World Forestry Center Awards Two Complimentary Venue Grants to Local Non-Profits

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World Forestry Center is pleased to announce the two non-profit organizations selected for our 2024 Complimentary Venue Grant Program: Northwest Native American Chamber and Business Diversity Institute. 

Northwest Native American Chamber’s mission is to serve all members of the community with culturally specific services that are designed by and for Native Entrepreneurs and re-create an economy where all members of the community can flourish. Learn more at

Business Diversity Institute’s mission is to support the growth and success of regional minority-owned and women-owned business through education and training; outreach, tools, and resources; and promoting collaboration of public/private organizations in these efforts. Learn more at

This is the third year for the World Forestry Center Venue Grant offering a local non-profit a complimentary rental of either Miller Hall, Cheatham Hall, or our Cheatham Hall/Plaza combination (up to a $4,750 value). Previous recipients include Children’s Healing Art Project, College Possible, Coalition of Communities of Color, and Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative. 

“We hope this opportunity will increase equitable access and grow new partnerships between our community organizations,” said Jennifer Kent, event & visitor services director at World Forestry Center. “We are excited to work with Northwest Native American Chamber and Business Diversity Institute and thank all non-profit organizations that applied this year. We had an impressive collection of applications, and we hope they apply again in the future.” 

ABOUT WORLD FORESTRY CENTER – World Forestry Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with over 50 years of working at the intersection of people and forests. Its mission – to create and inspire champions of sustainable forestry – is centered on people. Located in Washington Park, World Forestry Center’s banquet and meeting halls are tucked away in the forest, only 10 minutes from downtown. Our venues offer stunning wooden interiors, polished stone floors, and modern amenities to make events extraordinary in a natural and comfortable setting.  World Forestry Center’s Discovery Museum invites visitors to examine forests and consider all the ways forests impact our lives; open Wednesday-Sunday from 11am – 4pm.