In 2018, the Charitable Contributions Fund distributed more than $480,000 to 214 area nonprofits. Grant recipients included schools, senior services, veteran services, food banks, shelters, and many more in Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, Klickitat, Adams, and Yakima counties.
The committee of five community members and Legends Casino Hotel employees receives an average of 500 to 800 applications annually to evaluate. The applications undergo multiple rounds of cuts before the final selection. Charitable organizations whose service area lies within a 100-mile radius of the Legends Casino Hotel campus and address a youth/educational need, elder care and activities as well as medical benefit to the community receive priority consideration.
According to the committee, “Programs where a grant can help make a significant impact in our community peak our interest. Each year, not only do we find new, exciting programs through schools and area nonprofit organizations, but we fund staples to our community that have a proven track record.” The application can be accessed by scrolling to the bottom of our home page-- www.legendscasino.com --where you’ll find Additional Links then click Yakama Cares.