The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Building Community Philanthropy In May 2012 our United Way was one of twenty philanthropic partners in the Pacific Northwest selected to receive money from the Gates Foundation to be used to support its goals of reducing intergenerational poverty.
The $700,000 four year grant is being used to build capacity and to support programs that are working on community defined strategies that provide education supports for children and youth, assist families in becoming self-sufficient and support other strategies that build stronger communities. Read press release
Raikes Foundation - In the spring of 2012 United Way entered into a new partnership with this Seattle-based foundation to support and expand the use of the Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) in Spokane County. This research-validated and field-tested tool is designed to evaluate the quality of youth programs and support continuous improvement practices.
Department of Commerce – The Washington State Department of Commerce provides funds to United Way to support the asset development work of the CASH Coalition including Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and free tax preparation; Bank-On; and financial education.
Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) - United Way manages the local process to allocate federal funds to Spokane County social service agencies through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. These federal funds are used to meet the needs of hungry and homeless people in our community, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless due to an emergency or economic downturn.
The EFSP Board is made up of volunteers who represent local agencies, the faith community, people who were formerly homeless and the ethnic diversity of Spokane.
Educating Youth on Finances FINRA Investor Education Foundation The $150,000 grant is being used to provide financial education and coaching to youth ages 16-24, in partnership with the Next Generation Zone, an affiliate of Work Source Spokane. This program serves youth who are newly employed, preparing to work or have been recently placed in an internship. Youth served are typically low income, with nearly 44% not having a GED or a high school diploma. During the two-year project the Next Generation Zone will fully integrate financial education and coaching into its core services with 288 youth expected to complete the training.
Increasing Community Capacity - Ready by 21 / United Way Worldwide
This $50,000 grant is being used to expand our capacity to support community partners working together on middle school success. It also supports the data sharing capacity of Spokane Public Schools and its early warning system. As one of only 10 local United Ways selected, we will receive training and tools to help us build diverse coalitions, engage in effective planning, support identify critical data needs and design strategies to address areas of need.