In mid-June, the Papé family got together for our annual meeting. It’s a chance for us to catch up with each other and make decisions about the foundation. Spirited debates have become something of a tradition, as we each have different ways of approaching finances, grant-making, and the future of the foundation. Meals together throughout the weekend are a way to enjoy each other in a more relaxed setting. All in all, it was another great weekend together!
Following the annual meeting, I get to do my favorite and least favorite parts of the job. I am responsible for notifying all the grant applicants of the board’s decision. We always have more worthy applicants than we have money to give, and so I have to tell at least a few organizations that their project won’t be funded this year. Least favorite part of my job. This year we were able to fund half of our applicants, so I got to let 10 organizations know the good news! Favorite part of my job. Our grant committee had tough decisions to make – I don’t envy them. Ultimately, I think they came up with an excellent recommendation to our full board, one that represents a variety of family member’s communities and interests. I hope to share stories over the next year about the projects these organizations will undertake with the help of our foundation. For now, I am pleased to announce our 2014 grants totally $61,000:
Bishop Kelly High School, Boise ID
ABC House, Albany OR
ShelterCare, Eugene OR
Wellspring Friends School, Eugene OR
Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute at OHSU, Portland OR
Portland YouthBuilders, Portland OR
Rise School, Dallas TX
Ranch Hand Rescue, Argyle TX
FEEST, Seattle WA
Seattle Youth Garden Works at Seattle Tilth, Seattle WA
Thank you to all who applied! Our 2015 grant forms will be available in early January, right here on our web site. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2015.