Now Hiring for Director of Community Philanthropy

The Community Foundation of NCW is now hiring for a Director of Community Philanthropy. This leadership position will oversee our competitive grant programs, along with the Nonprofit Practices Institute, and other philanthropic activities.

The position is 32 hours per week and requires some travel primarily within Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan county and at times outside of NCW or the state.

The Foundation is seeking someone who is passionate about the nonprofit sector with the skills to manage a large grant program, build relationships, and develop capacity building programs. The DCP works closely with the Board of Trustees and community volunteers to thoughtfully evaluate requests and determine funding awards.

The DCP will also understand the capacity building needs of nonprofits and develop programs to connect them to resources, training, and opportunities that help organizations meet their missions.

The DCP is highly organized, self motivated, and a strong collaborator with coworkers, nonprofits, and community leaders.

Submission deadline is June 23, 2017.


Community Foundation of NCW Awards $82,942 to NCW Schools

Brewster Elementary received $2,500 for their “Book Up Summer” program, hosted by the Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program. Just before the end of summer, elementary students get to pick out a dozen brand-new books to take home and enjoy over the summer.

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $82,942 in grants to schools across North Central Washington through its Stronger Schools Grant.

Stronger Schools is a competitive grant program that supports enriched student experiences and teacher development opportunities in K-12 public schools Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.

Schools can apply for up to $5,000 for programs benefiting students in their building. School districts are also eligible to for up to $5,000 to support district-wide needs or initiatives.

“The foundation feels strongly about supporting education across North Central Washington, specifically those innovative programs and projects that take a classroom or school to another level” said Denise Sorom, the foundation’s director of community philanthropy.

“This year we received more requests from schools than ever before – and some that we haven’t supported in the past. It’s great to see the reach we can have across the region to support schools with intentional programs that we hope will make an impact on our students’ academic experiences.”

The Stronger Schools Grant is part of the Foundation’s Community Grants Program, funded by the unrestricted gifts to the Foundation.


Elementary Schools

  • Brewster Elementary School – $2,500 Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program “Book Up Summer”
  • Bridgeport Elementary School – $5,000 Enriched Literacy Support Program
  • John Newberry Elementary School – $5,000 After School Program for bi-lingual and low-income students
  • Kenroy Elementary School – $5,000 Playworks training
  • Virginia Grainger Elementary School – $5,000 Music and Movement Project

Middle Schools

  • Cashmere Middle School – $3,000 Challenge Day
  • Foothills Middle School – $5,000 Sixth Grade Camp
  • Icicle River Middle School – $5,000 Healthy Lifestyle Ski Program
  • Manson Middle School – $4,325 Theater Arts Program
  • Orchard Middle School – $4,909 Robot Garden

High School

  • Bridgeport High School – $4,000 Robotics Program
  • Liberty Bell High School – $4,000 Naviance Software for College and Career Counselor
  • Methow Valley Independent Learning Center – $4,000 Mentosrhip in the Methow


  • Bridgeport School District – $3,000 Summer Reading Program
  • Brewster School District – $5,000 Building a Stronger Robotics Team
  • Cascade School District – $3,000 Minds-i
  • Methow Valley School District – $3,000 Becoming a Trauma Informed School District
  • Palisades School District – $4,708 Rockets and Rockstars
  • Waterville School District – $2,500 Telling Our Leadership Story
  • Wenatchee School District – $5,000 Dyslexia Awareness and Instructional Reading Strategies

Community Foundation Releases 2016 Annual Report

The Community Foundation of NCW has released its 2016 Annual Report, covering the fiscal year between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Highlights include:

  • $9.7 million in gifts
  • $67 million in assets
  • $3.9 million in grants awarded
  • $469,000 in scholarships awarded
  • First year of Give NCW and Give Methow crowdfunding campaigns
  • Scholarship award recipients
  • Grant stories
  • Donor stories

The Community Foundation’s mission is to grow, protect, and connect charitable gifts in support of strong communities.

The foundation is comprised of over 400 individual funds established by caring, generous people who love North Central Washington. Each fund is unique and serves a charitable purpose to give back to the community.

We are continuously humbled and grateful for the generous donors that entrust their charitable dreams with the foundation.

Together, we are creating a better NCW for good – for ever.


Win a cash prize for your favorite nonprofit in the NCW EcoChallenge!

May 13-26, 2017

Win a cash prize for your favorite nonprofit while reducing your carbon footprint!

Ride a bike, change a light bulb and maybe even change the way you live in the NCW EcoChallenge, a competition for Chelan and Douglas county residents May 13-26.

The contest encourages people to take small actions that collectively reduce our impact on the environment.

Contestants compete for individual and team prizes, plus cash prizes for local nonprofit agencies.

Participants will challenge themselves to try new, environmentally-friendly behaviors for two weeks: bicycling to work, changing to LED bulbs, riding the bus, recycling, and eating local foods — to name just a few. They choose the behaviors they want to change from dozens of options on the EcoChallenge website, then report their actions daily online.

Climate Conversation NCW, a grassroots group devoted to climate change solutions, is the primary sponsor of the EcoChallenge. Carolyn Griffin-Bugert, spokesperson for the group, said the idea originated with a Portland contest held last fall. Several local residents participated to test it, then customized the contest for Chelan and Douglas counties.

“Local businesses have been really generous about donating prizes, which makes the contest that much more interesting and fun,” Griffin-Bugert said. The grand prize is an iPad.

A bigger prize, though, may be the good feeling you get from knowing you’re doing something good for the environment—and your community. “Sometimes global problems seem too overwhelming,” Griffin-Bugert said. “The EcoChallenge gives us ideas for simple and easy actions anyone can take right now that will benefit our community and the planet. It’s a fun way to learn about climate change and how to reduce your carbon footprint.”

Other EcoChallenge sponsors are the Community Foundation of NCW, Chelan County PUD, Link Transit, Waste Management, and Columbia Valley Community Health.

Teams are forming now in anticipation of the May 13 kickoff.


Registration Open for 9th Annual Nonprofit Practices Institute Summit

The Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund are hosting the 9th Annual Nonprofit Practices Institute Summit on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

The NPI Summit is a day-long conference featuring a keynote and breakout sessions covering various topics of nonprofit management, such as board governance, fundraising, finance, and more. It’s a great event for nonprofit colleagues to network.

The summit is open to nonprofit staff, board, volunteers, and anyone who is interested in knowing more about nonprofit management.

Registration fee is $25 and includes lunch. The Statewide Capacity Collaborative has generously offered to sponsor 20 scholarships for the summit for organizations that meet qualifying criteria.

This year, the North Central Regional Library and 501 Commons will have informational booths on the services they provide for nonprofits. Northeastern University is a sponsor of the summit and will be sharing information on their online Nonprofit Management degree.

Established in 2007, the Nonprofit Practices Institute is a partnership between the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund to provide affordable and accessible capacity building opportunities for nonprofits in the NCW region.


Methow Valley Fund Awards $63,050 to Local Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $63,050 to Methow Valley nonprofits through the Methow Valley Fund (MVF).

Established in 2006, the MVF is funded by an anonymous donor and donations from the public to support programs that address community needs and enhancements for the Methow Valley.

“The Methow Valley is such a great example of a community taking care of each other” said Denise Sorom, the foundation’s director of community philanthropy. “The bounty of nonprofit work in the valley tremendously improves the quality of life, which makes it such a special place to live and visit.”

Grant Awards

  • Aero Methow Rescue Service – $3,500 Emergency responder/healthcare provider wellness and suicide prevention
  • Cascadia Music – $1,500 Music Library
  • Classroom in Bloom – $2,500 Garden coordinator
  • Confluence Gallery and Art Center – $2,250 Fundraising development
  • Friends of the Twisp Pool – $3,000 Support Pool and Safety Fund
  • Little Star Montessori – $3,500 General program support
  • Methow Arts Alliance – $4,000 Arts education program for Methow Valley students
  • Methow At Home – $2,500 Methow at Home Membership Grant fund
  • Methow Conservancy – $2,000 Volunteers in Action
  • Methow Field Institute/Interpretive Center – $1,000 Exhibit storage and enhancement
  • Methow Recycles – $3,700 Event Recycling Program Development
  • Methow Trails – $2,500 Methow Valley Trails Collaborative
  • Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival – $2,500 Outreach and community partnerships
  • Methow Valley Citizens Council – $2,000 Communications toolbox for effective advocacy
  • Methow Valley Community Center – $1,500 Auditorium chair replacement
  • Methow Valley Family Home Center Association – $4,000 Generator replacement
  • Methow Valley Riding Unlimited – $2,000 General program support
  • Methow Valley Theater – $1,500 New mobile spotlight
  • Methow Watershed Foundation – $3,600 Administrative support
  • Northwest Outward Bound School – $2,500 Outdoor education program for Methow Valley School District
  • Room One – $3,500 Access to pro-bono / low-cost legal services for vulnerable Methow Valley residents
  • The Merc Playhouse – $2,000 Summer Theater Camps
  • Twisp Valley Grange – $1,000 Access ramp
  • TwispWorks foundation – $3,000 Methow Skills Workshops
  • Winthrop Rink – $2,000 Rink spectator and visitor safety project

The next Methow Valley Fund grant opportunity will be in December of 2017.

Students Grant $10,000 to their Teachers in Manson

Dane Johnson, Middle School Options teacher, received $1,100 to take his students on a 3-day sailing excursion on the Salish Sea to help students better understand the scientific method and learn skills of sailing and navigating.

The Community Foundation of NCW has granted $10,000 through the Manson Giving Great Grants (MG3) fund to support teacher projects in the Manson School District.

Longtime Manson residents Jack and Gale Courtney established the MG3 Donor Advised Fund to give students the experience of the grantmaking process from the funder’s point of view.

Applications are submitted by school teachers and staff in the Manson School District and the student of the Associated Student Body review and determine final awards under the mentorship of foundation staff.

“It’s really fun to watch these students have meaningful discussions about which projects will have the most impact on the school” said Denise Sorom, the foundation’s director of community philanthropy.

“This year they had to make some tough choices with over $17,000 in requests and only $10,000 to award. Participating in this process really sets them up for future experiences when hard decisions need to be made within a group” said Sorom. “The Courtneys have given these students a profound opportunity.”

Grants Awarded

  • Mia Cauley, Middle School Language Arts – $600 to support an 8th grade backpacking club. Students take short day hikes to prepare them for an annual week-long backpacking trip guided by Stehekin Outfitters. The camp will include studies of native plants, food, and ceremonies of Salish tribes as well as understanding ecology and geology.
  • Ann Marie Flores, Elementary Options – $1,500 to support an overnight camp experience at Holden Village for 80 students in the Manson Options program. The un-plugged adventure blends academic learning with outdoor activities that will provide teambuilding and survival skills and build awareness of environmental stewardship.
  • Phillip Fournier, High School Language Arts – $900 for a high school field trip to Seattle Art Museum and Museum of Pop Culture to help develop a deeper understanding of post-modern art culture and artists’ influence.
  • Kayla Helleson, Elementary Counselor – $1,800 to support a weekly, half-day summer camp for students with transportation and/or cost barriers.
  • Dane Johnson, Middle School Options – $1,100 to support an Options Middle School field trip to the Salish Sea to help students better understand the scientific method and learn skills of sailing and navigating. Before the excursion, students will develop a hypothesis, then gather data on a 3-day sailing trip using marine tools for a “hands on” science experience.
  • Kami Kronbauer and Jennifer Koth, High School Directed Studies – $2,000 to for supplies and materials for directed studies program, where students choose courses to study such as robotics, aviation, remote controlled airplanes, building go-karts, jet skis, and more.
  • Karoline Martin, Librarian – $500 to purchase a vetted list of new hard copy and e-books requested by students for the Secondary Library.
  • Jared Mumley, Secondary Science – $1,000 toward Wireless Smart Carts that provide precise, real-time data collection to better connect students to highly mathematical, abstract concepts in physics and computer technology to prepare them for the 21st century workforce.
  • Keitlyn Watson, Elementary Principal – $600 to provide a game or puzzle for each family to take home as incentive for attending STEAM night and encourage practicing math skills at home.

For more information on grants and Donor Advised Funds, visit

Registration Open for Compassion Fatigue Workshop

The NPI Spring Workshop on Compassion Fatigue is offered in Wenatchee and Twisp.

The Nonprofit Practices Institute (NPI), a partnership between the Community Foundation of NCW and the Icicle Fund, is hosting a workshop for nonprofit professionals who experience compassion fatigue in the workplace.

Compassion fatigue is the result of working among intense problems in our communities and experience trauma exposure response. Witnessing the hardship of others is a normal part of work for many nonprofit professionals, and presents challenges to emotional and physical well-being.

This workshop addresses resiliency-building techniques to effectively manage compassion fatigue in a way that supports a healthy work culture. It includes tactical coaching, immediate opportunities to practice skills, and help developing a long-term plan for sustained well-being.

The workshop is being offered at two locations:

Monday, March 27, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm
Aero Methow Conference Room
Twisp, WA

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm
Pybus Public Market
Wenatchee, WA

Online registration is required with a $15 fee that includes lunch.


This event is generously sponsored by

Waterville Fund Grants $7,034 to Community Projects

The Waterville Community Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of NCW, has awarded $7,034 in grants to support local projects.

The WCF was established in 1988 by five local residents who each gave $5,000 to build an endowment for the community they cherished. With an endowment, the principal of the fund is invested for growth while a small percentage is available each year for grant disbursement.

The WCF grant is an annual program that provides funding to nonprofit organization serving local needs in areas such as arts and culture, civic engagement, conservation, education, human services, and more.

The application opens each year on October 1st and is due November 30th.


  • NCW Fair – $700 for landscaping improvements
  • North Central Regional Library – $920 for the Learn at the Library program
  • Town of Waterville – $1,000 for electrical upgrade for Pioneer Park
  • Waterville Main Street Asociation – $450 for Barn Quilts
  • Waterville Players – $1,000 for Peter Pan production
  • Waterville School District #209 – $2,964

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