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A Brief Timeline of the CBF Grant Application Process

Every year, Columbia Basin Foundation is fortunate enough to award hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to worthy organizations throughout the community. While the majority of these grants are directed to particular organizations by the donors, there are several that hopeful organizations can apply for directly. With the grant application deadline last week, we know that many of you who have applied to these grants will be wondering what the timeline looks like for selecting the recipients. Here is a quick snapshot of the grant application timeline to help ease your mind as you wait for news on the winners.

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Storyteller Series: The John & Jeanette Steinmacher Scholarship

The Columbia Basin Foundation was built on the kindness of those who make this community such a great place to live. The stories behind every fund that we manage directly and every grant recipient we are so honored to support make that abundantly clear. And that is why we have created a regular storyteller series here on the CBF Blog. We hope to share the kindness and compassion of those who have created these funds and organizations to help our communities thrive. This is the story behind the John and Jeanette Steinmacher Scholarship.

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Nonprofit Spotlight - Quincy Communities That Care

A big role of a community foundation is to bring awareness to their community partners, in an effort to help lift up organizations that are having a positive effect on the surrounding area. Columbia Basin Foundation has been honored to work with and get to know many of these organizations. We are delighted to bring you round 2 of the Nonprofit Spotlight to shine the light on the good these groups are doing.

This month we sat down with Diana Ruiz, the Coalition Director of Quincy Community That Cares (CTC), a program doing a lot of good for the youth and beyond in our communities. Listen to the video above to learn more about the great services Quincy CTC offers.

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CBF Takes Part in Giving Tuesday 2016

Giving Tuesday is an international day of generosity that empowers people to give to the causes that they are passionate about. Here at Columbia Basin Foundation we are in a unique position where we are usually supporting the philanthropic efforts of others, with little opportunity to fund our own projects for the communities we serve. So this year, for Giving Tuesday, we are launching the Columbia Basin Foundation Special Projects Fund and we need your help. Today, November 29th, 2016, is the official kickoff to this fund and we have a special project in mind to get things started. 

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The Science of Gratitude & How to Achieve Greater Happiness

This time of year as we are all gathering with our friends and families, it is also a great time to reflect on all the things we are grateful for. Through expressing our gratitude we are reminded of all the blessings we have and can gain new perspective in this reflection. But did you know that there is actually scientific research to support why those feelings of gratitude actually make us feel better, too? Positive psychology researchers have found that gratitude has a strong and consistent association with greater happiness and allows people to experience more positive emotions, relish good experiences, experience greater health, handle adversity, and build stronger relationships. So we are sharing five easy ways to experience greater happiness through simple acts of gratitude.

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