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Three Rivers Community Foundation Hands Out $171,508

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Many non-profit organizations throughout the Mid-Columbia have received early Christmas gifts. Many non-profit organizations throughout the Mid-Columbia have received early Christmas gifts.

KENNEWICK, WA - Many non-profit organizations throughout the Mid-Columbia have received early Christmas gifts.

The Three Rivers Community Foundation Thursday handed out $171,508 to 45 different groups serving Benton and Franklin Counties.

The foundation was established in 1999 to invest donations from individuals and organizations and turn over the earnings from those investments to worthy causes in the Mid-Columbia.

Several large organizations receive grants from the foundation, including the Boys and Girls Club, Meals on Wheels, and the American Legion. The grants also go to several smaller groups.

"These little grass roots groups see a problem and they say 'Let's solve the problem,'" says Carrie Green, the foundation's executive director. "And to see these groups come in year after year, and the growth they've done with this little seed money we've given them is so rewarding."

Green says the foundation will distribute more than $300,000 by the end of the year. Since 2004, the foundation has invested more than $2,000,000 for non-profit organizations in the Tri-Cities area.

There are 700 community foundations nationwide, Green says, including foundations in Walla Walla and Yakima. Corporations and private individuals can direct their donations to scholarships, specific causes, or fields of interest.

For more information on the foundation, click here.

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