Western Lane Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization chartered for the purpose of receiving, administering and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of residents in western Lane County, Oregon. Resources come from individuals, businesses and other organizations. WLCF selects qualified recipients for funding, based on need, in the form of grants, scholarships and donations for specific projects. The area served by the Foundation is Florence, Mapleton, Dunes City and Deadwood, Oregon.
The Foundation's mission is to improve life throughout Western Lane County by encouraging and maintaining philanthropic activity. WLCF focuses its giving in four major areas: culture, medicine and science, education, and social and civic services. WLCF also manages funds designated for use by other nonprofit organizations.
The communities served by Western Lane Community Foundation are diverse and comprised of individuals having many perspectives and identities. These individuals come from a multitude of backgrounds and experiences, with distinct needs and goals. Western Lane Community Foundation recognizes that in order to create an inclusive and vibrant community, we must understand and value both our individual differences and our common ground. Western Lane Community Foundation actively supports diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As a privately supported philanthropic organization with 501(c)3 status, WLCF provides federal and state tax advantages to individual and corporate donors. The Foundation has built a solid reputation over the past forty-five years as a prudent and effective manager of charitable funds.
Established – 1974
Tax status – WLCF is classified as "tax exempt" under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Assets – $11 million, comprising more than 84 permanent funds
Grants and scholarships – $176,050 awarded from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023
Governance – 9-member volunteer board of directors
Volunteer Board of Directors:
Sandy Kuhlman , President
Robert Orr, Vice President
Sally Wantz, Secretary
Gayle Vinchesi, Executive Director