One of the most interesting philanthropic vehicles that we’ve come across lately is the Awesome Foundation, a collection of autonomous chapters around the world that specialize in microgrants. Here’s how they work.
Hawaiians are watching climate change unfold before them, with their food, water and land at risk. Here’s what the Hawaii Community Foundation is doing to make the islands more resilient in an era of rising ecological threats.
Tech leaders John Stanton and Theresa Gillespie created the Aven Foundation to channel their philanthropic pursuits. Here are details about the Aven Foundation’s interests in youth sports and other Washington State causes.
The Rural Philanthropic Analysis Project is exploring the challenges of grantmaking in remote parts of the United States—including Eastern Washington State. Its case study of that region offers valuable insights to other rural funders.
Seattle groups are banding together in unprecedented ways to ensure that every person counts in the 2020 census. Here are the major players who are making—and receiving—2020 census grants in Washington.
Regional grantmakers are working to hold the line on environmental issues as the Trump administration undercuts protections for the natural world. A case in point is the Russell Family Foundation in Washington State.
Indian-born Rao Remala was one of Microsoft’s first employees. He and his wife Satya set up a family foundation, which is now led by their daughters, Srilata and Srilakshmi. Here’s an inside look at the family’s philanthropic journey.
Managing over 500 funds, the Alaska Community Foundation is the center for philanthropy in this far northwest state. Yet in a place so geographically vast, it’s the affiliate funds and partner foundations that really link resources to residents.
The Empire Health Foundation (EHF), a health legacy funder in Spokane, Washington, has made health equity a centerpiece of its strategy. Two areas it’s prioritizing as part of this focus are obesity and addiction.
The Autzen Foundation approaches grantmaking broadly with funds going to the arts, education, the environment, and social services efforts. However, youth-focused organizations have been a primary interest lately.
Bob and Evangeline Atwood were pioneers in building the Anchorage we know today. Here are a few important things to know about their foundation’s current grantmaking efforts in Alaska’s largest city.
With deep ties to the Seattle area, the Behnke Foundation and the family behind it have evolved their grantmaking over more than half a century. Director Michelle McBride talks with us about the foundation’s evolution and its annual unrestricted artist award.
ArtsFund, an important backer of the arts in Seattle, has a history dating back to 1969. Here are a few key things to know about how this local grantmaker operates.
The foundation that Linda Breneman created with her ex-husband Jeremy Jaech, a software entrepreneur, has played an important role in strengthening Seattle's literary scene, along with other causes. We explore the backstory.
There are quite a few community foundations in the state of Alaska, many of them affiliates of the Anchorage-based Alaska Community Foundation. But there’s another community funder in Anchorage worth discussing as well, and this one is interested in the small communities in the far-northern reaches of the state.
June Boeing, the wife of the late Bill Boeing Jr., runs this foundation, which has been on the local funding scene since 2002 and gave away $1.5 million in a recent year. We take a look at where grants have been flowing lately.
Philanthropy is a small but important part of major projects in Seattle and the Bay Area aimed at ensuring more affordable housing and providing aid to the homeless. Where can grant dollars have the most impact in taking on these daunting challenges?
The Meyer Memorial Trust in Oregon has been organizing its grantmaking around equity for a couple of years now. In its most recent round of environmental grants, it launched several collaborations with Native American tribes that are worth a close look.
Despite a humming economy and new wealth piling up, Oregon recently experienced its first statewide drop in giving in a decade, according to a report by the Oregon Community Foundation.
There’s plenty in the philanthropy of energy companies to inspire cynicism. But given the expanding grantmaking of firms like NW Natural, it’s important for nonprofits—including green groups—to pay attention to who’s making grants and how to get in on the action.
Even as Boise booms, much of Idaho is struggling with problems common to rural America: a lack of economic opportunity, aging residents, and disinvestment in community services, especially healthcare. What can philanthropy do?
With the housing crisis accelerating and federal support shrinking, the Orcas Island Community Foundation in Washington State is the latest local funder undertaking new work in this space—including an advocacy role.
Funding for Native American causes consistently falls short. But in Alaska, the state with the highest percentage of Native residents, some key funders are stepping up for these communities.
Alaska Airlines’ giving is a great example of aligned corporate philanthropy. It backs causes that emerge out its core business of aviation, including STEM education, aviation workforce development, and charity flight.
Rasmuson, a funder that is solely focused on Alaska, has been stepping up its giving. We look at how this foundation approaches its work and where grants are going.
The Oregon Community Foundation is the top grantmaker in its state and one of the biggest community foundations in the U.S. It also funds one of the largest private scholarship programs of its kind in the nation.
Mini-grants, which are often in the range of $250 to $2,500, have an important place in institutional philanthropy, even though you don't hear much about them.
A women’s giving circle in the centrally located small town of Ketchum has been ramping up its giving and has grown to more than 300 members today. Where are grants going?
We write often about the handful of national funders that support individual artists. But there are also some local and regional funders who operate in this space, including Artist Trust, which is based in Seattle.
The Inland Northwest Community Foundation changed its name after 44 years, to the Innovia Foundation, and is looking to be a more powerful catalyst of change in its region.