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Legacy Giving Program

A commitment to growing local legacies through non-profits

Part of helping build local legacies is to empower the people and organizations in the community to help them make a change for an impactful future. Every legacy has to start somewhere and that often comes with initial large financial needs. The Legacy Giving Program is designed to help alleviate some of the costs of building a non-profit organization’s legacy. This program could include donations for: an endowment to get your legacy started; capital structure/fixed asset costs; or long-term investments in education. This does not include monies for annual operating costs. Legacy Giving is for large-scale projects that positively impact the community Baker Boyer serves and will last five years or longer. This program was created as an opportunity for larger legacies to be built in the communities Baker Boyer serves (Walla Walla, Milton-Freewater, Tri-Cities, and Yakima) by providing financial support to help kick-start major community projects. Legacy gifts are not designed to be ongoing, continuous gifts. Requests for legacy gifts must anticipate the future sustainability of the project. 

How to apply for a Legacy Giving Program grant

Application deadline for the Legacy Giving Program is February 15th. Applications will be reviewed by the grantmaking committee within 45 days. Additional information or a review with the applicant may be requested if needed. If an organization does not receive funding, they must wait at least one year to reapply.

Click here to download the Application Form for Legacy Giving Program grant requests.

Legacy Grant Recipients

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BMAC - Baker Boyer Community Room

Baker Boyer funded the creation of the Baker Boyer Community Room as part of the renovation of BMAC’s new downtown location. This multifunctional community space is completely modular with technical capabilities for groups of all sizes and needs, including meetings, seminars, and training. (2020, $50,000)

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MercyCorps | Micro-Business Assistance Program

Baker Boyer was a founding funder of this Micro-Business Assistance program that provides training, support, and funding through an initial grant and/or micro-loans to allow fledgling businesses that might not qualify for traditional bank funding to grow and flourish. (2018, $50,000 over three years)

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YMCA Aquatic Center - Yakima

Opened in 2019, the spacious new YMCA Aquatic Center is available for use by all community members. It includes an eight-lane pool, a warm-water therapy pool, a warm-water lazy river with jets, and a family water playground with three slides. (2019, $25,000)

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Mill Creek Coalition

Baker Boyer president and CEO, Mark Kajita, has been part of this coalition of local leaders, organizations, and agencies that form the “Mill Creek Coalition,” which formed to evaluate Mill Creek’s safety, viability, and need for stabilizing improvements. (2018, $18,000 over two years)

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Milton-Freewater Downtown Alliance

Our funding helped with infrastructure improvements and video conferencing upgrades needed to more effectively serve the volunteers and businesses of the MFDA, who are focused on bringing Milton-Freewater to the fullness of its potential through Main Street revitalization. (2018, $5,000)

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William D. Ruckelshaus Center

Baker Boyer board chair Megan Clubb has also served on the board of the Ruckelshaus Center, which facilitates addressing complex public policy challenges in the State of Washington and the Pacific Northwest by tapping university expertise to develop collaborative, durable, and effective solutions. (2016, $2000)

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Walla Walla YMCA

The YMCA completely remodeled its Harmony Room/Learning Center. This project increased the current space by 1,600 square feet for preschool, after-school child care, and summer camp. These programs are essential to serve working families in the Walla Walla Valley. (2017, $25,000 over two years)

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Blue Mountain Action Council

BMAC received a grant for the new Walla Walla Teen Center. The Center is open to all youth in need, regardless of current or former address or school district. It includes an Early Head Start Program, a medical clinic for youth, a youth shelter, a youth employment specialist, and substance abuse services (2016, $20,000)

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Providence St. Mary Foundation

This contribution supported the Cancer Survivorship Clinic project. The Clinic fills an important unmet need by providing a treatment plan for patient wellness and quality of life for those who experience cancer, including programs to help family, friends, and caregivers. (2016, $50,000 over 5 years)

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Christian Aid Center

The Christian Aid Center received funding to help build their new 17,000 square foot Center for Women and Children. This new facility enables them to expand their ability to provide shelter, meals, and more effective programming for homeless women and children. (2017, $25,000)

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