Nonprofits

Within a year’s span, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties opened the new $5.1 million Kennewick clubhouse, pictured, and expanded into Richland to offer school-based child care. (Photo courtesy Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties)

Boys & Girls Clubs runs 27 sites, sees a thousand kids daily

The past year has been a wild ride for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties. The nonprofit took over the Richland School District’s before- and after-school child care program in June 2018. This meant more sites, children, staff and a bigger budget to manage. It also occurred while the nonprofit was…

Tri-Cities Cancer Center

Ownership change won’t affect services, CEO says

By Andrew Kirk Despite recent ownership challenges, the Tri-Cities Cancer Center is not going anywhere and there will be no noticeable difference in its operations or the care it provides to cancer patients. That’s the message Chief Executive Officer Chuck DeGooyer is working hard to share. It’s an important message because a lot recently has…

Athalia Clower left her job at Kadlec’s West Richland Primary Clinic in July for Guatemala to work with the nonprofit The Ezra Project. The group is licensed to provide a home for abandoned babies and children. (Photo courtesy The Ezra Project)

Focus on children leads Kadlec provider to Guatemala

Athalia Clower has always wanted to help people. And she has done so for more than 25 years. “I have been a certified physician assistant (PA-C) since 1993,” said Clower in an email interview. “I started working for Kadlec during March of 2010.” For Clower, this has been a high calling. But so has her…

High school students from refugee families visit Three Rivers Place to tour and learn about a career in nursing as part of the Family Learning Center program. The center, which helps Tri-City refugees thrive in their new home, is one of the nonprofits supported by United Way’s fundraising efforts. (Photo courtesy Family Learning Center)

United Way launches annual campaign, census outreach

United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties is kickstarting its annual fundraising campaign in September. And it is armed with hard data showing where the two counties it serves are falling behind. Last year, United Way recruited a group of volunteer analysts to identify key data points in hopes of measuring the overall health and…

Paul Shane is the new director of Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Kennewick. As Tri-City baby boomers age, he predicts an increasing demand for the center’s services. The nonprofit serves more than 250 people annually. (Photo by Andrew Kirk)

Center for the blind director ready to address growing need

By Andrew Kirk As Tri-City baby boomers age, the number finding themselves losing vision is expected to balloon. One in six Americans develop a visual impairment after age 70, according to National Center for Health Statistics. It’s a scary statistic people do their best to ignore, said Paul Shane, the new executive director at Edith…

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Nonprofit doesn’t mean no profit

By Michele Roth Someone recently commented to me how they didn’t want to donate to a charity event because the organization had a paid staff. Being from the nonprofit industry, I wanted to know more about why they felt this way. The answer: the organization was a nonprofit, meaning nobody should be paid (at least…

This promotional fair photo from 1954 features Queen Mary Jene Mullineaux. (Courtesy East Benton County Historical Society)

Bicounty fair and rodeo roots run deep

By East Benton County Historical Society Sixty-five years ago this month, the Benton County Fair and Rodeo came into its own. Officially! By tradition, the bicounty fair is said to have begun in the late 1940s with the ending of the annual Grape Festivals, which for decades highlighted the area’s rich agricultural history and practices.…

Steve Ackerman and Mimi Geibel perform as Waterbound at last year’s Tumbleweed Music Festival. This year’s event is Labor Day weekend and they’ll be performing again. (Photo courtesy David Carson)

Richland folk fest pays tribute to power of music

The 23rd annual Tumbleweed Music Festival in Richland Labor Day weekend pays homage to a folk music legend who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. It seems fitting for the Tri-Cities to celebrate Pete Seeger, an American folk singer who won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The banjo-strumming Rock and Roll Hall of…

Beau Ruff, Cornerstone Wealth Strategies

Private family foundations can get donors, kids involved

By Beau Ruff Financially successful people often contemplate the highest and best use of their assets. In some cases, those same individuals have decided that the natural objects of their bounty (i.e., the children) already have enough resources, or that mom and pop have otherwise adequately provided for their children. Alternatively, some of these successful…

Giving strategies offering tax benefits

By Scott Sarber I am constantly amazed at the generosity of our Tri-City community. There are many great nonprofit organizations that are committed to making our community a better and safer place to live.  Even though our community is very generous, organizations continue to look for new donors, and for existing donors to increase their…

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