White Salmon Valley Education Foundation
Sponsored by Cardinal Glass
Amanda Lawrence, Exec. Director
PO Box 2231
White Salmon, WA 98672
The WSVEF is dedicated to enhancing the quality of public education within our community by creating a stable source of supplemental funding for curriculum enhancement, modernization and innovation in our schools, and investment in our teachers. At least 25% of every donation goes to the WSVEF’s endowment fund, which will allow for continued grant funding into the future.
Giving our community of kids a world of opportunity.
If you’d like to learn more about our mission and work, check out our website, or send an email to be added to our e-newsletter list.
– PROGRAM OVERVIEW –
At the WSVEF, our schools are our priority. We’ve supplied more than $2.6 million dollars to over 140 programs in the White Salmon Valley School District since 2006.
Each year the Foundation distributes at least $40,000 in direct awards through a twice-yearly granting process. The grants have provided important enhancements, tools, and trainings across all subject areas and grades. We have also worked closely with the District to help fund initiatives that have provided the latest in computers, laptops, and tablets for nearly every child in all four schools.
Over the last two years, we’ve coordinated the College and Career Fair at Columbia High School which provides our students with an opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives from local and regional colleges, and hear from dynamic leaders and professionals in our community. In 2017, we were awarded a five-year 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant to serve 1st through 8th graders who are at risk of not passing one or more core subjects. The program provides academic intervention, enrichment, hands-on learning, health classes, physical activity, art, field trips, financial literacy, and more.
Additionally, we have generated a 50-to-1 return on our external grant writing efforts on behalf of the District. Outside grants from contributors like Boeing, Century Link, The Harvest Foundation, BNSF and many others, have provided after-school programs, technological equipment, professional development, field trips, outdoor schools, robotics, musical instruments, and much more.
Our funding criteria emphasizes project-based learning and instructional technology that engages students and makes learning relevant. We encourage projects that challenge students at all academic levels through problem solving and team work. Through our partnership with the schools, White Salmon’s students experience innovative instruction and up-to-date technology that prepare them for future success.
– GIVING OPPORTUNITIES –
Government budgets fall far short of covering the costs of educating and preparing today’s children for tomorrow’s world. It is more critical than ever that our community help students get the education they need to become productive, successful citizens. Here are a few ways you can help:
The Gorge Grape Escape, held in October each year, is our main fundraiser. It’s an evening of fun, fine food and wine, and an exciting live auction – all to benefit schools. We welcome your participation as an attendee, event underwriter or table sponsor. Please contact us to find out how you can participate.
You may contribute to the WSVEF online at www.wsvef.org with a credit card, or send a check to PO Box 2231, White Salmon, WA 98672. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Corporate Giving Opportunities
We are happy to facilitate matched donations, employee giving or payroll deductions through your company. Please contact us so we can help you benefit our schools.
A planned gift is a major gift made during your lifetime, or as part of your overall estate plan. Donations of stock or securities as advised by your tax professional are also welcomed.
The Foundation offers many volunteer opportunities for those interested in supporting educational enrichment for our students. We promote the integration of community volunteers and mentors who bring real life connections to classroom learning. Whether it’s mentoring a student, serving on the board or helping with one of our fundraisers, we will find the opportunity that’s right for you.