Sherwood Trust
Founded by Donald & Virginia Sherwood

Funders' Tour

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Walla Walla Valley Funders’ Tour

You’re invited to join us September 25-27, 2019.

We hope you’ll come dig into our region and see how our rural communities collaborate and innovate. This will be a fun and interactive tour to explore rural philanthropy and learn from and network with local nonprofits, community leaders, and your fellow grantmakers.

This program is in its third year as a collaboration between Blue Mountain Community Foundation and Sherwood Trust.



There are limited seats available for this program. To begin the process to confirm your spot, please complete this form. Once the form is completed, you’ll be prompted to make a $495 nonrefundable payment that will cover the meals and ground transportation from dinner on Wednesday, September 25 through lunch on Friday, September 27.

Participants are responsible for their own travel to Walla Walla and their lodging. A block of rooms is reserved at the Marcus Whitman Hotel. Hotel rooms are available in the block until August 27. The block is only available by calling the hotel: 866-826-9422. Other rooms may be available online.

The deadline for registration is Monday, August 26.


The tour covers the communities across the Walla Walla Valley from Milton-Freewater, Oregon to Dayton, Washington. Our schedule adjusts, as possible, to meet the particular interests of the participating funders. Previous topics included: efforts to end youth homelessness, youth support in Dayton’s Club, arts collaborations, early learning and the Community Resilience Initiative, community problem solving with Community Council, regional history in Milton-Freewater and Walla Walla, economic development efforts in Milton-Freewater and Dayton, and so much more!

In addition to having amazing nonprofits, Walla Walla also has great wine! The tour provides time to meet the people who are our region’s greatest assets over dinner and wine at some of our best local restaurants.

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Want to hear more about the experience from the perspective of a past participant? We invite you to enjoy this blog post from Philanthropy Northwest’s CEO Kiran Ahuja (pictured far right) about her experience with the 2017 cohort.

If you’d like to learn more about how to participate as a funder, or if you’re a local nonprofit wanting to provide the option of a site visit, please contact Sherwood Trust’s Danielle Garbe Reser: or Blue Mountain Community Foundation’s Kari Isaacson:

We hope to see you in September!