2024 Allocations

Our United Way of the Columbia Gorge (UWCG) collects donation funds throughout the year and these funds help people right here in the Columbia River Gorge.

During the 2023-2024 funding cycle, $402,000 was distributed to 27 local non-profits in the Columbia Gorge. This was our highest allocation in UWCG history!  Our amazing community of donors, volunteers and supporters made this generosity possible.

How does UWCG decide how to disburse the funds raised through each year? Our Allocations Committee has that task, meeting once a year to assess the applications and make recommendations on how the funds should be dispersed. The committee is comprised of volunteers representing all three councils: Hood River, Klickitat/Skamania, and Wasco/Sherman.

This year, 32 non-profit organizations submitted grant applications to UWCG. Over the past few weeks, the committee reviewed the applications, heard presentations from representatives for each organization and had the opportunity to ask questions regarding their applications.

While it was sobering to hear of the needs throughout the Gorge, it was also encouraging to hear from the presenters about what is being done to help our communities and the scores of incredible volunteers who help make it happen.

After thoughtful deliberation and discussion, the committee made their recommendations, focusing mainly on the issues of food scarcity, domestic violence, mental health issues – especially among young people – and literacy. The allocations will be announced soon. Thank you to all who donate to make these contributions possible and to help make a difference in our Columbia Gorge communities.