NCW School Districts Receive $106,633 from Community Foundation

NCW - The Community Foundation of North Central Washington has disbursed $106,633 to all school districts in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties from donations made to the Back to Basics school fundraising campaign in September. The funds will directly help students and families who are struggling from the effects of the pandemic.
“Earlier this spring when schools shut down, we heard a few stories about students having a hard time staying engaged in remote learning because they were having to care for their younger siblings, or their parents lost jobs and were struggling to put food on the table” said Beth Stipe, the foundation’s executive director. “We knew we had to do something about it, and help provide some basic needs so they could focus on their education as much as possible.”
The Board of Trustees approved $55,000 to kick-start the campaign. Each district received a portion of these funds based on their district’s population and number of low-income students. Donations from the public were directed to the districts of their choice.
School district family advocates, teachers, and counselors who work closely with students will identify and distribute the funds. This process is already in place in schools; the funds will simply provide greater opportunities to help students.
“When we reached out to the family advocates and counselors, they were so grateful for the added support” said Jennifer Dolge, director of donor services and communications. “They see first-hand the challenges many students and their families face, especially during this year of with the pandemic and wildfire. Now they will be able to give them even greater support.”
Funds will be used for food, clothing, school supplies, health and personal hygiene needs, and sanitation items.
1. Brewster School District        $4,740
2. Bridgeport School District     $4,272
3. Cascade School District        $5,599
4. Cashmere School District      $3,911
5. Eastmont School District     $14,631
6. Entiat School District             $2,922
7. Lake Chelan School District  $5,094
8. Mansfield School District       $3,272
9. Manson School District         $3,709
10. Methow Valley School District
11. Nespelem School District    $3,602
12. Okanogan School District   $4,172
13. Omak School District          $5,222
14. Orondo School District        $2,902
15. Oroville School District        $2,975
16. Palisades School District     $1,937
17. Pateros School District        $3,257
18. Stehekin School District      $2,047
19. Tonasket School District      $4,590
20. Waterville School District     $2,912
21. Wenatchee School District    
While the campaign is complete, donations can always be made to school districts or PTAs to support students who really need our help this year.
For more information, visit or call 509-663-7716.
The Community Foundation of North Central Washington’s mission is to grow, protect, and connect charitable gifts in support of strong communities throughout Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. Established in 1986, the Community Foundation manages $85 million in assets through 500+ individual funds and has awarded over $35 million in grants and scholarships.

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