The Columbia River Shapes Our History and Inspires Our Giving

March 7, 2017 Anne Digenis

When the Columbia River carved its path to the Pacific Ocean millions of years ago, it made no considerations for what might come next. Without agenda, it pushed onward.

This uninhibited path has since connected thousands of people across what has now become seven states. Its vast basin has shaped cultures and economies as people have …

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New Voices for Community Health in Southwest Washington

December 7, 2016 Maury Harris

Dominique Horn is the type of neighbor people trust to watch their kids and solve domestic disputes. Helping others is a given for her, which is why she never considered her efforts “health work” until the Healthy Living Collaborative came calling.

This backbone organization organizes a cross-sector coalition that identifies and pursues community-based solutions for greater …

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Use Your Voice for Give More 24!

August 17, 2016 Maury Harris

Give More 24! is more than raising money, because raising your voice is just as powerful on Thursday, September 22. The more people that know about Give More 24!, the bigger impact we can have as a community. So to make it easier to spread the word about southwest Washington’s 24-hour giving marathon, below you’ll find a …

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Charitable IRA Rollover Gifts Made Permanent

May 5, 2016 Michael Macnab

If you are age 70 ½ or older, own an IRA and make charitable gifts, you may be familiar with the annual drama that surrounds the IRA Rollover—also known as a qualified charitable distribution. There’s speculation, anticipation and frustration.

That’s because this provision allows individuals aged 70½ and older to transfer up to $100,000 of Individual …

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Community Engagement Improves Local Programs

April 20, 2016 Shona Carter, MBA

Sometimes those who give money away—and this includes Community Foundations—assume that they are innately experienced at using dollars to remedy social issues. Over the years, I’ve learned that the only innate characteristic in grantmaking is privilege, and that there is an important distinction between the two.

We may have the privilege of doling out resources, but …

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Specialized Scholarships for Art, Science and Business

April 6, 2016 Ellora La Shier

As the school year winds down, high school and college students across southwest Washington make a commitment to study specific passions or focus areas. Some graduates register for technical or career schools, while others enroll in community college or university. Each path is uniquely suited to specific goals, but they all share one thing in …

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Helping Donors Research Local Nonprofits

March 2, 2016 Anne Digenis

The head and the heart can oftentimes be at odds when it comes to charitable giving. As humans, we all love feeling like we are making a difference and helping others, but a part of us also wants to know what type of measurable impact our charitable investments might create.

Without tools to research local nonprofits, …

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Fixing Housing and Homelessness: A Must Do

January 26, 2016 Jennifer Rhoads, CFP

Home ownership comes with a lot of responsibility and enormous costs. Beyond the initial sticker shock, there are always fixes like leaky roofs and water heaters. Left unchecked, these repairs can diminish the value of a home. The same is true for our region’s housing infrastructure, which can cause enormous social and economic problems without …

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Record Year of Granting in SW Washington

January 14, 2016 Shona Carter, MBA

This year, our discretionary grant programs set a record for funds distributed, but our granting in southwest Washington is more than simple dollars and cents. We are going beyond giving to ensure that we can create greater impact in the community.

Because of these behaviors, the first word that I’ve heard our grantees and supporters use when …

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Community Shines in Give More 24! Results

October 15, 2015 Anne Digenis

If you’re like me, you probably saw the Internet flooded with local generosity when you signed into your social media accounts on September 24. All the excitement was for Give More 24!, southwest Washington’s 24-hour, online giving marathon. It was the Community Foundation’s second year organizing the event and—in many ways—it nearly doubled in size. …

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