Gorge Foundation notes two funding opportunities

Two funding opportunities are available to qualifying local non-profit organizations this spring through the Gorge Community Foundation.

The first is the Joan Burchell Memorial Fund, which provides grants on an annual basis to non-profit organizations at the discretion of Gorge Community Foundation’s board of directors. The grant deadline is March 31, with awards to be announced in June. A total of $11,500 is available this year. The Burchell Fund was established in memory of Joan Burchell, a former Mount Hood resident, world traveler, swimmer, kayaker and lifelong community advocate.

The second opportunity offered by Gorge Community Foundation is a fundraising challenge presented through an anonymous benefactor. This will match up to $200,000 raised between now and June 30, by non-profit organizations with existing funds managed by Gorge Community Foundation. This includes agency, scholarship and dedicated funds currently established through the foundation.

The match will be awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis: for every new dollar raised by organizations that currently hold funds managed by Gorge Community Foundation, the challenge grant will match one dollar up to a cumulative total of $200,000. If cumulative funds raised exceed $200,000, the match will be pro-rated accordingly.

Fund representatives are encouraged to contact the Gorge Community Foundation with any questions by e-mail at gcf@gorge.net.

Gorge Community Foundation supports a wide variety of causes on both sides of the Columbia River Gorge. Established in 2000, the Foundation manages assets valued at nearly $5 million, with more than 70 individual funds.

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