Community Foundation Awards $240,455 in Grants to Nonprofits, Prepares for Give NCW

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $240,455 in grants to 30 nonprofits across the region. The grants were funded by the Regional Impact Grant and Partners in Giving programs.

The Regional Impact Grant (RIG) is an annual, competitive grant program that supports charitable organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Sixty organizations applied for the grant, and 30 received awards.

To evaluate and determine award recipients, a team of foundation staff and board participate in site visits with each applicant to learn more about their organization’s grant request and potential impact. The site visit teams visited all 60 organizations spanning the region, from Leavenworth to Chelan to Tonasket, and logged over 600 driving miles. These insightful visits are essential in helping the foundation’s board make thoughtful, informed decisions to ensure grant making supports a broad base of areas that enhance quality of life in the region’s communities.

Of the awarded organizations, 25 will participate in Give NCW, an online crowdfunding campaign beginning Thanksgiving Day through December 31st. Since the RIG can only award a portion of the grant requests, Give NCW provides an opportunity for the public to donate and help organizations reach their ultimate goals. Last year, Give NCW received over $253,000 in donations from the public – over $50,000 more than the foundation’s grant award amount.

While Give NCW is limited to 25 participants, the foundation’s board agreed to fund 5 additional organizations with programs that meet essential needs and/or have a significant impact in the community. A portion of this funding was made possible by the Partners in Giving program, comprised of individuals, families, and businesses that make unrestricted gifts to support the general work of the foundation.

“The foundation’s budget for these annual grants is around $200,000 each year, which comes from bequests left by generous individuals and families who loved the region” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants. “We’re trying to help nonprofits make a greater impact with larger awards, but each year we have more requests than we can fund. Added resources from our Partners in Giving allows us to grant a few extra awards, and Give NCW gives nonprofits an amazing opportunity to reach their full goal. We are so grateful for those that invest in making our region a better place for all.”


*Organizations marked with an asterisk will not participate in Give NCW
Organization  Project  Award 
Alatheia Riding Center Financial Aid Fund – Keep Them in the Saddle! $14,000
Artist Trust* Professional Development for Artists in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties $5,000
Camp Fire NCW Council Outdoor Education Program for teachers and students $5,000
Cancer Care of North Central Washington New commercial washers and dryers at Our House $3,500
Chapter 2 Chapter Resourcing youth literacy programs in NCW $7,500
Chelan County Historical Society (Cashmere Museum)* Collections Management and Reference Materials $7,055
Chelan-Douglas CASA Program I am for the Child – awareness and volunteer recruitment program $14,000
Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council Support for Literacy Council of Chelan and Douglas Counties $6,000
City of Entiat Fire Station Park $9,500
FIRST Washington After school STEM programs for vulnerable at-risk youth $9,500
Grunewald Guild* Art Access wheelchair ramp $5,400
Habitat For Humanity Of The Greater Wenatchee Area Townhomes at South Chelan Ave $6,000
Hand in Hand Immigration Support for citizenship program $14,000
Hearts Gathered General support for Okanagan Salish immersion Montessori school $8,000
NCW Economic Development District Support for NCW Regional Economic Forum and Economic Development $6,000
Okanogan County Child Development Association Purchase and implement updated fiscal and HR systems software $11,500
Okanogan County Community Action Council Program to help individuals maintain health and reduce emergency visits $10,000
Okanogan Land Trust OkaKnowledgy – educational lecture series $4,000
Pybus Market Charitable Foundation Support for community programs and activities at the Pybus Market $6,000
Small Miracles Free summer lunch program $8,000
Special Olympics Washington General operating support $6,000
Team Naturaleza Support for free, bilingual, natural resource and conservation education $6,000
Tender Loving Care for Seniors Home-based support for seniors $5,000
The Friends of the Wenatchee Public Library Support for Capital Campaign $11,500
Upper Valley Connection* Theater Camp $7,500
Upper Valley MEND Access to fresh produce at the Community Cupboard food bank $9,500
Wellness Place “FUEL for the FIGHT” offering pre-paid gas cards for rural patients fighting cancer $8,000
Wenatchee Valley DRC Increasing access to low/no cost alternative Conflict resolution $7,000
Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center Walk-In Freezer $9,000
Wenatchee Valley YMCA “Ment2B” program providing mentoring services for youth ages 8-17 $11,000


Woods Family Music and Arts Fund Awards $59,400 in Grants

The Woods Family Music and Arts Fund has awarded $59,400 in grants supporting schools and nonprofits across the region.

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.

“We are so grateful for the generosity the Woods have provided to our music and arts community for the last decade” said Jennifer Dolge, director of donor services and communications. “They are committed to ensuring music and arts is accessible to all – from professional development for musicians to bringing experiences to under-served communities. They’ve recently extended their grant opportunities to Okanogan County, furthering their passion for sharing their love of music.”

The Woods Grant opens August 1, 2019.

2019 Grant Awards

Organization Amount Project
Art On the Avenues $2,500 Beauty of Bronze
Beaver Valley School $2,000 Arts Exploration in Music and Play
Cascade Education Foundation $1,500 Leavenworth Elementary Art Appreciation Program (LEAAP)
Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council $1,000 Wenatchee Empty Bowls
Friends of the Oroville LIbrary $1,500 Oroville Ukulele Club
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts $2,500 Summer Symphony 2019
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts $2,500 Dar Williams Community Building Tour
Julian Patrick Vocal Camp $4,000 Julian Patrick Vocal Intensive
Leavenworth Summer Theater $1,500 Sound of Music VonTrapp Children’s Workshop
Lincoln Elementary PTA $4,000 Missoula Children’s Theater Production – The Frog Prince
Methow Arts Alliance $3,5000 Art Education for 5 Rural School Districts in Okanogan County
North Central Education Foundation $5,000 Art/Music Teacher Classroom Grants
Numerica PAC $5,000 Villalobos Brothers outreach
Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus $1,700 Outreach
Pybus Market Charitable Foundation $2,000 All of Creation Art for Kids 2019
Stage Kids WA $2,500 Professional Development for Staff
Upper Valley Connection $2,000 Theater Camp support
Wenatchee Art Education Consortium $1,200 Assembling Musicians
Wenatchee Brethren Baptist Homes $1,500 Garden Terrace Holiday Art Show and Sale
Wenatchee Jazz Workshop $2,500 Wenatchee Jazz Workshop 2019
Wenatchee Valley College $5,000 MAC Gallery Exhibition Program
Wenatchee Valley Symphony $2,500 Young Musician Competition and Season Guest Artists
WestSide High School $2,000 Visiting Artist / Playback Theater


Supporting Hurricane Florence Relief Through Community Foundations

From our experiences with wildfires across the region the last few years, we all know first-hand how disaster relief efforts can significantly support communities impacted by disaster. The Community Foundation of NCW was honored to be a part of handing donations and working with local partners to find solutions for recovery.

As Hurricane Florence begins its assault on the Carolinas, our Community Foundation colleagues in those areas have prepared their own disaster relief efforts to support their communities. For people who want to make financial contributions to relief efforts, Community Foundations are a wise choice – they know their communities, they have a distinct process for vetting and granting donated dollars, and are invested in long-term recovery.

The Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative has published information on supporting Hurricane Florence relief efforts through Community Foundations in several ways. We ask that you take a moment to review this information and consider one of the listed Community Foundations to help crucial long-term recovery efforts with your generous support.

Giving to Support Hurricane Florence Relief? Consider These Funds


Registration Now Open for Annual Board Celebration Dinner

The Nonprofit Practices Institute (a partnership between the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund) is hosting its annual Board Celebration Dinner this September to honor and recognize the service of our region’s nonprofit board volunteers.
Board members currently serving nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties are invited to enjoy a complimentary dinner at one of two locations: Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 or Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
Mingle with new and former colleagues, enjoy refreshments, feel inspired by and honored for the important work that you do in our communities!
Our special guest speaker for the evening, Leslie Sholl Jaffe, has over 31 years of experience as a consultant across businesses and nonprofit organizations. She has expertise in leadership development, effective communication, strategic envisioning, organizational alignment, and coaching for personal and professional development.

Dinner Details

  • Doors open at 5:30pm, presentation begins at 6:15pm, and dinner will start at 7:00pm.
  • Both dinners are buffet/family style.
  • Each guest will receive 1 complimentary beverage ticket; additional beverages can be purchased at the no-host bar.
  • Dinner is complimentary, however we do require a credit card number to reserve your seat. If you cancel after September 17th, you will be charged $75 to cover the cost of your meal.
  • You may bring a spouse or guest who is not an active board member, but you will need to pay the $75 to cover the cost of their meal.

Seating is limited!

Deadline to reserve your seat is September 17th or when maximum capacity is reached.


Community Foundation of NCW Awards $576,272 in Scholarships to Local Students

The Community Foundation of NCW (CFNCW) has awarded $576,272 in scholarships to 151 students entering or continuing their education at college, university, and trade schools.

This is the largest amount of awards the foundation has disbursed in a scholarship season to date.

The foundation manages over 100 unique scholarships, established by individuals and families who are passionate about supporting education for local students. Scholarship criteria varies from academic performance, to field of study, to overcoming obstacles and potential for success. Most scholarships aim to support those with the greatest financial need.

Over 200 volunteers from across the NCW region serve on selection committees that determine final award recipients. Committees may have between 5 and 100 applications to review.

“We are so grateful for the hard work of our scholarship selection committee volunteers” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “They are instrumental in helping us find the right recipient for the award that meets the intent of the scholarship. We can’t thank them enough for their participation in this process.”

Thanks to a partnership with the Central Washington University (CWU) Foundation, students attending CWU will have their Community Foundation scholarships matched by the school, up to $2,500 per award. This year those students will receive a total $30,650 in matched scholarships.

“We could not be more pleased to partner with CFNCW in providing this scholarship match program” said Scott Wade, executive director of the CWU Foundation. “Not only does it provide students the aspiration to go to college, but also the financial means to accomplish their dreams and become life-long leaders and learns in the places they work and communities that they serve.”

Scholarships for 2019 open in December of 2018 with most applications due by March 1st.



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


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