Walla Walla Valley Funders' TourNovember 7-9, 2018 - Visit Walla Walla

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Walla Walla Valley Funders’ Tour
November 7-9, 2018

Sherwood Trust and Blue Mountain Community Foundation will host a second Walla Walla Valley Funders’ Tour this November 7-9, 2018.  This tour brings a small group of private foundations and corporate funders together to learn together and with community leaders across our region from Dayton, Washington to Walla Walla to Milton-Freewater, Oregon.  It is an interactive and hands on program that highlights innovative collaborations in our rural communities and opportunities for future philanthropic investment.

Would you like to join our 2018 Walla Walla Valley Funders’ Tour?
Please email danielle@sherwoodtrust.org to receive more information or start the registration process now.

Philanthropy Northwest CEO Kiran Ahuja attended the 2017 program and highlighted the tour’s success in helping participants “rethink what was possible and explore new philanthropic investment opportunities in rural resiliency.”  Read more about Kiran’s experience HERE.  We look forward to creating another meaningful tour with opportunities for dialogue, learning, and connection.

The 2018 schedule will be built around the interests and experience of tour participants, starting at 12 pm on Wednesday, November 7 and concluding by 4 pm on Friday, November 9.  Examples of highlights from the 2017 program:

Please contact us with any questions about the tour. We loved sharing our region’s stories and learning with our 2017 participants.  We hope to host you during the 2018 Walla Walla Valley Funders’ Tour!

Warm regards,

Kari Isaacson
Blue Mountain Community Foundation

Danielle Garbe
Sherwood Trust


Here are the details:

Schedule:  The funders’ tour will kick off at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 7 and conclude by 4 pm on Friday, Nov. 9.  As we finalize the program, we’ll continue to provide updates on this page.

Registration:  The registration cost of $495 will cover your ground transportation and meals and beverages during program events. There are limited spots for this tour, so please begin the registration process HERE, no later than October 1. Please note cancellations after October 1 are not refundable.

Lodging: We have a block of rooms reserved at the historic and centrally located Marcus Whitman Hotel at a starting rate of $93/night for a standard king for one person or $113 for two people. King rooms in the tower are available starting at $139/night. Please call 1-866-826-9422 to reserve your room, saying you are with the “Funders Tour” to get our negotiated rates.  All rates include breakfast. These rooms will be held until October 20th; after that day, reservations at the Marcus Whitman Hotel and at these rates are not guaranteed.

Getting Here: Walla Walla Airport has two-three flights daily from Seattle on Alaska Airlines. We planned the schedule to coincide with Alaska Airlines flights 2096, which arrives at 11:15 am on November 7, and flight 2021 that departs at 7:15 pm on November 3. Alternatively, the drive is approximately 4-4.5 hours from either Seattle or Portland. Travelers from outside Washington and Oregon may also consider flying into Pasco, Washington, a 55-minute drive from Walla Walla. Car rentals are available at either Walla Walla or Pasco airports.

Extending Your Stay: We hope you’ll consider extending your stay through the weekend to enjoy even more of all our region has to offer. Please use the Visit Walla Walla website for tips or let us know how we can help you make the most of your visit.

2018 Draft Schedule:

Wednesday, November 7
11:50 am           Meet in the Marcus Whitman Hotel Lobby
12:00-1:30 pm  Lunch in Walla Walla
2:00-4:00 pm    Afternoon Nonprofit and Community Learning Tours
6:30-8:30 pm    Dinner with Community Leaders

Thursday, November 8
8:15 am             Meet in the Marcus Whitman Hotel Lobby
8:30 -11:30 am  Morning Nonprofit and Community Learning Tours
12:00-1:30 pm   Lunch
2:00-4:00 pm     Afternoon Nonprofit and Community Learning Tours
6:30-8:30 pm     Dinner with Community Leaders

Friday, November 9
8:15 am              Meet in the Marcus Whitman Hotel Lobby
8:30 -11:30 am  Morning Nonprofit and Community Learning Tours
12:00-1:30 pm   Lunch
2:00-4:00 pm     Afternoon Nonprofit and Community Learning Tours
4:00 pm              Program Concludes