Originally published February 13, 2016 at midnight, updated February 13, 2016 at midnight
Gorge Community Foundation announced Thursday it has received a $1 million anonymous contribution designed to promote charitable giving throughout the region.
This is the largest donation in the history of the Foundation, which was established in 2000 to enhance the quality of life in the greater Columbia Gorge by building permanent charitable endowments.
More than 70 of these endowments are now managed by Gorge Community Foundation, serving a diverse array of long-term needs and opportunities on both sides of the river, from education, children’s advocacy and youth activities to food banks, libraries, historic preservation, United Way, animal welfare, Master Gardening and wildlife rescue.
“We are honored and deeply grateful for this anonymous donor’s commitment to the mission of Gorge Community Foundation,” said board president Gil Sharp of Hood River. “The intent of this generous gift is to encourage investment in Gorge Community Foundation through new and existing designated funds, and thus expand our capacity to enhance the quality of life in our Columbia Gorge communities.”
For information on starting a designated or donor-advised fund at Gorge Community Foundation, contact Dan Spatz, executive director, by calling 541-354-2009. Information is also available on the Foundation’s website, www.gorgecf.org