Current Capacity Building Award Recipients

Winter 2014 Capacity Building Awards 


Arlington Kids' Kloset: $2,500

Arlington Kids’ Kloset is a 100% volunteer operated 501(c)(3)
organization that provides new and quality used clothing, shoes, and
hygiene products, free of charge, twice yearly
to children ages preschool through grade 12.  Funding will support a retreat for the Board of Directors.

ArtsEd Washington: $9,987.50

ArtsEd Washington creates enduring system-wide change to ensure that the arts play an integral role in the education of every child in every school. Learning the arts keeps students engaged in school, improves their academic success and ignites the creativity that develops them into leaders in work and in life. Funding will support the hiring of Development Consultants. 

Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA): $1,000

Since 1956, BPA has served as the artistic heart of Bainbridge Island and is a community theater in the very best sense of the phrase. The talented and creative collaborations of actors, musicians, singers, writers, poets, dancers, and designers produce spectacular sights and sounds that fill the stage each month. Funding will support board training.

Bellevue Arts Museum: $10,000

Arts Museum is a place that ignites the mind and fuels creativity. With
its unique focus on art, craft and design, BAM connects people of all
ages with extraordinary works by Northwest artists while bringing
national and international exhibitions to our community - See more at:

Bellevue Arts Museum is a place that ignites the mind and fuels creativity. With its unique focus on art, craft and design, BAM connects people of all ages with extraordinary works by Northwest artists while bringing national and international exhibitions to our community. Funding will support Strategic Planning efforts.

Community Schools Collaboration: $24,675

Community Schools Collaboration exists to provide children and youth with opportunities to succeed in school, to develop high aspirations, and to create a better world. Funding will support the staff time, travel costs, and resources for a stakeholder engagement summit to ensure the plan to each all children in our area will be successful.

Elizabeth Gregory Home: $10,000

Elizabeth Gregory Home provides transitional housing, case management, and drop-in services to adult women who are homeless in the Seattle and surrounding areas, including King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties. EGH officially opened its doors to homeless women in 2006. Funding will support Strategic Planning efforts.

Feet First: $9,000 

Feet First works to ensure all communities across Washington are walkable. We help people take steps that create better places to live, learn, shop work and play—a world that cares about health, community and design. Funding will support an assessment of current fundraising strategy and provide board and staff training, and implemention of a tool to effectively manage revenue sources.

Feiro Marine Life Center: $5,000 

The Feiro Marine Life Center (Feiro) is an educational and scientific organization promoting marine education and conservation and is located on the City Pier in Port Angeles. Feiro has been in operation since 1981. In 2008, Feiro became established as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation. Funding will support branding, including name, for a shared ocean education center in Port Angeles.

Global Visionaries: $7,500 

Global Visionaries is a youth-led organization that challenges and transforms young people into socially and environmentally conscious global leaders. Through Global Visionaries' unique three part learn-participate-lead approach, its participants are empowered to maximize their potential.  Funding will support the hiring of a Board Development Consultant to help recruit and retain effective board members, develop board policies and procedures and create a more cohesive board.

Hilltop Artists in Residence: $75,000 over three years 

Established in 1994 with the help of Dale Chihuly, Hilltop Artists is a 501(c)3 non-profit glass arts program that provides classes and individualized instruction for over 500 students each year.  Funding will support the creation of new sustainable systems for assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation and a one, three and 5-year strategic plan to guide the efforts.

Hilltop Urban Gardens: $10,000

Founded in late 2010, by long-time organizer Dean Jackson, Hilltop Urban Gardens is a community-based urban agriculture, justice, and equity organization in Tacoma, WA. HUG partners with the community to grow healthy food, young people and neighbors. Funding will support building core capacities through non-profit leadership and indigenous and traditional farming practice trainings for member organizers.

Hope in Christ Ministries dba Coffee Oasis: $5,000

The Coffee Oasis is a faith-based, non-profit organization that consists of two things: coffee shop businesses, and programs for homeless, street-oriented youth. Funding will support professional development training for our leadership team and employees to promote excellence in delivery of services and organizational stability.

NW Furniture Bank: $11,200 over two years

NW Furniture Bank helps restore hope, dignity and stability in our
community by recycling donated furniture to people in need. Willing
furniture store partners and local donations provide a steady source of
furniture which would otherwise end up in the dump or sold at a loss.  Funding will support training in donor management and inventory management, along with leadersip training for key staff members.

Port Townsend Marine Science Center: $10,000

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is an educational and
scientific organization devoted to understanding and conserving our
marine and shoreline environment. Funding will support the development of comprehensive long-range planning including vision, strategic, business and implementation plans.

Reel Grrls: $30,000 over three years 

Reel Grrls is the premier year-round media-training program for girls.
At Reel Grrls, girls ages 9 - 21 learn production skills through
hands-on workshops and classes taught by female media professionals and
educators. Funding will support a three- year Fundraising Capacity Building project.

Resounding Joy: $5,000

Resounding Joy’s mission is to promote social, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being through music. In our efforts to create a strong community, we enrich the lives of individuals through the implementation of recreational and supportive music. Funding will support  national expansion and replication of our Joy Giver programs.

The San Diego River Park Foundation: $5,000

Founded in 2001, The San Diego River Park Foundation is a
community-based grassroots non-profit organization. We rely upon
donations and support from the community for our general operations as
well as grants, both public and private. Funding will support
the development of an interactive online map for our new website, featuring an inventory of places to explore the River to encourage exploration.

Skagit Preschool and Resource Center: $14,000 over two years 

SPARC (Skagit Preschool and Resource Center) provides educational, therapeutic and behavioral programs for children with special needs from birth to six.  SPARC offers opportunities for family education, participation and support so that families may become more knowledgeable about their child's needs and goals and are better able to participate in enhancing their child's development. Funding will support  a two-year program of planning and training staff and board succession and development.

SouthEast Effective Development (SEED): $75,000 over three years

Founded in 1975, SouthEast Effective Development (SEED) is a not-for-profit community development corporation. Through our Housing and Economic Development Programs, our mission is to improve the quality of life in Southeast Seattle by creating partnerships and inspiring community investments. We believe that making a difference in our community is a lifelong commitment. Funding will support the hiring of conslutants for fundraising, marketing and economic development over three years.

TeamChild: $7,500

Every day, thousands of youth face profound legal and social barriers that increase their chances of dropping out of school, being homeless or ending up in the juvenile justice system.TeamChild uses its legal expertise and community partnerships to break down barriers to community services in order to overcome the root causes of a youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system. Funding will support an Anti-Bias capacity building project that involves developing and implementing an in-depth 18-month anti-bias curriculum to help our staff recognize and overcome inherent and overt bias.

Washington Bus Education Fund: $30,000 over three years

The Washington Bus engages tomorrow's leaders on their own terms, and empowers them through education, civic and cultural engagement, and hands-on democracy. Funding will support a human resources capacity building project to improve: staff retention, organizational diversity and equity, and human resources systems and structures over three years.

Washington State Mentors:  $15,000 over two years

The mission of Washington State Mentors (WSM) is to promote and support quality mentoring that fosters positive youth development and academic success. We estimate there are more than 240,000 children in Washington State who could benefit from having a mentor and only 30,000 who have one.  This leaves a gap of more than 200,000.  Funding will support the cultivation of a fundraising board.

WestSide Baby: $45,000 over three years 

WestSide Baby partners with our community to collect and distribute essential items for local children in need. We work with more than 80 social service agencies working directly with clients.  They assess the needs of a family, place orders with us and then deliver them to families. Funding will support a Program Impact Review and Training, New Communities Presence and Long-term Location Planning to enable us to serve more children throughout King County over three years.

Zeno: $7,500

Zeno is a non-profit organization with a mission to build a sustainable math culture in elementary school communities. Zeno's games and programs re-frame math as fun and relevant so that all
kids, teachers and families can build math confidence and lifetime
skills.  Funding will support key informant interviews for our assessment refinement project.