Build Nonprofit Capacity

Celebrating #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and orgnizations to encourge philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday takes place on November 27 and kicks off the season of giving. 

This year, we are celebrating #GivingTuesday along with two of our partners, Innovia Foundation and Spokane County United Way. Join us by giving back to a local cause that you are passionate about or helping to spread the word of work that organizations you love are doing for our communities in Eastern Washington.  

#GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

Potlatch Fund seeking candidates to fill 2 open board positions

Potlatch Fund is seeking two (2) new members to join its Board of Directors. 

Potlatch Fund is a Native-led organization that seeks to inspire and build upon the Native tradition of giving and to expand philanthropy within Tribal Nations and Native communities of the Northwest. The Fund operates in the four state regions of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. 

Specifically, they are recruiting for individuals who can offer knowledge and expertise in either one of these two areas: 

• Extensive knowledge of and current community connections within the philanthropic sector (including public, private, Tribal, and corporate). 

• Extensive knowledge of financial management and nonprofit accounting and a willingness to serve on our Finance Committee and potentially grow into serving as our Treasurer. 

If you are interested or know someone who fits this description, read the announcement here for more info on how to apply. 

Spokane Philanthropy Awards

Empire Health Foundation is proud to sponsor the Spokane Philanthropy Awards. Join us in celebrating the many acts of compassion occurring in our community by nominating a change maker or organization you think deserves recognition for their good work. 

Nominations are accepted for the following categories: 

  • Philanthropic Corporation of the Year (100+ employees)
  • Philanthropic Small Business of the Year (99 and under employees)
  • Philanthropic Organization of the Year (grant-making entities such as private foundations, organizations that raise private funds and grant those out, as well as organizations in service to the community)
  • Outstanding Philanthropist(s) (individual, couple or family)
  • Outstanding Young Philanthropist(s) (up to age 21)

To nominate outstanding feats of philanthropy, fill out the nomination form linked here.

2016 Responsive Grant Applications Currently Under Review

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for our 2016 Responsive Grant Cycle! Applications are currently under review, and applicants can expect a notification of our decisions on July 28th. This competitive grant cycle is designed to address one-time, emergent needs in our seven counties including the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Kalispel and Spokane Tribal Reservations. Any nonprofit serving our region can apply for up to $15,000.

 This year we received a total of 110 applications, requesting a total amount of $1.3 million. Since our first grant cycle in 2010, we have supported 240 different programs with a total funding amount of $2.75 million dollars. Curious about what those projects look like? Click here to see a list of our 2015 Responsive Grant Awardees and the projects they implemented.

Whitworth Newsletter Features Christina Kamkosi

The challenging aspect of this job is finding the right strategies to solve today’s toughest social problems with finite resources. At EHF, we are collaborating with different community partners to measurably and sustainably move the dial on health.

We at EHF are delighted to see our very own Christina Kamkosi featured in Whitworth University's "Mind & Heart" newsletter!  Take a look at her interview to learn a little bit more about Christina's perspective on servant leadership and on the role of relationships in working to improve the health of Eastern Washington.  

Christina is a Program Coordinator for the Responsive Grants and Capacity Building programs at EHF.  Originally from Malawi, Christina has been part of the Spokane community since 2010.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from African Bible College and an MBA in International Management from Whitworth University, and she was named one of the top 20 professionals under 40 in the Spokane region by Inland Business Catalyst Magazine in 2015.