Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Local nonprofits awarded $65,000 in consulting grants

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The Community Foundation of NCW in partnership with Icicle Fund, Thriving Together NCW, and Methow Valley Fund, has awarded $65,000 in Strategic Consulting Grants to 13 nonprofits across the NCW region. The grants provide nonprofits with a consultant to help guide them through their organizational strategies and planning goals for long-term growth and sustainability.

“We know how challenging it can be as nonprofits to find the time, money, and human resources to work with a consultant on strategy and planning work” said Claire Oatey, director of community grants for the Community Foundation. “Organizations are working hard to keep up with the needs of our communities. This funder collaborative gives local nonprofits an opportunity to invest in themselves, including their resiliency and effectiveness, which we know will ultimately benefit all of us and make our region stronger.”

Since 2008, the Community Foundation of NCW has been partnering with the Icicle Fund through the Nonprofit Practices Institute (NPI) - a collaborative effort to offer affordable and accessible capacity-building and training opportunities. Last year, NPI piloted the Strategic Consulting Grant, which was a success for those organizations who received direct consulting.

“We have seen the prior recipients of this grant take great leaps in growth and sustainability as a result of this program” said Christine Morgan, executive director of the Icicle Fund. “The Icicle Fund is pleased to partner with the Community Foundation of NCW and Thriving Together NCW to help strengthen another 13 organizations in our community.”

Recently, the Foundation began partnering with Thriving Together NCW, another organization that offers funding and opportunities to build communities.

“We recognize that having access to fulfilling jobs with meaningful work is crucial for the development of thriving communities which is why we are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate on this initiative” said Thriving Together NCW. “We know these grants will help our nonprofit partners to be better equipped to achieve their goals and we look forward to celebrating their successes.”

There will be one more opportunity for Strategic Consulting Grants in February 2024. For more information, visit https://cfncw.org/strategicconsultinggrant.

Strategic Consulting Grant Recipients

• C6 to Farm

• CAFE: The Community for the Advancement of Family Education

• Chelan Valley Housing Trust

• Chelan Douglas CASA

• Common Ground Community Housing Trust

• Friends of the Pool (Twisp)

• Leavenworth Community Farmers Market

• Methow Conservancy

• Our Valley Our Future

• Room One

• TREAD (Trails, Recreation, Education, Advocacy, and Development)

• Wenatchee Pride

• Wenatchee Valley Humane Society

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 $130 million in assets through 600+ individual funds and has awarded over $55 million in grants and scholarships.

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