We’re marking one year of sponsorships

Yakima Valley community members celebrate Latina art, poetry, dance, and song at La Casa Hogar’s Día de la Mujer event in early March. Photo courtesy of La Casa Hogar.

Yakima Valley community members celebrate Latina art, poetry, dance, and song at La Casa Hogar’s Día de la Mujer event in early March. Photo courtesy of La Casa Hogar.

Group Health Foundation began sponsorships about a year ago to honor the immeasurable value of connection-making and community-building in advancing the work of equity and justice. To date, we have granted more than $1.1 million to 124 organizations to support community events, culturally specific gatherings, meetings, conferences, and fundraisers. To mark one year of sponsorships and in practice of our values, we are sharing a few of our reflections.

See the full list of events we supported below.

Reflections from the last year

Sponsoring events and convenings has introduced us, a relatively new foundation, to thousands of organizations around the state, and has greatly deepened our understanding of Washington. Grantees have been so generous in sharing their aspirations and vision for health equity with us, and Group Health Foundation’s grantmaking is better because of it. Some of these introductions have led to additional funding, including for Community Learning Grants, COVID-19 rapid response, and other grants.

As with all our work, we prioritized organizations whose board of directors and staff leadership reflect the people they aspire to serve. Most convenings we sponsored were led by Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color; people with disabilities; members of the LGBTQIA+ community; immigrants and refugees; people living with low incomes; and many who hold several of these identities.

We recognize that while the Foundation does support galas and conferences, these types of events do not work for all organizations or communities. Our goal is to be flexible and inclusive of many different types of convenings. In this first year, we sponsored a nonprofit’s board retreat, a virtual gathering for racial healing and reconciliation, organizational meetings for strategic planning, and community workshops to facilitate identity-based connections.

Some community organizations and leaders have described the unspoken rules of philanthropy as challenging to navigate. Well-connected nonprofits often leverage their personal relationships with a foundation’s board member or staff for funding. We understand these tactics have worked before. We also know that if philanthropy keeps rewarding this behavior, the same organizations will continue to receive and grow their resources, while reinforcing barriers for nonprofits with less access.

For us to take funding shortcuts, even for small investments like sponsorships, would be a disservice to our values and long-term work because supporting convenings has been invaluable to our learning and relationship-building. To avoid perpetuating inequities, our process allows any organization to share with us their work and the needs of their community. Knowing someone at the Foundation is not a factor we consider and, in fact, we are more interested in organizations who have not had opportunities to connect with philanthropic networks.

Our most important takeaway from our first year is that we must support more convenings happening in places without deep philanthropic support, including towns, suburban and rural areas, and mid-sized cities. We know from our community visits that there is transformative work happening in every single Washington county, led by culturally specific, cross-racial, disability-led, queer, people of color, immigrant and refugee, or Native organizations. As we continue to open additional offices and hire more team members throughout the state, and as we deepen relationships with leaders and organizations, we hope the events that Group Health Foundation sponsors will better reflect the diversity, vibrancy, and lived experiences of Washington communities.

Apply for a sponsorship

Group Health Foundation regularly reviews requests for sponsorships. We kindly ask organizations to submit an application at least two months before a convening so we have advance notice to prepare materials, process payments—and if invited by grantees—plan to attend. This time frame allows us to make more equitable funding decisions. Please also read our sponsorships page, which includes detailed information about selection criteria, application guidelines, accessibility requests, and frequently asked questions.

The pandemic and related economic recession has hindered the ability of many nonprofits to raise money. In response, we have been sponsoring programmatic events, such as workshops that would have been typically paid for through galas and other types of fundraisers. We are also supporting virtual gatherings and technology support so organizations can stay connected with the communities they serve.

Thank you to disability justice advocates who have been pushing—long before this pandemic—to make radically open and available events a common practice. Group Health Foundation will continue to honor this work by sponsoring events that advance our values of collaboration and accessibility.

Full list of sponsorship recipients

Sponsorships start at $1,000, though most organizations received $5,000 for events. In some exceptional cases, we have contributed $25,000.

Grantee Name Event Description Geography
Served
African Community Housing and Development ACHD Dinner Fundraiser: Signature event led by a volunteer committee to ensure the event is grounded in community and is reflective of the African immigrant community’s values, voice, and strengths. South King County
Amigos de Seattle Virtual One-day Dia de Muertos Celebration: High-quality video of dance, music, poetry, and other cultural expressions, as well as presentations and resources related to the health and well-being of the Latinx community hit hardest by Covid-19 in our region. King County
ANSIL A New Start in Life ANSIL’s Halloween Exstrava-Scara-Ganza: Fundraiser allowing ANSIL to continue its important work in community with ANSIL Hall and ANSIL Community Service Center in Kennewick. Kennewick, Tri-Cities, and surrounding area
API Chaya 25th Anniversary Gala: An evening event that highlights the voices of immigrant survivors of gender-based harm and human trafficking. Snohomish, King, and Pierce counties
Arlington Public Schools First Annual Stronger Together: A multi-community event that explores the various cultures that each community brings to the region and that builds unity through community conversation, activities, education, entertainment, food, and fun. Snohomish County, Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, and local communities
Asia Pacific Cultural Center 23rd Annual Polynesian Luau: APCC’s signature fundraising event of the year. A can’t-live-without event that, like all their events, provides education and awareness on issues important to the API community. Statewide
Asian Counseling and Referral Service Annual Gala: Highlighting compelling testimonials by clients and a keynote speaker from the Asian American community to address current issues facing immigrants, refugees, and constituents served. King County
Byrd Barr Place BIPOC Executive Directors Gathering: A day-long gathering of 50 BIPOC executive directors from across Washington State, where if interest exceeds available slots, they will randomly select participants for the first gathering, and seek to serve additional executive directors in future programs. King County, with this event focused statewide
Camano Senior Services Association 2020 Gala Auction Fundraiser: Yearly auction that is the organization’s main fundraiser of operational funds. With these funds, Camano Senior Services can offer community enrichment, health and wellness, and senior support. Island County, Camano Island
Casa Latina Virtual UN-gala: An evening of inspiration and solidarity that raises funds and awareness to provide jobs, education, and justice to the Latino immigrant community in King County. King County
Center for Children & Youth Justice The Becca Conference: Convenes 300+ leaders and service providers from courts, schools, and social services to share best practices for early intervention, community response, and coordinated support for youth, children, and families in crisis. Statewide
Centro Latino La Gala – Mi Centro: Largest fundraiser of the year, celebrating the “rebirth of Centro Latino.” This gala features dignitaries that support community, honors community leadership, and brings together people with food, drinks, music, and an auction, while connecting with friends and familia. Pierce County
Channel A TV African Achievement Awards: Recognizes folks of African descent in their exemplary excellence in community leadership, technology, medicine, education, politics, and entertainment. Seattle with statewide (and beyond) goals
Chief Seattle Club Our Indian City: Primary annual fundraising luncheon for the Chief Seatle Club that strives to provide a sacred space to nurture, affirm, and renew the spirit of urban Native people. Seattle and King County
Children of the Setting Sun Productions Hysh’qe Dinner and Awards Banquet: Recognizes, thanks, and brings together a diverse cross-section of supporters, collaborators, and culture keepers, who have all contributed generously to the development of the organization. Lummi Nation Indian Reservation and the original homeland of the Lummi People
Children’s International Health Relief Hilltop Healthy Kids & Family Carnival: An alternative service model to provide free dental care on-site in the community with portable dental equipment to uninsured and under-insured families. Tacoma and surrounding area
Chinese Information and Service Center Annual Friendship Dinner & Auction: “The Power of Unity” enables focus on the importance of civic engagement, community empowerment, and coalition work to advance CISC’s mission. King County
Chinook Indian Nation Holiday Art Auction and Oyster Fry: The community’s largest annual fundraiser, generating proceeds for direct community support, office operations, and efforts to clarify the Tribe’s federal status. Pacific and Wahkiakum counties
Coalition Ending Gender-Based Violence Celebration for Change 2020: The Coalition’s annual fundraising event critical to annual operating budget. This free-to-attend celebratory event offers a connection between the Coalition and the community, bringing people into the fold and widening the Coalition’s network. King County
Colectiva Legal Del Pueblo Bidi Bidi Bom Bash Arts Festival: Created by and for marginalized people, the festival provides a unique space with activities that validate who the community is and what they love: art, community, and music. King County with additional work statewide
Columbia Basin Health Association CHBA’s Run For A Cause: 5K Color is a fun, family-friendly event that activates community in a celebration of childhood health and well-being, and is designed to raise awareness of childhood obesity and wellness in the Columbia Basin. Adams, Franklin, and Grant counties
Columbia Legal Services Imagine Justice, Columbia Legal Services’ Annual Fundraiser: Supports initiatives that are identified and led by communities that elevate and amplify their stories as people directly and disproportionately impacted by systemic injustices. Statewide
Communities of Color Coalition North Puget Sound Conference on Race: “Environmental Crisis and its Impact on Communities of Color” provides education on what is happening in the world, and what we can and must do to prevent further disparities of treatment. Snohomish County and North King County
Communities Rise Annual Fundraiser: An event focused on donors and funders, as well as community partners and clients, and a high point of the new Wayfind/Nonprofit Assistance Center merger. This event showcases clients’ work and facilitates opportunities to network with one another and create new connections. King County (Capacity building)
Statewide (Legal assistance)
Cowlitz Indian Tribe Virtual Tribal Health Walk: A virtual version of the Tribe’s annual Health Walk. Participants are invited to join an online platform where they will be challenged to walk 5K (the same distance as the lake where the event is held annually). Cowlitz, Lewis, Clark, and Skamania counties
Deaf Spotlight Deaf Spotlight Gala: Annual fundraising gala celebrating deaf arts and artists. King County
Densho Annual Densho Dinner: Given the lasting impacts of the trauma of WWII incarceration, this event marks an important opportunity for Japanese American survivors and their descendants to heal in community. King County and the west coast of the United States more broadly
Disability Rights Washington 5th Annual Fundraiser, Breaking Barriers: DRW’s largest annual fundraiser, growing year over year, and raising critical funds that allow DRW to break barriers in Washington that impede equal opportunity for people with disabilities. Statewide
Domestic & Sexual Violence Crisis Center (dba SAGE) Enchanted Evening: Roaring 20’s: SAGE’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes dinner, silent and live auctions, awards, and dancing after the event. Chelan and Douglas counties
Downtown Pasco Development Authority Cinco de Mayo Festival: An event to celebrate and bring more people into Downtown Pasco to promote the surrounding businesses, as well as highlight an important cultural event. Support reflects Group Health Foundation’s commitment to its newest home! Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla counties
Duwamish Tribal Services Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center Fundraiser: This fundraiser provides operating support for the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center, offering citizens of greater Seattle and tourists the opportunity to learn about and even experience aspects of Duwamish culture. King County
Economic Opportunity Institute Fundraiser Dinner: Health and well-being for all is the vision of this dinner, reminding us of our progress and the work that remains. Statewide
El Centro de la Raza Building the Beloved Community: Largest fundraising event of the year allowing El Centro to continue to empower youth to become our future leaders, who will one day become policymakers, business professionals, and teachers. King County
Embrace Washington Fall Fundraiser: This event has allowed Embrace to educate members in our community about the needs of foster children, the trauma they experience, and the courage children who are in the care system exemplify. Adams, Asotin, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, and Whitman counties
Emergency Food Network of Tacoma and Pierce County Abundance Dinner & Auction: Largest fundraising event of the year to support general operations, and allowing for the distribution of more than 2 million meals. Pierce County
Entre Hermanos Día De Muertos: Signature fundraising event rooted in the holiday of the same name, which is a festival of Mexico’s Indigenous people dating back hundreds of years and long before European occupation. Greater Seattle Area
Equity in Education Coalition The Decolonizing Education Conference: A gathering to advance the education community’s practices around anti-racism and equity, bringing together educators, parents, students, school leaders, advocates, legislators, and community-based organizations to examine the intersection of racism in education. King County
Eritrean Association in Greater Seattle Eritrean Independence Event: Celebrates the 29th anniversary of Eritrean Independence at a day-long, free, and open event highlighting cultural dance, music, poetry, drama, visual arts, and sports. King County
Falis Community Service Gathering: Bringing together community to discuss mental health and opioid use within youth and addiction within adults. South King County
Firelands Workers United Trabajadores Unidos Festival de Familias Luchadoras / Virtual Country Fair: A bilingual, kid-friendly convening for the membership of low-wage working families, a majority of whom are immigrant and Latinx moms. Grays Harbor and Pacific counties
First Alaskans Institute Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation: Creating a space for truth-telling, healing, righting wrongs, and advancing solutions to transform this country’s historic and continued racial oppression against Indigenous peoples and other peoples of color. Alaska, Washington, Pacific Northwest region, and across the country and world
Foundation for Youth Resiliency and Engagement COVID-Friendly Soft Opening: An office opening that centers member youth voices, while communicating service offerings to potential partners, donors, and clients, and strengthening community partnerships. Okanogan County
Free Clinics of Southwest Washington Dr. Sam Beall Annual Breakfast: This annual event provides sponsors and attendees the opportunity to learn more about the Free Clinic’s no-cost, compassionate, quality health care for children and adults who otherwise would be unable to obtain such services. Clark County
Friends of Little Saigon Grand Opening of Little Saigon Creative Space: A resource hub for small Vietnamese businesses and community groups, and a place to gather for special events. King County
Front and Centered Six Regional Environmental Justice Gatherings: Convene and mobilize communities of color to address the ways climate change and pollution has affected their health, well-being, and quality of life. Fiscally sponsored by the Latino Community Fund of Washington. Washington State with a vision well beyond its borders
Gambian Talents Promotion March & Symposium: An event featuring free food, refreshments, entertainment, and educational opportunities in support of the Gambian community and its struggles with health disparities. Snohomish and King counties with a statewide mission
Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB) GRuB’s Annual Gala: Supporting free backyard gardens for and with individuals and families with low incomes. Families receive three raised-bed gardens, soil, seeds, and plant starts to make a successful food-producing, hunger-reducing, community-building garden for the season. Thurston County
Hispanics in Philanthropy Virtual Leadership Summit: The summit convenes national leaders from foundations, nonprofits, and government for discussions on how philanthropy can best support the well-being and health of the Latino community. Beyond Washington
Housing Hope Stone Soup: Housing Hope’s largest fundraising event of the year, bringing together current and prospective donors for an annual update and review of the accomplishments from the previous year. Snohomish County and Camano Island
Interim CDA Stand up for Justice: Interim CDA 51st Anniversary Gala Dinner & Auction. King County
Korean Community Service Center Youth Storytelling Project: An event bringing community youth together to address the most identified generational conflicts, intersectional racism and sexism, and stress and anxiety due to pressure in the home and at school. Seattle, Shoreline, Lynwood, Edmonds, Everett, and Mukilteo
La Casa Hogar Día de la Mujer: This free event is a safe space to celebrate the Yakima Valley’s Latinas via art, poetry, dance, song, and laughter. It shows community desire for safe spaces to share, celebrate, connect, and release stress. Yakima, Benton, Franklin and Kittitas counties
Lambert House Pink Prom: Lambert House’s largest event draws hundreds of youth from 70+ zip codes. Planning is done by committees of up to 10 youth, supported by a volunteers or staff members. Youth create community for their peers and gain valuable leadership and job skills experience. Statewide
Latino Education Training Institute (LETI) The Dinner and Dance Fundraiser: The fundraiser is a gala-style cultural event where LETI gathers organizations and likeminded individuals to celebrate and support the success of both its programs and its participants alike. Skagit and Snohomish counties
Lewis County Autism Coalition Cultivating Inclusion Celebration: A county-wide education and awareness campaign launched in 2019 by the Autism Coalition and an array of community partners to promote acceptance and empowerment of Lewis County residents who have intellectual, behavioral, physical, and/or social differences. Lewis County and Southwest Washington more broadly
Lhaq’temish Foundation The Lummi Nation Blackhawk Singers Youth Trip: Honoring an invitation by the National Museum of American Indians to participate and perform at the Earth Optimism Event in Washington, D.C. Lummi Reservation and traditional homelands, including San Juan Islands, Whatcom County, and beyond
Liberation Medicine School Community Gatherings: Bi-monthly events created, guided, and facilitated by a Black trans-queer healer to affirm the innate skills of Black trans* folx to craft community medicine that will allow healing from the violence of systemic oppression. Fiscally sponsored by Allied Media Projects. Greater Seattle area
Living Well Kent Childcare Consultation Program: Technical assistance and training that bridges the linguistic and cultural divide between Somali in-home childcare providers and the state regulatory requirements for the benefit of children under their care. South King County
Multi-Service Center MSC Helps Luncheon: A highly anticipated community event and signature fundraiser, which provides funding to continue MSC’s mission to provide help, hope, and change for our neighbors. South King and Pierce counties
NAMI of Whatcom County Monthly Community Game Nights: Providing food and activities once a month, inviting the participation of all affected by mental illness in Whatcom County. People bring instruments, eat, and play games to collaboratively support people living with mental illness. Whatcom County
NAMI Southwest Washington 5th Annual NAMI Southwest Washington Luncheon: Fundraiser to support NAMI’s education and advocacy work for individuals and families affected by mental illness. Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties
Native American Youth and Family Center (Virtual) Annual NAYA Gala and Auction: The largest celebration of Native American Heritage Month in the Pacific Northwest, bringing together Native leaders, elected officials, business owners, community members, and all those dedicated to the lifetime success of our youth and families. Clark County
Native Student Association (Eastern Washington University) Spirit of the Eagle Powwow: The 52nd annual event is a major recruitment activity for Native students, and helps to raise cultural awareness at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, and in the Spokane area. Spokane County and surrounding Native communities
North Central Washington Economic Development District Supernova: A celebratory event focusing on improved integration between traditional economic and business development professionals, and the health, wellness, and equity sectors in North Central Washington. Rural North Central Washington
Northwest Cooperative Development Center The Cascade ROC Conference: Bringing together resident leaders of resident-owned, limited-equity manufactured housing cooperatives across Washington and Oregon for a day of learning, networking, and problem-solving. Statewide with a broader regional reach
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Annual Gala: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s largest fundraiser of the year, allowing no one on stage that isn’t a part of the immigrant community besides the emcee, because it is important that the event reflects the community it walks alongside. Statewide
Northwest Indian College Foundation tl’aneq’ (Gathering for a Celebration) Native Art Auction and Gala: Annual fundraiser and one of the primary strategies to raise financial support for the college. Located on Lummi Nation and serving all Pacific Northwest tribal communities
Nuestra Casa Community Trainings: These trainings include ESL learning segments, self-care, and job search skills for people who are unemployed in the lower Yakima Valley, with a special focus on the stress associated with job loss. Lower Yakama Valley Communities
NW Children’s Foundation 2020 NWCF Forum “Community Trauma and Child Well-Being: A Deeper Dive into the Future of Healing”: Featuring Dr. Shawn Ginwright, professor of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University, alongside Dr. Ben Danielson. Western Washington
Oasis Youth Center Big Hat Brunch: A spectacular themed fundraising fête for Oasis Youth Center that supports changes in the lives of queer youth by creating a safe space to learn, connect, and thrive. Pierce County
OneAmerica “Our Rising Tide” Annual Celebration: A time to lift the voices of immigrant and refugee leaders, ensuring immigrants and refugees have a seat at the table—or a microphone at a rally in the street—to help shape the policies that impact our communities. Statewide
Open Doors for Multicultural Families Open Hearts for Open Doors: A biannual gala fundraiser showcasing the impact ODMF has in community, prominently featuring the voices of individuals and families of persons with developmental disabilities sharing their stories. King County
Orquesta Northwest Día de Muertos Celebration: To honor this important Latino tradition, Orquesta Northwest presents a concert and event (without charge), featuring Latinx guest artists and composers, creating an altar for remembrances of the dead, and offering traditional holiday dishes. This is the third year. King County
OutSpokane Spokane Fall Pride Events: “Spokane Virtual Pride” spans over a week and offers nightly live programming featuring video musical and artistic performances, speakers, and much more—all with the goal of giving community the opportunity to express their pride and connect with the groups and organizations that work with the LGBTQ+ community. Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho
Pacific County Immigrant Support American Dream Monologues and Summer Salsa III: Regional performances of Dream Monologues before audiences of 75 to 100 persons each night. Summer Salsa III: The third annual premier fundraiser for PCIS, centering voices of immigrants impacted by ICE. Pacific, Grays Harbor, and Wahkiakum counties
Pacific Islander Health Board of WA The PIHB Launch Party: Engaging as many Pacific Islander community stakeholders and members with the organization, and especially with its current projects. Fiscally sponsored by U.T.O.P.I.A. King County
Peace Community Center Learners to Leaders: An annual fundraising event gathering community to celebrate and support the growth of Hilltop Scholars. Hilltop Neighborhood, Tacoma
People First of Washington 42nd Annual People First of Washington Annual Convention: Provides both informational and training opportunities for our members with a focus on socializing and building and maintaining long-lasting friendships. Statewide
Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF) World AIDS Day Events in Tacoma and Olympia: Events to engage more people living with HIV in care, improve health outcomes for those in care, and end the HIV epidemic in the South Sound. Pierce, Thurston, Mason, and Lewis counties
Pizza Klatch The Annual Pizza Klatch Gayla: A community celebration and the main fundraising event organized by and benefiting Pizza Klatch, an organization that facilitates lunchtime support groups for LGBTQ+ youth. Thurston County
Playthey The Wondaland Ball: A celebration through movement and creativity in a space that centers Black and People of Color for the essential purpose of healing. Fiscally sponsored by Gay City Health Project. Primarily Seattle
PMA Education Fund (dba People’s Memorial Association) Annual Meeting: As a cooperative, this is a time for members to get updates on the organization’s work. It is also a time for the community to have conversation with staff and partners to express their concerns or give suggestions for where their resources are allocated in the future. The After Party: A fundraiser incorporating education and advocacy work for the nation’s thought leader in progressive death care options. Statewide
Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project Real Change’s 26th Anniversary Breakfast: A special celebration that honors the work of community. The event is planned in collaboration with program participants who form an “event committee” to ensure their voices are centered, and Real Change presents several awards each year. King County
Salish School of Spokane 2020 Summer Immersion Symposium: The fifth gathering of Indigenous language teachers and activists who are working to revitalize their languages and cultures with a focus on curriculum and instruction for immersion, training new fluent teachers, and fundraising and management. Spokane County and surrounding Native communities
Skagit Preschool and Resource Foundation (SPARC) 18th Annual SPARC Dinner and Auction: SPARC provides specialized early intervention therapies for children with physical, emotional, and/or psychological developmental delays. All proceeds go directly toward providing resources for children and infants enrolled in their programs. Skagit County
Social Justice Fund Northwest Social Justice Fund’s Annual Dinner: A celebration with three distinct parts: a grantee “fair,” dinner program, and dance party. Although tickets are moderately priced and on a sliding scale, the dance party is open to all and allows for celebration with individuals who are not able to pay the cover. Statewide
Somali Community Services of Seattle Somali Heritage Festival: An event featuring art, including folk dance, a poetry slam, live music; a souk with Somali food, crafts, etc.; community resource information about local services, voter registration, and census engagement; and an award ceremony to recognize organizational and individual allies. King County
Somali Family Safety Taskforce Annual Event and Fundraiser: Somali and East African cultural performances, an East African fashion show, and keynote speeches from local refugee and East African community members. Southeast Seattle
Somali Health Board Annual Health Fair: Eighth annual event with a variety of services and resources provided, including free back-to-school backpacks, barbecue lunch, screenings, and health education. King County
Somali Parents Education Board 2020-21 Transforming Partnerships in Education Institute: A three-day community learning conference and a half-day graduation ceremony as part of the 2020-21 Transforming Partnerships in Education Institute. King County
Sound Learning Spring Spell-E-Bration: A signature fundraiser and the 26th annual event that includes a silent auction and opportunities to donate in small and large ways, with the centerpiece being a competitive spelling bee in which teams of three individuals who are seniors in high school or adults vie for places. Mason and Thurston counties
Southeast Seattle Education Coalition (SESEC) Three Interrelated Events: Coalition meetings, emergency COVID-19 webinars, and a Community Summit all to address the opportunity gaps for students of color in southeast Seattle. King County
Suburbia Rising/Stories of Self and Solidarity Beloved Community Morning Program, A Tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Dance, Song, and Spoken Word: A Martin Luther King Day community event. Fiscally sponsored by Edmonds Center for the Arts. Shohomish County
Supportive Housing Association Create Films Youth Conference: A two-day conference allowing summer film camp graduates to present their ideas for increasing the availability of film-making equipment, instruction, and hosting of local film contests. Tacoma and Pierce County
Tacoma Community House Evening en Blanc: A fundraiser supporting Project Beauty Share that helps give women a fresh start as they are transitioning from addiction to recovery, or from welfare to school or work. Pierce, South King, Kitsap, Thurston, and Mason counties
Tacoma Urban League 8th Annual Luau Celebration: A fundraiser recognizing TUL’s many achievements and partnerships over the last five decades, and highlighting TUL’s work to empower African Americans and other disenfranchised groups to enter the economic and social mainstream. Tacoma and Pierce County
Tasveer Third Fundraising Gala: A major source of revenue that makes it possible for Tasveer to achieve its mission of bringing about social change through storytelling and the arts. King County
TeamChild Centering Youth, Advancing Justice Event: A fundraiser supporting TeamChild’s holistic approach to supporting young clients, including funding training and advocacy work. King, Pierce, Yakima, and Spokane counties
The Children’s Village’s Memorial Foundation Passion for the Village: A fundraising event to directly support programs and the gap in funding for unreimbursed services that expresses passion and appreciation for the specialized healthcare services CV provides. 11 east side counties, including Yakima, Kittitas, Benton, Franklin, Walla Walla, and Klickitat counties
The Mockingbird Society 2020 Annual Benefit Event: Highlighting achievements of the past 20 years, including bringing together alumni and current members who exemplify the process and impact of the work. Guests hear directly from youth and alumni, interwoven with depictions of the total reach of the changes realized. Statewide
The Mustard Seed Project of Key Peninsula Annual Dinner and Auction: Members of the community, many of them retirees and elders themselves, gather in celebration of the seniors served and in support of ongoing programs and services. Key Peninsula in Western Pierce County
The STAR Project “Second Chances” Fundraiser: Raising unrestricted donations for activities that cannot be supported by grants, including direct client support, stability in STAR’s housing program in between client tenancies, and general fundraising activities. Walla Walla County
Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Heart of Healing: A community event and fundraiser featuring original artwork by Cork’s Place youth, plus a gourmet dinner, social hour, live and silent auction, raffle, testimonials, live music, and more. All proceeds go specifically to support Cork’s Place and grief programs for children and teens. Benton and Franklin counties and surrounding areas
Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Una Noche de Exitos: An event recognizing individuals and organizations who have made a positive impact in the Tri-Cities. Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla counties
U.T.O.P.I.A. Seattle In-Lieu’Au: A four-part virtual fundraising series featuring live music, live poetry, storytelling, cooking, art, and cultural performances. King County and Puget Sound
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Native Life in the City Gala: An event celebrating community achievements, the 50th year of operation, and the voices of Elders. Featuring an auction with items by renowned Native artists and offering culturally specific foods—all to offset dwindling public resources. King County
UTSAV UTSAV Mela: This event brings together South Asian immigrant, refugee, English language challenged, uninsured, and the elderly to celebrate and bring people’s voices to the mainstream. It also provides information booths and access to elected officials. Snohomish County
Valley Community Center Senior Meal Program: Three times per week, providing low-cost meals, frozen meals, home delivery meals, and free food and produce to area seniors, residents with low incomes, and veterans. Asotin County
ViệtQ Support Series: With an aim to promote healing and further self-awareness in relation to queerness and Vietnamese culture and history, the series focuses on two tracts: one offering community building with a large group and the other offering group therapy on a more personal level. Statewide
Wakenya Wanorth Jamhuri Summit: A Kenyan National Day that brings unity of purpose and cohesion amongst individuals of Kenyan Heritage by bridging gaps of social-cultural, economic, and education, while establishing a presence of heritage for generations to come. Wherever Kenyans live in Washington State
Washington Healthcare Access Alliance Washington Free and Charitable Care Conference: Brings together free clinic staff, leadership, partners, and volunteers from over 72 free health clinics in the region to connect with resources and networking opportunities to strengthen their operations. Statewide
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance The Conference on Ending Homelessness: An annual event bringing together over 700 people from across the state who are working to end homelessness for learning, networking, advocacy, and community building opportunities. Statewide
Washington Nonprofits The Central Washington Conference for the Greater Good: Creating a space in which nonprofit leaders and volunteers learn, connect, and get inspired. Statewide
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence Team Up Washington: A new statewide initiative using high school sports as a platform to prevent dating violence and generate new social norms. Coaches engage athletes in abuse prevention and change school culture through dialogue about gender equity, healthy relationships, and team values. Statewide
Washington State Coalition for Language Access (WASCLA) WASCLA Annual Language Access Summit: A gathering to address the impact of the disproportionate rates of infection and spread of COVID-19 in immigrant communities and the associated language barriers inherent in the structure of the pandemic response, as well as measures to reduce harms. Statewide
Washington State Public Health Association WSPHA Legislative Education Day: WSPHA Legislative Education is designed to bring the public health community together to learn about current policy issues and to take that information and meet with legislators to educate them. Statewide
We Act. Present. Perform. Fifth Annual Rising Voices Oratory Showcase: Throughout the school year, scholars develop a passion piece. By guiding students through this process of writing and speaking their “unapologetic and uncensored” truth, students build confidence, pride, and the ability to lead. Fiscally sponsored by Shunpike. King County
Win|Win Action Network Meetings: Hosting over 20 organizations that come together to connect with each other and share learnings and workplans for deeper collaboration across the intersections of the work ahead. Statewide with a focus on Central Washington, the greater Puget Sound region, and Southwest Washington
Wing Luke Memorial Foundation The Wing’s Annual Dinner and Auction: Bringing together 500 community and business leaders, artists, and cultural practitioners to celebrate The Wing’s place in the heart of the Asian Pacific American community in Seattle. Seattle’s Chinatown-International District
Wonderfully Made Video Story Sharing: Sharing of board members’ video stories. The hope is to develop a day where each film can be shared at a local theater, with invited speakers and folks who want to learn more about the work of inclusion and our faith spaces. Spokane and regionally
Young Women Empowered Fundraiser: An event to support Y-We’s wide range of programming. Greater Seattle area and region
YWCA Spokane Women of Achievement: An annual event to highlight extraordinary women from all backgrounds who make a real difference in Spokane. Spokane and City of Spokane Valley