Sherwood Trust and Blue Mountain Community Foundation are hosting a tour for private foundations and corporate funders to learn about and explore the Walla Walla Valley, from Dayton, Washington to Walla Walla to Milton-Freewater, Oregon on November 1-3, 2017. This program will introduce some of the exciting and innovative collaborations in our rural communities and highlight opportunities for future philanthropic investment.
The tour will be interactive and engaging. Our goal is to strengthen grantmakers’ knowledge of and support for our underserved rural communities and to learn from shared experiences of funding in rural areas. Participants will have opportunities to meet and learn from other funders and local community leaders who are working to address challenges and make positive change. We hope you’ll join us!
The schedule will highlight regional initiatives and organizations, including:
- An interactive Data Walk to showcase how we have used data on local trends to engage the community and launched a process to develop a vision and priorities for the entire Blue Mountain region, led by Community Council.
- A tour of Walla Walla’s Teen Center, “The Hub on 3rd”, a new collaborative to serve local youth with co-located nonprofits: Blue Mountain Action Council providing employment and training services, Catholic Charities running a youth shelter, The Health Center providing primary and mental health care services, and Children’s Home Society of Washington providing Early Head Start child care for parenting teens. Walla Walla has supported a trauma-informed approach to serving youth and families and building resilience in our communities, led by the nationally-recognized Children’s Resilience Initiative.
We also look forward to tailoring the program, to the extent possible, to match the interests of the funders who attend. Walla Walla Valley nonprofits cover a wide spectrum of interests from education supporters, to arts and cultural organizations, to environmental advocates, to health and human services providers.
Please be sure to register as soon as possible, and no later than October 1, as space is limited. Registration and schedule details are below.
Let us know if we can answer any questions. We look forward to hosting you here and to a fun, interactive program of learning and exploration!
Here are the details:
Schedule: The funders’ tour will kick off at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, November 1 and conclude by 10:30 am on Friday, November 3. As we finalize the program, we’ll continue to provide updates on this page.
Registration: The registration cost of $350 will cover your ground transportation and all meals, including winery dinners both evenings. There are limited spots for this event, so please begin the registration process HERE, no later than October 1. Please note cancellations after October 1 are not refundable.
Lodging: We have a block of rooms reserved at the historic and centrally located Marcus Whitman Hotel at a starting rate of $91/night for a standard king for one person or $111 for two people. King rooms in the tower are available starting at $139/night. Please call 1-866-826-9422 to reserve your room, saying you are with the “Funders Tour” to get our negotiated rates. All rates include breakfast. These rooms will be held until October 1st; after that day, reservations at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and at these rates are not guaranteed.
Getting Here: Walla Walla Airport has three flights daily from Seattle on Alaska Airlines. We planned the schedule to coincide with Alaska Airlines flights 2198, which arrives at 11:15 am on November 1, and flight 2197 that departs at 11:50 am on November 3. Alternatively, the drive is approximately 4-4.5 hours from either Seattle or Portland. Travelers from outside Washington and Oregon may also consider flying into Pasco, Washington, a 55-minute drive from Walla Walla; please contact us if you are traveling through Pasco as we may be able to help arrange your transport to Walla Walla. Car rentals are available at either Walla Walla or Pasco airports.
Extending Your Stay: Visit Walla Walla is our partner for arranging this tour, and we encourage you to use them as a resource to make the most of your time in the region. Please note that if you are able to extend your visit to the Valley that November 3-5 is Fall Release Weekend for many local wineries. This is an enjoyable weekend for wine aficionados so hotel rooms for those days should be booked early (our negotiated rates at the Marcus Whitman are not available those days). There will be a variety of other cultural activities that weekend, including the play “A Few Good Men” at The Little Theatre November 3 and 4, and Walla Walla Symphony’s annual fundraiser gala on November 4. Please explore this website or contact Visit Walla Walla for more ideas.