January 10, 2019 1:30 p.m.
With grant awards given out to more than 70 non-profits Wednesday, the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation has given nearly $18 million to communities around Oregon since it’s inception in 1997.
The check presentation event Wednesday was held at the Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville. The event began at 1:00 p.m. with opening remarks from tribal Chairman, Dan Courtney.
Before checks, totaling nearly $500,000, were handed out to the 73 non-profit recipients, Carma Mornarich, the Foundation Executive Director, spoke about the importance of gratitude and how grateful she and the other board members are to be able to help organizations making such a positive impact on the state.
After Monarich thanked everyone in attendance for their hard work and dedication, the check presentations began.
Chris Davidson, with the foundation, read off recipient organization names, the amount of the donation, and what the money had been earmarked for.
Non-profits pledged to use the grant monies for everything from feeding and clothing the homeless, to offering youth counseling and after school programs with a focus on art, music, and dancing, to animal rescue programs and transitional housing for struggling families.
Many representatives from the organizations receiving checks said that the work they do would not be possible without the help they receive from the foundation.
Checks ranged in size from $3,000 to $15,000.
One of the recipients spoke to the generosity of the foundation saying “when you help someone you know, you’re a good friend. When you help a stranger, you’re a good human. Thank you for being good humans.”
The 73 non-profits receiving grant money Wednesday spanned 7 counties and received a total of $496,550.
The grant awards are given semiannually in January and June.
Since the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation began in 1997, it has awarded a total of $17,948,524.