Sherwood Trust and Blue Mountain Community Foundation are hosting a tour for private foundations and corporate funders to learn about and explore the Walla Walla Valley, from Dayton, Washington to Walla Walla to Milton-Freewater, Oregon on November 1-3, 2017. This program will introduce some of the exciting and innovative collaborations in our rural communities and highlight opportunities for future philanthropic investment.
The tour will be interactive and engaging. Our goal is to strengthen grantmakers’ knowledge of and support for our underserved rural communities and to learn from shared experiences of funding in rural areas. Participants will have opportunities to meet and learn from other funders and local community leaders who are working to address challenges and make positive change. We hope you’ll join us!
The schedule will highlight regional initiatives and organizations, including:
- An interactive Data Walk to showcase how we have used data on local trends to engage the community and launched a process to develop a vision and priorities for the entire Blue Mountain region, led by Community Council.
- A tour of Walla Walla’s Teen Center, “The Hub on 3rd”, a new collaborative to serve local youth with co-located nonprofits: Blue Mountain Action Council providing employment and training services, Catholic Charities running a youth shelter, The Health Center providing primary and mental health care services, and Children’s Home Society of Washington providing Early Head Start child care for parenting teens. Walla Walla has supported a trauma-informed approach to serving youth and families and building resilience in our communities, led by the nationally-recognized Children’s Resilience Initiative.
We also look forward to tailoring the program, to the extent possible, to match the interests of the funders who attend. Walla Walla Valley nonprofits cover a wide spectrum of interests from education supporters, to arts and cultural organizations, to environmental advocates, to health and human services providers.
Please be sure to register as soon as possible, and no later than October 1, as space is limited.
Please contact Danielle Garbe, Sherwood Trust, at 509-529-2791, or Kari Issacson, Blue Mountain Community Foundation, at 509-529-4371, with any questions.