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Seeking Shared Prosperity

In southwest Washington, thousands of working families are not feeling the gains of our broader economic trends. Systemic barriers mean some have faced hardships for generations, with fewer opportunities to advance themselves and their families. These imbalances have widespread implications for every person in our region, which is why we focus our grantmaking efforts on programs and initiatives that provide underserved families and communities with access to the tools and opportunities needed to get ahead in life.

To accomplish this goal we invest in the following community impact areas, which we believe will improve all lives in southwest Washington.

Basic Human Needs

Many in our community are working to survive, and every day presents a challenge to find food, shelter and security. For this reason, we fund organizations and programs that fulfill the basic needs of underserved people, families and communities. This includes needs such as food security, rent and utility assistance, affordable housing, physical and mental health, caregiving, domestic violence services and more. By addressing these pressing needs as they arise, people are better able to plan for their futures.

Educational Attainment

In today’s economy, a good job and upward mobility increasingly depend on educational attainment. Without access, inclusivity and strong social supports, even students with great potential can encounter barriers. We invest in efforts that provide equitable opportunities along the entire educational continuum from birth to adulthood, so that every child enters school ready to learn and is able to achieve their goals for post-secondary success.

Asset Building

All southwest Washington residents should have the opportunity to achieve financial security. We fund efforts to improve the economic health of the people and communities who face the biggest barriers to mobility. These include asset- and wealth-building strategies, employment services, financial planning and credit repair, small business development, homeownership, community livability, economic development and more.

We seek to partner with organizations and initiatives that:

  • Meet an important community need in southwest Washington
  • Can demonstrate past impact or strong potential of future impact in addressing intergenerational poverty
  • Build awareness around and address the root causes of intergenerational poverty
  • Collaborate and share, carrying out their work in coordination with partners or in cohorts
  • Address disparities and increase opportunities for historically underserved people and communities
  • Are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, both internally and in their partnerships and in their service delivery
  • Meaningfully engage the voices, perspectives and expertise of the people and communities they serve in the development, implementation and evaluation of their work