Our most recent Invitational Grantees

Summer 2015 Invitational Grant Recipients

ArtsWest: $33,000

ArtsWest produces artistic events so fiercely compelling that they require conversation, improve the imagination, and promote cultural vibrancy as a core value for the communities of Seattle. Funding will support the production of My Mañana Comes, a play that confronts the issue of immigration reform and the ability to make a living wage.

Auburn Youth Resources: $60,000

With the belief that every young person should be given the opportunity to grow and progress to their fullest potential, Auburn Youth Resources' professional and compassionate staff provide a continuum of programs and services to our evolving and diverse regional community. Funding will support Enumclaw Youth and Family Services' facility costs and a student-focused social worker.

Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center: $10,000

The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center acts for justice in the church and in the world. IPJC is sponsored by seventeen religious communities and collaborates with Catholic, ecumenical, interfaith and other organizations in carrying out this mission. Funding will support the Women's Justice Circles program.

Kwiáht Center for the Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea: $25,000

Kwiáht’s twofold mission is: scientific research in the service of good stewardship of cultural and biological resources in the San Juan and Gulf Islands, and the improvement of local science education. Funding will support elementary school students conserving native pollinators and the landscapes they maintain in the San Juan Islands.

Northwest Natural Resource Group: $25,000

Northwest Natural Resource Group exists because healthy working forests are essential to our world. Their mission is to use the marketplace to restore forests and local economies. Funding will support a project empowering landowners to achieve forest health.

Orca Relief Citizens' Alliance: $20,000

Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance acts to reduce the mortality rates of the endangered Orca of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea through research, education, and policy advocacy. Funding will support a whale protection zone for the endangered southern resident killer whales of Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.

Orcas Island Community Foundation: $20,000

The mission of Orcas Island Community Foundation is to foster philanthropy to enhance and preserve the quality of life on Orcas Island. Funding will support the Community Indicator Project.

Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation: $10,000

The Rainier Foothils Wellness Foundation supports a healthy community by creating opportunities for individuals and organizations to come together, innovate, and collaborate to address issues that impact the health of its community and people. Funding will support the Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Weekend Meal Backpack Program.

WriteGirl: $10,000

WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring organization that promotes creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills to empower teen girls. Funding will support the Core Mentoring Program.


Spring 2015 Invitational Grant Recipients

Alliance San Diego: $35,000

Alliance San Diego is a non-partisan, non-profit community empowerment organization working with families of color, immigrant and refugee families, and working-class families to change marginalizing policies to enable ALL people to achieve their full potential in an environment of harmony, safety, equality, and justice. Funding will support the Immigrant Integration and Outreach Program.

KCRW Foundation, Inc.: $15,000 

KCRW is a nonprofit, multi-platform, public media producer and presenter, which informs and enriches the lives of listeners in southern California and around the world. As a community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW strives to engage audiences in ongoing dialogue and to advance cultural conversations in Southern California, the nation, and the world. Funding will support KCRW news programming.

Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation of Southern California: $15,000

The Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation provides vision related surgery, medical devices, and services to the visually impaired and hard of hearing needy residents of Southern California. Funding will support general operations.

San Diego Brain Injury Foundation: $25,000

The mission of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation is to improve the quality of life for brain injured survivors and their families living in San Diego County. Funding will support general operations.

St. Vincent de Paul Village/Father Joe's Village: $30,000

The mission of St. Vincent de Paul Village is to help neighbors in need break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by promoting self-sufficiency through an innovative continuum of care, multi-disciplinary programs, and partnerships  that come together in the spirit of our CREED (Compassion, Respect, Empathy, Empowerment, Dignity) to teach, learn from, and challenge our neighbors and one another. Funding will support the Public Policy and Advocacy Program.

Southern California Public Radio: $15,000

The mission of Southern California Public Radio is to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California's diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service through radio and other interactive media. Funding will support general operations.

Vermont Works for Women: $50,000

Vermont Works for Women helps women and girls recognize their potential and explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic independence. Funding will support general operations.

Winter 2015 Invitational Grant Recipients

Crosscut Public Media: $10,000

Crosscut Public Media's foundational belief is that an informed public is essential if we are to find good solutions to the civic and political challenges of our time. As the Pacific Northwest's reader-supported, independent, nonprofit electronic journal, Crosscut strives to provide its readers with the facts and analysis they need to intelligently participate in civic discourse on politics, culture and technology. Funding will support general operations. 

Photographic Center Northwest: $10,000

Photographic Center Northwest facilitates creation, conversations, and sharing of significant photography. Funding will support the exhibit Terminal: On Mortality and Beauty.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest: $100,000

As the region's leading reproductive healthcare provider, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest's mission is to provide high quality low-cost reproductive healthcare services, comprehensive sex education programs to promote responsible behavior, and advocacy for underrepresented communities around issues such as family planning funding. Funding will support a redesign of content management and business intelligence systems.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: $10,000

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education. Funding will support outreach and legal services to help Washington State community members apply for new immigration protections. 

Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building: $5,000

The mission of the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building is to build a stronger community by intergenerational maritime education. They give youth a sense of place by connecting them to the environment, the economy, and especially the people of Puget Sound. Funding will support the Community Boat Project's Sailor Scientist program. 

Rainier Valley Corps: $25,000

Rainier Valley Corps cultivates leaders from communities of color to strengthen the capacity of ethnic-led nonprofits. They create space for collaboration between diverse communities of color to affect systemic change. Funding will support general operations. 

Spring to the Tap: $5,000

Spring to the Tap's mission is to raise awareness, create alternatives, and sustain action in advocacy for using tap water rather than bottled water. Funding will support the Enumclaw Drinking Water Fountain project. 


Fall 2014 Invitational Grant Recipients 

Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition: $14,000

The mission of the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition is to feed the homeless and hungry of their community a hot, fresh, and nutritious meal every night, seven nights a week, throughout the year; to do it in such a way as to give bak to the people we serve a sense of their own dignity, and to restore their confidence in being able to resume their place in society. Funding will support general operations.

Native Youth Leadership Alliance: $7,000

The Native Youth Leadership Alliance invests in young Native American leaders to create culturally based community change. Funding will support building fundraising capacity, and the infrastructure of the Washington NYLA program.