Who We Are & What We Do

The Icicle Fund was established in 1999 by Harriet Bullitt to support the work of five named partner organizations in protecting the environment, advancing the arts and promoting the natural and cultural history of the Wenatchee River watershed; later its area grew to include the North Central Washington region counties of Chelan, Okanogan, Douglas and Grant.  At an early board meeting, Harriet told "The Parable of the Long Spoons", which conveys the caring and cooperative spirit with which she hoped the Fund would operate.

A sense of place is central to the Icicle Fund’s mission, as is the belief that fundamental ties to the land and the communities we live in are nurtured through artistic expression and imagination, an understanding of our past, and experience in and love for our natural landscapes and wildlife. The three areas in which the Icicle Fund awards grants are ArtsCultural and Natural History, and Environment. The Fund is especially interested in projects that integrate two or more of these areas.

The Icicle Fund is a 501(c)(3) supporting organization. Representatives of the five named partner organizations hold the majority of seats on the board of directors and work collaboratively with each other and other organizations in the region to carry out the Fund's mission.