Our most recent Invitational Grantees

Winter 2016 Invitational Grant Recipients

Enumclaw Community Gardeners: $10,000

The Enumclaw Community Gardeners want to protect and enhance enjoyment and ease of use for community members who wish to participate in recreational organic gardening. Funding will support installation of a fence and water line.

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 community education and legal assistance.

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.

Senior Center of West Seattle: $20,000

The Senior Center of West Seattle strives to promote independence and life enjoyment by promoting access to medical/legal services, community housing resources, lifelong learning opportunities, and social events to keep seniors engaged in the community. Funding will support the Social Work and Outreach program.

United Way of San Diego County: $45,000

United Way envisions a vibrant community built on opportunity for everyone. They work to spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child and family toward a brighter future. Funding will support the Funders Together to End Homelessness initiative.



Fall 2015 Invitational Grant Recipients

Alliance for Children’s Rights: $20,000

Alliance for Children’s Rights’ vision is a world in which all children have safe, permanent families with the support they need to thrive. Funding will support the Families Forever program.

Friends of the Los Angeles River: $20,000

FoLAR is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship. Funding will support general operations.

Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition: $20,000

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 back 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.

Homeboy Industries: $10,000

Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community. Funding will support the job training program.

Monarch School Project: $10,000

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 general operations.

One Voice: $25,000

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 general operations.

Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation: $25,000

The Rainier Foothills 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 program.

Visions of Tomorrow Foundation: $2,000

The Visions of Tomorrow Foundation's focus is on solutions, through art and education, to the grand problems and challenges we all face in a new and increasingly unsteady environment. The Foundation will emphasize evolutionary teachings for a better, happier and healthier tomorrow, premised on a conviction that the challenges before us all are surmountable. Funding will support general operations.



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.