The foundation has started creating partnerships that allow businesses and nonprofits to target dollars to causes they believe are important.
For example, the Woods Family Music and Arts Fund gives $5,000 annually for grants associated with music and arts in North Central Washington. The family believes that getting dollars into the hands of teachers to provide enrichment in music and art is a great value for students and teachers.
For the same reasons, the Community Foundation of North Central Washington provides $7,500 in funding for STEAM grants. The Chelan Douglas Land Trust gives grants through the North Central Education Foundation to provide experiential learning in the Wenatchee foothills.
North Cascades Bank sponsored $10,000 for Teacher Classroom Grants in 2016, which significantly impacted our grant awards. We deeply appreciate their donation!
The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust has donated $2,400 the past two years for students to learn about ecology in the Wenatchee foothills.
Other partners include Olive Garden/Darden Foundation, Confluence Health, Clear Risk Solutions, Stemilt, LASER, Financial Alternatives/PlanMember Services, Okanogan Soroptomist, Sodexo and many individual donations from our community
Why these partnerships work
For organizations that want to make an impact in classrooms, the North Central Education Foundation program has proven to be an invaluable tool. The grants go to the most innovative and creative teachers who figure out how to impact student learning with a relatively small amount of money, about $300 on average.
What the partners are saying:
“It is such a thrill to be able to get dollars into the hands of teachers and support music and arts education at the classroom level,” said Rufus Woods, on behalf of the Woods Family Music and Arts Fund. Every year, we hear back from teachers and students who have added music or art activities to their classrooms and they appreciate the support,” he added.
Who are our major funders?
We get major contributions by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, the Woods Family Music and Arts Fund, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Olive Garden, Stemilt, the Darden Foundation, Sodexo, among others. We also receive a growing number of contributions from individuals each year. Our funding has grown from a mere $2,000 in 2010 to $37,000 in 2016.
How you can join in supporting education and great teachers in NCW?
We offer three levels of major support:
$10,000 and up
A $10,000 investment will fund 33 teacher grants.
A $5,000 investment supports 16 teacher grants.
A $2,500 investment will fund 8 teacher grants.
Can I target my dollars to a specific need?
You can fund our general program or you may choose to target dollars to Literacy, Music and Arts, College Prep, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and STEAM (STEM plus Arts).
Please join us in helping support great teaching and hands-on learning in the classroom by becoming a major sponsor of the North Central Education Foundation. You can make a significant difference in classrooms in your community and around the region.
For more information, please contact the North Central Education Foundation liaison, Eldene Wall, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 509.665.2629