Grays Harbor Community Foundation awards educational scholarships to our community's outstanding undergraduate and vocational students from Grays Harbor County. In 2017, the Grays Harbor Community Foundation....more
Establish A Fund
Setting up a new fund at the Grays Harbor Community Foundation typically takes about an hour. For most funds, we modify a simple agreement corresponding to one of six basic fund types, tailoring it to fit the donor’s objectives...more
Community Building Grants
Our grants consist of a Community Building Grants Program and Grants that are Donor Designated or Donor Advised. The Board of Directors of GHCF is responsible for determining where to use those....more
Welcome to Grays Harbor's Community Foundation
Prior to 1994, no community foundation existed in Grays Harbor County. If a donor wanted to leave his estate for the general benefit of local communities, he would have had to establish a separate private foundation or contribute to an organization with a narrower focus. The Grays Harbor Community Foundation fulfills a need, then, for the average person who wishes to leave a gift of lasting benefit to our local community.
No other public charity in Grays Harbor County serves all areas of need and is also designed specifically to manage permanent endowments.
Benefiting our Community
The Grays Harbor Community Foundation enables any person interested in improving any part of Grays Harbor County to make a gift for almost any charitable purpose which benefits local residents. The donor may give to an existing fund or establish a named fund, either permanent or temporary, specific or general in purpose and goals.
Year after year, the income from a donor's fund might be used to make grants to local charities who request assistance, to fund scholarships for local students, or to make regular contributions to one or more specific local charities. It's up to each donor to determine his or her fund's purpose and goals.
Making Gifting Easy and Affordable
The professional staff handles the administrative details of all such funds, making it easy and affordable for more people to get involved in long-term philanthropy. To learn about some of the local people who have already used the Grays Harbor Community Foundation to give back to their communities, read some of our stories.
How Does it Work
A community foundation receives contributions from a wide range of local individuals, families, and businesses. Some contribute to The Fund for Grays Harbor, which is the core fund supporting our community grants program.
Stories of Giving
Sometimes the best description or example of how a process might work is through a story. Here are several stories of how the Grays Harbor Community Foundation established and administers funds to accomplish the intent of a donor.
Types of Funds
The Grays Harbor Community Foundation desires to provide the support that is needed by a donor to accomplish their goals and wishes. We have the following types of funds that are developed individually with a donor
Establish a Fund
Setting up a new fund at the Grays Harbor Community Foundation typically takes about an hour. For most funds, we modify a simple agreement corresponding to one of six basic fund types, tailoring it to fit the donor’s objectives...