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Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the lives and future of all people in the Spokane County community. We bring together individuals and organizations with the passion and resources to understand need and ensure opportunities for every individual to reach their human potential.
We work closely with our partners to address the inequalities experienced by low-income and diverse populations, with the aim of providing a stable and healthy home for all individuals, enabling them to fulfill their educational aspirations and strengthen their financial well-being.

United Way of Spokane County is dedicated to fostering connections that transcend cultural, racial, religious, and economic divisions. Today, our unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion is pivotal in fulfilling our mission and upholding our values.


United Way of Spokane County is Committed  to Accountability and Transparency .

As an independent 501(c)(3) organization and United Way member, we're dedicated to responsible stewardship of funds, striving for measurable results, and upholding the highest ethical standards.


Good Stewards of Your Dollars

We have a responsibility to our donors, partners and the community to ensure that the dollars entrusted to us are invested in ways that produce measurable and meaningful results.

We are an independent 501(c)(3) organization founded and governed by local volunteers to mobilize our community to create measurable results that improve people’s lives. As a member of United Way Worldwide, we annually certify adherence to standards that include comprehensive requirements for financial reporting, governance, ethics, diversity and operations. United Way volunteers, employees and representatives have a responsibility to uphold the highest ethical standards. We believe these standards go beyond compliance with laws and regulations – calling us to fulfill higher obligations as stewards of public trust. Our code of ethics sets forth standards and responsibilities toward this end.



We prioritize equity in our mission to improve lives in Spokane County, opposing all forms of oppression, and embracing opportunities for growth.

We firmly uphold equity as a non-negotiable core value in our mission to enhance lives in Spokane County. We recognize that racism, ingrained in our history and local context, has systematically marginalized and dehumanized individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We acknowledge that systemic racism perpetuates barriers for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), upholding other forms of oppression and unjustly affecting us all. We denounce all forms of oppression and understand that progress takes time, welcoming missteps as chances for growth and learning.

Our guiding principles in achieving equity are:

  • Leveraging all of our assets (time, resources, energy) to create more equitable communities.
  • Continuing to prioritize funding for community programs that are led by and/or support historically underserved and marginalized populations and communities.
  • Expanding and incorporating the voices of our most vulnerable and marginalized communities in decision making by bringing diverse viewpoints to our Board and committees.
  • Building, enhancing, and sustaining relationships by listening, interacting, and convening partner agencies and community members.
  • Actively engaging those most impacted by the issues, especially members of our BIPOC communities and other marginalized populations.
  • Acknowledging that to address our priorities we need to look for solutions at the personal, community, system, and structural levels.


Liz Bluff

Events Coordinator

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I am deeply passionate about working for United Way because of its unwavering commitment to philanthropy and its transformative impact on low-income families. Throughout my life, I've been driven by a desire to uplift and support vulnerable communities, and what resonates with me most about United Way is its holistic approach to change. Instead of addressing singular issues, United Way understands the interconnectedness of challenges faced by these families and strives to create comprehensive solutions that foster long-term growth and stability. I believe that by joining United Way, I can be a part of meaningful change and contribute to a brighter future for countless individuals.


Flor Castaneda

Flor Castaneda

Anchor Community Initiative (ACI) and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Coordinator

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Throughout my career, I have been driven by my intellectual curiosity to find answers to the most pressing questions. Dedicating my adult life to educating myself on different approaches of advocacy and support while taking a problem and breaking it into actionable steps.

One of my personal values and highest priorities is to serve my community through volunteering and developing close relations with community and organization members. I believe in being a supportive and positive change by serving others and identifying opportunities and strategies to drive the narrative about the disparity and inequity within our community.


Steven Cutter

Vice President of Community Impact

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Dakota Hanna

Resource Development Manager

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Our country does not promise equal outcomes, but it does promise equal opportunity. I believe strongly that if someone is willing to work hard, the community should be there to empower them to improve their lives and the lives of their families.


Tim Linton


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Working at Spokane County United Way aligns perfectly with my strong desire to witness real, positive change in our community. I'm passionate about addressing the access of our ALICE residents to education, healthcare, and economic stability. Through my role at United Way, I aim to support our team by leveraging my skills in finance to implement innovative solutions that will genuinely uplift the lives of our fellow community members. I am eager to be a part of an organization that shares my dedication to making Spokane County a better place for everyone.


Marivic Mendoza

Senior Administrative Assistant

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To follow in God’s footsteps as best I can considering my limitations as a human being.


Kinzie Michael


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Bryan Robinson

Marketing Manager

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Melissa Smith

Resource Development Manager

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My desire to do my part in making our community a better place. One person, one change, one investment at a time.


Jamie Trudgeon

VISTA Program Director

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The reason why I have chosen to work with United Way through the AmeriCorps VISTA program is that I feel strongly about work that aims to dismantle the structures that perpetuate poverty, and I want to help facilitate positive outcomes in our community. I value supportive programs that provide equitable opportunity for folks from marginalized communities, and I believe in the ability to create change through human connection, community engagement, and policy advocacy. 


Mark Tucker

Interim Chief Executive Officer

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Pete Velazquez

Vice President of Finance and Administration

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As a veteran and son to both a nurse and law enforcement officer, I come from a line of service to the community and human well-being. I was in search of the best way to use my background and education in finance and administration to make a meaningful impact and the United Way of Spokane County grants me that awesome opportunity to continue the proud tradition of service.



Peyton Schimmels


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I chose this job as a good starting point for my workforce experience, and I have grown to love it! I enjoy all my coworkers and the environment.


Dr. Cara Beatty

Providence Health Care

Neal Boling


DEI Committee

Ken Brown

IBEW Local 73

Leon Covington

NorthEast WA Educational Service District 101

Stacey Cowles

Cowles Company

Finance Committee, Governance Committee

Deloris Duquette


CI Committee

Tim Fitzgerald

Spokane County Clerk

Finance Committee Chair

Dr. Yolanda Gallardo

Gonzaga University

DEI Committee Chair, Executive Committee

Freda Gandy

MLK Family Outreach Center

Ann Gorman

US Bank

CI Committee

Nicole Jenkins-Rosenkrantz

Spokane Public Schools

DEI Committee, Governance Committee

Lisa Lewis

Greater Spokane Inc.

Aileen Luppert

Spokane County Library District

CI Committee Chair, DEI Committee

Traci McGlathery


Campaign Committee Chair, DEI Committee

Dr. James Mohr

Community Colleges of Spokane

Charlotte Nemec

Canopy Credit Union

CI Committee

Chris Preti

Jubilant HollisterStier

Finance Committee

Dr. Ken Roberts

WSU Spokane Medical School

Ben Small


Dan Springer

MultiCare Deaconess

Lisa Sunderman

Numerica Credit Union

CI Committee

Jason Thackston


Board Chair, Executive Committee, Finance Committee

Larry Valadez

Hispanic Business Professional Association

Dr. Frank Velazquez


Executive Committee, Finance Committee, DEI Committee

Rev. Benjamin Watson

Bethel AME Church

CI Committee

Our Partners

A complete guide to all the local non-profit charities United Way of Spokane County partners with.