The Kalispel Tribe believes in being a strong community partner and strives to achieve that through its commitment to supporting its neighbors. The Charitable Fund was established to support the work of the numerous non-profit organizations of Spokane and Pend Oreille counties. The organizations the Tribe supports are pursuing the same goals as the Kalispel Tribe, as we all work to better the lives of our future generations. Since 2000, the Kalispel Tribe has donated over $1 million annually to our local community.

The Tribe focuses its charitable giving in the following areas:
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Arts & Culture
  • Social Services
  • Environment Conservation

Application Guidelines - How to Apply

Auction or Raffle Item Only:

Application must be submitted at least 90 days prior to your event for consideration. Note: If you are requesting an auction or raffle item in addition to other funding, please include it in your annual comprehensive request (see guidelines below).

Program Support, Event Support, or Capital Campaign Funding:

  • There are two funding cycles each year, one in April and one in October.
  • Applications are due by midnight on October 1st or April 1st.
  • Only one comprehensive application for funding may be submitted in a 12-month period (Oct 1st-Sept 30th) per organization.
  • If you are requesting funding for an event that will occur in October or April, it is highly suggested you apply for the funding cycle prior to the month your event is being held (e.g., If your event is October 15th, apply in the April funding cycle to ensure review of your application prior to the date of your event.).
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  • Requests must be submitted using our online application form below with no exceptions.
  • Requests must be from a non-profit organization registered with the State of Washington.
  • Proof of being a non-profit organization registered with the State of Washington (UBI number) must be attached to the application.
  • Requests from a third party are not accepted.
  • Funding for teams and individuals is excluded.
  • If additional space is needed on your application, please attach that information under “additional attachments” at the bottom of the application.

Charitable Partners

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians is proud to partner with nearly 300 non-profit organizations in Spokane and Pend Oreille Counties.  Since 2000, the Tribe has donated more than $17 million to charitable partners in a variety of areas, including social services, healthcare, education, arts & culture and the environment.  Some of those organizations share their thoughts about the Tribe’s positive impact below.

Ronald McDonald House Charities – Inland Northwest

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest is celebrating 30 years of service to the Spokane regional community. The Kalispel Tribe of Indians is a proud corporate sponsor of this organization, which serves more than 1,000 families each year in our region who have an ill or injured child. We hope you’ll join us in supporting this important charity by donating, volunteering, or even preparing a meal for the families.

Meals on Wheels-Spokane, Washington

“We are humbled by the tremendous support that the Kalispel Tribe and Northern Quest Casino have extended to our seniors over the many years of our partnership.  From donating over $101,600 (which equates to over 29,000 meals) to in-kind donations for our fundraisers, to having eloquent testimonials from your leaders, without your support we could not provide the services needed to allow elders to remain in their homes.”-Mollie Dalpae, Executive Director

Rypien Foundation-Spokane, Washington

“As a premier provider of hope for local families battling childhood cancer, it is our goal to provide support for the whole family from the beginning of the journey to the end. Usually for cancer patients, the beginning of this trying ordeal starts at the front door of an emergency department. Parents arrive at these doors with their sick child and the child’s siblings, in a crisis state – scared, anxious and fearing the worst. Then, those fears are confirmed when the worst case scenario becomes a tragic reality with a cancer diagnosis.

Because of the tremendous support we have received from the community, especially the ongoing support from the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Resort & Casino, we were able to partner with Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital and provide them with a $3,000,000.00 gift to establish a new state-of-the-art emergency center for children and adults. The Rypien Foundation Children’s Emergency Center features a completely separate waiting and treatment area for children.-Amber George, Program and Events Director

YWCA-Spokane, Washington

“The impact of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians charitable giving on the women and children served by the YWCA of Spokane has been extraordinary. Annually, the YWCA provides services to nearly 16,000 women and children experiencing domestic violence, homelessness and unemployment.

Our long-term partnership with the Tribe has enabled us to complete the main facility where our agency provides services, including the creation of a new home for the Spokane Family Justice Center. The Tribe’s support was also key in helping us renovate our 100-year-old Safe Shelter for victims of domestic violence. The renovation created private, more autonomous living spaces, reducing the stress of communal living inherent in a shelter environment.

Most importantly the Tribe’s on-going support has given us the ability to sustain the counseling, legal, shelter, and job-readiness services that so many women have come to rely on in moving from what is often the most traumatic moment in their life to a new life of hope, healing, and security.”-Regina Malveaux, CEO

Cusick Food Bank-Cusick, Washington

“In 2015, the food bank received funding from the Tribe to assist families in need in Cusick.  The award enabled us to purchase a new large-capacity freezer, remodel the food staging area, purchase milk, and purchase hams for the Christmas boxes.  The award also included gas cards to support trips into Spokane to pick up food donated by 2nd Harvest Food Bank.  The food bank is volunteer-ran out of the basement of the Pend Oreille Bible Church and serves approximately 62 families each week.  In March 2016 alone, we distributed more than 12,494 pounds of food.”-Gloria Williams, Cusick Food Bank Director

Newport Hospital and Health Services Foundation-Newport, Washington

“The Kalispel Tribe Charitable Fund has assisted the Newport Hospital and Health Services Foundation in giving back to children in Pend Oreille County through the weekly Healthy Kids Snack Bags program. Since 2012, the Tribe’s support for this program of $14,000 has provided well over 2,300 of the weekly snack bags for more than 190 children! Children receive three healthy snacks a day for seven days each week. That’s a healthy grain, a protein, a whole fresh fruit, and a container of 100% fruit juice for every day of the week. This program is unique because it provides more than just one weekends’ worth of food like other snack programs.  The teachers and counselors at each school determine who receives the snack bags and consider a variety of factors when deciding which child might need the extra food.

Due to successful fundraising, the NHHS Foundation provides snack bags to elementary school children in Newport, Oldtown, Priest River, Priest Lake, the Kalispel Career Training Center, and Cusick. Since the Foundation expanded the deliveries, the overall fundraising goal has been sustainability. Support from Tribe has also earned the Foundation grant application credibility, resulting in additional funding from other grantors. The Kalispel Tribe is a respected key partner in Pend Oreille County and truly demonstrates kindness and generosity in their daily interactions, at local community gatherings, and within business relationships.” -Jenny Smith, Marketing and Foundation Director

Charitable Partners

Where we gave in 2018


Inland Northwest Blood Center (Blood Systems and/or Vitalant)
Providence Health Care Foundation
Beyond Pink
Newport Hospital and Health Services Foundation
MS Society
Spokane Guilds’ School
Community Cancer Fund
The Rypien Foundation
Columbia Basin Cancer Founation
ALS Association Evergreen Chapter
Camp STIX Diabetes Programs
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest
American Heart Association


Spokane Public Schools Foundation
Selkirk Alliance for Science
Newport Parent Co-Op Preschool
Invest ED
Maws and Paws Booster Club
Community Colleges of Spokane
WSU Foundation
Spokane HOPE
Medical Lake High School Booster Club
Summit School PAC
EWU Foundation – Library Oktoberfest
St. Thomas More Catholic Parish – Spokane
Okanogan Athletic Booster Club
Community of Montessori Parents (COMP)
Moran Prairie Elementary PTG
Riverside Elementary PTO
Communities in Schools of Spokane County
Ferris High School PTG – Ham on Regal
Corporation of Gonzaga University
Gonzaga Preparatory School
Salish School of Spokane
Big Bend Community College Foundation
Washington Association of School Business Officials
North Wall Children’s Association
Ferris High School PTG – Senior All Nighter
Tonasket Athletic Booster Club
Riverside Middle School PTO
Riverside High School Senior All-Nighter
NCHS Senior All-Nighter Parent Group
Sheridan Elementary PTG

Environmental Conservation

Center for Environmental Law
Inland Northwest Land Conservancy
Spokane Edible Tree Project
Trout Unlimited – Spokane Falls Chapter
Inalnd Northwest Wildlife Council
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Back Country Horsemen of Washington – Ponderosa Chapter

Social Services

Generation Alive
Friends of Eastern State Hospital
Embrace Washington
Real Life Newport
Cusick Community Develoment Association
Create Your Statement
Blessings Under the Bridge
By the Well Foundation (Christ Kitchen)
Youth Emergency Services
Has Beens and Gonna Bees
Northwest North Pole Adventures
Women Helping Women Fund
Spokane Youth Sports Association
Project Beauty Share
Operation Spokane Heroes c/o Spokane Area Business Foundation
Northwest Golfers for Warriors
Lutheran Community Services
Leadership Spokane
Girls Scouts of Eastern WA and Northern ID
Catholic Charities
Boys and Girls Club of Spokane County
Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation
Women & Children’s Free Restaurant
Teen Closet
Spark Central
Safety Net
Rescue 4 All
Partners with Families and Children
Life Services of Spokane
KXLY Community Partners – Coats 4 Kids
KXLY Community Partners – Christmas Wish
Toys for Tots
Second Harvest
Family Crisis Network
Dan Fitzgerald Memorial Basketball Tournament, The
Youth Emergency Services (YES)
Young Life (South X NW Spokane Young Life)
Elevations: A Children’s Therapy Resource Foundation
Big Brothers Big sisters of the Inland Northwest
Corbin Senior Activity Center
Project ID
Shalom Ministries
Spokane Humane Society
Teen Challenge International Pacific Northwest Centers
The Salvation Army
Big Table
Northeast Youth Center
YMCA-Camp Reed
Kettle Falls Rotary
Northeast Community Center
Selkirk Trailblazers
Because There Is Hope
Inland Northwest Golf Founadtion – First Tee of the Inland Northwest
West Central Community Development Association (Community Center)
FailSafe for Life
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The ISAAC Foundation
Our Place Community Outreach
Hospice of Spokane

Arts & Culture

Cutter Theatre, The
Spokane NAACP Branch #1137
Potlatch Fund
Pend Oreille Players Association
Spokane Symphony Society
Mobius Spoakne
Latino Hope Foundation
Youth Outdoors Unlimited


Thin Air Community Radio
Hispanic Business Professional Association
Kettle Falls Rotary
Inland Empire Brand 038, Fleet Reserve Association
Washington State Patrol Memorial Foundation
Spokane Central Lions Club
Chewelah Chamber of Commerce
Inland Northwest AGC
Christian Outreach for Police and their Spouses
Junior Livestock Show of Spokane