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
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.