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December 2020 |

Bolstering ongoing efforts to distribute COVID relief funds equitably to the communities hardest hit by the pandemic, the Washington State Department of Commerce partnered with Philanthropy Northwest to award $12 million in grants from the Washington Equity Relief Fund for Nonprofits to 358 organizations statewide led by and serving Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities. Nonprofits provide the primary link to many crucial lifeline services in all communities, and many have been financially devastated by the pandemic.

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December 2020 |

This case study report identifies untapped areas for co-investment in regional food economies in Oregon and Washington, then outlines a combination of grantmaking and investment strategies for transformational impact. A final chapter published in 2020, describes how CFFP’s founding members joined forces in 2018 to make a substantial grant that allowed Craft3, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving Washington and Oregon, to establish a lending source for sustainable food and farm businesses.

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October 2020 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Penny Thomas, Washington State Department of Commerce Communications, 206-256-6106

$2 Million in COVID...

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October 2020 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Sean Wherley, 858-357-1609
swherley@wearerally.com 

More Corporations and ...

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September 2020 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               

Media Contact: Sean Wherley, 858-357-1609
swherley@wearerally.com...

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September 2020 |

The external environment, including policies and actions taken by the public sector, consistently impacts philanthropy and communities yet funders often do not step beyond their role as grantmakers. Seattle Foundation launched Civic Commons as an independent entity to cultivate cross-sector...

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August 2020 |

In the days after COVID-19 hit Washington, the number of families struggling with hunger spiked. By April 2020, 1.7 million people in the state were ...

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