Remember the Gorge this Holiday Season

As you think about what matters most to you this holiday season, please consider giving to your favorite Gorge non-profits. Your holiday contributions can help families purchase warm coats and holiday meals, ensure that pets are cared for during the cold weather, restore our natural environment, or help an arts organization thrive. In addition, if you.. read more →

Meet the Ericksons

Patrick and Beverly Erickson started their Donor Advised fund at the Gorge Community Center in October with the condition that all grants made from their fund support organizations serving and with a physical presence in Wasco County. On New Year’s Day 2016, the couple moved to The Dalles from Oregon City to spend their retirement years. “We’re here.. read more →

Fresh is best, all year round

Food Banks in Klickitat and Skamania counties provide low-income individuals and families with a Food Box once a month. Food Boxes may contain canned goods, fresh produce, bread, and frozen meat. While the food in a box varies, generally there is enough for three to twelve nutritionally balanced meals depending on the size of the.. read more →

DIY is F-U-N at Gorge MakerSpace

2017 has brought new laser cutters, solar-powered smoothies, and a new home to Gorge MakerSpace, thanks in part to a Gorge Community Foundation Burchell grant. What is a MakerSpace? In simple terms, it is a shop where tools, materials and coaching are made available to kids so they can learn about science and technology by.. read more →

Never have we been so happy for rain!

We continue to extend our heartfelt thanks to those who have been fighting the Eagle Creek fire and working hard to keep our communities safe and homes protected. We’ve compiled a list of organizations where individuals can make donations to Gorge-based organizations that will be working on restoration and relief efforts.  Also visit here for.. read more →

25 Sep 2017
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New Fund Honors Jim MacMillan

Friends and family of Jim MacMillan have established the Jim MacMillan Music Award Fund in memory of his love of music performance and composition.  The award will help a young person further his or her own musical journey through classes, songwriting and composition camps and clinics, instruments or equipment and music therapy. Jim was also.. read more →

Joan Burchell Fund Grants Announced

The Gorge Community Foundation is delighted to announce Joan Burchell grant recipients for 2017: Washington Gorge Actions Programs:  $3,000 for a portable acquaponics gardening system to grow fresh produce for Klickitat County food banks Hood River Warming Shelter:  $1,500 for sleeping bags and cots WSV Education Foundation: $2,000 for a program to support healthy life.. read more →

The Dalles Civic Auditorium Establishes Fund with GCF

The Gorge Community Foundation welcomes The Dalles Civic Auditorium Endowment to its list of designated fundholders.  The Civic Auditorium, completed in 1921 in the Beaux Arts Classic Revival style, harkens back to a golden age of civic architecture and the Civic Auditorium Historic Preservation Committee is dedicated to preserving this cultural icon in the Gorge. The.. read more →

Scholarships Announced

The Gorge Community Foundation is delighted to announce the recipients of its 2017 scholarships.  Thank you to all who applied, and congratulations to this group of outstanding students.  We wish you every success in the years ahead. ·      Laura Douglas Schaefer Memorial Music Scholarship: Emily Spezia-Shwiff ·      Gorham Babson Scholarships: Carmen Baeza, Maria Barrera, Jose Solis, Iris Flores ·      Leos Scholarships: Vanessa Silva, Deylan Gudiel, Owen Ramsey,.. read more →

Foundation Welcomes New Director Jill Burnette

The Gorge Community Foundation has selected Jill Burnette as the Foundation’s new executive director. Burnette has a long career in non-profit management and has worked with Columbia River Gorge organizations including Maryhill Museum of Art and Mosier School as well as many regional and national organizations. Board president Gil Sharp said, “Jill’s experience in non-profit management.. read more →