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Jim Daily – Grays Harbor Community Foundation

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SERVING GRAYS HARBOR SINCE 1994

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

Grays Harbor Community Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation celebrated their 20th Anniversary Friday night, March 28th, at the Aberdeen Museum of History.  The event included a dinner and a presentation detailing the work in Grays Harbor that the Community Foundation has accomplished over the years.

Tom Quigg, Chair of the Foundation, welcomed everyone and read the letter delivered by Nicholas Carr, “Recognizing the Service and Commitment of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation…” that was read into the 113th Congressional Record by Congressman Derek Kilmer.

Quigg said the giving nature of the community was a huge part of their success, but equally important is an earned reputation of good stewardship and consistent fiduciary responsibility.

The presentation showed history, though the main focus was on the accomplishments in 2013.  Examples of grants, endowments, initiatives, and scholarships were shown in videos that are on the Foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org.  Donors, grant recipients, and scholarship winners also delivered testimonials to the benefit of the Grays Harbor Community Foundation.

The GHCF recently released their annual report for 2013.  The report showed the Foundation started the year with $37.36 million in assets and ended the year $46.96 million all-the-while helping local nonprofits and schools, and providing scholarships to the tune of $1.6 million.  There were slightly over $400,000 in expenses which also helped to fuel the local economy.

The 2013 earnings of 19.60% on investments, with total expenses of 0.88%, contributions of $4.5 million, and 260 scholarships were also shown.  Several stories of donors and grant recipients are also included in the annual report.

Tom Quigg also said that a year and a half ago, Jim Daly, Executive Director, proposed a goal of $50 million in assets by their 20th year anniversary, which the Board thought was quite intimidating.  But, he said, we are confident now we will reach that goal in the next few months.

The foundation is even more committed than ever to its mission:  To improve the quality of life in the communities throughout Grays Harbor.

If you would like to know more, please see the foundation website:  www.gh-cf.org or you may contact:  Jim Daly at 532-1600 or by e-mail at:  jim@gh-c[email protected]

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

By Andrea Dresdale

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 GrammyIntheSchools.com 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

From: Adult Contemporary Music News From ABC

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

Community members participate in a class at the Greenbridge mixedincome housing development in South King County.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: [email protected]

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.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation now offers online grant applications

Review committee members are looking forward to being able to access all the documents online, view staff reports on applicants, make notes, comments and post questions to Foundation staff using the paperless system. “It has been a process for us to make this move but we believe it is the right time and will ultimately make our organization more accessible, to applicants and reviewers. We’re excited!” Grants Committee chair Dr. Dave Westby stated.

 

Visit the Foundation’s website for guidelines, instructions and to begin the online application process http://gh-cf.org/grants/application.

 

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 accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

 

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:  [email protected].

Grays Harbor Community Foundation announces Nonprofit Plan Builders Program

Developed by Washington Nonprofits and supported by Grays Harbor Community Foundation, Plan Builders addresses the need for small nonprofit organizations to develop plans that guide their work. In the 2012-2013 nonprofit survey administered by Washington Nonprofits, only 24-percent of organizations taking the survey statewide stated that they have a strategic plan, and 51% said that they have a budget. Grays Harbor most likely reflects the statewide reality that most nonprofits are small and stand to benefit from a focus on plan building for long-term impact. “This program is so timely because it is in perfect alignment to the needs we hear our local nonprofits sharing with us. Plan Builders is a way to efficiently bring resources to our community so that they can continue to grow and do the wonderful work they do every day,” said GHCF Program Officer Cassie Lentz.

Plan Builders is accepting applications between now and September 3, 2013. The program begins in late September and runs through January 2014. Applications are available through the Foundation.

About Grays Harbor Community Foundation
Since 1994, Grays Harbor Community Foundation has worked to improve the quality of life in all communities throughout Grays Harbor County. It works to build the capacity of local nonprofit organizations through its nonprofit forum and targeted funding. http://www.gh-cf.org

About Washington Nonprofits
Washington Nonprofits is Washington’s state association for nonprofits. Its mission is to build a strong, collaborative network of nonprofits serving Washington communities through advocacy, education and capacity building. It implements programs that raise the knowledge, skill, and connections of nonprofits within communities and the sector as a whole. http://www.washingtonnonprofits.org.

Contact
To learn more about Plan Builders in Grays Harbor, please contact:

Cassie Lentz, Program Officer
705 J Street, Hoquiam WA 98550
Office: (360)532-1600
Fax: (360)532-8111
[email protected]

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

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation was also able to award $38,000 to five After School Programs here on the Harbor through a designated fund set up specifically for that benefit. Supported programs included: Central Park School, Hoquiam School District for the Hoquiam Middle School, McCleary School District, Montesano Community Outreach, and YMCA of Grays Harbor for Harbor After School Program sites in Elma and McCleary.

 

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 accomplished through many projects and processes that work through or in support of other non-profit organizations, including a quarterly discretionary grants cycle with applications accepted on the first business day of January, April, July and October.

 

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:  [email protected].