Sherwood Trust
Founded by Donald & Virginia Sherwood

Funders' Tour

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Walla Walla Valley Funders’ Tour

Thank you to the individuals who joined us September 25-27, 2019 for our third annual tour.

This program is an opportunity to dig into our region and see how our rural communities collaborate and innovate. We design 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.

A big thank you to Exponent Philanthropy for recognizing this tour as one of the three finalists for your 2019 “Outsized Impact Award”. And thank you to everyone who voted for us — we won!



Registration is now completed for our 2019 tour. If you missed the opportunity to participate but would like to visit another time or have questions about our program, please contact:

The cost for participation is a $495 nonrefundable payment that covers meals and ground transportation from lunch on Wednesday, September 25 through lunch on Friday, September 27. Participants are responsible for their own travel to Walla Walla and their lodging.

Thank you to the Marcus Whitman Hotel for hosting our tour again this year.


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, and economic development efforts in Milton-Freewater and Dayton.

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.

Learn more about our beautiful region at Visit Walla Walla.

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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.

Thank you to these organizations, past and present, for their interest in serving rural communities. We appreciate your participation in a Walla Walla Valley Funders’ Tour and welcome you back to our region any time!

  • Alaska Airlines

  • Ballmer Group

  • Craft 3

  • Discuren Foundation

  • Empire Health Foundation

  • Group Health Foundation

  • Innovia Foundation

  • Microsoft

  • Murdock Trust

  • Northwest Credit Union Foundation

  • Oregon Community Foundation

  • Perigee Fund

  • Philanthropy Northwest

  • Pride Foundation

  • Schwab Charitable Investments

  • Women’s Funding Alliance

We hope to see you on a future tour!