about the philanthropy programs
Community Grant Program
The goal of the Sunriver Women's Club philanthropy program is to build a strong network of services that improves the lives of people in our community. The program gives to nonprofits and public schools that provide services in five priority areas (Child Safety, Hunger Prevention, Shelter, Education & Youth Development, Health and Mental Health) and exclusively to people living in south Deschutes County.
The Community Grant Program provides grants twice a year: February 15 and September 15. Grant eligibility criteria and applications are available here.
The Sunriver Women’s Club kicked off a new fundraising effort, the Hunger Prevention Fund, to combat food insecurity in south Deschutes County. The campaign kicked off at the May 11 Board meeting and will continue through the summer months with no end date determined. The intent of the campaign is to raise funds for local food pantries to help offset costs due to increased demand and need and unparalleled food and fuel prices. The three local nonprofits to receive funds are the La Pine Community Kitchen, Sunriver Care & Share Outreach, and St. Vincent de Paul of La Pine. SWRC will gather and distribute funds monthly to these organizations.
PAST SPECIAL GRANTS
The Sunriver Women’s Club responds to current events and community needs with special fundraising efforts.
Power of 50 for Education Fund
In March 2023, the Sunriver Women’s Club awarded a $55,586 transformational grant to the South County Collaborative (SCC) as seed money for an exciting new initiative to support and empower youth in south Deschutes County. The SCC emerged from conversations club members had with community members, nonprofit leaders, and school administrators in order to identify strategies to best assist students and parents in the area. It is a collaborative group of those working with youth to implement the strategies. The Power of 50 for education funds were raised in honor of the club’s 50th anniversary and dedicated to expanding opportunities for local students.
The Power of 100 Program: One hundred women giving $100 each was initiated in September 2018. It enabled club and community members to make a larger contribution for a specific need. It funded two projects at $10,000 each.