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Founded 1999

Grants Year to Date: $390,718 in 2023

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$8 M in assets

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$3.7 million in local grantmaking since inception

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$483K in grants in 2022

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9 board members representing 5 counties

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$689K in scholarships since 2003

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Over 80 funds

Giving starts in the Gorge

We believe that giving begins at home. And for us, “home” is the awe-inspiring Columbia River Gorge—an incredibly special place renowned for its natural beauty, diverse heritage, and, of course, the wonderful people who live and work here. With deep roots in our community, we can help you find organizations addressing the causes you care about. The Gorge Community Foundation provides donors with simple, flexible, and effective ways of making a difference in our home communities throughout the Columbia River Gorge.

Serving 6 counties:

Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam in Oregon plus Skamania and Klickitat in Washington.

New scholarship supports students with African-American heritage

The new Black in the Gorge scholarship will be available for students who identify as...

Congratulations Grads and Grantees

The Gorge Community Foundation is delighted to announce the recipients of its 2023 scholarships...

Congratulations, Grads!

The Gorge Community Foundation is delighted to announce the recipients of its 2022 scholarships. ...

GCF Supports Families in the Park

The Gorge Community Foundation is one of the title sponsors of Hood River’s popular summer concert...

GCF Supports Sense of Place

The Gorge Community Foundation is one of the title sponsors of the 2021-22 Sense of Place lecture...

Sohler Trade Scholarship

The new Sohler Scholarship Fund, created by the family of the late George “Larry” Sohler, a...

2021 Community Grants

This year, the Community Grants program combined the Joan Burchell Fund and the Riddell and...

Congratulations, Grads!

The Gorge Community Foundation is delighted to announce the recipients of its 2021 scholarships....

Bartholomew Fund supports Columbia HS students seeking education in the trades

The new Bartholomew Family Scholarship Fund was created to provide scholarships for seniors at...

National Scenic Area fund supports environmental programs and education

The Columbia River Gorge Commission is one of GCF’s newest designated fundholders.  The...