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Baker Boyer concludes special Pandemic funding with $32,500 in new donations to nonprofit organizations


In its final cycle of Pandemic relief giving, Baker Boyer has distributed another $32,500 to support nonprofit agencies in Walla Walla, Tri-Cities and Yakima.

Funds were distributed among four organizations facing unique needs. With its latest allocation, Baker Boyer’s contributions to COVID-19 Pandemic relief for nonprofits exceed $150,000. 

“We understand that the Pandemic has affected everyone, and certainly our critical nonprofits that help some of the most in need,” said Baker Boyer President and CEO Mark Kajita. “We are all in this together and Baker Boyer is cautiously optimistic we are on the other side of what has been a trying time for everyone.” 

The most recent recipients and contributions are: 

In Walla Walla: 

  • Walla Walla Senior Center – Drive-Thru Meal Program - $6,500 to support the drive-thru pick-up meal service, which serves a population in need of food and with a high rate of immunocompromised participants at a time when other pandemic revenue support for the program has ended.  

 

  • YWCA Walla Walla - $6,500 to help with increased demand as families that experienced more domestic violence during the Pandemic seek programs — some of which had been paused due to COVID-19 restrictions.  

 

In Yakima:  

  • Children’s Village - $13,000 to assist Yakima’s only comprehensive provider of care for children with special health and developmental needs. The organization plans a three-year capital expansion to provide additional services for children throughout Central and Eastern Washington.  

 

In Tri-Cities: 

  • Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership- $6,500 to the nonprofit helping drive economic growth in downtown Kennewick while supporting businesses hit both by the Pandemic and a devastating fire earlier in the year.  

 

Financial contributions from Baker Boyer’s Pandemic giving efforts have helped numerous agencies through a dire time. Redirected from the company’s Legacy Giving Program, the funds helped bridge a gap for nonprofits facing intensified demand for services amid restrictions on their traditional fundraising events. 

The end of the special Pandemic funding marks a return of Baker Boyer’s Legacy Giving Program in 2023.  

Legacy Giving was launched in 2016 to help nonprofits offset costs of large-scale projects with a positive impact on the communities served by Baker Boyer. Examples of how the one-time gifts can be used include endowments, capital structures/fixed asset costs, and/or long-term investments in education that build nonprofits’ legacies.