The Foundation makes grants that maximize positive impact for Northwest communities. To do this, we use a range of strategies to invite proposals for funding, including letters of inquiry and requests for proposals. Because our funding decisions are shaped by the process, we do not accept unsolicited proposals. Additionally, we cannot make grants to individuals. If, after reviewing our program areas and baseline requirements, you believe your organization and project is aligned with our giving you may complete and submit this Contact Form. Note, the contact form is an opportunity to introduce your organization to the Foundation and is not considered a proposal or letter of inquiry.
All organizations receiving funding from the Foundation must meet the following baseline requirements:
- Serve populations of the Pacific Northwest states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington.
- Have current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), be a government entity, or be an IRS-recognized tribe. It may not be a private foundation as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Organizations must not have any delinquent final reports for previous grants from the Foundation.
- Organizations may not have concurrent grants with the Foundation.
In addition, the Foundation does not provide funding for the following:
- General operating support for ongoing activities
- Loans or debt retirement
- Annual appeals, federated campaigns, general fund drives, special events, or sponsorships
- Projects of organizations whose policies or practices discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation
- Sectarian or religious organizations whose principal activity is for the benefit of their own members or adherents
- Indirect costs