving. We hope they consider applying again.”

The next opportunity for the Endowment Grant opens February 1, 2020. For more information, visit


Upper Valley MEND

Women’s Resource Center

Methow Recycles





Interpersonal Leadership Workshop for Nonprofits

The Nonprofit Practices Institute (NPI), a partnership between the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund, announces its fall workshop for nonprofits: Interpersonal Leadership Styles.

This workshop examines various leadership styles and the impact of those individual styles of behavior on producing results. Participants will take a survey in advance of the workshop, then review the results in a collaborative setting.

The workshop is intended for nonprofit leaders, including staff and board, but anyone is welcome to attend. Each participant will take home a booklet with their individual survey results along with tips and tools for communication.

Presenter Leslie Sholl Jaffe has over 31 years experiences as a consultant across a broad spectrum of businesses and nonprofit organizations, creating environments that enable people to transform their lives and achieve results.

Online registration is required, and the registration fee is $40 and includes light refreshments, lunch, and the individual survey. Deadline to register is August 28th, or when maximum capacity it reached. The workshop is offered in two locations:

Monday, September 24, 2018
10:00 am – 3:00pm
Pybus Public Market, Wenatchee

Thursday, September 27, 2018
10:00am – 3:00pm
Howard’s on the River, Pateros


Community Foundation of NCW Partners with Microsoft to Support Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has partnered with Microsoft to provide technology support of STEM innovation projects in three NCW school districts and the TechSpark initiative that will provide free technology assessments, products, and training for nonprofits across the North Central Washington region.

STEM Innovation Projects

The Tonasket and Oroville School Districts will both receive $9,600 for a project that will allow high school students to learn STEM, design, and digital skills as well as engaging parents and students together in STEM-related activities in collaboration with the Gear Up program. Gear Up students will receive training in 3D modelling, principles of 3D printing, the Engineering Design Model, digital skills, multirotor operation/design and competitions/challenges with other Gear Up sites.

The Mansfield School District will receive $5,000 to purchase a 3D printer and allow high school students to take two classes offered by Central Washington University in engineering, technology, science, and computers. Students will receive hands-on training in operation of AutoCAD’s design and drafting software with emphasis on features, limitations, and dimensioning strategy. They will also learn three dimensional modeling including design of parts, assembly, and working drawings using 3D solid modeling software.

TechSpark Initiative

Microsoft is offering nonprofits access to free technology products and training to help improve efficiency and secure data through its TechSpark initiative. TechSpark aims to foster greater economic opportunity and job creation through partnerships with rural communities, learn about local challenges, and implement digital initiatives to help accelerate growth. The TechSpark initiative focuses on five program areas: digital transformation, digital skills and computer science education, career pathways, rural broadband, and support for nonprofits. North Central Washington has been chosen as one of six regions selected as a Microsoft TechSpark community, with a focus on supporting nonprofits.

Nonprofits in the region who want to take advantage of free technology will need to start by taking an online assessment that will give TechSpark information about their needs. From there, TechSpark will implement the appropriate tools and software, and provide training in partnership with Logic 20/20, a technology consulting firm.

Deadline to submit the technology assessment is July 20, 2018.


Accepting Applications for Community Foundation’s Regional Impact Grant

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for its Regional Impact Grant (RIG) open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and government agencies in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties (excludes organizations in the Methow Valley and all public schools, as those entities have other dedicated grant programs).

The RIG is an annual, competitive grant – only 25 recipients will be chosen to receive awards, and last year the foundation received 60 applications. There is no maximum funding request, however RIG awards are not likely to exceed $10,000. Request can be for specific projects or general operations.

Award recipients will receive a portion of their grant request, and the remainder will be promoted on Give NCW, an online crowdfunding campaign that invites the public to learn about the nonprofits and donate to help fully fund their grant request. RIG awards are funded based on the foundation’s resources and the grant’s potential impact in the community.

“This is the foundation’s largest grant opportunity for nonprofits in our region, and we want to help make the biggest impact with the resources we have” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “The Give NCW campaign is a great way for nonprofits to raise awareness about their work in our communities, and with a $10 minimum donation, anyone can help support some of the programs that are directly impacting quality of life in their community and region.”

In 2017, a total of $441,630 was awarded to 25 nonprofits with over $235,000 coming from donations through Give NCW. To date, the RIG program has awarded over $4.5 million to support charitable work across North Central Washington.

Applicants must apply online, deadline is August 1, 2018. Site visits with each applicant are scheduled through the end of October and Give NCW starts Thanksgiving Day through December 31st. Grants are awarded in January 2019.


Applications Open for NCW Foundation for Youth Grant

The Community Foundation of NCW is now managing the NCW Foundation for Youth Grant, providing funds to support programs that directly benefit pre-K through 12th grade youth in Chelan and Douglas counties.

Applications are now open, are accepted year-round, and awarded every other month. Up to $1,000 can be requested and funds must be expended within one year.

Examples of previously funded programs include: Shop with a Cop, Beauty of Bronze, Girls on the Run, PTSA programs, after-school programs, and other activities that engage youth.


Community Foundation Bridges Funding for United Way Agencies

The Community Foundation of NCW has distributed $53,125 to bridge the gap in funding for several United Way partner agencies that were anticipating support in 2018 from the United Way of Chelan-Douglas Counties.

Thirteen nonprofit organizations were selected to receive funding based on being a United Way partner agency in 2017 that were likely to be funded in 2018. Each will receive the first-quarter amount they received in last year’s distribution from the United Way.

Not all agencies that have applied for 2018 funding from United Way may be included in this distribution, as the United Way has not finalized those selections.


  • Camp Fire NCW
  • Chelan-Douglas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
  • Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council
  • Children’s Home Society of Wenatchee
  • Lilac Services for the Blind
  • Mobile Meals of Wenatchee
  • Small Miracles
  • Together! For a Drug Free Youth
  • Upper Valley Connection
  • Wenatchee Dispute Resolution Center
  • Wenatchee Family Counseling
  • Wenatchee Valley YMCA
  • Women’s Resource Center

“When United Way announced they were moving their fiscal year and delaying partner funding distributions, we knew we needed to help” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director.

“These nonprofits serve some of our most vulnerable populations, and our Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to step up and use some of our reserves” added Ken Marson, the foundation’s board chair. “We are confident the United Way will successfully navigate this transition and emerge stronger than before, and hope this bridge funding allows the time they need while their partner agencies continue their work in our communities.”

As a leading philanthropic resource to our region, the Community Foundation of NCW is committed to working with the United Way and its partner agencies throughout this transition.

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


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