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Strategy & Budget

Each fall, our team engages in a participatory planning process that encompasses reflecting on our learning, goal setting and grantmaking budgeting.
 

2020 Strategic Direction

This year, grantmaking in our core program areas will remain steady across our 10-county region. We have set aside funding for several strategic opportunities that have surfaced from conversations with grantees and time in the field. These time bound and/or exploratory areas focus on regional issues that align with our core grantmaking portfolio.

Past Years' Reports

In the first part of the year, we spent time learning more about the ten counties in our geographic focus area. This time in the field — meeting with nonprofits and public and private funding partners — gave us insights into the needs and opportunities in each community. These insights, along with new research that mapped local variation in child poverty, informed our grantmaking approach for the year. We refined our Safe Spaces strategy to place greater emphasis on supporting community-based spaces that promote engagement, connection, and safety. This shift means that we’ve expanded the portfolio to include outdoor spaces, trusted community hubs, and early care/learning centers. Finally, we explored policy and advocacy opportunities across the portfolio. Given the foundation’s focus on safety net services, changing policies and funding cuts out of Washington (both real and threatened) made for a particularly challenging year for our partners and the families they serve. These uncertain times only reinforce our commitment to our communities and the providers serving them.

2017 Grant Data

Grants Paid
266

Unique Grantees
228

Payment Range
$2,000-$500,000

Average Grant Payment
$88,777

Grant Payments
$23,614,650

Payments

Strategy & Budget