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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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Making A SPLASH in Ephrata


The CBF 2019 "Making A Splash" Splash Zone Day was a success!

Over 900 people attended Sunday’s FREE community event, and over 400 people enjoyed a FREE meal.

The Hometown Hooligans rocked the Zone during the heat of the day.  CBF wants to thank everyone who dove in to help. From the City of Ephrata for providing a fantastic opportunity with their non-profit rate to Wal-Mart for the hot dogs, Midway Beverage for the ICE drinks and water, Safeway for helium, Franz Bakery for the great deal on buns, Coulee City Food Center for ice, condiments and serving gloves. We also want to shout out to KDRM/KBSN for the live broadcast and our CBF Board members and spouses who volunteered their time…Huc and Laurie Dilling, Brooke and Mary Frederick, Tom Moncrief and Lynda Bowers. Also, the staff at Splash Zone were very attentive to details. Many of our scholarship recipients attended the event with a meet and greet and picture time. Last but not least, we have a winner for the two Old Dominion concert tickets that we will announce soon!

Improving our Communities in the Basin

This spring the Columbia Basin Foundation awarded $26,500 in grants to organizations in the Columbia Basin!

These grants will make a big difference in our communities.

We look forward to hearing the success stories and working to enrich the entities we are funding!

Congratulations to the 2019 grant recipients:

Alzheimer's Association (Columbia Basin Walk), Columbia Basin Allied Arts, Grant County Animal Outreach, New Hope, Planned Parenthood--Wellness Exams, Othello Senior Center, Soap Lake Food Bank, Special Olympics Washington, Tree Fort Children's Museum, and Washtucna HS Band/School District.

CBF is Improving and Enriching the Columbia Basin through Philanthropy!

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