FLORENCE, OR – The Three Rivers Foundation, established by the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians as the charitable arm of its Three Rivers Casino Resort, is set to award more $1 million to non-profits.
“It is important to us that we make an impact within our community and help organizations that work hard to get the extra funding they need to be successful,” said Doug Barrett, Tribal Council Member and Three Rivers Foundation Board of Trustees Chair. “Our board values the community and helping organizations that help so many families and individuals.”
The Three Rivers Foundation has been a beacon of support for non-profits providing much-needed funding to programs all over Oregon, particularly during the pandemic. The tribe formed the foundation in October 2011 with profits from the Three Rivers Casino Resort, which the tribe manages. The foundation supports areas such as education, health, and the environment, among others. Earlier this year, they awarded grants totaling more than $1.4 million to over 100 non-profits.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley received $25,000. “Three Rivers Foundation understands the urgent need to help ignite the imagination and interest of kids, especially traditionally underrepresented groups like girls and young people of color, to the possibility that STEAM learning can provide for enhancing their fundamental skills at school,” said Matt Sorensen, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley. “With this grant money, our organization can expand these programs and serve even more kids.”
The Three Rivers Foundation also awarded grants to health care organizations that found themselves on the front lines during this pandemic.
“We are extremely grateful to the Three Rivers Foundation for their generous support,” said Doreen Kelly, South Coast Hospice & Palliative Care Services. “When we informed them of the ongoing need to test our staff for exposure to COVID-19 to best protect the terminally ill in our care and our staff, they came to our aid.”