The Grays Harbor Community Foundation has announced they have been named a partner of the “Building Community Philanthropy” Initiative by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Building Community Philanthropy is a statewide initiative where 19 communities, most spearheaded by Community Foundations, United Ways or a partnership of both, have been chosen to participate in a learning collaboration and engage their communities to address intergenerational poverty, strengthen nonprofit networks, and expand community philanthropy’s role in building strong communities.
The Grays Harbor Community Foundation was invited to write a proposal on how they could impact the cycle of intergenerational poverty in their community over a four-year period. They were asked to consider supporting Pacific County with this project and the Board of Directors agreed to do so in an administrative capacity.
“Over the next four years the Grays Harbor Community Foundation will begin efforts to engage the community and organizations from all sectors to pose questions, offer ideas, and talk about the assets and opportunities in our area in an attempt to address intergenerational poverty in a way that is meaningful,” said Jim Daly, Executive Director of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation. He continued: “Last week GHCF Board and Staff Members participated in a learning community convening and are looking forward to continued access to our colleagues and their work on this same issue so that we might best serve our community.”
Since its establishment in 1994 the Community Foundation has served as funder, collaborator, partner and observer in the many links of the chain that is community philanthropy. GHCF awarded over $1,410,000 in grants and scholarships in 2012 to many nonprofits as well as students pursuing post-secondary education. The organization has worked very hard to create a set of principles under which the Discretionary Grants Program is guided titled “Giving Priorities.” This document established four main areas of concern that the Foundation Board deemed most pressing in our community: Education, Health and Wellness, Arts, Culture and History, and Basic Needs. Awarding grants in these areas has begun our journey into addressing intergenerational poverty and building strong communities, but it is time to go further.
Grays Harbor Community Foundation is in a unique position to bring many stakeholders together to have a common discussion about what intergenerational poverty looks like in our area, the problems it creates and how to address the symptoms as well as the underlying causes of those issues.
The Community Foundation is looking forward to learning more about the true issues inside the community it serves and incorporating those findings into current and future grant-making practices. Strong, connected and educated networks between both organizations and individuals are the key to making an impact, and GHCF is working to strengthen those connections.
Tax deductible donations may be made to:
Grays Harbor Community Foundation, P.O. Box 615, Hoquiam, WA 98550
You may find out more by checking the foundation website: www.gh-cf.org or you may contact the Foundation staff at 532-1600 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Grays Harbor Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission “to improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor County.” This is our motivation for addressing intergenerational poverty and engaging our community to strengthen networks and access to resources.