Building Upon a Family Legacy:
The Gentry Family
Kendall and Nancy Gentry built their business and raised their family in Skagit County. For many years, they have been active community philanthropists and members of the Burlington Rotary Club & His Place Community Church. Skagit Adult Day Program & Skagit Habitat for Humanity have had significant Gentry Family influence over the years.
Their goals now are to snowbird in Florida during winter and early spring months, use their motorhome to explore the Great NW and enjoy their family that includes 8 grandchildren whenever and wherever they can.
Continuing their family legacy through the new Gentry Family Donor Advised Fund managed by the Skagit Community Foundation is a way for them to continue to give back to the community that has been such a BIG part of their lives for now over 50 years.
A gift of real estate, a home in Burlington, was donated to the Skagit Community Foundation to launch the Gentry Family Donor Advised Fund. To read our full March Digital Newsletter click HERE!
Additional grants were made in January of 2022 to support our community member recovering from the impacts of the recent flooding.
In partnership with the Northwest Agriculture Business Center, a new grant program will be established to assist small Skagit farms and ranches with unmitigated flood and storm damage incurred in November 2021. To read our full February Digital Newsletter click HERE!
Skagit Flood Disaster Relief & Recovery
The first round of grants, listed below, were made on December 9th, 2021.
The second round of grants will be made to organizations serving those impacted by the November flooding in January 2022.
To donate, visit www.skagitcf.org
To read our full January Digital Newsletter Click HERE!
SCF Welcomes New Board Member:
The Skagit Community Foundation is excited to announce the addition of James Sanders to the Board of Directors.
James brings extensive leadership experience serving the city as the Battalion Chief of the Mount Vernon Fire Department.
Chief Sanders studied Fire Service Administration at Eastern Oregon University and then went on to complete his Master's Degree in Leadership, Disaster Planning, & Executive Fire Officer through Grant Canyon University. James is a member of the Mount Vernon Rotary Club and has served in executive positions for IAFF Local 1983. He lives in Mount Vernon with his wife Missy and their three children. To read our full December Digital Newsletter Click HERE!
Women Philanthropists Making an
Impact on Fidalgo Island:
The Anacortes Women’s Giving Circle is about to launch its third year of collective giving, voting, and grantmaking to benefit the local community.
The Giving Circle pools together smaller donations by its members to make larger grants to support and learn about community needs - creating meaningful impact. Women who live on or have a connection to Fidalgo Island and are ages 16 and up are eligible to join.
Over the last two years, the Anacortes Women’s Giving Circle granted more than $44,000 to organizations supporting the years’ theme. In 2019, AWGC supported Women & Children with grants to the Anacortes Boys & Girls Club, Anacortes Food-to-Go, Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands, Anacortes Community Health Council, and Skagit Habitat for Humanity.
Last year, the theme was Covid Relief and grants were made to the Anacortes Family Center, Skagit Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services, Youth Dynamics, Brigid Collins Family Support Center, Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands, and the Salish Sea School. To read our full November Digital Newsletter click HERE!
Supporting Mental Health Professionals Through Giving:
When our neighbors, friends, or family are struggling with mental health, it can be challenging to fully understand and know how to support them. It can be even more difficult to get the right access to professional help and services when they are needed most.
In September, the Skagit Community Foundation was able to support a workshop and training series for local mental health professionals led and facilitated by Dr. Mark Ragins, an award-winning psychiatrist who brings more than 30 years of clinical mental health work. Ragins was formerly the Medical Director at the Mental Health America Village in Long Beach, California, and is now the campus psychiatrist at California State University Long Beach. To read our full October Digital Newsletter click HERE!
Back To School in the Skagit Valley:
Thanks to our partner organizations, students across Skagit County continued their learning over the summer and are prepared to succeed in school this fall.
Foundation for Academic Endeavors
Along with virtual learning support for families, Foundation for Academic Endeavors (FAE)'s main program is a 5-week Summer Academy that Skagit Community Foundation supported with a grant in May and an on-site visit in July. The FAE Summer Academy is 8am-2pm 5 days a week for 5 weeks and served about 250 students this year. School buses are chartered for the program to pick up students from across the county. Every classroom has at least one bilingual teacher or assistant teacher, and multiple staff are trilingual. The actual cost per student is about $1,800- but thanks to donations and grants from generous supporters and donors, FAE offers the entire five-week program to families for just $60 per child and a maximum of $150 per family with multiple children. Certified teachers and college fellows (who are studying to be teachers), incorporate literacy and reading into a curriculum based on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for students starting at age 3 to freshmen in high school.
To continue reading our September DIgital Newsletter click HERE!