FAQs

When did the Pilchuck Foundation start?

The Pilchuck Foundation originated in 2011 in Granite Falls, Washington, by a number of interested community members, including our local police and fire department chiefs.  The first president of the Foundation was Reserve Police Officer Ken Shefveland.

What is a community supported foundation?

Community supported foundations have been around for over 100 years.  Like the Pilchuck Foundation, most focus on providing local police and fire departments resources for unfunded training, technology, and equipment to strengthen public safety.  The Pilchuck Foundation raises and distributes local donations in the form of grants.  In late 2012 we launched a focused pledge drive to assist the Granite Falls Police Department with unfunded equipment, training and technology needs.  Now that the City of Granite Falls has contracted out law enforcement with the County, the specific ‘We Pledge Our Support’ campaign is over, but we continue our mission to STRENGTHEN AND SUPPORT PUBLIC SAFETY in the Granite Falls area.

Why don’t my city and/or county taxpayer dollars pay for everything to keep our community safe?

It is an unfortunate reality that cities across America are struggling to recover from the last devastating recession.  Here in Granite Falls, the City’s property tax revenues dropped around 20%, and the sales and use tax dropped an average of 23%.  The County is also struggling to meet needs with their tax-based budget.

March, 2014:  The City of Granite Falls disbanded the local police department and contracted law enforcement with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.  The Pilchuck Foundation will continue to support unfunded law enforcement needs.

How will my donation be used?

Your donation does not replace City or County funding, but only augments it, for critically needed training, technology, and equipment for the Granite Falls area assigned deputies and the Granite Falls Fire District #17.   As of December, 2016, we have purchased over $1,000 worth of surveillance equipment, a special identification card making machine for Operation Child ID, a new field laptop, an FBI Certified biometric fingerprint scanner, two years rental of a thermal imager, 5 magnesium fingerprinting kits, a ballistic entry shield, additional Operation Child ID supplies, and more.  Your donation also helps us provide scholarships to local graduating students interested in pursuing a career in fire safety or law enforcement.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes.  The Pilchuck Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation.  You will receive an annual statement of your contributions each January.

If you have another question, please contact us at info@PilchuckFoundation.org or Catherine.Anderson@PilchuckFoundation.org