Remembering a local leader

We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Don Nunamaker.  As a local business leader and philanthropist, Don touched the lives of many in Hood River and throughout the community.  His wife, Janet, has been a member of the Gorge Community Foundation’s Board of Directors since its inception.  The Nunamker family and Don Nunamaker Realtors are fundholders whose generous contributions support many regional non-profit organizations.

The Nunamaker family has asked that those interested in making contributions in Don’s name do so online at the Nunamaker Family Fund or by mailing a check to GCF, PO Box 1711, Hood River OR 97031.



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Founded 1999

Grants Year to Date: $347, 940


$7.5 M in assets


Over $2 million in local grantmaking since inception


$340K in grants 2020


10 board members representing 5 counties


$300K in scholarships since 2003


Over 70 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.

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