Sunday, April 14, 2024

Community Foundation Awards $43,500 to NCW Non-profits


Submitted by 

Jennifer Dolge, Community Foundation of NCW


WENATCHEE - The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded a total of $43,500 in Helping Hands grants to nonprofits in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan Counties in its last fiscal year, since July 2016. 

Helping Hands is a competitive grant that provides up to $2,500 to support nonprofits’ unexpected needs or special funding opportunities where a small investment could make a big difference. Applications are accepted year round and awarded every other month. 

“With our Regional Impact Grant giving much larger awards, we wanted to ensure there was still a funding mechanism that could support some of the smaller requests we receive” said Denise Sorom, director of community philanthropy. 

“We know for many nonprofits, things come up that weren’t planned in the budget – Helping Hands provides that resource so they can continue their good work.”

Helping Hands grants are funded by unrestricted gifts to the foundation, in support of benefiting nonprofits in North Central Washington.

Those receiving awards in Okanogan county were:

Helping Hands 

Grant Awards


• Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus - $2,500 Support for 2017 Free Family Concert

Public/Social Benefit

• Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society - $2,500 Museum intern

• Okanogan County Historical Society - $2,500 A Monument to the Methow

For more information on Helping Hands grants, visit 

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington’s mission is to grow, protect, and connect charitable gifts in support of strong communities throughout Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Established in 1986, the Community Foundation manages $64 million in assets through 400 individualized funds and has awarded over $35 million in grants and scholarships. 


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