Current Capacity Building Award Recipients

Winter 2015 Capacity Building Grants

Center for Sustainable Infrastructure
at The Evergreen State College
: $10,000

The mission of the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure is to advance a new sustainable infrastructure paradigm and practice in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, and help Washington and Oregon become nationally-recognized solutions innovators. Funding will support strategic planning.

Economic Opportunity Institute: $30,000 (over 3 years)

The Economic Opportunity Institute's mission is to restore the promise of the middle class by advancing public policies that promote educational opportunity, good jobs, healthy families and workplaces, and a dignified retirement for all. Funding will support leadership development and transition planning.

Education through Music-Los Angeles: $30,000 (over 3 years)

Education through Music-Los Angeles' mission is to promote and provide music education in disadvantaged schools as a part of the core curriculum in order to enchance students' academic performance, and creative and general development. Funding will support leadership development. 

Feiro Marine Life Center: $21,000 (over 2 years)

The mission of the Feiro Marine Life Center is to foster the understanding of, and a commitment to, the health of the marine environment and related watersheds of the Olympic Peninsula, and their importance to its communities. Funding will support evaluation and process improvement.

Mary's Place: $25,000

The mission of Mary's Place is empowering homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community. Funding will support data system implementation.

Para Los Ninos de Highline: $10,000

Para Los Ninos is a grassroots, community-led organization that educates and organizes South King County Latino families to transform communities and schools to create academic and life success for every Latino student. Funding will support strategic planning.

Project Access Northwest: $25,000

Project Access Northwest collaborates with providers in the health care community to open doors to medical and dental care for individuals with limited access. Funding will support database systems improvement.

Rising Sun Energy Center: $40,000 (over 2 years)

Rising Sun Energy Center's mission is to empower individuals to achieve environmental and economic sustainability for themselves and their communities. Funding will support board development and strategic planning.

Vietnamese Friendship Association: $30,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of the Vietnamese Friendship Association is to empower the Vietnamese community to succeed while bridging, preserving and promoting cultural heritage. Funding will support board development and organizational stability.

YWCA of Olympia: $30,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of the YWCA of Olympia is to eliminate racial and gender inequity and advance the social and economic status of all women and girls. Funding will support board and professional development.

Fall 2015 Capacity Building Grants

Braided River: $30,000 (over 3 years)

Braided River combines the arts of photography, literature, and journalism to create books, multimedia presentations, museum exhibits, and events that build public support for wilderness preservation campaigns, and inspire public action. Funding will support evaluation, strategic planning, and infrastructure implementation.

City Fruit: $29,550 (over 3 years)

City Fruit promotes the cultivation of urban fruit in order to nourish people, build community and protect the climate. They help tree owners grow healthy fruit, provide assistance in harvesting and preserving fruit, promote the sharing of extra fruit, and work to protect urban fruit trees. Funding will support strategic planning.

CityClub: $20,000 (over 2 years)

Founded in 1981 by a group of eight women committed to inclusive civic engagement, CityClub is a non-partisan organization providing informative programming, access to leaders, civil political debate and the lively exchange of ideas for tens of thousands of Washingtonians annually. Funding will support business and fundraising planning.

College Access Now: $75,000 (over 3 years)

College Access Now's mission is dedicated to making college admission and graduation possible for talented, motivated and economically disadvantaged students who are often the first to attend and graduate college in their families. Funding will support succession planning and leadership development.

Domestic Abuse Women’s Network: $59,500 (over 3 years)

Domestic Abuse Women's Network seeks to end domestic violence by 1) providing culturally relevant direct services that empower battered women and their children 2) advocating for positive changes in the societal systems that oppress women, and 3) fostering a better understanding of domestic violence through community education. Funding will support training, database enhancements, and marketing and communications work.

Earth Law Center: $10,000

Earth Law Center's mission is to promote through advocacy, education and outreach the rights of all Earth's ecosystems and species to exist, thrive and evolve. Funding will support consulting and training.

Friends of the Children – King County: $75,000 (over 3 years)

Friends of the Children - King County works to help our most vulnerable children living in seriously high-risk environments develop the relationships, goals, skills, and resources necessary to thrive. Funding will support professional and board development.

Helping Link-Mot Dau Noi: $30,000 (over 3 years)

Helping Link’s mission is to empower Vietnamese-Americans' social adjustment, family stability, and self-sufficiency while nurturing community service and youth leaders. Funding will support consulting and training.

IndieFlix Foundation: $30,000 (over 2 years)

The IndieFlix Foundation holds a unique place at the intersection between donors who want to inspire global change and creatives who have powerful stories that can unite us and transform communities. Funding will support strategic planning and board training.

International Living Future Institute: $75,000 (over 3 years)

The International Living Future Institute's mission is to lead the transformation toward a future that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Funding will support strategic planning and staffing.

Methow Conservancy: $6,000

The Methow Conservancy inspires people to care for the land of the Methow Valley, ensuring it will remain a place where future generations can enjoy the rural character and natural beauty we cherish today. Funding will support professional development.

Open Arms Perinatal Services: $30,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of Open Arms is to provide services that support, educate, respect, honor and empower women and their families during pregnancy, through birth and into early parenting. Funding will support professional development and communications work.

Pike Market Child Care and Preschool: $75,000 (over 3 years)

Pike Market Child Care and Preschool’s mission is to make high quality, affordable child care, preschool and support available to families of all income levels, especially those living in poverty. Funding will support diversity, equity, and inclusion training.

Pratt Fine Arts Center: $40,000 (over 2 years)

Pratt Fine Arts Center makes art accessible to everyone, offering a place for spirited exchange, self-expression, and personal transformation through creativity. Funding will support data systems and communications work.

Program for Early Parent Support: $70,000 (over 3 years)

In 1983 the Program for Early Parent Support was created to serve families in King County with issues surrounding positive parenting education, early learning and child abuse and neglect prevention. In the ensuing 31 years, PEPS has become a leader in the field of new parent support and is one of few organizations offering preventative support programs for
new parents in King and Snohomish County and beyond. Funding will support succession planning.

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance: $30,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance is to protect and preserve the waters of Puget Sound by tracking down and stopping the discharge of pollutants into the waters of Puget Sound. Funding will support strategic plan implementation.

Rainier Valley Corps: $30,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of Rainier Valley Corps is to cultivate leaders of color to strengthen the capacity of community-of-color-led nonprofits and foster collaboration between diverse communities to effect systemic change. Funding will support evaluation and assessment.

San Diego Hunger Coalition: $10,000

The current mission of the San Diego Hunger Coalition is to end hunger in San Diego by ensuring effective implementation of federal anti-hunger programs. They advocate for strong policies and strengthen the capacity of community-based organizations and schools to connect families with the resources they need. Funding will support strategic planning.

Tenants Union of Washington: $10,000

The mission of the Tenants Union is to create housing justice through empowerment-based education, outreach, leadership development, organizing and advocacy. Funding will support database, communications, and staffing needs.

Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Service: $17,500 (over 3 years)

Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Services’ mission is ending domestic and sexual violence through advocacy and action for social change. Funding will support strategic planning and staff development.

Unusual Suspects Theatre Company: $30,000 (over 3 years)

Unusual Suspects’ mission is to empower youth in underserved and at-risk environments with the means and methods necessary to explore personal and social conflicts and develop self-esteem, communication and coping skills to make positive life choices and become productive members of the community. Funding will support strategic planning and technology needs.

Ventures: $75,000 (over 3 years)

Ventures provides the business training, supportive community, and capital to help enterprising individuals with limited financial resources gain self-sufficiency through small business ownership. Funding will support database upgrades and staffing.

Washington Green Schools: $7,500

The mission of Washington Green Schools is to challenge students and schools to create sustainable communities through educational experiences that transform school environments. Funding will support communications planning and training.

Washington State CASA: $30,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of Washington State CASA is to develop the capacity of Washington State CASA/GAL programs to advocate for abused and neglected children in Washington's dependency system by providing training, networking and technical assistance. Funding will support fundraising and communications planning.



Summer 2015 Capacity Building Grants

ArtsFund: $75,000 (over 3 years)

ArtsFund strengthens the community by supporing the arts through leadership, advocacy and grant making. Funding will support strategic planning.

Association of Fundraising Professionals Advancement Northwest Chapter: $30,000 (over 3 years)

AFP Advancement Northwest's mission is to build leaders who fundraise to transform communities locally and across the world. Funding will support business modeling, board development, and strategic planning.

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association: $30,000 (over 3 years)

Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association's mission is to activate growth in the Delridge corridor by providing vital resources for its neighborhoods including access to affordable housing, green space, healthy food, education, and arts and culture. Funding will support improving fundraising capacity, board development, internal process improvement, and strategic planning.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network: $20,000 (over 2 years)

The mission of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network is to unite student climate justice organizers and develop leadership for the long haul to defeat the fossil fuel industry and build a just society. Funding will support strategic planning and grassroots fundraising efforts.

Freedom Church of Seattle: $30,000 (over 3 years)

The Freedom Church's Youth Violence Prevention Network is a church-based, community action organization that promotes nonviolence through the network of young people and adults who address the systemic and practical issues related to violence in the community. Funding will support strategic planning.

Hope Heart Institute: $25,000

The Hope Heart Institute, a Northwest based non-profit, delivers research, education and hope to those who are at risk or have been impacted by cardiovascular disease, the #1 cause of death in America. Funding will support fundraising planning, board development, and succession planning.

Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington: $10,000

Interfaith Association of Northwest Washington is addressing the needs of families experiencing homelessness through the united commitment of different faith groups and community members. Funding will support fundraising planning.

Issaquah Schools Foundation: $74,655 (over 3 years)

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization that drives resources to help all students achieve the promise of their academic potential. Funding will support fundraising planning.

LEV Foundation: $75,000 (over 3 years)

The LEV Foundation provides strategic, accurate, and timely information to citizens, educators, policymakers, and the media; highlights research-driven educational practices that prepare all students to reach their full potential; and advocates for reforms and revenue to implement the research-based practices in Washington. Funding will support strategic planning, board development, and staff leadership development.

The Market Foundation: $25,000 (over 2 years)

The Pike Place Market Foundation is the heart of the Market. By helping our low-income neighbors who work, learn and live in and around the Market, the Foundation helps the Market you love remain a thriving, caring community. Funding will support strategic planning.

MetaFoundation dba Post Carbon Institute: $10,000

The mission of the Post Carbon Institute is leading the transition to a more resilient, sustainable, and equitable world. Funding will support community resilience capacity building.

Northwest Film Forum: $30,000 (over 3 years)

Northwest Film Forum is Seattle's premier film arts organization, screening over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offering a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supporting filmmakers at all stages of their careers. Funding will support a grantwriter staff position.

Pomegranate Center: $30,000 (over 3 years)

The Pomegranate Center brings people together to build better communities. Funding will support succession planning, strategic planning, and board and staff development.

Potlatch Fund: $60,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of Potlatch Fund is inspiring and building upon the Native tradition of giving and expanding philanthropy within Tribal Nations and Native communities in the Northwest. Funding will support board development and strategic planning.

Recreation Northwest:$30,000 (over 3 years)

Recreation Northwest promotes outdoor recreation and brings people together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. Funding will support fundraising planning and systems support.

Salish Sea Expeditions: $15,000 (over 3 years)

Salish Sea Expeditions inspires students to develop critical thinking and creativity through student-led scientific research on Puget Sound. Funding will support strategic planning and capital campaign planning.

Sawhorse Revolution: $23,130 (over 3 years)

Sawhorse Revolution's mission is to foster confident, community-oriented youth the the power of carpentry and craft. Funding will support staff training and internal systems development.

SeaTac United: $10,000

The mission of SeaTac United is provide affordable top quality educational and soccer programs to the children of SeaTac. They foster cooperation between families, cultures and local organizations from SeaTac and surrounding communities. Funding will support web development and design work.

Totem Star: $30,000 (over 3 years)

Totem Star empowers youth with life skills through artistic development, live performance, and business experience to increase leadership, civic engagement, and community building. Funding will support board, financial, and fundraising development.

Transportation Choices Coalition: $20,000 (over 2 years)

Transportation Choices is a statewide organization working to bring Washingtonians more opportunities to take a bus, catch a train, walk and bike. Funding will support strategic planning and fund development.

Wallingford Community Senior Center: $30,000 (over 3 years)

Wallingford Community Senior Center builds community across generations and fosters healthy, secure, positive aging. They aim to create an inclusive, vibrant, age-friendly organization that helps people connect, engage, and expand their horizons. Funding will support fundraising planning.

Washington Association of Land Trusts: $30,000 (over 3 years)

The Washington Association of Land Trusts works collaboratively to strengthen land trusts' ability to conserve land and water for future generations across the diverse landscapes of Washington State. Funding will support strategic planning.

Washington Healthcare Access Alliance: $30,000 (over 3 years)

The Washington Healthcare Access Alliance's mission is to strengthen and support the free and charitable clinics of Washington through professional networking, advocacy, and education. Funding will support fundraising development and staff training.


Spring 2015 Capacity Building Grants

Elizabeth Gregory Home: $20,000 (over 2 years)

The mission of the Elizabeth Gregory Home is to inspire homeless and at-risk women to transform their lives. The organization helps women meet immediate needs such and food, clothing, and shelter/day shelter, as well as long-range goals such as acquiring permanent housing, improving their life skills and earning sustainable income to break free from the cycle of homelessness. Funding will support the implementation of a detailed work plan, including a comprehensive fund development and marketing plan.

Families of Color Seattle: $30,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of Families of Color Seattle is to build a strong community by supporting families of color through parenting programs, resource sharing and fostering meaningful connections. Funding will support formalizing and stabilizing the core capacity of the organization.

Friends of Waterfront Seattle: $20,000 (over 2 years)

Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the not-for-profit organization established to ensure Waterfront Seattle's success as a civic asset. Funding will support database services and training sessions.

Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Service: $75,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Service is to grow as a community-based organization to end homelessness and hunger in our community through prevention, assistance, and after-care support services to develop the lives of sustained economic independence. Funding will support refinement of a fund development plan.

The Nature Consortium: $22,250 (over 3 years)

Nature Consortium is a grassroots, community-based organization whose mission is to connect people, arts and nature. The organization began as a simple effort to engage neighbors through a sharing of the idea that everyone has the ability to create and explore the arts and improve the environment. Funding will support strategic planning as well as board and staff development.

OneAmerica: $75,000 (over 3 years)

OneAmerica's mission is to advance the fundamental principles of democracy and justice at the local, state and national levels by building power within immigrant communities in collaboration with key allies. Funding will support implementing an organizational productivity system and leadership and board development.

Path with Art: $30,000 (over 3 years)

Path with Art provides creative engagement and positive community for adults in recovery from homelessness, addiction, and other trauma who are working to rebuild their lives. Funding will support the design and implementation of a systems and operations database.

The Prosperity Agenda: $75,000 (over 3 years)

The mission of The Prosperity Agenda is to discover, validate and promote effective approaches that encourage people living in poverty to tap their capability, access financial resources, and build financial, social, cultural and political capital. Funding will support development of a standard evaluation methodology.

Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness: $20,000 (over 2 years)

The mission of the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness is to work collaboratively to ensure safety and survival for people while they are homeless, and to end the crisis of homelessness in our region. Funding will support database and website development.

School's Out Washington: $25,000

School's Out Washington's mission is to provide services and guidance to ensure that all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school. Funding will support data systems and collection as well as communication planning.

Washington Association for Infant Mental Health: $30,000 (over 3 years) 

Washington Association for Infant Mental Health supports a vital, interdisciplinary community of professionals and policymakers to promote the social and emotional well being of young children and their parents/caregivers in Washington. Funding will support the development of fundraising infrastructure.