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A Season of Change at Meyer Memorial Trust


Doug Stamm, Meyer Memorial Trust | September always brings change: weather shifts from hot to cool, busy autumn mornings replace leisurely summer afternoons, days grow incrementally shorter. Here at Meyer Memorial Trust, in a year filled with changes, the month offers a moment to reflect on where we have been and on where we are heading. Last year, Meyer awarded more grants than ever before — 515 grants and loans just over $46 million; we are again on track to make the largest payout in the foundation’s history. But we haven’t only been making grants this year. We began outreach in several of our four priority focus areas — housing, education, the environment, and supporting a vibrant nonprofit sector. more »

Starbucks Joins Growing Movement to Fund Refugee Relief Efforts


The Starbucks Foundation has announced three new grants totaling $110,000 to nonprofit organizations supporting the refugee crisis in Europe. “We believe that donating funds directly to these organizations is the best way for us to support expert relief providers, enabling them to allocate resources where they are most needed. And, with great urgency,” said Kris Engskov, head of the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa operations. more »

Microsoft Alumni Foundation Announces 2015 Integral Fellow: Paul Shoemaker


The Microsoft Alumni Foundation has announced its new Integral Fellow: Paul Shoemaker, founding president of Social Venture Partners International. Now in its seventh year, the Integral Fellows program recognizes and supports Microsoft alumni who now use their talents, time and resources to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Shoemaker will receive a cash grant of $25,000 for the nonprofit of his choice, along with a year of community support and visibility. The award will be celebrated October 9 at a gathering of 500 current and past Microsoft leaders. more »

Cambia Health Foundation Announces $1.8M for Palliative Care


Cambia Health Foundation, based in Oregon, has named the 10 recipients of a two-year, $180,000 grant through its annual Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program. The $1.8 million program promotes palliative care workforce development by funding research, clinical, educational or policy projects to improve care for patients of all ages facing serious illnesses. In the Pacific Northwest, recipients represent the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing and the University of Washington. more »

Ballmers, Microsoft Commit $21M to Washington State Opportunity Scholarship


Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie, joined by Microsoft, have committed $21 million to the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship to support low- and middle-income students pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and health care fields. The scholarship, which Boeing and Microsoft each helped found with $25 million each in 2011, matches public and private money to deserving scholars and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees. more »

Social Justice Fund Announces Executive Director Transition


Social Justice Fund Northwest's board of directors has announced that Zeke Spier, the foundation's executive director for the past five years, will leave the role at the end of this year. He will be succeeded by Mijo Lee, associate director, in January. "Zeke will continue to advance the Giving Project model nationally by working with other organizations interested in launching projects of their own. He is currently working with three foundations and will explore new opportunities for Giving Projects as well as other ways to support social justice philanthropy around the country," writes Jessan Hutchison-Quillian, board chair. more »

From Sub-Saharan Africa to Washington State: Opportunities to Improve Health


Jarrad Aguirre, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | As a MD/MBA student, I am very familiar with Gates Foundation initiatives to eradicate polio and malaria, among other infectious diseases. It is not uncommon in the classroom or the hospital for medical students and physicians to comment on the latest developments of these important efforts. So, naturally, when I got an internship with the foundation, everyone asked me: Where in global health will you be working? To their surprise, I explained I would be working with the Washington State team. What excited me most about the foundation was not polio or malaria — but rather the burgeoning emphasis on social determinants and health in here in the Pacific Northwest. As my internship comes to a close, I am more excited than ever by this opportunity. more »

Based on Votes, REI Awards $500K for 10 U.S. Trails


REI has announced the results of an online vote determining how the national outdoor retail co-op will distribute $500,000 for 10 new U.S. trails. In the Pacific Northwest, REI will grant $58,790 to Washington's Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail, based on 11,758 votes, to decommission unsafe or washed-out sections of the 15-mile trail and rebuild new ones. The nine other trails being funded are in Massachusetts, Colorado, New York, Georgia, California, Texas and Minnesota. more »