LEARN ABOUT OUR INVESTMENTS IN SPOKANE COUNTY.
Spokane County United Way is one of the top three funders in our community for nonprofit programs. Spokane County United Way is making a two-year commitment (2019-2021) of $2.5 million to 37 local community programs, of which eight are new recipients* of funding. The 37 community programs receiving funding will partner with Spokane County United Way to provide safe homes free of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence, increase academic success for youth and young adults, and create pathways to family-wage jobs and economic success. By funding new programs Spokane County United Way is increasing our ability to support foster youth and refugee children. Also, our work to address our community’s high rate of domestic violence is taking on a more holistic approach by working both with the YWCA Spokane and the Spokane County Domestic Violence Court system.
Provide safe homes free of child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
Challenges: 6,564 local children are victims of child abuse and neglect. 6,793 domestic violence cases are reported county-wide.
Increase academic success for youth and young adults.
Challenges: 1 in 3 Spokane County children are ready for kindergarten. Only 3/4 of low-income students graduate versus 95% of their affluent peers.
Create pathways to family-wage jobs and economic success.
Challenges: 38% of families are ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). 2,755 school children experience homelessness.
We view our grantees as partners in addressing complex social needs.
Our partners are doing incredible work throughout our community every day. Together, our efforts are aligned to create long-term change in the areas of health, education, and financial stability. Every funded partner measures their work and program to ensure that donor dollars are being optimized for our community. Each program provides a piece of the complex puzzle to create success. There is no one solution to solve our community's complex problems, but together through a holistic approach we create solutions.
United Way Partner Investments 2019-2021
American Indian Community Center
American Red Cross
The Arc of Spokane
Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County
Camp Fire Inland Northwest
Children's Home Society of Washington
Communities In Schools of Spokane County
Daybreak Youth Services
Frontier Behavioral Health
Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho
Gonzaga University Center for Community Engagement
Hillyard Youth Collaborative
INW Associated General Contractors
Joya Child & Family Development
Lutheran Community Services Northwest
Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center
Next Generation Zone
Odyssey Youth Movement
Refugee Connections Spokane
Salish School of Spokane
The Salvation Army
SNAP Financial Access
Spokane County Domestic Violence Court
Spokane Eastside Reunion Association
Spokane Immigrant Rights Coalition
Spokane Public Schools
Spokane Resource Center
Spokane Workforce Council
YMCA of the inland Northwest
Spokane County United Way’s partners are thoughtfully selected through a trusted application process that utilizes over 60 trained volunteers. For the funding cycle of 2019-2021 Spokane County United Way received over 80 applications for funding. With limited resources, the volunteers made very difficult funding decisions. One volunteer described their involvement as “a very eye-opening experience as to both the significant amount of need in this area and the many different yet connected resources available.”
Spokane County United Way’s work is supported by the generosity of foundations, companies, and more than 10,000 individual donors.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Corporation for National & Community Service
Emergency Food and Shelter Program
Empire Health Foundation
Providence Health Care Community Benefits
Rayce Rudeen Foundation
WA State Department of Commerce
Additional Community Collaborations
Bank On Spokane
Free Tax Preparation/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Planning & Evaluation Project
School Community Partnership Committee
Spokane CASH Coalition