History

The Gold Beach Community Fund (GBCF) was started as a community service project by the Gold Beach Rotary (Rotary) in 1999 with a mission of providing financial support to projects, activities and services whose aims are the enhancement of Central Curry County for citizens and visitors.  Following the Oregon Community Fund (OCF) approach, GBCF was seeded with $15,000 by Rotary who then appointed a seven person advisory board – Lou Giottonini, Dale Thomas, Mary Van Dyke, Kathleen Mickelson and Sallie Snyder.  This same slate of individuals also comprised the board of the Gold Beach Educational Fund.

Tom Westfall, Rotary President, funded an additional $5,000 to the GBCF endowment.  The David S. Foster Memorial Fund of OCF  granted $5,000 to the fund.  In future years, the Rotary club donated an additional (nearly) $5,000 bringing the GBCF fund up to over $30,000.

In May 2002, GBCF applied for a grant from OCF to work in conjunction with the Curry Health Foundation and the Gold Beach Educational Fund to create an informational campaign called “Leave a Legacy”.  This campaign successfully increased the awareness of planned giving in Gold Beach and several individuals have included one or more of the three entities involved in the campaign in their estate planning.

The Gold Beach Community Fund has been dormant for a number of years but has recently revitalized (with the upturn of the stock market) and the grant cycle has been opened once again.  The Fund may not be depleted and only income from the endowment will be granted to worthy recipients.

In the past, GBCF has provided grant funds for the following projects:

  • 2018:  $2,500 – Gold Beach Rotary Foundation
    for programming for the recently approved PEG TV channel development effort in Gold Beach
  • 2017:  $2,500 – Central Curry School District
    repair lockers and paint halls of the main part of Gold Beach High School and purchase & install drinking fountain and water bottle fill station at Riley Creek Middle School
  • 2017:  $2,000 – Gold Beach Main Street
    Riley Creek Garden Fence/Garden Maintenance Gold Beach High School project
  • 2016:  $2,500 – Curry County Commission
    for the Gold Beach Beautification Committee effort to be completed in July 2016
  • 2016:  $1,963 – Central Curry School District
    to purchase five Robotics Learning Kits as part of the district’s STEM program
  • 2016:  $500 – Gold Beach Rotary Foundation
    matching grant benefiting the Master Gardeners of Curry County greenhouse project at Riley Creek K-8 School in Gold Beach
  • 2014:  $599 – Riley Creek Parent Teacher Organization
    for the purchase of one of two adjustable basketball hoops for 2nd and 3rd graders
  • 2013:  $1,000 – Central Curry School District
    for the Summer Swim Program
  • 2009:  $1,500 – Curry County Public Health Department
    to support Curry Cares for Kids, a program providing free oral health screenings for students in the county’s public schools
  • 2008:  $1,500 – Curry County Public Health Department
    to support Curry Cares for Kids, a program providing free oral health screenings for students in the county’s public schools

The Gold Beach Community Fund Advisory Committee looks forward to providing more community based grants into the future.