Stronger Schools Grant awards $70,000 to Public Schools across NCW

5th Graders at Lincoln Elementary in Wenatchee will get to explore the winter wonderland of YMCA Camp at Lake Wenatchee for 3 days and 2 nights where they will snowshoe, build snow caves, make their own snow cones, star-gaze, and so much more.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $70,000 from its Stronger Schools Grant to 15 public schools across North Central Washington.

Stronger Schools provides up to $5,000 to PreK-12th grade public schools and school districts for programs that enrich experiences for students, support teacher development, and foster opportunities for schools to achieve their goals.

“The Stronger Schools Grant is a great opportunity to fund innovative projects that bring added value to the classroom and the building” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “These programs are making school more fun, interesting, and helping to build well-rounded student experiences. We’re really proud of what our teachers are doing outside of the box to engage their students.”


  • Cascade and Lee Elementary – $4,000 Disability Education Awareness Program to promote empathy and understanding
  • Foothills Middle School – $5,000 Sixth Grade Camp at Tall Timber Ranch in Lake Wenatchee
  • Grand Coulee Dam School District – $5,000 Natural Helper Reboot peer to peer program that gives students tools and methods to handle traumatic and life situations
  • Icicle River Middle School – $5,000 Healthy Lifestyle Trail Improvement Project, building a new improved trail system near the school for student use
  • Independent Learning Center (Methow Valley) – $5,000 Support for Mentorship Coordinator
  • Lincoln Elementary School – $5,000 Winter STEAM Learning Adventure, a 3day/2night adventure at the YMCA camp at Lake Wenatchee for 5th graders
  • Manson High School – $4,450 Drone Club Job Training and Community Services, enabling students to apply drone technology to local professions
  • Manson School District – $5,000 Bilingual Summer School, supporting reading and math enrichment during the summer for English learners
  • Methow Valley Elementary School – $5,000 Purchase of cellos and violins to provide no-cost participation for the student
  • Methow Valley High School – $5,000 Orchestral bells for music program
  • Pateros School District – $5,000 Leader in Me, a student empowerment and leadership program
  • Peshastin-Dryden Elementary School – $3,500 Art classes for K-2nd graders in partnership with the Wenatchee Arts Education Consortium
  • Tonasket Elementary School – $3,500 Swim lessons for all 4th and 5th grade students
  • Virginia Grainger Elementary School – $4,700 World Music and Rhythms program teaching students about various world cultures through music and dance
  • Wenatchee School District – $4,850 Don’t Wait to Unmake a Bully, a student-run film production, education and training program

Funding for the Stronger Schools Grant comes from unrestricted funds at the foundation and individual donations.


Community Foundation Accepting Applications for Regional Impact Grant

Deadline – August 1, 2019

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for its Regional Impact Grant (RIG), the foundation’s largest funding opportunity open to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties (excluding the Methow Valley).

The RIG is an annual, competitive grant that provides funding for organizations making a significant impact in their community. There is no maximum funding request, however awards are not likely to exceed $10,000. Requests can be for specific projects or general operations.

Each applicant is visited by a team of Community Foundation staff and board members to learn more about their organization and request, and evaluate awards based on several factors that demonstrate their need and potential impact in the community.

The foundation typically receives around 60 applications for the RIG, but only 25 are awarded. Recipients will receive a portion of their request, then participate in Give NCW, an online giving catalog that invites the public to donate and help organizations reach their full grant requests.

In 2018, the foundation awarded $240,000 in Regional Impact Grants to nonprofits, with an additional $203,000 in public donations through Give NCW.

Applicants must apply online, deadline is August 1, 2019. Give NCW starts Thanksgiving Day through December 31st. Grants are awarded in January 2020.


Community Foundation of NCW Offers Training for New Board Members

The Community Foundation of NCW is now offering Board 101: The Basics, a 90-minute presentation by foundation staff to help new and prospective board members better understand the roles and responsibilities expected in serving an organization as a volunteer board member.

Board 101 will be offered quarterly, with maximum capacity is 25. The first presentation will be on Thursday, May 30, from 5:30PM – 7:30PM.

Board 101 is intended for:

  • Those who haven’t served on a board, but want to know what it’s about
  • New board members who have never served
  • Board members who have been serving but want to brush up on basics

Board 101 will cover topics including:

  • General introduction to the nonprofit sector and key terms
  • Board roles and responsibilities
  • Reading financials – the basics!
  • Introduction to fundraising
  • Board Meeting Tips
  • Next steps – how to join a board & more educational resources

Board 101 will be offered quarterly, with maximum capacity is 25.

Participation is free, but registration is required.


Community Foundation Awards $72,000 to Methow Valley Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $72,000 in grants to 24 nonprofits serving the Methow Valley through the Methow Valley Fund (MVF) grant program.

The Methow Valley Fund was established in 2006 to provide sustainable funding for a vibrant, healthy Methow Valley. MVF grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations supporting health and human services, education, arts and culture, the environment, social and public benefit projects.

This year, the MVF program guidelines were updated to better serve the grant-seeking nonprofits. Historically, the MVF awarded grants up to $5,000, but often awarded partial grants in an effort to serve as many needs as possible.

Now the MVF has two award categories – $2,000 and $5,000 – with no partial award options. The application process is now more commensurate with the award, with the smaller grant having a shorter, less-intensive application. Both grants still require a site visit with the Methow Valley Fund Advisors, a group of local residents who evaluate each application and determine the final grant awards.

“We surveyed the nonprofits across the valley to evaluate how the Methow Valley Fund grant process was meeting their needs” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “Their responses indicated that a smaller award option that required less time investment would be valuable. Now that we’ve been through the new process, it feels like a better fit for the nonprofits and hopefully results in more effective impact.”

The MVF grants are made possible by donations to the fund by the general public who care about the Methow Valley and want to see it thrive. Since its inception, the MVF has awarded over $1 million in grants to nonprofit programs serving the Methow Valley.

The MVF grants are open each year on December 1st and are due January 31st. To learn more, visit

2019 Methow Valley Fund Grant Awards

Aero Methow Rescue Service Ambulance child restraint system $2,000
Classroom in Bloom Greenhouse and Farm to School Expansion Project $2,000
Confluence Gallery and Art Center Art in the Wild, summer arts enrichment camp $2,000
Methow At Home Membership Grant Fund, financial aid for membership dues $2,000
Methow Conservancy Methow Grown Farm and Ranch Guide, 2nd edition $2,000
Methow Housing Trust Staff training and capacity-building $2,000
Methow Valley Citizens Council Clean Air Project $2,000
Methow Valley Family Home Center Assoc. Computer and printer upgrade $2,000
Methow Valley Interpretive Center Expanded signage for the Methow Valley Native Garden $2,000
Methow Watershed Foundation Pamphlet to educate residents about water supply and quality $2,000
Methow Valley Riding Unlimited Training and certification $2,000
Room One Outreach for new Room One communications $2,000
Shafer Historical Museum Modernizing admissions donations to accept debit/credit $2,000
The Cove Friday Food Program, supplemental food over the weekend for Methow Valley students in need $2,000
The Merc Playhouse Musical Theater Camp and Drama Camp for Summer 2019 $2,000
Winthrop Rink 4th grade Free Skate Program and other youth programs $2,000
Total MVF2K Grants $32,000
Cascadia Music Capacity-building and strategic planning $5,000
Friends of the Twisp Pool Situation assessment and feasibility study $5,000
Friends of the Winthrop Library Capacity-building and marketing for capital campaign $5,000
Little Star Montessori School Programs/General Operating support $5,000
Methow Arts Alliance Free arts education for Methow Valley School District $5,000
Methow Recycles General Operating support $5,000
Methow Trails Methow Valley Trails Collaborative – 2019 Save A Trail-Riser Lake $5,000
Okanogan County Search and Rescue Assoc. Technical Rope Rescue Training Class $5,000
Total MVF5K Grants $40,000


Nonprofit Practices Institute Hosts 11th Annual NPI Summit

Monday, April 29, 2019
9:00am – 4:00pm
Campbell’s Resort, Chelan WA

The Nonprofit Practices Institute (NPI), a partnership of the Community Foundation and the Icicle Fund, is hosting its 11th Annual NPI Summit on Monday, April 29, 2019 from 9:00am to 4:30pm at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan, Washington.

The NPI Summit is a day-long conference that provides high-quality, low-cost professional development and networking opportunities for nonprofit organizations serving North Central Washington. The event is open to nonprofit staff, board, volunteers, or anyone interested in nonprofit work.

This year’s keynote is Erica Barnhart, Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and CEO of Claxon, a marketing consulting firm. The topic is “The Energetics of Language: how to use the power of words to drive change, inspire engagement, and lead a happier, healthier life.”

The rest of the summit includes a dozen presentations over three sessions that cover topics including grant writing, marketing and outreach, succession planning, diversity and inclusion, event planning, board/director relationships, and mindfulness.

“The summit is a great opportunity to learn best practices from experts in their fields” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants and summit programmer. “We’re excited about the diverse range of topics this year – there’s something for everyone.”

Online registration is required along with a $30 fee that includes lunch.



The Leadership Game

Improve your nonprofit’s leadership intelligence and effectiveness!

The Community Foundation of NCW is partnering with Colin Brine of BeClearly to offer NCW nonprofits with a unique experience in uncovering nonprofit organizations’ needs, struggles, and opportunities and discovering leadership intelligence through The Leadership Game.

The John Maxwell Team Leadership Game is a comprehensive, interactive game based on the teachings of John C. Maxwell. The game helps organizations improve their leadership intelligence and increase their effectiveness. The Leadership Game is a fun, yet challenging experience designed to help teams better understand core leadership principles and values. This experience will raise the leadership awareness of your team and introduce the timeless leadership principles that will bring about positive change through communication and connection.

The Community Foundation of NCW will host several dates and times for organizations to play The Leadership Game. Organizations must be 501c3 public charities in Chelan, Douglas, or Okanogan counties.


Donations to Give NCW raise over $200,000 for NCW nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to announce its Give NCW campaign has raised $203,254 for 25 nonprofits in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.

Give NCW is a crowdfunding campaign starting Thanksgiving Day through December 31st that invites the public to support 25 nonprofits across North Central Washington. The selected organizations received a Regional Impact Grant from the foundation, but only for a portion of their request. Give NCW provided an opportunity for organizations to raise additional funds to reach their full request goal and build awareness about their program or project. Seven organizations were “Fully Funded” and met their full fundraising goals.

“We launched Give NCW five years ago as a way for people to learn about charitable programs that are impacting their community directly” said Beth Stipe, executive director. “It’s an easy way for people to give locally, in any amount, and be part of philanthropy in our region.”

There was an additional $3,000 awarded to nonprofits through Funday Monday – each time someone gave on a Monday, their name was entered to win up to $1,000 to use on Give NCW any way they chose. Several nonprofits benefitted from the extra funds and it provided incentive for people to give. Two Wenatchee businesses, Mela Coffee Roasting and Firehouse Pet Shop, also provided gift cards as incentive for people to donate.

“Giving should be a fun and rewarding experience.” said Stipe, “Each year we try to come up with new ways to engage people to give. Our goal is not just raising the dollars, but inspiring everyone to be a philanthropist – at any level.”

The total amount dispersed to the 25 nonprofits between Give NCW and the Regional Impact Grant is over $417,000.

The next Regional Impact Grant application opens June 1, 2019.

Give NCW Award Recipients

Organization Amount Awarded (RIG+Give NCW) Project
Alatheia Riding Center 27,547.37 Keep Them in the Saddle!
Camp Fire NCW FULLY FUNDED 15,471.20 Help Camp Fire NCW get children back outdoors!
Cancer Care of NCW FULLY FUNDED 8,451.20 Help “Our House” Get New Commercial Washers & Dryers
Chapter 2 Chapter 11,596.20 Every Child Wants to Read
Chelan Valley Hope FULLY FUNDED 11,586.20 Tender Loving Care (TLC) for Seniors Program
Chelan-Douglas CASA 30,765.36 A Powerful Voice for Children
Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council 10,401.20 Free English as a Second Language Classes at the Literacy Council
City of Entiat 12,521.20 Entiat Fire Station Park
FIRST Washington 13,731.20 Bringing the sport of STEM to NCW Youth!
Friends of the Wenatchee Public Library 27,445.85 Wenatchee Public Library Capital Campaign
Habitat for Humanity -Greater Wenatchee 9,451.20 Building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.
Hand in Hand Immigration Services FULLY FUNDED 32,275.20 Citizenship Program
Hearts Gathered 11,731.20 Okanagan Salish Guides Our School Forward
NCW Economic Development District 6,777.20 Fostering Inclusive Prosperity Across North Central Washington
Okanogan County Child Development Association 13,766.20 Upgrade our computer software to meet our needs!!
Okanogan County Community Action Council 12,451.20 Health Home Care Coordinator Support
Pybus Market Charitable Foundation 8,786.20 Pybus Market Community-Building Programs
Small Miracles FULLY FUNDED 34,786.20 Help Feed Hungry Kids
Special Olympics Washington FULLY FUNDED 10,561.20 Supporting Health and Wellness Opportunities for Local Athletes
TeamNaturaleza FULLY FUNDED 16,906.20 Uniting People and Nature: Reuniendo la Gente y la Naturaleza
Upper Valley MEND 21,331.20 Improving food bank client health with access to healthy produce
Wellness Place 24,781.20 FUEL for the FIGHT -Cancer Support in NCW
Wenatchee Valley Dispute Resolution Center 9,906.20 Changing Relationships Through Peaceful Conflict Resolution
Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center 11,396.20 Walk-In Freezer
Wenatchee Valley YMCA 22,791.20 Ment2B -Changing Lives Through Mentoring
TOTAL 417,214.98


Community Foundation Now Accepting Applications for 2019 Scholarships

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for its scholarship program. 

The foundation manages over 100 unique scholarships that support 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. 

Each scholarship has its own criteria and eligibility – most seek to support students who have served their communities, show growth and potential, and demonstrate significant financial need. 

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 have scholarships for nearly every type of student,” said Julie Mott, the foundation’s scholarship program specialist. 

“If you’re a student who has faced obstacles, or plan to study a specific area such as nursing or engineering, or have served your community or participated in extra-curricular activities – we most likely have a scholarship for you. Most of our scholarships support students who have a lot of potential and really need the extra financial support. We encourage every student who plans to attend college this fall to at least take the eligibility quiz and see if we have a scholarship that fits them.” 

The deadline for most scholarships is March 1st.  


Important Dates for Year-End Giving

As we begin the last month of the year, the Community Foundation wants to remind you of important dates to give in order to receive your tax-deduction for 2018. If you have a giving opportunity that isn’t listed below, please give us a call and we’d be happy to help!

  • Gifts of Appreciated Stock must be received by 12/31/2018, please notify your broker as soon as possible. You can find transfer information here.
  • Gifts from your IRA, including Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) should also be initiated as soon as possible to meet the 12/31/2018 deadline. See transfer information hereNote: RMDs cannot be used to open or add to a Donor Advised Fund, but the Foundation can accept the gift and pass it on to nonprofits of our choice. 
  • Gifts by check sent via the US Postal Service to the Community Foundation must be postmarked by 12/31/2018. Checks sent via other carriers (eg: FedEx, UPS) must be in our office on or before 12/31/2018.
  • Gifts by credit card online may be made by midnight 12/31/18 to receive a tax receipt for 2018 and will be sent via email to the address you provide. Click here to give online.
  • Gifts from your Donor Advised Fund requested after 12/10/18 will be sent to the organization in January. Click here to login to your account.

Thank you so much for your continued investment in your community through the Community Foundation of NCW!

Are Your Affairs In Order? Advice on Creating or Updating Your Will and Leaving a Legacy

A Pybus University Offering

January 22, 2019
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Pybus Market Conference Room
Admission is free


Is your New Year’s resolution to update your will?  If not, maybe it should be. Without a will, the disbursement of your property and the care of your dependents are determined by state law. You want to make sure that you are leaving your family and your assets in good hands and that the causes you care about continue to thrive well beyond your lifetime.

During this class, you will learn the basics of creating or updating a will from local attorney Colleen Frei of Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward. Beth Stipe, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, will also introduce you to the “Give 10” campaign and encourage you to think about what kind of legacy you might leave for future generations.

Local attorneys who specialize in estate planning will be available for you to meet following the presentation.

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