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The Yakima Valley Community Foundation (YVCF) recently awarded 28 local nonprofits with more than $350,000 in grants. The organization, which was founded in 2004, has been working to improve the economic, social, cultural health and educational quality of life for residents of Yakima County.
The grants are awarded on six areas of focus: Arts and Culture; Basic Needs; Education; Environment and Animals; Health and Wellness; and Neighborhoods and Communities, and the jury includes students from six area high schools as part of their Helen N. Jewett Youth Advisory Council.
The Yakima Valley Community Foundation is the fourth largest community foundation in the State of Washington with assets of $51 million. Over the past five years, YVCF has provided over $7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations. The Foundation is made up of more than 55 separate charitable funds, which have been established by donors either for the benefit of the community or for special purposes. The Foundation also serves as a civic leader, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives designed to build community.
According to Foundation CEO Linda Moore, "We are grateful to the nonprofit organizations in our region that do the hard work every day to make sure that the needs of our community and its people are met."
The grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations in Yakima and Kittitas counties and include; White Swan Arts & Recreation Community Coalition; Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program; Yakima Union Gospel Mission; Mercy Housing Northwest; TeamChild; and Tieton Arts and Humanities, to name a few.
To find out more information about the Foundation, visit them on the web or contact the office at (509)457.7625.
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