“If you love your community, you need to invest in your community.”

Tri County Community Fund: Putting Local Dollars to Work

“If you love your community, you need to invest in your community.” Inspired by this vision, an anonymous local donor established the Northeast Washington Community Fund to meet the greatest needs of Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille counties for generations to come.

By expanding services that support all ages—from young children and families to older generations—the donor hopes this new fund will inspire others looking to serve the unique and changing needs of their communities. “I hope my fund empowers people to invest locally, to work together and to solve those key problems we all face.”

Every donation, no matter the size, can reap big benefits for a community. Over the next 10 years, roughly $2.6 billion in wealth is expected to transfer to the next generation in Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties. Directing just 5% of that wealth toward community giving could generate $6 million in annual grants to the tri-county region after only five years. The ability to harness that wealth transfer and target it locally through Innovia’s new leadership councils was the driving force behind this new fund.

“Locally managed and invested philanthropy is what keeps our communities healthy and whole as we move forward,” the donor says.

"If you love your community, you need to invest in your community.”