Who We Are

Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INWCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. We have awarded more than $45 million in grants and scholarships in our region since our inception in 1974.

As the community foundation for the Inland Northwest, we serve 10 counties in Eastern Washington and 10 counties in North Idaho. Our services help people who care about our region accomplish their charitable goals.

Community foundation staff and volunteers work with individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit organizations to establish charitable funds to support the causes they care about within our region and beyond. We work with our donors, nonprofits and community leaders toward a common goal to improve the quality of life in our communities.

We professionally manage and invest the donors' charitable dollars and assist them in awarding grants and scholarships from their funds. We make sure the money is being used as the donors intend and we monitor the use of the funds to ensure that they are making a difference.

Inland Northwest Community Foundation (INWCF) is accredited by the Council on Foundations and is your community foundation for the Inland Northwest.

What is a community foundation:

  • Is officially recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) and passes the public support test as a public charity under sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(6).
  • Has (or is developing) a history of broad support in the form of contributions from the community or region it serves.
  • Has an independent, nonsectarian, governing body broadly representative of the public interest and that is not appointed by a single outside entity.
  • Operates primarily as a grantmaking institution and may also provide direct charitable services.
  • Focuses its primary grantmaking and charitable services within a defined local geographic area that constitutes, in some meaningful sense, a “community.”
  • Is structured primarily as a collection of named funds that carry out the diverse charitable purposes specified by the donors and the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and has a long-term goal to increase the endowed assets available to benefit the community.
  • Maintains a broad grants program to multiple grantees that is neither limited by a particular area of interest nor limited to serving only parts of the population.
  • Has the power to modify any restriction or condition on the distribution of assets, if circumstances warrant (variance power).
  • Has an annual independent audit that is open to inspection by members of the public.
  • Offers a voice and visibility for community values, issues and local organizations.