2019 Grant Recipients

 Inter-Faith Treasure House

Janus Youth Programs

Meals on Wheels

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Children’s Home Society of Washington

Cascade Pacific Boy Scout Council

Friends and Foundation of the Camas Library

Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Camas Farmers Market

Camas School District and

Washougal School District Principals’ Funds

Camtown Youth Festival

Camas Washougal Historical Society

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity

Fort Vancouver Regional Library

General Federation of Women’s Clubs

JD Currie Youth Camp

Journey Theater Arts Group

Lifeline Connections

Opera Quest Northwest

Pathways Pregnancy Clinic

REACH Community Development

TreeSong Nature Awareness & Retreat Center.

Camas-Washougal Community Chest

Who we are!

What is a “Community Chest”? Members of the Camas-Washougal Community Chest board are often asked this question.  We frequently answer that we are “like a local United Way,” and this analogy is pretty accurate.

Community Chests are fundraising organizations that collect donations from local businesses, workers, and residents and distribute them to other local nonprofits.  The first Community Chest (named the “Community Fund”) was founded in 1913 in Cleveland, OH and the concept was so popular that by 1948, there were over 1,000 Community Chests in the U.S. and Canada.  The United Way was founded separately as the Charity Organization Society in Denver, Colorado in 1887.  The COS served a similar function to Community Chests by coordinating fundraising and services for 22 local agencies.

Over the years, many Community Chests and other local fundraising charities in the U.S. and Canada joined together, and many of them ended up joining the United Foundation, which later became the United Way.  United Way Worldwide is now a global organization, overseeing approximately 1,800 community-based “United Ways” in 45 countries and territories.  Like Community Chests, local chapters (called “United Ways”) support their communities by collecting charitable donations to relieve local nonprofits of fundraising duties.

The Camas-Washougal Community Chest was formed in 1946 to coordinate fundraising for local nonprofits and we are still going strong after 72 years!  The CWCC is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and in recent years, we’ve been able to distribute over 97% of donations back to the community.  We require grant recipients to provide services within the Camas-Washougal area, submit reports on how grant funds were used, and be involved with education, youth education, health and welfare, natural resource conservation, aiding those with special needs, crisis and emergency services, or other charitable and civic endeavors.