What Our Clients Say...

“Make no small plans for they have not the power to stir men's minds" could as easily be attributed to Rich Foster as to architect Willis Polk, for Rich was the architect of our dreams for re-opening the Egyptian Theatre in Coos Bay. He stretched our vision of what was possible, and because of that we met our funding goal and beyond. Cascadia Consulting Partnership's help and advice were invaluable too, when we got into the details of our capital campaign and interactions with the various foundations that assisted us. Always upbeat and sensitive to our organization, Rich was a joy to work with. Thank you!”

Greg Rueger, Board President - Egyptian Theatre Preservation Association

“Rich’s ability to translate organizational culture and need into a strategic fundraising plan is amazing. We now have a plan to grow with over time. This one will definitely not sit on the shelf!”

Claire Seguin, Executive Director – Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO)

“Cascadia Consulting Partnership has worked with the Coquille Indian Tribe for a number of years by providing grant writing, planning, and other development services. Cascadia Consulting has always been responsive to our needs and more than ready to go the extra mile to help the Tribe. In addition to securing a number of successful grants that have helped fund important projects and services for our Tribe, Cascadia Consulting recently led a planning process for our new Learning Center, which will house education, cultural resources, and library services in one building. The enthusiasm and innovative thinking Cascadia Consulting brought to the project clearly demonstrated their commitment to the long term goals of our Tribe.”

Brenda Meade, Tribal Council Chairperson – Coquille Indian Tribe

“Hi Cathy, your grant proposal is so moving and believable that if I were the Trustees…I’d give you any amount that you requested. You’ve woven all the life of Helping Hands together beautifully.”

June Hughes, Board President – Helping Hands Resources

“I want to give a special thanks to our grant writers Cascadia Consulting! They are 4 for 4 on the capital grants they wrote on our behalf. A total of $250,000. I can’t thank you enough you did a fantastic job”

Dave Zaback, Executive Director – Home Life Incorporated

“Cascadia Consulting Partnership have done an admirable job in helping our YMCA secure significant grants for both new program development and our new YMCA facility. They have been very keen on understanding our YMCA story as well as our needs in writing compelling proposals for support that have met with great success. I am very grateful for their professional approach, meticulous attention to detail and vast experience in the grant writing industry.”

Jim Asleson, Executive Director – Mid-Willamette Family YMCA

“The professional grant writing capability of Cathy Jones-Foster has made the extensive renovations of the old school a reality. Her assistance to the cultural center with thoughtful selection of possible grantors, the careful development of essential information regarding the center’s history, goals, and priorities for renovation has been superb. We could not be as far along with the cultural center’s present development without her excellent grant writing skills and professional recommendations received from Rich, Cathy, and the entire Cascadia Consulting Partnership.”

Margaret Juenke, Vice President – Lincoln City Cultural Center

“Thank you for the work, time and effort you put forward in working with the grants. You’re a Winner.”

Dr. Gerald Miller, Executive Director – Star of Hope Activity Center

“During the past year I have had the pleasure of working with Rich on grant planning for a large project. He has been so helpful, from the very beginning of the planning stages where he took the time to answer questions as we put together a plan, to help with writing grants and then taking on the most difficult one to write. All the way through this process he has been an amazing person with which to work and we have truly appreciated all of his assistance!.”

Judy Van Atta, Museum Director – Newell House Museum/OSSDAR

“Thank you. Your skillful work in preparing our grant applications has been thorough and insightful. It is always a pleasure to work with Cascadia Consulting Partnership.”

Steve Leonard, Board President – Yamhill County Historical Society

“Thank you Cascadia Consulting! Yesterday we received 1.3 million dollars. My deepest gratitude.”

Stephanie Watkins, Acting Tribal Administrator - Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siulsaw Indians

“Thanks to Rich our non profit Theatre group The Astor Street Opry Company, is moving forward towards owning our own building for the first time in our 26-year history! Thank you Cascadia Consulting for all you have done to help the arts in Oregon.”

Judith Niland, Managing Director – Astor Street Opry Company

“Our good fortune was hiring Cascadia Consulting. Rich held our hands, reassured, counseled, and guided us through the world of grant writing and community fundraising. He helped write the capital campaign plan and set us on the right track. And most often, he was our cheerleader. Rich's expertise and encouragement were invaluable in getting us to the point where the City was able to go out for bids and award the contract on August 6th. ”

Joyce Janson, Economic Revitalization Administrator - Urban Renewal Agency of Coos Bay

“What a wonderful year…I cannot believe how fortunate Rockwest has been in receiving grants! Thank you so much!”

Starla Hirschkorn, Executive Director – Rockwest Training Company

“I hold you all in the highest esteem! I am convinced that the folks at Cascadia Consulting are as committed to the mission of our agency as we are.”

Annie Soto, Executive Director – Head Start of Lane County

“I have been really pleased with your work. I consider myself a very good grant writer and I have learned things from you. That has been fun for me!”

Beth Hogeland, Dean of Liberal Arts, Social Systems, and Human Performance Division – Linn Benton Community College

“As City Manager of Independence, I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Rich Foster in several capacities. Rich has not only provided very insightful counseling for a number of situations, but has freely given of his time on behalf of his adopted community. Rich is a thorough and extremely knowledgeable professional with a true ‘can do’ attitude.”

David Clyne, City Manager – Independence, Oregon

“I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Rich, John, and Cathy at Cascadia Consulting Partnership for nearly a decade. My initial need was funding for a start-up program in 2001. Rich and his staff worked tirelessly on researching potential grantors, developing each grant application, and never flinched from guiding me through a process completely foreign to me. The success of that first program and its ability to eventually be completely self-sufficient is due in no small part to the work of Cascadia. My experience led me to once again partner with Cascadia as we have added a second foundation and three new programs. I expected to hire a consultant, but I got a partner.”

Dean Larsen, Executive Director – Medical Foundation of Marion & Polk Counties AND Physicians Choice Foundation

“Thank you so very much for your phenomenal work in getting the application written, assembled, and submitted. It has been a great pleasure working with you on this.”

Dr. Greg Fraser, SACHIE Development Committee Chair – Physicians Choice Foundation

“Working with Cascadia Consulting to develop grant proposals is always a positive experience. Rich Foster and his staff are hard-working, diligent, creative, conscientious and a pleasure to work with.”

Kelle Little, Health and Human Services Administrator - Coquille Indian Tribe

“I feel quite certain that you and Cathy are the variable that has resulted in our successful fund raising. Thanks for being there for us.”

Joyce Peters, Capital Campaign Chair - Helping Hands Resources

“Cascadia Consulting Partnership has been with us every step of the way as we worked on our Capital Campaign. Originally, they conducted a Feasibility Study, which helped us determine if we should move forward. Then they worked with our team to develop a Capital Campaign Plan, which laid out a strategy of how we were going to move forward. Finally, they have supported the capital campaign by working with our staff and volunteers, developing fundraising strategies, and writing grants. The staff of Cascadia Consulting Partnership is committed to our success and a pleasure to work with.”

Brenda Brady, Assistant to the President - Mt. Hood Community College

“The NATIVES Program has been blessed to have the Cascadia Team helping us to secure funding to provide varied and essential academic and cultural programs to our students. The dedication and ongoing support by the Team is truly appreciated.”

Brenda Brainard, Director – NATIVES Program

“I have worked directly with Rich Foster and the members of the Cascadia Consulting team for nearly a decade. Besides being solid corporate citizens, they have assisted the city formally and informally in a number of projects over the years. They are focused, creative, and customer service oriented. They have played an important role in a number of projects in Independence including downtown redevelopment, the development of our parks and recreation opportunities, and economic development projects such as the Greater Independence Business Incubator. They have and exhibit daily the can do spirit that helps transform communities!”

John McArdle, Mayor – Independence, Oregon

"Great work Rich, you are worth every penny and then some.”

Linda Baker, Board President – Friends of the Jefferson Pubic Library

“Thank you for taking part in ArtSmart’s Grant-makers Roundtable. Your information on grant writing was invaluable and we have received a number of positive comments on your presentation and information.”

Karin Holton, Executive Director – ArtSmart

“New Year Greetings! 2011 started with a bang for us--we received a $20,000 check today from the Henry Hillman Foundation! Great Job and Thank You again!!”

Glenda Lonstron, Development Director – Eugene Hearing and Speech Center

“Rich has provided a tremendous amount of guidance and support as our Capital Campaign strategy and plans have unfolded over the past two years. We have relied heavily on him for the due diligence documents needed to set ourselves up for grant requests. He has proven to be a great trainer and educator as we enter new phases of our campaign. He is prompt and right on cue with the information and contracted tasks, often working beyond regular days and hours to deliver what we need. He has become a great friend of our project.”

Mark McConnell, Capital Campaign Chair and former Mayor – Newport Performing Arts Center Remodel and Renovation Campaign

“Rich Foster has been instrumental in helping me in my job as a Tribal Planner. Not only are his grant writing skills unmatched in Oregon, but Rich has the ability to pull together abstract ideas and put them into compelling words that successfully garner funding dollars and project support. The methods he utilizes to gather data and ideas, has often benefited us by helping form a common vision and direction.”

Laurie Voshell, Tribal Planner - Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians

“I couldn’t be more pleased with your work and the subsequent results.”

Rodger Craddock, City Manager - City of Coos Bay, Oregon

“Thanks for your excellent product on the grant. I look forward to working with you again on future efforts.”

John Williford, Board President – Blue Earth Federal Corporation

“Just a quick note to say thanks for meeting with me yesterday. I appreciate your expertise and counsel.”

Sue Lamb, Development Director – Dallas Retirement Foundation