Our most recent Invitational Grantees

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. 


Summer 2014 Invitational Grant Recipients


Auburn Youth Resources: $25,000

The mission of Auburn Youth Resources is to assist youth, families, and individuals in the Plateau region with counseling and support services to help them on the road to becoming healthy, effective, loving members of our community. Funding will support Enumclaw Youth and Family Services' drug and alcohol treatment center in addition to youth summer programming. 

East Bay Center for the Performing Arts: $25,000

Founded in 1968, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts' mission is to engage youth and young adults in imagining and creating new worlds for themselves and new visions for their communities through the inspiration and discipline of rigorous training in world performance traditions. Funding will help provide mentoring, violence prevention, and academic enhancement for middle and high school students through ongoing multicultural, multidisciplinary perfoming arts training. 

Pride Foundation: $10,000

Pride Foundation is a regional community foundation inspiring giving to expand opportunities and advance full equality for LGBTQ people across the Northwest. Funding will support general operations. 

Young & Healthy: $7,000

Young & Healthy's mission is to provide access to high-quality healthcare for uninsured and underinsured children, and to improve the quality of life for all children in the greater Pasadena area through prevention, education, and enhanced healthcare services. Funding will support core programming and operations.  

Spring 2014 Invitational Grant Recipients

ArtsWest: $10,000

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. ArtsWest is a community based organization whose purpose is to enhance, encourage and develop the arts in West Seattle and the surrounding communities. Funding will support The Mountaintop Production.

Canine Companions for Independence: $20,000 

Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Funding will sponsor two students who will be matched with an assistance dog.


The mission of CoolMom is to inspire and unite moms and families to take action on climate change through education, lifestyle change, and advocacy to build healthy communities. We fulfill our mission by organizing moms and dads in local neighborhood groups. Funding will support capacity building efforts.

Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank: $25,000

The mission of the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank is to provide basic needs to our community members to promote self-sufficiency. The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank (formerly known as Issaquah Valley Community Services) has been serving our community since 1982. From the beginning, it has been about people helping people. Funding will support the Food Delivery Service program. 

KCRW: $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 ongoing programming. 

Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation: $7,500

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 the Hearing Program.

Monarch School: $15,000

The mission of the Monarch School is to educate students impacted by homelessness and help them develop hope for a future with the necessary skills and experiences for personal success. Funding will support core program operating support. 

Navos: $15,000

The mission of Navos is to improve the quality of life of people vulnerable to mental illness by providing a broad continuum of care. Funding will support the Art with Heart program helping youth express themselves and cope with trauma, behavioral disorders and mental illness. 

Northwest Natural Resources Group: $20,000

NNRG exists because healthy working forests are essential to our world. Our mission is to use the marketplace to restore forests and local economies. Funding will support Accelerating Forest Health and Community Prosperity efforts.

Northwest School of Woodent Boatbuilding: $5,000

The Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building is committed to building a stronger community by intergenerational marine education. We give youth a 'sense of place' by connecting them to the environment, the economy, and the people of their region. We believe in empowerment through environmental stewardship, social justice, community supported education, and experiential learning.  Funding will support the Sailor Scientist program. 

One Voice: $7,500

The mission of One Voice is to provide goods, services and opportunities to the underprivileged, including everything from crisis intervention to long-term programming designed to lift them out of poverty, while providing avenues for those more fortunate to become involved in helping those families in need. Funding will support the Family Assistance Program. 

Schooner Martha Foundation: $5,000

The mission of the Schooner Martha Foundation is to restore, and maintain the 1907 historic schooner yacht Martha so she will continue to be used for youth sail training.  Funding will support scholarships for Inshore and Offshore Sail Training programs.

Southern California Public Radio: $15,000

The mission of SCPR is to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that untie Southern California's diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service through radio and other interactive media.

St. Vincent de Paul Village: $15,000

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.

Sammamish Family YMCA-Community Center: $25,000

The mission of the YMCA is in building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind and body. The YMCA is a membership organization open to all people. Our programs and branches embrace diversity, reflecting the people and needs of our communities. Funding will support Community Engagement to establish programs for the new Sammamish YMCA

The SeaDoc Society: $20,000

The mission of The SeaDoc Society is to ensure the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems through science and education.  Funding will support the Healing the Salish Sea project.

Vermont Works for Women: $20,000

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.