Who Runs the Aven Foundation and How it Gives in the Pacific Northwest

Who Runs the Aven Foundation and How it Gives in the Pacific Northwest

Tech leaders John Stanton and Theresa Gillespie created the Aven Foundation to channel their philanthropic pursuits. Here are details about the Aven Foundation’s interests in youth sports and other Washington State causes.

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A Northwest Funder Takes a Local Focus to Protect Threatened Ecosystems

A Northwest Funder Takes a Local Focus to Protect Threatened Ecosystems

Regional grantmakers are working to hold the line on environmental issues as the Trump administration undercuts protections for the natural world. A case in point is the Russell Family Foundation in Washington State.

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How a Health Legacy Funder is Addressing the Addiction Crisis in Spokane

How a Health Legacy Funder is Addressing the Addiction Crisis in Spokane

The Empire Health Foundation (EHF), a health legacy funder in Spokane, Washington, has made health equity a centerpiece of its strategy. Two areas it’s prioritizing as part of this focus are obesity and addiction.

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How the Aldarra Foundation Builds from Boeing’s Success to Support Seattle Nonprofits

How the Aldarra Foundation Builds from Boeing’s Success to Support Seattle Nonprofits

June Boeing, the wife of the late Bill Boeing Jr., runs this foundation, which has been on the local funding scene since 2002 and gave away $1.5 million in a recent year. We take a look at where grants have been flowing lately.

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The Environment and More: Where a Natural Gas Company in the Northwest Sends its Grants

The Environment and More: Where a Natural Gas Company in the Northwest Sends its Grants

There’s plenty in the philanthropy of energy companies to inspire cynicism. But given the expanding grantmaking of firms like NW Natural, it’s important for nonprofits—including green groups—to pay attention to who’s making grants and how to get in on the action.

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The (Affordable) House Next Door: Local Philanthropy's Expanding Role in the Housing Crisis

The (Affordable) House Next Door: Local Philanthropy's Expanding Role in the Housing Crisis

With the housing crisis accelerating and federal support shrinking, the Orcas Island Community Foundation in Washington State is the latest local funder undertaking new work in this space—including an advocacy role.

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