Each year, the Charitable Contributions Fund assists more than 100 area nonprofits. Past grant recipients included schools, senior services, veteran services, food banks, shelters, and many more in Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, Klickitat, and Yakima counties.
The committee of five community members and Legends Casino Hotel team members receive an average of 500 to 800 applications annually to evaluate. The applications undergo multiple rounds of cuts before the final selection. Charitable organizations whose service area lies within a 100‐mile radius of the Legends Casino Hotel campus and address a youth/educational need, elder care and activities as well as medical benefit to the community receive priority consideration.
According to the committee, “Programs where a grant can help make a significant impact in our community peak our interest. In the last two years, community needs arising from the pandemic moved to the top of the list, and we’re excited to see how we can make a difference in our community again this year.”
The application can be accessed by scrolling to the bottom of our home page‐‐www.legendscasino.com‐‐ where you’ll find Additional Links then click Yakama Cares. It is important to note that proof of nonprofit status will be required of each applicant, and according to Appendix X of the Compact that outlines the qualifications for grant distribution, tribal nonprofits are not eligible for these funds.