Community Foundation for Southwest Washington Receives $50 Million

The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington has announced a $50 million gift from the Wayne D. Kuni and Joan E. Kuni Foundation.

The gift will endow a fund that supports cancer and other medical research as well as efforts to enhance the lives of adults with developmental abilities. The Kuni Foundation board and community foundation staff will work together to ensure that grants awarded through the fund are aligned with the Kunis' original wishes and achieve the greatest impact.

Wayne Kuni, who passed away in 2005, was the founder and owner of Kuni Automotive, a Vancouver-based auto dealership he ran for more than thirty-five years.

"Wayne and Joan's wish was to help as many people as possible," said Kuni Foundation board chair Carolyn Miller. "The community foundation is the right partner to help expand and enhance our work well into the future."

"Kuni Foundation of Washington Creates New $50 Million Fund" Community Foundation for Southwest Washington Press Release 12/12/2016. Marissa Harshman. "Kuni Foundation Creates $50 Million Fund." The Columbian 12/13/2016.