It takes a village…

You may have heard it said, “it takes a village to…” that is certainly true for many things including: seeing dreams realized, citizens engaged, lives enriched, and our community strengthened. These are the pillars of focus for the Crook County Foundation and like other charitable organizations we depend on our village of dedicated volunteers, donors, friends and advocates to accomplish the mission set before us.

As 2017 comes to and end let us reflect on some of the accomplishments, that you, our dedicated Crook County village has made possible this year.

“My husband and I are new to the area and we just love What’s Brewing? thank you for these awesome presentations.  We feel connected and informed and look forward to them each week.” Anonymous attendee.

“I am returning to college to complete my degree that I began 30 years ago. Thanks to your generosity and support.” Carla Nyman, 2017 non-traditional scholarship recipient.

“My grandkids looked forward to Picnic in the Park every week last summer.  They loved the music and dancing.  Dancing is such a past-time we just don’t get much opportunity to do these days and it sure was fun watching the kids jive to the music.” Darlene, Picnic in the Park concert goer.

“I chose the nursing program because I have a passion for helping others.  As a nurse, I plan to travel the country and world helping whoever I can and learning new things everywhere I go. I can’t wait for my future to begin. Thank you for making it possible for me to follow my passions so that I can help others in the biggest ways possible.” Nayana Bickford, 2017 scholarship recipient.

“I am so thankful for the commitment of our community and the support of the Crook County Foundation that is keeping my dream for the Prineville Paddy Pint Run alive and flourishing.  Thank you for having fun with us and getting active as we race for the benefit of children’s dental care. ” Dr. Tony Ramos, DMD, Prineville Paddy Pint Run, Founder and Coordinator.

Reading these testimonies from those impacted by the Crook County Foundation it becomes clear you are making a difference. You are laying the foundation for the future success of students who receive scholarships.  You are bringing the community together for conversation and collaboration at What’s Brewing?. You are generating community togetherness in the shared experience of enjoying music and summer nights at Picnic in the Park. You are enabling partnerships with community members and groups who aspire to invest in community improvement.   Thank you for joining us as we endeavor to make Crook County a more viable and vibrant community.

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Giving Tuesday, November 28th


Kicking off the season of giving…

As you are making your holiday gift lists, mapping out your Black Friday shopping route and bookmarking the best Cyber Monday deals will you consider your favorite charity and add them to your list of giving this year?

Nestled amid the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Giving Tuesday.  A day to kick off the holiday giving season, to inspire collaboration in improving our community and to give back in impactful ways, by supporting charities who are doing meaningful and impactful work right here in our back yards.

There are many wonderful charities having vast impact in our Crook County community and among our friends and neighbors.  As you are deciding who you should give to on Giving Tuesday consider the impacts those who gave to the Crook County Foundation this year provided:

$66,540 in scholarships to 43 college-bound Crook County students.

Opportunities for citizen engagement at What’s Brewing? An average of 40 people attend the free weekly forum learning, networking and joining in for the benefit of our community.  

Live music from talented performers at Picnic in the Park. Crowds gathered to enjoy summer evenings relaxing, kicking up their heels, and enjoying time with friends and neighbors as they took in the sounds. 

New opportunities for community enrichment. Crook County On the Move is a newly established program dedicated to the formation of a comprehensive community wellness program.

Every dollar you give is an investment in your community and makes a difference. Will #GivingTuesday make your holiday event calendar this year?

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Paddy Pint Run registration open

This is the fourth annual St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run/Walk with distances of 5K and 1mile through Prineville.  Costumes are encouraged and awards are given at the post event party located in downtown area.  Proceeds benefit the Tooth Taxi and Crook County Foundation.

Registration is open and conveniently online.  Click here to get your green on!

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Exciting announcement!

We are launching our 2016 annual fund drive and are excited to announce that through the generosity of the John and Linda Shelk Foundation, donations made by new donors or by donors returning after an absence, will be matched dollar for dollar. 

We encourage you to make a special year-end contribution to help us meet our $10,000 goal. With your investment to our community the Crook County Foundation can continue to build positive futures for our children, families, businesses, and civic groups as we foster leadership, education and the arts. 

We simply cannot do it without you.  Your support makes a real and lasting impact on our community. Click here to read our annual report which highlights our year’s work and presents some of our programs.  

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Meet our new executive director

The Crook County Foudaleena_headshotndation is pleased to announce the hiring of new Executive Director, Daleena Green. Daleena and her husband Jeremy made the move to Prineville in 2008 to be closer to family. She is an alumnus of Oklahoma State University where she received a bachelor degree in Agriculture Education and Leadership Studies.

Daleena’s professional experience has been in the non-profit sector, most recently serving as the Outreach Manager for Volunteer Connect and prior to that as the Executive Director of the Prineville Hospital Foundation.

Daleena is honored to represent the Crook County Foundation and looks forward to serving the community in this role as the Foundation works to achieve the mission, exemplify impacts, and grow community awareness and support.

Daleena is the mother of three young children. She cherishes time with family and friends and enjoys music, cooking and traveling. She is an active volunteer in her children’s classrooms and with her faith community at Calvary Chapel.

Daleena replaces Kara Snider, who served as director since 2014.

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Scholarship Season is Upon Us

As high school seniors prepare to finish up their final year of school, it’s time to concentrate on filling out scholarship applications and securing funds for future education. The Crook County Foundation administers over $40,000 in scholarship funds annually, and we encourage everyone to start talking about filling out applications! We have a common application, available on our website under the ‘Scholarship Applications’ tab or on the Crook County High School website ( under the heading ‘Crook County Foundation Common’. Encourage anyone you know of scholarship age to apply!!!

The deadline is the THIRD FRIDAY IN APRIL!!!

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It’s time to get those scholarship applications turned in – deadline is FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015! You can access the application from this post, on our website,  or on the Crook County High School website under ‘counseling’ ‘scholarships’ then ‘local scholarships’. Check out our Facebook page for updates. If you have any questions, please contact us!

CCF Common Application FINAL

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