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Gates Foundation grant to address local intergenerational poverty

April 7, 2014

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation announced that they have taken the first step in addressing intergenerational poverty thanks to a substantial grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Foundation was named a partner of the “Building Community Philanthropy” Initiative in September of 2013. The statewide initiative chose 19 communities to address intergenerational poverty, strengthen nonprofit networks, and expand community philanthropy’s role in building strong communities.

Since the initiative last fall, staff and Board Members of the Community Foundation have facilitated and participated in conversations with community leaders, citizen groups, nonprofit organizations and donors to gather information about intergenerational poverty and how it applies to our community.

Through a partnership with Washington Nonprofits, consultant Rick Anderson assisted GHCF to formulate a scope of work to move forward.

The proposal includes 5 tasks to be completed and evaluated before moving forward to ensure goals and expectations are being met. Cassie Lentz, Program Officer for GHCF tells KXRO that, “The Scope of Work largely addresses a theme that was constant in community conversations-“What resources do we have that are already here in Grays Harbor?” and “What might be missing in the resources available?” Washington Nonprofits will work to gather, organize and present data in a meaningful way that will facilitate future conversations at the Foundation Board level, as well as within our community.”

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation says that they are hopeful that beginning this work will begin to paint a comprehensive picture of the environment in which we live and work. Lentz added, “Addressing a topic such as Intergenerational Poverty will take careful planning, open communication, and time, but it is vital to the continued growth and success of our community.

To learn more about the Grays Harbor Community Foundation visit their website at http://www.gh-cf.org, or contact the office at 360-532-1600 or info@gh-cf.org.


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