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Why Choose Us?

We Know The Communities We Serve

When you choose to invest in the future of our communities, you want to work with someone who knows the territory. The broad cross-section of leaders who guide our work lends valuable insight that will help your charitable giving achieve maximum results.

We Help You Achieve Superior Tax Benefits

Since the IRS considers us a public charity, contributions are eligible for the highest available tax deductions. In most cases, these tax benefits outweigh using your assets to establish your own private foundation.

We Make Set-Up and Administration Easy

Establishing a fund can be done in less time than it takes to open a bank account. We take care of all the administrative and grant making activities, eliminating the need for you to set up a separate institution, formulate policies, file innumerable forms and monitor the status of grant recipients.

We Share Your Interests

We are here to help you become connected to the issues you care about most. Your charitable interest and priorities are important to us because committed, caring citizens are so important to our communities' well-being.

We Care About the Future

By setting up a fund, you have the ideal opportunity to create a legacy for yourself and for our area.

Go ahead. Make a difference. By establishing a fund with us, you'll know your gifts are in good hands. Our staff can help you identify where your gifts will best benefit the community.

The result is a lasting legacy that addresses the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow, establishes a tradition of philanthropy and ensures that your fund will develop community capital to improve the quality of life now and well into the future.

We are your premier local source for comprehensive charitable gift planning. To learn more about establishing a fund, please contact us.

What do I do now?

Contact our foundation staff. You may know precisely which organizations you want to support or you may not. In either case, we can help you shape a grant making program that fits your needs and carries out your charitable intent forever. Let us show you just how easy, flexible and effective your charitable giving can be and how you can make a difference by giving something back to the community that helped you get where you are today.

Please contact:

Columbia Basin Foundation
234 First Avenue NW, Suite B
Ephrata, WA 98823
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5 Ways to Maximize Your End of Year Giving


With the holiday season fast approaching, the Columbia Basin Foundation family would like to wish each and everyone of you a beautiful holiday season. We are so grateful to serve a community as rich and supportive as you are; you inspire us to continue to do the work that we love to do. As the end of the year draws near, let us all remember the ways that we can help support those around us, now and in the future. If you are looking for ways to maximize the benefits that come with year end giving, we are sharing our top 5 tips below. 

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The 2018 SCHOLARSHIP Season will begin January 1 - February 28, 2018.  Applications will be accepted during those dates. Please be sure your applications are received in the CBF office by the deadline NOT POSTMARKED by that date.                


The 2018 GRANT Season will begin January 1 - March 31, 2018. Applications will be accepted during those dates. Please be sure your applications are received in the CBF office by the deadline NOT POSTMARKED by that date.                 

For information on the types of funds you can create please visit the information pages on this website. You may also contact the foundation at: info@columbiabasinfoundation.org or you may call: (509) 754-4596.

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