Congratulations to Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award Nominees!

We would like to extend warm congratulations to the 2015 Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award nominees, who were recognized at Providence Sacred Heart at a ceremony on October 6.  The Award is presented each year to an "extraordinary person whose faith and good works inspire their colleagues, friends or families, and enrich the lives of others—especially the poor and vulnerable."  Take a look at the full list of nominees on Providence's website.

We would also like to extend a special congratulations and a huge thank you to current EHF board member Mary Selecky, to founding EHF board member Garman Lutz, and to Marilee Roloff, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Spokane, for their significant contributions to our work over the years.  We are proud to partner with such inspiring community leaders in our progress toward transforming Eastern Washington into the state's healthiest region!

Recognizing the 2015 Nominees for the Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award, October 6, 2015.

Recognizing the 2015 Nominees for the Sister Peter Claver Humanitarian Award, October 6, 2015.

Spokane Police Activities League featured at Spokane Parks Foundation Board Meeting

As many community members already know, we proudly announced the results of our 2015 Responsive Grants Cycle earlier this month.  One of our funded projects, the Spokane Police Activities League, which looks to engage potential at-risk youth with positive athletic, academic, and community service programs that will help secure their path toward a healthy, successful, and prosperous adulthood, was featured at a Spokane Parks Foundation Board Meeting on August 13.  Samuel Selinger, a member of both the EHF and Spokane Parks Foundation Boards, presented a brief overview of the project.  Take a look at the video below to learn more about this wonderful program!

In-Depth at Threads: Spokane


Below is an in-depth summary of the Threads Community Conversation held at the Philanthropy Center in June of 2015, courtesy of Independent Sector.  The summary is a great resource for anyone looking to learn a bit more about the changing nonprofit environment in Eastern Washington, and we encourage you to take a look at the PDF below.


Thanks again to Independent Sector for their partnership in bringing the event to Spokane!

2015 Responsive Grants Update

Empire Health Foundation’s Responsive Grant Program is designed to address one-time, emergent needs within its seven-county service area, which also includes the Colville, Kalispel, and Spokane Indian Reservations. After receiving 109 applications totaling $1.3 million in funding requests, EHF’s 2015 Responsive Grants Program supported 31 projects totaling $254,695.

Funded Projects Per County

The map below shows the number of funded projects per county, and the boxes highlight some examples of funded projects.

2015 Rural Aging Responsive Cycle

In addition to the 31 projects listed above, EHF provided an additional $160,000 in support of 17 projects in Adams, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, and Whitman Counties through its inaugural Rural Aging Responsive Grant Cycle.  These projects are designed to help older adults living outside of Spokane live full, meaningful lives with independence and dignity.

Download a PDF summary of projects funded through our 2015 Responsive Grant Cycles below, and visit our Seek Funding page for more information!


Journal of Business Highlights 2015 EHF Responsive Grant Award Recipients


EHF extends a big thanks to the Journal of Business for highlighting our 2015 Responsive Grants Program!  This year we received 109 applications for a total of $1.3 million in funding, and we were able to grant $255,000 to 31 projects throughout our seven counties.  Check out the Journal of Business' Morning Edition below for a snippet of funded projects, and stay tuned for a full report on our 2015 Responsive Grant Program!