Sunday, February 25, 2024

Good grows here: A year in review

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Last month the Community Foundation of North Central Washington published its annual report for fiscal year 2021. It was an extraordinary year – full of challenges and awe-inspiring generosity. We witnessed this community pulling together to help those in need both through quiet acts of anonymous giving and big community-wide campaigns.  Below are some highlights of how your Community Foundation made an impact in FY2021:

In numbers:

·$1,083,393 was raised by you — members of the general public—who contributed to NCW nonprofit organizations through both Give Methow and Give NCW. Thank you.

·$1,061,700 was awarded in scholarships to 228 students throughout NCW to help them accomplish their academic goals and get closer to the life and career they envision for themselves. CFNCW manages 133 scholarship funds and works with over 200 volunteers who carefully review and select deserving students every year.

· $5,000,000 in grants to non-profit organizations was made through our Community Grants Program as well as Individual Donor Funds.  This includes $450,000 for crisis relief efforts: the 'Back to Basics' campaign supported students with immediate needs, the NCW Fire Relief Fund helped survivors of wildfires, and the 'Hugs for Healthcare Heroes' acknowledged the tireless work of our healthcare providers during the height of the pandemic.

In stories:

· Serve Wenatchee, a nonprofit that helps individuals and families in need of support, purchased freezers to store fresh, healthy perishable food options donated from local grocery stores. When food insecurity spiked during the pandemic, families were able to ìshopî the Fresh HOPE Market and choose items they need and want rather than receive a premade box of goods.

· Dennise Aguilar Cano, now a student at the University of Washington, received five scholarship awards from CFNCW in 2021. She states: ''Since age seven, I have translated for my parents at stores, doctors’ offices, hospitals, and parent-teacher conferences. My parents, brother and I slept in a single bedroom. From my parents, I learned to be diligent and responsible. I will be the first person in my family to graduate from high school and go to college. My going to university is a dream come true for my family and me.''

· Our furry friends in Okanogan County received food, medicine, emergency care and spay and neuter services through the Okanogan Regional Humane Society when resources dried up during the pandemic.  Most of the animals they serve have never been to a vet as many of their owners cannot afford this care.  With grant funding from CFNCW, the humane society was able to continue their important work during a difficult time.

The above numbers and stories are just a taste of what your Community Foundation does to improve the quality of life in this region.  For a full look at the annual report, you can download a digital copy at www.cfncw.org or call us at 509-663-7716 and we’d be happy to drop one in the mail for you.

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