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 →

Exciting challenge grant for Hood River County Library supporters . . .

A private charitable foundation has made a $250,000 challenge grant to supporters of the Hood River County Library for donations to the Pat Hazlehurst Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation for all contributions made until June 30, 2019 up to $250,000.  This challenge grant Is a unique opportunity to provide ongoing operating support to the.. read more →

Welcome to our new board member Brad Schrick.

GCF is delighted to welcome our newest board member, Brad Schrick, who works as a patent agent at Insitu and brings a passion for community service through his work with organizations including the Gorge Tech Alliance and CASA. read more →

Congratulations to United Way of the Columbia Gorge . . .

on their recent campaign to raise funds for their endowment. They met their goal, raising over $50,000 from friends and supporters throughout the Gorge. UW executive director Jarrod Holmes says “Our endowment at the Gorge Community Foundation provides critical support. Our donors know that by giving to the endowment, they’re supporting United Way now and.. read more →

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 →