Deerheart Foundation in process of obtaining funds
When fully funded the nonprofit will provide monies for the betterment of the Westwood area, education and the creation of sustainable economic opportunities in the town of Westwood, she explained. Full funding is expected to occur within 3 to 6 months.
Joining Duryea on the foundation board is Nick Ceaglio, director of community relations for Dyer Mountain Associates, and two members of the Westwood community. They are Henry Bietz, superintendent for Westwood School District and principal at Westwood High, and Elta Silva, vice president of the Westwood Chamber of Commerce.
Duryea is also a board member of Deerheart Investments, a company that was formed to back the Dyer Mountain Resort Project and help complete the purchase of 7,100 acres of timberland earmarked for the resort. Other board members of Deerheart Investments includes Briar Tazuk, founder of Dyer Mountain Associates, and Doug Clyde, president and CEO of Dyer Mountain Associates.
Ceaglio said the board of directors for the Deerheart foundation will probably create committees consisting of a board member and a few citizens for the selection of projects of merit. Funding will be granted according to foundation guidelines.
The Foundation Center based in New York City, defines a foundation as an “entity that is established as a nonprofit corporation or a charitable trust, with a principal purpose of making grants to unrelated organizations or institutions or to individuals for scientific, educational, cultural, religious, or other charitable purposes.”
Westwood has experienced the benefits of funding from foundations in the past. The Clinton Walker Foundation, established by a member of the family that owned and operated the Red River Lumber Company and established the mill town, has funded projects in Westwood. For example, this foundation made a donation to the Lassen County Visitor Center, Westwood Station to help with landscaping.
At one time the Deerheart Foundation planned to set up offices in the People’s Church at 4th and Cedar Street but Duryea said she is not sure if that is where foundation offices will be located.
“That would be a dream come true for all of us,” said Duryea.
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