Anonymous donor gives $600,000 for Encompass project

An anonymous donor has provided $600,000 to Encompass for their capital campaign to help them build a new pediatric therapy and early learning center in Snoqualmie.

The donation comes as Encompass is nearing their goal of raising $8.3 million for the project. The nonprofit has raised $8.214 million so far, and is asking for community support to help fund the remainder.

Encompass Executive Director Nela Cumming said the anonymous donation went a long way toward helping them reach their goal.

“This donor reached out to me and said they were very interested in helping us get closer to our goal. They recognized the challenges we’re facing,” Cumming said.

Encompass has received donations from grants and other funding sources, as well as from community fundraising. The pandemic has made it more difficult to raise money. Last spring, the nonprofit had several children’s concerts planned to help raise money for the Snoqualmie center, but COVID-19 restrictions forced them to abandon the events.

One of the reasons Cumming believes the donor stepped up was because they believed in the project and understood the current set of challenges.

“Fundraising is particularly difficult for capital campaigns,” Cumming said.

The Snoqualmie facility will be built on property that Encompass purchased in 2017, known as the Honey Farm property. It is located at 9050 384th Ave. SE. The building will house early learning, pediatric therapy and family enrichment services for children in the Snoqualmie Valley, Issaquah and Eastside communities.