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 this time of need.  If your organization provides meals or access to safe, healthy food and you wish to apply for funding, please click here for more information.  Applications will be due on April 15 and grants awarded by the end of May.
Meet our new investment managers

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 and community leader Rob McCormick, as an exercise in prudent financial oversight and a desire to ensure that as the Foundation grows, its assets are managed to the highest standards and with an intentional, articulated investment policy and long-term strategy.  A request for proposal led to responses by four firms, which were then narrowed to two – Ferguson Wellman and incumbent UBS – for further review.  After reviewing the qualifications of both firms, Ferguson Wellman was selected, based on their extensive experience with other regional non-profit foundations including Western Oregon University Foundation and Friends of the Gorge.

The Foundation is deeply appreciative of the professional and skillful handling of our investment portfolio by Keith Sheppard and the Mt. Hood Investment Group of UBS for almost twenty years.

Ferguson Wellman, founded in 1975, is a private, employee-owned Portland investment advisory firm serving individuals, families and institutions.  They have designed and managed customized investment portfolios for clients’ IRAs, trusts, foundations, endowments, corporate retirement and pension plans. The firm manages $4.97 billion for 832 clients.  The Gorge Community Foundation’s account will be managed by executive vice president Jim Coats, an OSU grad with a master’s degree from Columbia University and a long family history in the Gorge ranging from The Dalles to Goldendale.

FW Executive Vice-President Jim Coats



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, Stephen Bustamante, Bryce Salmon, Josie Petersen
•              Jernstedt Scholarship: Daniela Valle
•              Corwin Hardham Memorial Scholarship: Andrea Morales
Goldendale High School
•              Theo Caldwell Memorial Scholarship: Tori Tallman