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.


Give Methow campaign raises $220,533 for Methow Valley nonprofits

Frauke Rynd was a lucky “Funday Monday” winner and supported some of her favorite organizations with an extra $500 from the foundation.

The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to announce its Give Methow campaign has raised $220,533 for 32 Methow Valley nonprofits.

Give Methow is a crowdfunding campaign that runs in October and was created by the foundation to build awareness about local nonprofits in the Methow Valley and provide a way for people to easily support their work.

“This is our third year of hosting the campaign, and the donations continue to grow” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “People tell us they love to give this way because it’s so easy, and they learn about other programs happening in the valley. That’s exactly what we wanted to do when we first started these campaigns, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the community’s support.”

Any 501c3 public charity in the Methow Valley was eligible to participate to raise funds for up to $10,000 to support a specific program or general operations. Thirty-two organizations participated, all providing a unique quality of life for the Methow Valley – from the arts to environment, health and housing to education, recreation, and community services.

As a fundraising incentive, an anonymous donor who loves the Methow Valley seeded a $30,000 stretch pool to be distributed across the organizations based on how much they raised. An additional $2,000 was added to the pool by people who wanted to support all organizations, which allowed some Give Methow participants to exceed their goals.

Individuals who gave on Mondays were entered to win $500 or $1,000 to use on Give Methow any way they chose through the foundation’s “Funday Monday” contest. On the final Funday Monday, 375 donations were made totaling over $32,000.

Give Methow will run again in October 2018.

Give Methow Results

Organization Total Raised
Methow Conservancy $12,432
Methow Recycles $12.364
Aero Methow Rescue Service $12,029
Cove Food Bank $11,829
Room One $11,829
Methow Valley Citizens Council $11,771
Public School Funding Alliance $11,739
Classroom in Bloom $11,700
Methow Valley Community School $11,265
TwispWorks Foundation $10,050
Methow At Home $10,046
Methow Arts Alliance $7,288
Methow Trails $6,699
Methow Valley Riding Unlimited $6,533
Methow Housing Trust $6,303
Little Star Montessori School $6,291
Methow Valley Community Center $5,585
Friends of the Winthrop Public Library $5,392
Methow Valley Interpretive Center $4,853
Confluence Gallery and Arts Center $4,808
The Merc Playhouse $4,173
Methow Valley Nordic Team $4,091
Friends of the Pool $4.012
Winthrop Rink $4,002
Shafer Historical Museum $3,778
Jamie’s Place $3,767
Cascadia Music $3,331
Methow Beaver Project $3,033
Methow Watershed Foundation $2,717
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance $2,709
Twisp Valley Grange $2,613
Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival $1,501

Community Foundation of NCW Announces New Board Trustees

The Community Foundation of NCW is pleased to announce new Board Trustees who have joined our organization: Matt Canlis, Lester Cooper, Leslie Freytag, and Dr. David Kolde.

Each of them brings leadership and expertise from business, faith, and health arenas of the community.

Lester Cooper was born in England and immigrated to North America in 1965. In 1992 he purchased a home in Lake Chelan and is now a full time resident. Lester retired from an extensive career with General Electric and throughout his career traveled the world, gaining a unique understanding of many different cultures and diversity. Lester enjoys everything Lake Chelan has to offer, is active in the community and serves on many boards, and believes strongly in dedication to community. 

Rev. Matt Canlis was ordained in the Church of Scotland, and currently serves at Trinity Church in Wenatchee. Matt has a Master’s of Literature in Theology from the University of St. Andrew’s, a Master’s of Divinity from Regent College, and his B.A. in History from the University of Washington.


Leslie Freytag is a highly accomplished senior executive, entrepreneur, and turnaround expert with more than 40 years of success in retail. She is a brand management and targeted sales strategist. Most recently, Leslie was the President and CEO of butter LONDON, where she took an underachieving startup to a successful, global operation. Leslie graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Clothing from Colorado State University. She is the founder and Principle of her own consulting firm, the Freytag Group, where she continues to provide advisory services to retail companies. Leslie and her husband Tony live in Wenatchee.

Dr. David Kolde is a graduate of UCLA and Hahnemann University Medical School and has been practicing family medicine in the Wenatchee Valley for 15 years. He is married to Kaye and has two children, a son who is a senior in high school and a daughter who is a junior. He enjoys tennis, the outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, and traveling.

The foundation wishes to acknowledge outgoing Trustees for their time and service to the North Central Washington region: Bart Clennon, Lisa Day, and outgoing Board Chair Katie Kavanaugh Pauly. We are grateful for their long-term investment of service with the foundation!

Live2Lead Global Simulcast Leadership Event Selects CFNCW as Benefit Partner

November 3, 2017
7:30am – 12:00 noon
Numerica PAC, Wenatchee


Be Clearly will host Live2Lead WenatcheeValley on November 3. This event is a half day, leader development simulcast experience designed to equip attendees with new perspectives, practical tools, and key takeaways they can put into practice immediately. The event is scheduled from 7:30-noon and will be held at the Numerica Performing Arts Center in Wenatchee.

Attendees will learn from world-class leadership experts, including Dr. John C. Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Cheryl A. Bachelder, and Warrick Dunn who will be presenting to a live audience in Atlanta, GA and is rebroadcast here locally.  Attendees should expect to be prepared to embrace a growth mindset, implement a new action plan, and start leading when they get back to the office with renewed passion and commitment.

“This will be an exceptional opportunity to learn from the world’s top leadership influencers as they reach out to leaders like us all around the world.” according to Colin Brine, CEO of Be Clearly the host and producer of the event.  “We have designed the experience for people of value to create value for our community.”

“We created the event to not only create personal and professional growth for participants, but to create value for our community in three ways: first to challenge participants to think more broadly about the role they play and how they add value to the community, second to direct proceeds from ticket sales to our Benefit Partner, The Community Foundation of NCW – creating funding for a leadership academy for non-profit leaders throughout our region, and third that each of the first 150 ticket purchases, will automatically fund a mentorship ticket enabling an equal number local high school and college students to attend.  Imagine – 150 next generation leaders learning right alongside up to 350 of our region’s best leaders, thinkers and doers.” Brine added.

Dr. John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 26 million books, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazines in 2014. In that year, John also received the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network. His organizations — The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP — have trained more than 6 million leaders in every nation.

Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business, Dave Ramsey is a personal money-management expert and extremely popular national radio personality. His seven best-selling books—Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover, EntreLeadership, The Complete Guide to Money, Smart Money Smart Kids and The Legacy Journey—have sold more than 10 million copies combined.

Cheryl A. Bachelder is a passionate restaurant industry executive who most recently served as the CEO Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Cheryl is known for her crisp strategic thinking, franchisee-focused approach, development of outstanding leaders and teams and superior financial performance. She brings more than 35 years of experience in brand building, operations and public-company management at companies like Yum Brands, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco, The Gillette Company and The Procter & Gamble Company.

Warrick Dunn is a former NFL running back and a three-time Pro Bowl selection, known for his success both on and off the field. Dunn’s football career began at Florida State University and in 1997, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played for the Bucs for five years before signing with the Atlanta Falcons in 2002. Six seasons later, in 2008, he returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his final season.

The Wenatchee World and Jennifer Korfiatis Marketing are presenting sponsors of the event as well as passionate advocates for whole community thinking and action.

Up to $200 Available to Support Your Make a Difference Day Project!

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

$200 grants available to help your Make a Difference Day project!

Did your organization coordinate a Make a Difference Day project last year? If so, you might be eligible for a grant of up to $200 to support your 2017 project!

The funds can be used in a variety of ways to help implement or enhance the quality of volunteer efforts for your 2017 Make a Difference Day project.

Recipients must be 501c3 charitable organizations, public agencies (schools, cities, government, etc.), or projects can be fiscally sponsored by a qualifying agency.

Applying for the grant is easy! Just let us know the title of your 2016 project and a description of your 2017 project. That’s it!

For questions on qualifying agencies, email

Important Dates

Deadline to apply: October 1
Grants awarded: October 10
Make a Difference Day: October 28


Submit/View 2017 Make a Difference Day Projects

This grant is made possible through USA Weekend Magazine prizes from the Gannet Foundation, now managed by the Community Foundation of NCW. 

Community Foundation Accepting Applications for Library Technology Grant

Application deadline: November 1st

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for the Eric C. Jensen Memorial Grant to improve literacy through technology and increase the ease and accessibility of information in libraries.

This grant is open to public libraries and public school libraries within the boundaries of Cashmere, Entiat, Wenatchee, and East Wenatchee School Districts. Awards range from $500 – $1000.

Previous programs funded by the grant include an Apple TV and two iPad teaching stations at Lewis and Clark Elementary Library and audiobooks and iPod shuffles for Pioneer Middle School Library.

Established in 2003, this grant honors of the work of Eric C. Jensen, which focused on expanding the use of information technology through innovative programs in the community.


Accepting Applications for Library Technology Grant

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for the Eric C. Jensen Memorial Grant to improve literacy through technology and increase the ease and accessibility of information in libraries.

This grant is open to public libraries and public school libraries within the boundaries of Cashmere, Entiat, Wenatchee, and East Wenatchee School Districts. Awards range from $500 – $1000.

Previous programs funded by the grant include an Apple TV and two iPad teaching stations at Lewis and Clark Elementary Library and audiobooks and iPod shuffles for Pioneer Middle School Library.

Established in 2003, this grant honors of the work of Eric C. Jensen, which focused on expanding the use of information technology through innovative programs in the community.

Application deadline is November 1st.


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