For the fifth consecutive year, the Gorge Community Foundation provided more than $100,000 in grants and scholarships ($112,000) in 2015 to more than 50 organizations or institutions in the Columbia Gorge. Award amounts ranged from $150 to $10,000 and supported projects and agencies including (among others); Lyle Secondary School, Gorge Owned, WINGS, Mosier Community School, Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue, Mt. Adams Center, and Hood River County Reads program.
The Gorge Community Foundation (GCF) is one of more than 1,000 community foundations across the country dedicated to improving the quality of life in a particular region. It was established in 2000 by local residents active in working with nonprofit organizations and serves the five Gorge counties (Hood River, Wasco, and Sherman in Oregon, Skamania and Klickitat in Washington).
“Our goal is to make charitable giving as simple, flexible and effective as possible,” according to Lynn Everroad, GCF operations director. “From our funds, the Foundation supports a variety of nonprofit groups who provide valuable services in the five county area we serve. We are proud to have awarded more than $1.2 million since 2003.”
The Gorge Community Foundation’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in the Columbia River Gorge by building permanent charitable endowments to help fund long-term needs and opportunities. GCF offers different kinds of funds, structured to make it easy to give back to the community. With assets totaling almost $5,000,000, GCF represents over seventy funds established by local families, individuals and organizations.
The Foundation is looking forward to its best year ever in 2016. For more information or to make donations to any of GCF’s 70 some funds visit the website at gorgecf.org.