A Field of Interest Fund (FOI) allows you to make an impact in specific fields over time. You identify a specific or broad interest area (such as education, the arts, or affordable housing) and Jefferson Community Foundation ensures effective grantmaking within that field as the needs change over time. This type of fund allows your grantmaking to evolve as the needs within the field do and gives you peace of mind knowing that JCF will be there to identify the best nonprofits in the issue area you have selected to ensure your legacy lives on.
Fund for Women & Girls is dedicated to strengthening our community both now and for future generations through shared philanthropy.
Mission: A world where women and girls are safe, secure, equal and empowered. FWG works toward it by:
For 65 years, households and workplaces in Jefferson County have provided for the basic human needs of vulnerable individuals and families by supporting United Good Neighbors’ annual Give Jefferson campaign.
United Good Neighbors serves as the United Way for Jefferson County and every dollar raised stays local to support frontline efforts that deliver food, shelter, healthcare, education, and hope to those most in need.
Beneficiaries of these essential efforts are people you interact with every day:
Give Jefferson 2021Active November 12 – December 31, 2021, Give Jefferson raised $320,397 thanks to the generous charitable giving of local donors. A total of $240,100 was allocated to 32 local nonprofits. $80,297 invested in campaign administration, community outreach and public education.
HSN was founded in 2018 through a generous grant from the First Federal Community Foundation and serves as a response to the growing housing crisis in Jefferson County, Washington. HSN works:
HSN has directed new grant dollars to housing efforts through the Jefferson Community Foundation and provided scholarships for grant writing workshops, as well as offered coaching and board development support for local organizations. In addition to our Housing Action Teams, we have convened groups of stakeholders to identify and act on local issues of concern, including local workforce and affordable housing developers, community advocates, systems engineers and government staff.
Leading local efforts to sequester carbon, Olympic Carbon Fund is working to restore healthy soils and ecosystems and promote regenerative agricultural practices in partnership with farmers and land stewards in Jefferson County.
Since the fund was established in June 2020, OCF has partnered with 25 commercial farms, 13 community gardens, and numerous private homesteads to incorporate over 110 cubic yards of biochar into the food-producing soils of the region.
As the OCF grows and matures, it will support all aspects of regenerative agriculture and other natural, carbon-sequestering activities.
Washington’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order effective March 2020, marked the beginning of a years of unprecedented challenge resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. By April, unemployment in Jefferson County had tripled to a rate of 19% threatening every sector of our economy and the safety and security of individuals and families — regardless of age, education, or income level.
In March 2020, Jefferson Community Foundation immediately began to coordinate a local effort to raise critical funds to support emergency response in our community. Individual donors, businesses and organizations stepped forward without hesitation, eager to help, and turned to JCF to strategically allocate their generous charitable gifts.
The COVID Response & Recovery Fund was designed as an agile mechanism to direct funds quickly and efficiently to build and sustain a powerful landscape of response resources. JCF launched a weekly proposal and award process allowing funding to rapidly reach local organizations, increasing their capacity to serve.
The COVID Response & Recovery Fund was conducted in two phases:
Phase I directed early donations to organizations on the frontline of pandemic response, allocating over $835,000 to 34 organizations serving basic human needs.
In Phase II, the Grantmaking Committee broadened its focus to include efforts that would help restart the physical operations of local nonprofits and arts and culture organizations presenting programs and events that contribute to the recovery and resilience of Jefferson County residents.
Fund Active: March 2020 – July 2021
To ensure funding decisions are informed by deep local knowledge, JCF assembled an esteemed Grants Committee, comprised of community-minded, seasoned professionals, to review and respond to proposals and direct funds.
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