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About the Foundation

Our Commitment to the Yakima Valley and Equity

The Yakima Valley Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization with a mission to connect people, resources, and ideas so people and communities thrive.

The region served by our community foundation is the Yakima Valley, which is rich in natural resources and diverse cultures all with a strong reliance on the land and water for economic prosperity and survival.  The Valley is located in the heart of rural Central Washington with significant agriculture, protected forests, and tribal lands- all ancestral land of the people of the Yakama Nation. 

Over time, cultural and economic divisions have developed as a result of disparities in access to opportunities shaped by intentional and unintentional racism, bias, oppression, and historical trauma. Inequities are apparent in our institutions, neighborhoods, our schools, our health, and our perceptions and interactions with each other.

We believe that people in our Valley should have equitable access to opportunity and when equity is addressed, our community will be stronger economically, healthier physically and mentally, and better prepared with education to meet the challenges we face.

The Foundation has three primary areas of focus: 1) Quality education, 2) health and well-being, and 3) civic vitality. We center our work in these areas on equity and justice by creating access to opportunities for those who have been historically and frequently left out or left behind.

We believe as a philanthropic organization, we have a responsibility to understand our impact by raising issues, questioning systems and decisions, and addressing policies and practices that may be well-intentioned and meant to work for all; but just don't.  

Yakima Valley Community Foundation commits to:  

  • Appreciate the dignity and worth of all individuals;
  • listen and elevate the voice of the community;
  • invite honest discourse about equity, diversity, and inclusion;
  • develop within its own operations policies that advance diversity and belonging;
  • nurture an open and welcoming work environment;
  • promote the dismantling of structural and cultural barriers to individual achievement;
  • collaborate and direct our support to organizations working with communities to address equity, to change systems, and to deliver services;
  • advocate for public policies and practices consistent with commitments; and
  • use our resources to make the Yakima Valley a place in which all people can fully realize their aspirations.



111 University Parkway, Suite 102
Yakima, WA 98901


Phone: 509-457-7616
Fax: 509-457-7625
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