Congratulations, scholarship recipients from the class of 2020 . . .

This year saw another outstanding group of high school students. We wish them every success in the years ahead. Scholarship Awards: Hood River Valley High School • Laura Douglas Schaefer Memorial Music Scholarship: Chloe Jessica Thorp and Mateo Martin Campos-Davis • Gorham Babson Family Scholarships: Aileen Castro, Marileisi Castillo, Laura Lachino, Montserrat Pedozza, Jesse Flores • Leos Scholarships: Melinda Flores, Eva Jones,.. read more →

Burchell grants target food insecurity in Gorge communities . . .

The Gorge Community Foundation Board of Directors has announced the following nine grant recipients from the Joan Burchell Fund.  This year’s grants are dedicated to addressing food insecurity throughout the counties that comprise the Gorge, exacerbated by the necessary response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The organizations selected to receive grants will use the funds to increase.. read more →

Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) at GCF . . .

On April 22, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, GCF’s financial advisors at Ferguson Wellman commented on trends in socially responsible investing and new business practices resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you are interested in GCF’s socially responsible investment portfolio option, please contact Jill at for more information. A NEW OUTLOOK ON EARTH DAY by.. read more →

Dana Peck joins GCF board . . .

The Gorge Community Foundation Board of Directors welcomes its newest member, Dana Peck, of Goldendale, WA in Klickitat County. Dana is the Executive Director of the Greater Goldendale Area Chamber of Commerce with extensive experience developing and managing large renewable energy and public infrastructure projects directly related to local community economic development, business recruitment, and.. read more →

Burchell Update

The Gorge Community Foundation Board of Directors has announced that 2020 grants from the Joan Burchell Fund will be dedicated to addressing issues of food insecurity throughout the Columbia River Gorge exacerbated by the necessary response to the coronavirus pandemic.  This is a one-time decision to help our communities protect our most vulnerable citizens through.. read more →

Meet our new investment managers

After a year-long review process led by the Foundation’s investment committee, the Gorge Community Foundation is delighted to announce that the Portland firm of Ferguson Wellman has been selected as its new investment manager. The process was initiated by the investment committee, consisting of board chair Gil Sharp, treasurer Nate Reagan, board member Branden Buel.. read more →

Full house at our annual fundholder breakfast

The Foundation held its annual “state of the foundation” breakfast at the Hood River Inn on Nov. 14 and the Riverview Room was filled with donor advisors and representatives of designated fundholder organizations to meet new investment manager Jim Coats and hear  updates from board chair Gil Sharp and executive director Jill Burnette on Foundation.. read more →

2019 Burchell Grants

Thank you to all the hardworking and deserving organizations that applied this year and congratulations to these recipients: The Next Door Raices Program: Gardening supplies for the Raices community garden CultureSeed: Bending the Bars program for trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness classes to inmates at Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility (NORCOR). The Dalles Farmers Market: Power of Produce.. read more →

Congratulations . . .

to our 2019 scholarship recipients.  We wish these outstanding students every success in the years ahead. Hood River Valley High School •              Laura Douglas Schaefer Memorial Music Scholarship: Atari Gauthier •              Gorham Babson Family Scholarships: Litsy Quintana Moreles, Esmeralda Bibian Rodriguez, Damary Romero, Yulisa Certitos Leon •              Leos Scholarships: Esmeralda Bibian Rodriguez, Andrea Quintana Morales, Isabelle Star, Jade Dowdy,.. read more →

Challenge Grant Results

We are thrilled to report that the Challenge Grant for the Hood River County Library has raised $66,000 for the Friends of the Hood River Library Pat Hazlehurst Endowment of the Gorge Community Foundation to provide ongoing operating support for library programs.  The Library operates branches in Cascade Locks and Parkdale in addition to the.. read more →