The Joan Burchell Fund

The 2021 Grant Cycle will open in the spring of 2021.  When open, the RFP will be posted here.

* PLEASE NOTE:   Grant recipients from 2020 who have not submitted grant reports will not be eligible to apply in 2021.

The following projects received funding in 2020:

  • The Dalles Farmers Market: $1,200 to implement a revamped SNAP program for families to shop for produce and healthy food at the market.
  • Hood River Farmers Market: $1,500 to supplement a matching incentive program.
  • FISH Food Bank: $2,000 to supplement additional food purchases owing to increased need.
  • Oregon Food Bank: $3,000 for food acquisition, storage & distribution specifically for the Columbia Gorge Food Banks.
  • White Salmon Valley Education Foundation: $1,500 to provide food to families in the White Salmon area.
  • The Food Bridge Project: $1,000 to purchase greenhouse supplies for two farms providing produce for families in need.
  • Back Packs 4 Kids: $1,500 to provide meals in Klickikat County to children when not in school.
  • Stevenson-Carson Educational Foundation: $800 to supplement meals to school-age children.
  • Washington Gorge Action Programs: $840 for area food banks throughout Klickitat County.

The following projects received funding in 2019:

  • The Next Door:  $1,500 for gardening supplies for the Raices Community Garden.
  • CultureSeed:  $3,900 for Bending the Bars program at NORCOR.
  • The Dalles Farmers Market:  $1,500 for Power of Produce program for kids.
  • 3 Squares Program:  $2,000 for student meals during school breaks in Skamania County.
  • Columbia Riverkeeper:  $1,400 for bilingual signs for Nicols Natural Area.
  • Back Packs 4 Kids:  $1,400 for weekend snacks and farmers market vouchers for Klickitat County kids.

Joan’s Bio

Joan was born in New York City on April 25, 1923, and grew up in Chappaqua, N.Y. She was raised as a proper young lady, exposed to opera, social etiquette, and the arts while at the same time relishing her role as the “tomboy” who enjoyed sledding the fastest down the steepest hills.

As a young woman, she defied tradition, moving to Venezuela to work as a decorator and furniture designer. She traveled extensively in South and Central America, mostly alone, in her Karmann Ghia.

With a third revolution brewing, Joan decided it was time to leave Venezuela. She lived for a time in Scotland, then moved back home to Chappaqua, working for Reader’s Digest until retirement.

During those years, she was an avid swimmer and kayaker. She kayaked and camped, alone, along the Danube River, and traveled extensively in Europe.  After retirement, Joan decided that Chappaqua had become too urban, and traveled the country looking for a suitable home. The fact that she chose the community of Mt. Hood in the Columbia River Gorge attests to her good judgment. She lived there for 20 years.

Joan loved the community, and the community loved her. She was self-educated, mechanically clever, and artistic. Her spirit, humor, independence, and interest in all things endeared her to many people. Joan is a true example of living life on one’s own terms.

She passed away peacefully, with friends at her side, on December 14, 2008.