Joan Burchell Fund

The Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for the Joan Burchell Fund. The deadline for applying is May 5, 2017.  The guidelines are here:  Request for Proposal.

NOTE:  THE GRANT DEADLINES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO MAY 5, 2017.  Grants will be awarded in July.

Please note that previous grant recipients who have not met reporting requirements will not be eligible to apply.

The following proposals received Joan Burchell grants in 2016:

  • Washington Gorge Actions Programs:  $1,500 for Tom’s Learning Garden
  • Columbia Gorge Habitat for Humanity:  $2,000 for community outreach and volunteer recruitment
  • CultureSeed:  $1,500 for nature activities for at risk youth
  • Rowena Wildlife Clinic:  $1,000 for food for raptors
  • Hood River Warming Shelter:  $1,200 for site usage fees
  • HAVEN:  $1,433 for Healthy Teen  Relationship Summit
  • Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation:  $1,433 for children’s vision screening events
  • Radio Tierra:  $1,433 for equipment for expanding to the Hood River Upper Valley

The following proposals received Joan Burchell grants in 2014:

  • FISH:  $3,000 for food purchases
  • Columbia Gorge CASA:  $3,000 for child advocacy guidebooks
  • Hood River County Christmas Project: $1,000
  • White Salmon Valley Education Foundation: $1,140 for the Snowden Wetlands project
  • Lyle Activity Center: $871 for security lighting
  • Mt. Hood Town Hall:  $1,500 for the senior meals program
  • Hood River County Friends of the Library:  $1,012 for Hood River Reads (Spanish language copies of book)
  • Columbia Cascade Housing:  $1,000 for volunteer training
  • Mill A Parent Teacher Organization: $1,000 for an arts program
  • Home at Last:  $1,580 for renovation of kennels

The following proposals received Joan Burchell grants in 2013:

  • Columbia Riverkeeper:  $1,000  – Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program
  • Home at Last Humane Society:  $1,270 – mobile spay/neuter clinic
  • Skamania County Christmas Basket Program:  $1,000 – food
  • FISH Food Bank: $1,000 – food
  • Hood River Christmas Project:  $1,000 – food
  • Opportunity Connections:  $1,000 – art supplies
  • The Next Door, Inc.:  $730 – Klahre House art project

In addition to the above an additional $6,500 was funded by donor advisors for programs at the White Salmon Education Foundation, the Rowena Wildlife Clinic, Hood River Adopt A Dog and Columbia Riverkeepers.

The following organizations received Joan Burchell grants in 2012:

  • Skamania Klickitat Community Network:  $3,300 – purchase and distribution of “What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick.”
  • Columbia Gorge Arts in Education:  $750 – glass art project at Chenowith Elementary
  • Hood River Warming Shelter:  $1,070 – sleeping bags and shower passes for homeless
  • La Clinica del Carino:  $1,680 – educational dvd’s and players for dental program
  • Back Packs for Kids: $2,000 – food for kids
  • Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue: $1,200 – reduce cost of spay and neutering program

An additional $11,000 for projects submitted in this funding cycle was funded by donor advisors.

Joan’s Bio

Joan Burchell’s life journey began in Manhattan, N.Y., April 25, 1923, and what a journey it was.

Joan grew up in Chappaqua, N.Y., as a proper lady; exposed to opera, social etiquette, art; all while being the “tomboy” who sledded the fastest down the steepest hills.

As a young woman, she defied tradition, moving to Venezuela to work as a decorator and furniture designer. She traveled extensively in South and Central America, mostly alone, in her Karmann Ghia.

With a third revolution brewing, Joan decided it was time to leave Venezuela. She lived for a time in Scotland, then moved back home to Chappaqua, working for Reader’s Digest until retirement.

During those years, she was an avid swimmer and kayaker. She kayaked and camped, alone, along the Danube River, and traveled extensively in Europe.

After retirement, Joan decided that Chappaqua had become too urban, and traveled the country looking for a suitable home. The fact that she found, and chose, the community of Mt. Hood, attests to her good judgment. She lived there for 20 years.

Joan loved the community, and the community loved her. She was self-educated, mechanically clever and artistic. Her spirit, humor, independence, and interest in all things endeared her to many people. Joan is a true example of living life on one’s own terms.

She passed away peacefully, with friends at her side, on Dec. 14, 2008.