Donated funds going to 43 organizations
Give Methow, the annual fundraising effort that supports a wide range of local nonprofits, raised a total of $$771,695 for 43 valley organizations this year.
The total is a bit less than last year’s record-shattering campaign, which raised $$801,947 for 40 valley organizations, but well above the 2021 effort that raised $654,375 for 38 organizations.
The annual campaign lasts through the month of October. Since 2015, Give Methow has raised $3.8 million for local organizations, according to the Community Foundation.
Any 501(c)(3) nonprofit or fiscally sponsored local organization in good standing is eligible to participate. Because the Community Foundation covers all the credit card fees not paid by donors, 100% of the donations go directly to the nonprofits. A few more organizations have been added each year for the last few campaigns.
Donors can designate which organization they want to support, with a minimum donation of $10.
Additionally, donations to a “Give to All” pool provided a substantial bonus gift for each organization, according to a press release from the Community Foundation of NCW. An anonymous donor provided a $40,000 matching gift for Give to All, the Community Foundation added $10,000, and a $50,000 challenge gift was offered when the campaign reached $550,000, according to the release.
These along with additional gifts grew the Give to All pool to a total of $143,018, which was shared equally among all participating organizations, providing an extra $3,326 per organization.
“The matching gift has been provided each year since Give Methow began to ensure every organization was supported,” said Betsy Cushman, the foundation’s Board of Trustees Chair and Methow Valley Fund Advisor. “The challenge match came from Ben Gilmore who left a bequest to the Methow Valley Fund and wished to support the campaign in a significant way and encourage local philanthropy.”
To expand outreach efforts, this year participating organizations hosted Funday Monday open houses at several locations in the valley to give community members an opportunity to learn more about local charitable causes. “The way organizations showcase each other’s work in our community is the best demonstration that we are all working together to build a healthy and vibrant community for everyone,” Cushman said.
The Funday Mondays also provided an opportunity for donors to win $1,000 to use on Give Methow, and this year $5,000 in those prizes were awarded.
This year’s top three fundraising organizations were Room One, the Methow Housing Trust and The Cove Food Bank. The top three fundraising organizations in 2022 were Room One, the Methow Conservancy and The Cove Food Bank.
Give Methow recipients
Aero Methow Rescue Service – $36,969
Blue Sky Minds – $4,146
Cascadia Music – $14,871
Classroom in Bloom – $21,151
Cove Food Bank – $44,378
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance – $11,776
Friends of the Pool – $14,496
Friends of the Winthrop Public Library – $9,451
Home Range Wildlife Research – $11,911
Jamie’s Place – $25,726
Little Star School – $34,966
Loup Loup Ski Education Foundation – $9,521
Mazama Community Club – $6,201
Methow Arts Alliance – $11,561
Methow At Home – $27,273
Methow Families – $9,349
Methow Conservancy – $37,898
Methow Cycling Team Education Foundation – $6,896
Methow Housing Trust – $45,096
Methow Recycles – $24,618
Methow Salmon Recovery Foundation – $11,659
Methow Trails Collaborative – $8,916
Methow Trails – $20,904
Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival – $6,326
Methow Valley Citizens Council – $41, 513
Methow Valley Community Center – $14,681
Methow Valley Education Foundation – $28,301
Methow Valley Interpretive Center – $14,326
Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation – $19,146
Methow Valley Riding Unlimited – $14,536
Methow Watershed Foundation – $6,321
Northwest Outward Bound School – $8,866
Public School Funding Alliance – $27,676
Methow Pride – $7,091
Room One – $53,006
Shafer Historical Museum – $12,071
The Confluence: Art in Twisp – $8,881
The Merc Playhouse – $20,821
TwispWorks Foundation – $12,071
Methow Valley Free Masons – $3,801
Winthrop Kiwanis Foundation – $7,596
Winthrop Rink – $7,791