Depoe Bay chamber starts community fund


The Depoe Bay Chamber of Commerce recently launched a fundraising campaign to directly support local businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Though on the surface there seems to be financial support in the pipeline, many local organizations and individuals either haven’t yet received any funds or don’t qualify for federal or state support. Unfortunately, many economic experts predict at least 30 percent of small businesses will not make it through this current crisis.

“As the Depoe Bay community, we simply can’t let that happen to these hard-working and dedicated individuals and organizations,” Chamber Executive Director Laura Furgurson said.

She continued, “Though many locals are unemployed and/or financially stretched, we know that overall as a community we can support this critical effort. In fact, the small town of Yachats raised over $150,000 in just a couple of months. Some have given $5 to $25, while others have donated their stimulus checks. Every little bit helps!”

Donations to support local Depoe Bay area organizations can be made at discoverdepoebay.org by clicking the donate button at the top right of the home screen. Or checks can be sent to Depoe Bay Community Fund at P.O. Box 21 in Depoe Bay.

Once they know the amount of funds raised, the chamber will begin accepting simple and quick applications to distribute the funds directly to local businesses and nonprofits. To apply for funds, check the website in the future for a short application. Applicant requirements will also be listed on the website.

Distribution of funds will be approved by a vote of a committee of five individuals, including two current chamber board members, two community members appointed by the board and the chamber’s executive director. Since the chamber is a 501(c)6 nonprofit, at this time contributions are not tax-deductible, but the chamber is working to make that possible in the near future.

For more information, visit https://discoverdepoebay.org or call 541-765-2889.

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