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Shoemaker Foundation


Mission Statement

The Shoemaker Foundation exists to provide resources to organizations that foster the values of Rudy and Patti Hein and Families – honesty, integrity, fairness, and a strong work ethic.

The Foundation seeks to proactively strengthen Upper Kittitas County by investing in education, youth, families, and the enrichment of our community.

Who typically gets funding?

  • Resources are generally provided to organizations, rather than individuals.
  • Most grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations focused on Upper Kittitas County, although requests from any applicant will be considered.

What types of activities/projects are funded?

  • In general, the foundation looks for projects in the $1,000 to $20,000 range, but welcomes smaller requests. See list below for examples of projects funded.
  • Preference is given to projects that impact all three areas of our mission: Education, Youth and Families
  • Preference is given to those applicants who can specifically identify how the funds will be used (e.g., paving a parking lot, providing a summer lunch program for 100 children, etc.).
  • Preference is given to those applicants who can demonstrate high-impact use of the funds (e.g., large number of people impacted; high economic or social benefit to the community, etc.).
  • Funds are generally not provided through this foundation for:
  • Ongoing operations, repairs and maintenance costs.
  • Individuals or families directly requesting financial assistance
  • Business start-up costs

2021 Projects Funded




UKC Community Recreation Center Alliance
Feasibility study for upper Kittitas county community recreation center
Food bank and youth scholarships
Various Colleges, Universities and Trade Schools
Post-secondary scholarships for local high school graduates
Community Builders
"The Shop" teen clubhouse
Cle Elum-Roslyn School District
Furniture for "Warrior Wellness" space; equipment for new elementary cross country ski program
Cle Elum Downtown Association
Restoration of Bull Durham building
Craven Association for Black Cemetary Preservation
Mower for cemetary maintenance
COAL-Community Outreach and Lifeskills Center
Food bags for local students and families
Sponsor - annual fundraiser
UKC Youth Baseball & Softball Association
Ten-year sponsorship of facilities; turf repair for two fields
ARRF Animal Rescue
Protection of animals from abuse and neglect
Hospice Friends
Tree of Love fundraiser
Donations less than $1,000
Total 2021 Donations

2020 Projects Funded

2019 Projects Funded

When will I know if I will be awarded a grant?

  • Applications are generally reviewed within two weeks of being received.
  • You will be notified within thirty days of your submission whether or not additional information is required.
  • For simpler requests, funding may be available in as little as one week from the date of submission. Larger, more complex requests with numerous uncertainties may require up to one month (or longer) for funding.
  • If an organization's request is approved, grant checks will be mailed directly to the organization's address specified in the grant application.