Both here in the Pacific Northwest and around the world, barriers exist when it comes to healthy, equitable, and inclusive communities. By supporting programs that invest in our neighbors, prioritizing young people creating lasting change, we are committed to a better shared future.
This initiative is designed to empower the next generation of problem solvers, advocates, and stewards of the planet. The challenge incentivizes youth aged 13-18 to continuously seek and contribute solutions to our world’s most pressing environmental problems.
Partners: National Geographic Society
The foundation is partnering with Pride Foundation as an intermediary on a 2-year youth initiative program with 2 objectives: 1) to provide unrestricted sub-grants for nonprofits that primarily serve LGBTQ+ youth and to support growth capacity and movement building within and across the organizations, and 2) promote leadership development for participants to build relationships, share stories, and learn with each other as leaders. This work will strengthen LGBTQ+ organizations’ ability to provide youth programming, engagement, and outreach across Washington.
Partners: Pride Foundation
The Rhizome Civic Service Fellowship Washington State Pilot is a three-year project to establish a statewide network of Rhizome Chapters, connecting 128 teams of Civic Service Fellows across Washington State by the school year 2025-2026. The Rhizome network model seeks to encourage young individuals to perceive and engage in civic service as a lifelong commitment. This initial effort will position Rhizome to scale the Civic Service Fellowship to all high schools across Washington State over the next 6 years and demonstrate a successful public-private partnership for other US States to replicate.
Gardner House and Allen Family Center
Gardner House and the Allen Family Center help families experiencing homelessness by bringing together an innovative combination of permanent supportive housing, affordable housing, onsite services, and a Family Resource Center. The building includes 95 new housing units for low-income families and an 8,000-square-foot Family Resource Center that provides programming and resources for families across King County.
Partners: City of Seattle, Mercy Housing Northwest, Mary’s Place, Refugee Women's Alliance, Child Care Resources, Seattle Seahawks
Medication-First Opioid Disorder Treatment
Medication-First is a method of care that improves patient outcomes while reducing the usage and mortality rate of those with opioid-use disorder. As part of a public/private funding partnership, we are supporting sites across the state, in Tacoma, Spokane, Walla Walla, and Seattle, to determine whether low-barrier application of medication-first treatment has better outcomes for high-need populations.
Partners: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington
Co-Funders: Washington Health Care Authority, Premera, Tacoma/Pierce County Public Health, Seattle Foundation