Raise Up Umatilla County

A campaign to support our community's needs forever

Who We Are - Leadership Team Members

Co-Chairs: Dennis Barnett, Cindy Middleton, Kol Medina, Sara Archer

Team members: Peggy Jo Sanderson, Pamela Ranslam, George & Donna Murdock, Barbara Roloff, Bryn Browning, Maryelizabeth Garcia, Susan Bower, Weston Putman, Pam Stocker, Greg Juul, Greg Harris, Charles Clupny, Roe Gardner

What We Are Doing

We have one goal, and we need to reach it by December 31, 2024:

Raise at least $12 million dollars to be placed into community endowment funds to help people and places in Umatilla County in perpetuity. These Funds will exist forever to make grants to help our community in the ways that our community most needs as those needs change over time. We are seeking at least $2 million in donations to the Funds before December 31, 2024, and pledges of bequest donations that total at least $10 million. A bequest pledge is a person telling us that they will leave a Forever Fund donation through their will or trust when they pass away.

You can choose to contribute to any or all of the following Funds:

1. Umatilla County Forever Fund. This Fund will support needs anywhere in the county.

2. Greater Hermiston Forever Fund. This Fund will support needs only in the Greater Hermiston area.

3. Pendleton Forever Fund. This Fund will support needs only in Pendleton area.

4. Milton-Freewater, Athena, Weston Forever Fund. This Fund will support needs only in the named area.

Our Partners

We are proud to be working with the Greater Hermiston Community Foundation (GHCF) and the Blue Mountain Community Foundation (BMCF). As explained below, the Pendleton Foundation Trust has some involvement as well. GHCF and BMCF will hold and manage all of the Forever Funds. BMCF will hold the Umatilla County Forever Fund and Milton-Freewater, Athena, Weston Fund. GHCF and BMCF will each hold a Greater Hermiston Forever Fund -- you decide which organization you'd like to hold your donated funds. BMCF will initially hold all of the Pendleton Forever Fund dollars. In 2025, BMCF will transfer to the Pendleton Foundation Trust all of the Pendleton Forever Fund contributions that donors want to have transferred to the Pendleton Foundation Trust.

Raise the Blues Campaign - Matching Dollars

Raise Up Umatilla County is part of the Raise the Blues Campaign. Please click here to learn more the Raise the Blues Campaign, including the matching dollars available for gifts made for Umatilla County.