Programs helping street youth improve their futures; helping Native American youth connect with their cultural traditions; providing services for women survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; protecting forestland and natural habitat for animal populations.
Street Youth Programs:
We like programs that meet hard-hit kids on their own terms without judgment, criticism, and coercion. Programs where staff and volunteers treat homeless youth with respect, providing opportunities for a stronger, healthier future. Projects where youth can speak for themselves. We support efforts that recognize the special challenges facing gay and lesbian teens.
We funded the Seattle Young People’s Project, ROOTS, Neighborcare’s 45th Street Clinic for Homeless Youth, the “Steps Ahead” program for teen girls offered by Community for Youth, the “Teen Feed” program in Seattle’s U-District, Navos’ POW! Proud Out and Wonderful.
Native American Youth:
We support opportunities for Native youth to discover and learn their cultural traditions, especially as those connections build self-confidence and stability. We want to support programs for Native women and families that tackle domestic violence, sexual assault, substance addiction, lack of education, and poverty.
We funded the Na’ah Illahee Fund, the Lummi Cedar Youth Empowerment Program, the Intertribal Canoe Journey program, Power of Hope, and the Potlatch Fund. We supported the Tulalip Indian Reservation project for early childhood education, and made several grants to the Chief Seattle Club’s women’s programs.
Domestic Violence Programs:
We want to see an end to domestic violence and sexual assault against low-income refugee and immigrant women, as well as Native American women in both urban and reservation settings. We are looking for direct service programs in this area, but not DV shelter or housing operations.
We supported Refugee Women’s Alliance, King County Sexual Assault programs for Latinx women, and Consejo’s Mi Casa program.
Environmental Habitat Protection:
We support wild animals and want to protect their natural habitat. We will fund organizations based in Washington State working to protect our wild places so wildlife populations can thrive. (This category is about critters – therefore we are not looking for smaller-scale local projects such as parks and neighborhood areas.) We will also support Washington-based institutions working to support habitats of wild critters throughout the planet.