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Jim Daily – Grays Harbor Community Foundation

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While a community foundation can be used to support very specific causes, its core mission is to serve a community as a whole. We strive to make connections between donors and philanthropic opportunities in our community over many years.  Accordingly, a core of our work is the investing of funds held for the long-term benefit of local communities…Learn more

Bruno Mars Establishes Scholarship Fund to Send Hawaiian Kids to Grammy Camp

John Paul Filo/CBSBruno Mars has been performing since he was a little kid, and now he wants to help other kids do the same thing. He’s established a scholarship fund that will pay to send kids from his home state of Hawaii to a special “Grammy Camp” each year.

The money for the Bruno Mars Scholarship Fund is coming from the Hawaii Community Foundation, which is providing a grant on Bruno’s recommendation. Each year for the next five years, one qualified high school student from Hawaii will have his or her tuition covered so they can attend Grammy Camp, an interactive summer music experience where kids can learn the ins and outs of the music biz from industry professionals. At Grammy Camp, kids can study everything from music journalism, to audio engineering, to songwriting, to performing. Visit to apply.

It’s not surprising that Bruno wants to support kids in making their dreams of music come true. Earlier this month, when he was asked by some young reporters about his own struggles to succeed in the music industry, he offered advice to anyone …read more

Grays Harbor Community Foundation selected as partner in “Building Community Philanthropy” Initiative

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.”

Grays Harbor Community Foundation now offers online grant applications

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor Community Foundation has announced they are officially accepting applications for their Discretionary Grants program online, beginning with the fourth quarter cycle which has a deadline of October 1st, 2013.


“We are excited to announce our continued partnership with Bromelkamp Company, LLC with the investment in their eGrant product to receive and review applications online and move towards becoming paperless,” Program Officer Cassie Lentz said.


The application itself has had few revisions, applicants will just now be able to fill it out and upload necessary supporting documents digitally. The Grants Application is up and running and the Scholarship Application will be available online soon, with the target date being the opening of the Scholarship season in October.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation announces Nonprofit Plan Builders Program

Hoquiam, WA – Grays Harbor Community Foundation announces its partnership with Washington Nonprofits to bring the Plan Builders program to nonprofit organizations in Grays Harbor County. Plan Builders strengthens Grays Harbor communities by helping nonprofit leaders working on communities’ most pressing issues to lead their organizations through the development of a strategic plan for long-term impact.

Plans Builders is a five-month program that brings together a cohort of ten nonprofit leaders who will lead their organizations through the building of an organizational plan. The program will give leaders a safe space in which to share their experiences and build plans, led by an experienced nonprofit leader, Dave Coleman of BoardTrek Nonprofit Consulting based in Lakewood, Washington. Coleman is excited to be working with Grays Harbor nonprofits: Someone once said, “Begin with the end in mind.” Couple that sage advice with a clear understanding of where you are today, and the stage is set for the heroic effort of building a viable plan for the future. I’m looking forward to partnering with Grays Harbor nonprofits in the thoughtful process of plan building for a better future.

Community Foundation awards $75,840 in Discretionary Grants and $38,000 in After School Program Fund Grants

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Grays Harbor Community Foundation has announced they will invest $75,840 into the community through their third quarter discretionary grants cycle. The Foundation has been a resource to Grays Harbor County non-profits by offering a quarterly discretionary grants cycle, and this quarter, the Foundation awarded 11 grants that totaled $75,840 in discretionary funding. “This is the largest discretionary grants cycle, in terms of number of applications” Program Officer Cassie Lentz said, “We were pleased to see the breadth of programs and projects that were seeking funding, from all corners of our county and beyond.”

The organizations that were funded through this discretionary grants cycle include: Associated Arts of Ocean Shores for Art Supplies for North Beach Schools; Child Care Action Council for “Raising a Reader” program; Grays Harbor College Foundation for Food and Textbook support for the TRiO Program; Grays Harbor County Public Health Department for a Garden and Youth Development Program; Hope From Horses for the Purchase of Safety Equipment; Montesano Community Education for Capacity Building, Printing, Mailing and Promotion; Ocean Shores Food Bank for Renovation for Efficient Distribution; Our Aberdeen for the Mural Restoration Program; Pacific Education Institute for their FieldSTEM program; Washington Nonprofits for Plan Builders; and YMCA of Grays Harbor for an Early Learning Readiness Program.

Dr. Dave Westby, chair of the Grants Committee noted the variety of applications. “We make it a priority to reach out to all areas of the county and all types of organizations to let them know about opportunities to partner with us, and we are excited to see our outreach is attracting great programs and projects that allow us to work together to strengthen our community.”