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


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.


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