Cowlitz Tribe hands out $2.5 million in grants from its foundation

Members of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and the community gathered to honor recipients of the Cowlitz Tribal Foundation grants at the ilani annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on Wednesday.

This quarter, the Cowlitz Tribal Foundation released its largest donation to date, totaling just over $2.5 million, according to a press release. Of the 31 grants awarded, nine were announced at the ceremony.

“Each year, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe is honored to support not-for-profit organizations dedicated to lifting up and strengthening our communities,” said Cowlitz General Council Chair Patty Kinswa-Gaiser in a press release. “Today we are proud to partner with these nine recipients who demonstrate the true meaning of giving.”

Of the nine grants given at the tree lighting, seven were awarded to nonprofits in Clark County, which will go toward the following, according to a press release:

“Our experience with the Cowlitz Tribal Foundation has been amazing. True to our core focus, we established a strong relationship with them and through the process have felt listened to, valued, trusted and supported,” said Francisco Bueno, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington. “The investment the foundation has made will directly benefit thousands of youth in our community as it will help cover the increased cost to operate after a significant leveling up of compensation for our team.”

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By Nika Bartoo-Smith, Columbian staff reporter
Published: November 26, 2022, 6:03am