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

Now Accepting Applications for Stronger Schools Grant

Clovis Point Intermediate School received a $5,000 Stronger Schools grant in 2016 to support a summer library at Rock Island Elementary, where there is no public library access. Students came each week to read, play games, do art projects, and more.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2017

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.

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, staff, PTSAs, or supporting foundations. Only one application can be submitted per school with principal’s approval, but can include multiple projects.

New this year, school districts are also eligible to apply for programs that will provide district-wide programs 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 2017-2018 academic school year.

Last year, the Community Foundation of NCW awarded $50,370 in Stronger Schools grants to twelve schools across the region, supporting music education, robotics, field trips, and more.

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CFNCW Shatters Grantmaking Record Through Public Donations

Give NCW Donations Exceed Grant

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $459,202 to twenty-five nonprofit organizations in North Central Washington. The awards come from the foundation’s Regional Impact Grant program and donations through Give NCW, a crowdfunding program hosted by the foundation.

The Regional Impact Grant program (RIG) is a competitive, annual grant program open to nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties. This year, twenty-five nonprofits received $225,000 from the RIG to support specific programs or general operations.

The RIG funded a portion of their grant request, and Give NCW provided an opportunity for the public to learn about their programs and donate to help them reach their full grant request.

Give NCW received $234,202 in gifts from the public, including $5,000 in “Funday Monday” bonuses, exceeding the RIG award amount from the foundation. In its second year, Give NCW received 55% more in donations than in 2015.

Of the participating nonprofits, eleven programs were fully funded thanks to public donations through Give NCW.

“We are completely overwhelmed by the public’s generosity to the Give NCW program” said Beth Stipe, executive director.

“When the opportunity came to do crowdfunding through some new technology, we knew we had to take advantage of it. We hoped it would give our friends and neighbors the opportunity to become philanthropists, at all levels, and really get to know and understand their nonprofit community. These results tell us that people are invested in this region, and we couldn’t be more proud to support that effort.”

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Scholarship Applications Open January 1, CWU Matches Scholarships


“I plan on pursuing a career in the Tree Fruit Industry as a field representative for a fruit warehouse or chemical company. Thanks to you, this goal is now within my reach.” -Magdaleno de Jesus Rodriguez, Community Foundation scholarship recipient now attending Washington State University

The Community Foundation of NCW will open applications for its scholarship program on January 1, 2017. The deadline for most scholarships is March 1st.

CFNCW manages over 90 scholarship funds with varying criteria established by generous donors who want to help students achieve their dreams. Many of the scholarships seek to support students with the greatest financial need.

Students can begin reviewing available scholarships now through the online Scholarship Guide, which allows students to preview all available scholarships. Students can also sort and filter the guide by criteria, such as GPA, geographic area, study interest, and more.

CFNCW has invested in a new online application software that will make applying easy. Students can set up an account that will allow them to save and return to their application, and easily apply for multiple scholarships.

For the last few years, Central Washington University Foundation has matched all CFNCW scholarships for students attending the CWU. Last year, the CWU Foundation matched over $19,000 for seven students.

“This generous match from the CWU Foundation provides such a great opportunity for our local students” said Allison Neher, CFNCW Scholarship Director. “Many of our scholarship applicants have CWU listed as their first or second choice – these matching funds provide an incentive for students who choose Central. The CWU Foundation is making college affordable for our local students, and we are so grateful.”


Woods Family Music and Arts Grant Awards $61,433 to Schools and Nonprofits

WoodsFamilyTaglineThe Woods Family Music and Arts Grant, managed by the Community Foundation of NCW, has awarded $61,433 in grants to schools and nonprofits across North Central Washington.

Established in 2011, the Woods 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 501c3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties.

“The Woods family members have been incredible advocates for music and arts culture in our region” said Denise Sorom, director of community philanthropy at the foundation. “Their grants have helped to make music and art accessible in schools that lack state funding support and supported programs reach audiences who may otherwise never be able to see or participate in art. They have and continue to shape arts and culture in our region in a significant way.”

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Methow Valley Fund Grant Application Now Open

MVFLogoDeadline: January 31

The Methow Valley Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of NCW, has opened its annual Methow Valley Fund Grant application.

The Methow Valley Fund provides up to $5,000 to support nonprofit organizations that address community needs and enhance the quality of life in the Methow Valley.

The types of programs supported include:

  • equipment purchases
  • marketing outreach
  • school field trips and education
  • family health services
  • capacity building
  • music, art, theater
  • other community needs

Established in 2006, the Methow Valley Fund aims to provide sustainable funding for a healthy, vibrant Methow Valley. Funds donated to the Methow Valley Fund are used to support the annual grant-making program.

All grant applications are evaluated by the Methow Valley Fund Advisors, a diverse group of local volunteers that live and work and are passionate about supporting charitable work in the valley.


Community Foundation Awards $225,000 in Grants and Announces Give NCW

Give NCW

Support your local nonprofits Thanksgiving Day to December 31st at!

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $225,000 in Regional Impact Grants to 25 nonprofits across the region.

The Regional Impact Grant (RIG) is open to any 501c3 charitable nonprofit or public agency in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties to support specific projects or general operations for programs that make a positive impact in the community.

Applications opened in July and were due in September. Each applicant is visited by a team of Community Foundation staff and board to learn more about their organization and grant request to determine grant awards. Fifty applications were submitted, making this annual grant very competitive.

“There are always so many great organizations and projects that we want to support, but we only have so many resources” said Denise Sorom, director of community philanthropy. “That’s where Give NCW comes in, as we reach out to the community and ask people to help these vetted nonprofits reach their ultimate goal.”

Give NCW is a crowdfunding campaign that invites the general public to learn more about nonprofit projects in their community and donate online to support them.

Each RIG recipient is participating in Give NCW, requesting a certain amount of funds to help them complete their original grant request.

Give NCW starts on Thanksgiving Day and ends on December 31st. Information about the nonprofits’ requests are online at where donations can be made. Minimum donation is $10 and the Community Foundation is absorbing all credit cards fees so 100% of the donation supports the nonprofit.

The following organizations have received a Regional Impact Grant and will be participating in Give NCW:

  • Alatheia Riding Center – $12,500 Financial Aid Fund to ensure that anyone can receive therapeutic support regardless of ability to pay
  • Chelan County Sheriff / Douglas County Sheriff – $16,000 AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for Chelan and Douglas County Sheriff Departments in effort to equip all police vehicles with this life saving device
  • Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services – $9,000 Support of a Legal Case Manager to help individuals/families with limited resources for legal assistance
  • Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition – $7,500 General operating support for wildfire education and prevention
  • Columbia Valley Housing Association – $7,500 Down payment assistance for low income individuals and families in need of housing
  • FIRST Washington – $5,000 Support for High School robotics competitions in various NCW schools
  • Green Okanogan – $7,500 General operating support for recycling center in Okanogan County
  • Habitat for Humanity, Greater Wenatchee – $5,000 New home construction for family in Rock Island
  • Hand in Hand Immigration Services – $12,500 General operating support for guiding legal immigrants through naturalization and other services
  • Heritage Heights at Lake Chelan – $10,000 Support of design phase for new construction of assisted living community
  • Icicle Creek Center for the Arts – $7,500 Support for equipment used at youth film camp
  • Lake Chelan Community Hospital Foundation – $8,000 Outreach program to Latino community
  • Lighthouse Christian Ministry – $12,500 Support for a medical/dental clinic and expansion of soup kitchen
  • Mountain Meadows Senior Living Campus – $9,000 Furniture for Memory Care Unit at assisted living community
  • North Valley Community Health Association – $9,000 Support for wheelchair lift for van that transports assisted living residents to outings and activities
  • Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group – $14,000 General operating support to continue providing aid and housing for wildfire survivors
  • Oroville CARES – $7,000 Support of billboards used for anti-drug campaign
  • Pybus Market Charitable Foundation – $6,500 Support to subsidize facility rental costs for nonprofit organizations
  • Upper Valley Connection – $7,500 Support for summer theater camp
  • Upper Valley MEND – $9,000 Gleaning program to provide fresh produce for food bank
  • Wenatchee Jazz Workshop – $3,500 General operating support to bring professional jazz musicians to the Wenatchee Valley to teach, inspire, and perform with high school jazz students
  • Wenatchee Valley College Foundation – $7,500 Support of Knights Fund, en emergency fund to help students in need of resources to continue attending Wenatchee Valley College
  • Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center – $9,000 Ice Age Field Experience for all 2nd, 4th, and 5th Grade students in the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee School Districts
  • Wenatchee Valley Senior Activity Center – $10,000 Support for installing new roof
  • Women’s Resource Center of NCW – $12,500 General operating support to increase case management and help homeless individuals and families

Learn more about Give NCW and support your local nonprofits!

Give Methow Raises $207,737 for Methow Valley Nonprofits

givemethow300pxGive Methow, an online crowdfunding campaign hosted by the Community Foundation of NCW, has raised $207,737 for twenty-seven Methow Valley nonprofits. This is the second year of Give Methow. In 2015, the campaign raised over $185,000.

From October 1st through 31st, donations were made online at to support specific projects or general operations. Give Methow was open to any Methow Valley 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Over 1,500 gifts were received ranging from $10 to $35,000, coming from local supporters and as far as Florida, Virginia, Alaska, and others across the nation. A “stretch pool” of over $34,000 supported all organizations, as they received a percentage of the pool based on the amount their organization raised.

In addition, a total of $3,000 was disbursed through a weekly “Funday Monday” contest where one name was drawn from all of the donations given on each Monday of the campaign. The winner was given $500 or $1,000 to give back on Give Methow any way they chose.

“Crowdfunding is such a great way to reach people who want to give back to their community” said Beth Stipe, executive director. “Through our crowdfunding campaigns, you can learn about the work nonprofits are doing to shape our communities and give a little or a lot to support them – it’s an easy way to make an impact right where you live!”

The Community Foundation of NCW will soon be hosting another crowdfunding campaign, Give NCW, starting on Thanksgiving Day. Give NCW supports nonprofit organizations that have received a Regional Impact Grant from the foundation to fund a project or general operations, but need additional donations from the public to reach their goal.


Feel Good Friday: Thank You for Supporting Our Local Firefighters!


Thanks to your donations to the Sleepy Hollow Fire Relief Fund, volunteer recruits Kelsey Schuttie, Mariam Ridgwell, and Stephanie Preheim received new gear as they prepare for careers in firefighting.

By Jennifer Dolge, Director of Donor Services and Communications

One of the best parts of my job is going on the road with my camera, driving to places near and far, to capture the impact of a grant funded by the Community Foundation of NCW. Today was no exception.

With the windows rolled down and the fall breeze clearing out the summer of my Subaru, I headed to the Malaga Fire Station to get a look at the new “bunker gear” purchased by the Chelan County Fire District 1.

Earlier this summer, I received a call from Glen Widener, CCFD1 Deputy Chief, asking if we knew of any way they could get some help in purchasing new gear. With all of the wildfires over the last few years, especially Sleep Hollow, the CCFD1 received an influx of interest in volunteer firefighting.

These new volunteers were women and men who would need new gear of all sizes. The Fire District had reached out to other agencies and were able to purchase a fair amount of gear at a reasonable cost, but were unable to get any gear that came in smaller sizes.

That’s when they turned to the Community Foundation. Through the Sleepy Hollow Fire Relief Fund, the foundation helped the CCFD1 purchase four new sets of bunker gear in the sizes they needed.

When I arrived at the fire station, three strong female recruits came out to greet me, then started putting on their gear – and suddenly I wished I had my 11 year old daughter with me.

I’d tell her that she could be whatever she wanted when she grew up. That people in this community cared so much about each other, they gave money to help friends and even strangers. That it takes working together and helping each other to keep our town and our neighborhoods safe.

I could have made the recruits pose on a ladder, or asked them to do an action shot– “pretend you’re putting out a fire!” – to really get the “impact”. But the real impact isn’t pretend. The real impact is demonstrating the dedication and service of our firefighters, and knowing that our communities are safer as they selflessly protect our valley, our land, our people.

To our firefighters, volunteers, and first responders: we thank you for your dedication and service. To the generous people who supported the Sleepy Hollow Fire Relief Fund, we thank you for paying it forward and helping to protect your community!

Waterville Community Fund Grant Now Open

watervilleApplication Deadline: November 30

The Community Foundation of NCW is now accepting applications for the Waterville Community Fund Grant.

Open to nonprofit organizations and public agencies in Waterville, the fund supports a variety of activities including:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Civic Projects
  • Conservation and Environment
  • Education
  • Health and Human Services

Applicants must apply online at

See last year’s Waterville Community Fund grant awards.


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