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It’s been said there’s no place like home – and we wholeheartedly agree. The Gorge is your home and ours, so we’re all-in when it comes to helping make our local community a world-class place to live and work. Our business growth has taken us from garage to global, and so has our approach to community engagement and corporate social responsibility. Through purposeful investments, thoughtful advocacy, volunteerism and outreach, Insitu and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs to help build better, more remarkable communities in the Columbia River Gorge.

Community Highlights


Insitu employees and community volunteers came together at Eagle Point to set a new record of donating 71 pints of life-saving blood during the August blood drive.


In conjunction with Washington Gorge Action Programs, Insitu employees provide new and gently used coats, hats and winter gloves for children in the White Salmon and Trout Lake school systems, as well as the Department of Health and Social Services and our local food banks.


Insitu employees are happy to play Secret Santa for our annual Tree of Joy gift-giving campaign. Each year, Insitu has given a little holiday happiness to more than 100 families and the elderly in Hood River, Klickitat and Skamania Counties – and in the future, we hope to help even more.


Insitu received the 2016 Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Community Leadership Award for the Columbia River Region. This award recognizes Insitu's contributions to education and students.

Our Community Partners

Together with our partners, Insitu maximizes the impact of individual and collective talent, skills and resources in support of community-enhancing initiatives affecting the people and places in the Columbia River Gorge.

EDUCATION: Insitu is a proud supporter of local schools and organizations, such as the Gorge Tech Alliance (GTA) which is dedicated to promoting the growing technology sector throughout our region. Insitu also loans robotics kits and laptops to schools and youth groups in the Gorge and supports literacy efforts and mentoring programs.

INNOVATION: Insitu is a participating member of Gorge Innoventure, a business accelerator that connects startups and expansion companies to success-oriented resources, including networking, mentoring and grant funding.

OUTREACH: Insitu and its employees partner with numerous local community organizations, including United Way, Rotary and the Red Cross. We celebrate arts and culture by supporting efforts to improve the quality of life across the region and many of our employees volunteer for a variety of philanthropic organizations. Our Demonstration Team also shares information on our technologies by bringing displays of unmanned aircraft to community events, providing the public with the opportunity to see these systems up close and ask questions.

VOLUNTEERS: Employees at Insitu volunteer countless hours in their communities to support a variety of programs, such as RoboFlight Academy, which is held annually in July. World class engineers spend a week with a group of high school students to teach them about the basics of flight, safety and mechanics. Students also build, fly and race their unmanned aircraft through obstacle courses as part of the week-long program. Additionally, employees and their families make an impact locally by volunteering at local schools and through support programs, such as the Insitu Tree of Joy and Coats for Kids. Events like the annual Community Pride cleanup also offer Insitu employees the opportunity to celebrate Earth Day in a hands-on weekend to reduce, reuse and recycle materials.

COMMUNITY: Learn more about some of the communities where Insitu employees work and live:

Bingen/ White Salmon, Washington
Hood River, Oregon
Vancouver, Washington
Costa Mesa, California
San Mateo, California
Starkville, Mississippi

Grant Policy and Eligibility Guidelines

In order to have the greatest impact on the next generation of technology innovators, we consider it an incredible responsibility and privilege to support established, sustainable, STEM-advancing programs and education initiatives in Insitu communities around the globe. As a part of our stewardship in the community, Insitu offers funding to support local non-profits within three focus areas: Tomorrow’s Innovators; Veterans and Families; and Sustainable and Dynamic Communities.

For your non-profit 501(c)(3) to be considered for a Charitable Grant from Insitu, please send a letter of intent for your project by email to If your project fits within the scope of the Insitu grant program, you will then be provided a grant application and asked to submit a current W-9 affirming your 501(c)(3) status for further consideration with our grant committee. Submission of either a letter of intent or an application does not guarantee approval.

We are very happy to work with our local community organizations and appreciate your understanding that not all requests can be funded. The opportunities that non-profit organizations provide are essential to the continuing well-being of our region. Thank you all for the amazing work you do to make the lives of our youth and communities better!

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