Our Partners 2019-2021


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.

Financial Stability
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. 

Click here for Grantee Program Descriptions.

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

Community-Minded Enterprises

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

Second Harvest

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  

YWCA Spokane


Funding Process

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.”

Funding Resources

Spokane County United Way’s work is supported by the generosity of foundations, companies, and more than 10,000 individual donors. 

Grants Received

Avista Foundation
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
Excelerate Success
Free Tax Preparation/Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Planning & Evaluation Project
Priority Spokane
School Community Partnership Committee
Spokane CASH Coalition
Spokane Gives
Washington Nonprofits