The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation (CCUIF) awarded a total of $474,650 to 70 nonprofit organizations located in Coos, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lane Counties as well as nonprofits that serve multiple counties in January. The Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools received $2,000 for wellness classroom grants.
The CCUIF was founded in 1997 and began its philanthropic efforts in 1998. To date, the Foundation has awarded $18,980,024 to the seven southwestern Oregon counties from which it accepts grant requests. Grants are awarded semi-annually, in January and June. In June of 2019, the CCUIF awarded $556,850 to 83 nonprofits.
Foundation Executive Director Carma Monarich said, “With its emphasis upon meeting the basic needs of people, strengthening family and assuring educational opportunity, the CCUIF, one grant at a time, improves life in southwestern Oregon and beyond.”
Michelle Johnson, Education Foundation executive director, states, “We are so grateful to Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation for supporting wellness classroom grants this spring. There is a high need in our local schools for support of student wellness projects.”
The mission of the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation is to offer assistance in youth education, strengthen youth and family, provide for positive youth development and add to the quality of life for people in southwestern Oregon. The Foundation has put increasing emphasis upon basic needs so more hungry people get fed.