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Brattain Family Student Enrichment Fund
The Brattain Family Student Enrichment fund is intended for K-12 public school students in Curry and Del Norte Counties. The fund objective is to supplement a student's school sponsored activities by assisting with the payment of fees and costs. The target student is one with the desire to excel in a school program or activity, but does not have the financial means to participate. Examples of this could be fees or uniform costs for a sport activity; travel expenses for a school sponsored event that the student is involved with fees for additional educational materials to enrich the student's knowledge and education, etc.
Caldwell & Sund Family Trust
Kevin Caldwell and Donna Sund-Caldwell moved to Crescent City from Southern California in 1984. Both family physicians, they decided that Del Norte County was a great place to live and to raise their three children, Marisa, Dylan and Connor, who have now all successfully moved on to college education. Kevin and Donna continue to operate their own family medicine practice, Redwood Medical Offices. Throughout the years, they have been involved in the local community in innumerable ways, with a focus on providing cultural and academic opportunities, and a nurturing environment for their own children, as well as all the children of the area. This endowment has been created to ensure financial stability in this continuing community participation and enrichment.
CASA – Del Norte Endowment Fund
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Del Norte was established as an independent program in 2002 to be a powerful voice for the abused and neglected children of Del Norte County. Their mission is to support and assist children in the juvenile dependency program by providing well-trained volunteers to advocate objectively in the child’s best interest. CASA Advocates provide a consistent and important one-on-one advocacy, which can make a lifetime difference to each child. CASA Advocates work with the child, the family, juvenile court and supporting agencies to ensure each child is placed in a safe, permanent and loving home where they have the opportunity to fulfill their potential. In 2005, CASA of Del Norte received an anonymous donation to open an endowment fund. The purpose of the fund is to support on-going recruitment, screening and operation in the form of daily support to the CASA volunteer advocates.
Wayne Roberts & Kevin Hartwick Catch It Fund
The “Catch It” fund, established by local rodeo enthusiasts with the vision of enhancing and expanding programs and opportunities within the region for youth and their families, is intended to support and benefit local youth activities and agricultural pursuits directly or indirectly related to the Del Norte County Fair.
Chetco Community Public Library Endowment Fund
The Chetco Community Public Library Endowment Fund was started in 1985 with a $ $500 donation from the Friends of the Library Association. Income from the fund is used to provide supplemental revenue to the library for special projects and services. The Chetco Community Public Library serves the Brookings-Harbor area of Oregon from the Pistol River to the California border. A volunteer board manages the fund and fundraising projects. Gifts to it nurture the growth and knowledge of people living in our special area. All donations are recognized in the donor book near the front door.
Children’s Hospital Dentistry Program Fund
The Children’s Hospital Dentistry Program in Del Norte County was initiated in 2000 with financial support from the Del Norte Healthcare District Board. This expendable fund was set up to support the program in 2005 with an initial gift from Sutter Coast Hospital and tremendous support from the community. The program serves low-income children in Del Norte County (and an occasional disabled adult) who suffer from severe dental conditions requiring in-hospital dentistry under anesthesia and who are too young to tolerate such extensive dentistry under local anesthesia.
The Children’s Hospital Dentistry Program was developed by local health care professionals, who in the late 1990s, identified an overwhelming unmet need for specialized children’s dentistry. Practitioners had become keenly aware that low-income children with multiple dental problems did not have access to treatment under general anesthesia and children who needed specialty care had to travel to Redding or the Bay Area for treatment.
Circle of Change Endowment and Expendable Funds
Women of the Wild Rivers region have come together to form a giving circle with combined resources in order to support local charitable causes and enrich the lives of the members of our community by contributing funds to build and grow cultural, economic and educational programs within the region. The endowment fund is intended to provide a perpetual annual gift to the region for various projects and programs including those providing support to women, children, seniors, the arts and economic development. The expendable fund will support regional programs and projects as chosen by the members of the circle throughout the year. The expendable fund focus will be issues affecting women, children, seniors, the arts and economic development.
Community Assistance League Endowment Fund
The Community Assistance League helps Del Norte County children and adults with disabilities by assisting with lodging and transportation for out of the area medical services. Organizations may receive funds to support our community’s children and families through their own programs, and local medical services are improved through contributions for medical equipment and facilities improvements. In addition to other local fundraising efforts such as the Silver Ball, the endowment fund provides sustainable support for the League. This ensures individuals with disabilities and special needs will receive assistance now and in the future.
Crescent City Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods Growth Fund
The Crescent City Boys & Girls Club was opened in March of 2005 and has served Crescent City youth with providing leadership, character, arts, recreation and academic programming. As we move forward into the future, this fund will provide the program support to grow and meet the needs of the youth in the communities it serves.
Del Norte Area Fund
Del Norte Area Fund was established in 1988 with an initial gift provided by the late George and Millie Merriman. It was their hope that a foundation patterned after Humboldt Area Foundation could be established for Del Norte County. Fund income is designated for projects in the Del Norte area.
Del Norte Area Youth Fund
This advised endowment fund, a component fund of the Del Norte Area Fund, was established with proceeds from the Kid Town Project in Crescent City. It is intended to provide support for projects related to youth throughout Del Norte County.
Del Norte Child Care Council Fund
The Del Norte Child Care Council is a private non-profit corporation established in 1980. Its mission is to provide and support services that promote and encourage quality care, education, healthy growth and development of all children and families in the Wild Rivers Community. The agency provides childcare, referrals to services, childcare training, school age and preschool child care centers, traffic safety and car seat training, and supervised visitation and other child abuse prevention activities. The Council is governed by a volunteer board of directors and audited annually. Contributions to this fund will assist the Council in expanding and supporting its activities and services to the children of the Wild Rivers Community.
Del Norte County Historical Society Fund
Del Norte County Historical Society was established in 1951 by a group of citizens who wanted to record the rich history of Crescent City and Del Norte County. In 1965 the Society opened its museum in downtown Crescent City and took over operation and maintenance of Battery Point Lighthouse for the County through an agreement with the U.S. Coast Guard. The board of the Historical Society set up a fund with Wild Rivers Community Foundation in 2006 to bolster support for these and related efforts. The fund provides support for the museum’s research facility and the ongoing operations of both the museum and the lighthouse. Other financial support for the Society’s efforts comes in the form of volunteer labor, memberships, entrance fees and sales of books and other items at both facilities.
Del Norte County Public Library Discretionary Fund
The Del Norte County Public Library Discretionary Fund provides general support to the Library to enhance learning and ensure access to information throughout the Library’s service area. This fund was established to enable the Board of Directors for the Library, as fund advisors, to explore new ways to advance the Library’s mission.
Del Norte Family Resource Center Endowment Fund
The Del Norte Family Resource Center Endowment Fund was created to support the on-going work of the Family Resource Center, which enhances the lives of children, families and all members of our community through education, information, referrals, programs and activities that build bridges between generations and people.
Del Norte Habitat for Humanity Endowment Fund
The Del Norte affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International works to build simple, decent, affordable housing by using donated materials and funds, volunteer labor and zero interest loans extended to partner families who share in the work on their homes from the beginning. This fund was established with the future in mind, and the hope that others will be encouraged to make gifts that support simple, decent, affordable housing in our community.
Del Norte Library Foundation Fund
The Foundation was established in 1997 to ensure that the Del Norte Library will continue to meet the needs of the community in the future. Income from this endowment directly supports the library by purchasing needed items and enhancing library services.
Del Norte Senior Center Endowment Fund
The Del Norte Senior Center Endowment Fund was established as a means of supplementing the funds received by the Del Norte Senior Center from Federal and State grants to carry out its programs for Del Norte County seniors. The ultimate goal of the Endowment Fund is to ensure the long-term continuation and expansion of the many life enriching and supporting programs for seniors through the Senior Center. The programs involve the three essential elements of healthy living for seniors: nutrition, health maintenance and socialization. This planned giving program will support the Senior Center in providing these services for generations to come.
Duncan Family Fund
The Duncan Family fund, established in 2005 by Anne Marie and Gregory Duncan, benefits children by supporting programs and projects in the Wild Rivers region.
G. Russell Field Scholarship Trust Fund
G. Russell “Russ” Field, a photographer for the U.S. Navy and a longtime resident of Smith River died on February 10, 1998, leaving his estate to Humboldt Area Foundation for the creation of the G. Russell Field Scholarship Trust Fund. A memorial endowment fund, the annual net income provides scholarship awards to graduating seniors of Del Norte High School planning to attend four-year accredited colleges or universities and pursue courses of study in fields other than theology and chiropractic medicine. His trustee Joan Field confirmed that Russ denied himself a great deal in order to be able to create this fund to help young people, “our hope for the future.”
Friends of the Curry County Animal Shelter Fund
The Friends of the Curry County Animal Shelter Fund was established to continue the care of animals in Curry County. Care includes; spay/neuter, veterinarian care, food, transportation to other shelters, special project needs and outreach education programs to local school and groups. Planning is also underway for a new shelter.
Friends of the Del Norte County Fair Fund
This fund was the long term vision of community partners and the 41st District Agricultural Association Board. The fund’s purpose is to finance special projects which will ultimately enhance the community’s overall use of our fairgrounds and support current and future projects and activities at the Del Norte County Fair.
Vivian & Leonard Goodwin Endowment Fund
The Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery is a non-profit ecological project working to increase and perpetuate the native runs of Steelhead and Chinook salmon in the Smith River, which is the last free-flowing river in California. The Fish Hatchery was built in 1968 entirely with donated funds, labor and materials. The property was donated and the hatchery sits at the confluence of Dominie and Rowdy Creek. The Vivian & Leonard Goodwin Endowment Fund was established to benefit the Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery. Mr. Goodwin, who founded the fund, passed away on August 16. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Vivian.
Green Diamond Resource Company Fund
The Green Diamond Resource Company Fund, established in 2005, will consider grant requests for fisheries and wildlife habitat restoration, forestry/habitat education and research.
Harbor Reconstruction & Improvement Fund
Crescent City’s commercial and recreational harbor is well known as one of the largest producing in California and the safest on the Northcoast. The harbor is the jewel of the community, and is the reason the town of Crescent City was established. The main dock in the harbor is named “Citizens’ Dock” in honor of those who volunteered their time and the materials to build it. In this spirit, the Board of Harbor Commissioners has established a community fund to support the economic development of the tsunami ravaged harbor by providing capital improvements and reconstruction of the inner boat basin for the benefit of the citizens of the Northcoast.
Noel & Margaret LaCombe Fund
Mr. and Mrs. LaCombe, long-time residents of Crescent City, established this fund to provide scholarships to Del Norte High School graduating seniors. Noel and Margaret did not have the opportunity to further their education. Mr. LaCombe passed away in 1992 and Mrs. LaCombe, in January 1998.
Lighthouse Repertory Theatre Performing Arts Center Building Fund
The Lighthouse Repertory Theatre Performing Arts Building Fund will provide the theater group the home it needs and a community arts center available for public use. Since LRT was founded in 1978, it has performed dozens of musicals, dramas and comedies for thousands of people in a school auditorium. The Lighthouse Repertory Theatre is organized to foster and produce the best obtainable and most adaptable plays of the living theatre for the entertainment and benefit of the community.
Martinelli Family Trust Fund
The Martinelli Family Trust was set up in 2005 by Thomas and Robin Martinelli. It was their intention to have this trust focus on the needs of children, the elderly and the disadvantaged of our community. Their initial funding of the trust will be used to help those in need of temporary housing, food, and on occasion, emergent pharmaceutical assistance. Hopefully, future funding will target various projects in the Wild Rivers Community.
Maureen McHugh Martinelli Spirit of Buona Ventura Memorial Endowment Fund
Spirit and Charity. These words capture the life and essence of Maureen McHugh Martinelli. Established in 2007, the Maureen McHugh Martinelli Spirit of Buona Ventura Memorial Endowment Fund will support St. Bonaventure School’s annual Maureen McHugh Martinelli Spirit Day and promote social justice and charity through matching student support of Heifer International.
Hubert Monks Memorial Endowment Fund
Hubert Monks was an avid member of the Boys Club during the depression and often said that it saved his life. Hubert was one of five brothers who served in WWII at the same time. When his daughter became the 1st Unit Director of the Crescent City Club he was thrilled and proud. This memorial endowment will help support Hubert’s dream by providing scholarships, equipment and /or participation costs to individuals under twenty-one, who demonstrate need, through the Boys & Girls Club.
No Hungry Kids – Wild Rivers Coast
No Hungry Kids! is the goal of this fund. Set up with the assistance of community partners, children’s nutritional needs will be addressed by providing meals and improving food security for children, primarily during the summer. This is to be accomplished through the coordination and facilitation of existing resources and contributions.
North Jetty Cats Plus Endowment Fund
The North Jetty Cats Plus Endowment Fund was established in 2005 to provide for the total care and keeping of cats and kittens in Curry County, Oregon including medical care, spaying, neutering and shelter. As an endowment fund, the capital will remain intact and the interest income will provide on-going support to North Jetty Cats Plus. Over the past thirteen years North Jetty Cats Plus has medically treated, spayed/neutered and adopted into loving homes nearly four thousand cats and kittens. This fund was established by Ursula Elliot and Janis C. Heuser, DVM to financially guarantee the medical and loving care demonstrated in the past, will continue and expand in the future. Long-term goals include providing on-going support for a feline retirement center, shelter, boarding facilities, and a cat cemetery where cats can be laid to rest with gratitude and love.
North Jetty Cats Plus Operational Fund
The North Jetty Cats Plus Operations Fund was established in 2005 to provide for the total care and keeping of cats and kittens in Curry County, Oregon. As an expendable fund, the capital may be used to provide permanent shelter and loving care for the abandoned cats. A cemetery is also in the plans. Ursula Elliot and Janis C. Heuser, DVM will serve as advisors to the fund. Over the past thirteen years North Jetty Cats Plus has medically treated, spayed/neutered and adopted into loving homes nearly four thousand cats and kittens.
Physician Recruitment Loan Repayment Curry County Fund
In response to physician shortages the Wild Rivers Community Foundation established the Physician Recruitment Loan Repayment Curry County Fund. The fund helps recruit medical doctors by offering a medical school loan repayment plan, in yearly increments for each year served in Curry County, up to a maximum of four years. Applicants must serve in a needed field of medicine in Curry County for at least two years to qualify.
Physician Recruitment Loan Repayment Del Norte Fund
In response to physician shortages the Wild Rivers Community Foundation established the Physician Recruitment Loan Repayment Del Norte Fund. The fund helps recruit medical doctors by offering a medical school loan repayment plan, in yearly increments for each year served in Del Norte County, up to a maximum of four years. Applicants must serve in a needed field of medicine in Del Norte County for at least two years to qualify.
Physicians of Sutter Coast Hospital Fund
Income from the Physicians of Sutter Coast Hospital Fund, an advised fund, is available for distribution to North Coast non-profit organizations to serve humanitarian, cultural, educational or charitable purposes.
Project Kidtown is the community service project of the two state/county Wild Rivers Coast Leadership Class sponsored by The Ford Family Foundation’s Ford Institute Leadership Program. Project Kidtown essentially consists of the class assessing, designing, fundraising, building and installing simple but durable accessibility enhancements that enable walkers and wheelchair access to the equipment at the Kidtown parks in both Brookings (built in 1993) and Crescent City (built in1998). The class envisions this as a springboard for other community improvements and the continued maintenance of our Kidtown parks, which originally brought together community members to build the parks, but ended up sparking a community development movement.
Philip & Beth Schafer Fund
Longtime residents of Del Norte County Philip and Beth Schafer have been avid supporters of the community and have established a fund to support the mission of a variety of charitable organizations in Del Norte County, i.e. the Scholarship Foundation, the Del Norte Library Foundation, Rowdy Creek Fish Hatchery, the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA), St. Joseph's Catholic School, CASA, Sutter Coast Hospital’s philanthropic fund and Lighthouse Repertory Theatre’s building fund.
Search & Rescue Endowment Fund
A young child with autism, Colin Buchanan was lost along the North Fork of the Smith River in 2004, while hiking and fishing with his father. When the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue received the call, they immediately recognized the severity of the situation for Colin, who is non-verbal and unable to call out for help. Search and Rescue responded quickly and the child was picked up by a helicopter 30 minutes before nightfall. Colin Buchanan’s family established this fund to provide on-going support to Search and Rescue for everyone in Del Norte County. They are a skilled team of committed community volunteers, providing ground searches, technical rescues, swiftwater rescues and dive rescues in coordination with the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. As the fund advisors, the Search and Rescue Board of Directors makes recommendations for expenditures.
Smith River Salmon and Steelhead Habitat Restoration Fund
This fund supports habitat restoration projects and related planning, and education within the Smith River watershed. The Smith River is legendary for its native salmon and steelhead. These fish have always been a part of the culture and human habitation within the watershed --- beginning with Native Americans thousands of years ago to the local community and tourists visiting the watershed today. This fund represents the collaboration of three entities: Green Diamond Resource Company, Del Norte County’s largest private landowner; Smith River Alliance, a twenty-five year old watershed organization that is active in river and fish restoration projects; and, Smith River Advisory Council, an independent group of representatives from public and private entities with a shared interest in watershed habitat restoration projects.
Eileen A. Tardiff Memorial Fund
Eileen Tardiff was a loving wife and mother of nine children. She was active in her local community before her diagnosis and struggle with dementia that resulted in her death in 2005. Through her illness, her family learned of the pressing need in the community for assistance in matters involving senior citizens. They established this field of interest fund in her memory to help ensure that seniors in our community receive the assistance they need.
Veterans Monument Fund
Dedicated to honor past, present and future members of the armed forces who serve our mighty nation honorably that we might enjoy our many freedoms, the Veteran’s Monument Fund was established to build and later maintain a fitting monument in their honor.
Wild Rivers Community Fund
The Wild Rivers Community Foundation inspires people and communities by facilitating dialogue and encouraging charitable giving to support the region now and forever. It works to keep local capital within the Wild Rivers region. This fund was established to provide opportunities for general discretionary giving to support the Wild Rivers Region.
Wildcat Pride Building Fund
The Smith River School Gymnasium/Community Center Committee is a group of community members dedicated to building a gym at Smith River School. The projected construction cost is $3 million. The school district is committed to providing $1.7 million. The Committee’s goal is to raise the remaining funds through local donations and state grant funding.
The Smith River School Gymnasium/Community Center Committee is a group of community members dedicated to building a gym at Smith River School. The projected construction cost is $3 million. The school district is committed to providing $2,250,000. The Committee's goal is to raise the remaining $750,000 for construction costs by 2009.