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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.

Scholarship Winners!

The Rudy and Patti Hein Memorial Scholarship

This year The Shoemaker Foundation awarded $23,000 in scholarship. Congratulations to this year’s recipients:
  • Avalon DeWitt
  • Anna Harper
  • Kaiden Larimer
  • Heath Montgomery
  • Jesus Ochoa
  • Loreydy Santiago
  • Mary Kay Wanechek
  • Shelby Jo Wanechek
Best wishes to all the 2022 graduates!

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




Upper Kittitas County Rotary Club
Playground equipment for Cle Elum City Park; skate park feasibilty study
Community Builders
"The Shop" teen clubhouse
Various Colleges, Universities and Trade Schools
Post-secondary scholarships for local high school graduates
Cle Elum-Roslyn School District
Vision screening equipment; Furniture for "Warrior Wellness" space; cross country ski equipment; other
Food bank and youth scholarships
UKC Community Recreation Center Alliance
Feasibility study for upper Kittitas county community recreation center
Central Washington University
Scholarships 100% matched by CWU
Hospice Friends
Volunteer training; annual fundraiser
UKC Youth Baseball & Softball Association
Sponsorship of facilities; turf repair for two fields
Cle Elum Downtown Association
Support for those impacted by Bull Durham building fire
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
Cle Elum Eagles Craft Club
Holiday gift baskets for local families
Spirit Therapeutic Riding Center
Program support
Other donations $1,000 and under
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.