New fund honors Franke Thomas

Carrie Thomas started the Helen Mary Williams/Franke Thomas Access to Wilderness Fund at GCF in 2018 to honor her late husband, Franke Thomas, pictured below, and to help underserved populations connect with natural environments. Grants from Carrie’s fund will support nature-based programs that work to ensure equal access and opportunity for young people to enjoy.. read more →

Meet Our Grantees

Arts in Education of the Gorge recently received a grant to create a series of murals depicting the diversity of agricultural workers who have contributed to the bounty of the Hood River Valley for generations.  Designed by artist Michelle Yamamoto, the murals will be painted by Diamond Fruit workers, local orchardists, community members and students.. read more →

Board News

The board of directors welcomes its newest member, Chris Moore, of Moro in Sherman County.  Chris is a wheat farmer and community leader who started the Sherman County Athletic Foundation to build and upgrade athletic facilities for area youth, including a football field, track facilities and ball fields.  Sherman County’s facilities are in use for.. read more →

Congratulations Grads and Grantees

Congratulations, Grads and Grantees We are delighted to announce the recipients of our 2018 scholarships and Burchell Grant recipients.  We’re also pleased this year to add the Theo Caldwell Scholarship, serving Goldendale High School students, and a grant to Lyle School District through the Robert Halverson Fund for an award to a graduating senior of.. read more →

GCF Announces New Funds

We are pleased to welcome two new fundholders from the eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge: the Theo Caldwell Scholarship Fund for Goldendale High School college-bound seniors and the Sherman County Athletic Foundation, providing long-term support for Moro’s school and community athletic facilities.  It is great to have these new funds supporting youth in.. read more →

2018 Granting Making Tops $87,000

The Gorge Community Foundation is proud to announce that grants totaling over $87,000 have been made to regional non-profit organizations since January 2018.  This is a record high for GCF grantmaking and demonstrates recent growth in the Foundation’s assets and the generosity of our donors.  The list of grantees includes organizations providing health and human services,.. 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 →