The Russell Family Foundation in Gig Harbor, Washington, has announced grants totaling $2.3 million to nonprofits serving the Pacific Northwest region.
With a focus on environmental education, Puget Sound restoration, and community empowerment, the grants will fund efforts to expand youth access to experiences in the outdoor environment, support local groups pursuing systemic change, and empower local communities through leadership development. The grants include $1.5 million to the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and $750,000 to the Puyallup Watershed Initiative, formerly a special program of the foundation, in support of the latter's Communities of Interest in six areas — active transportation, agriculture, environmental education, forests, just and healthy food systems, and stormwater.
Other grant recipients include the Environmental Science Center, which was awarded $50,000 in support of educational programming, hands-on training, and student internships; the Latino Community Fund, which will receive $30,000 to expand a project that trains youth leaders, strengthens their advocacy skills, and engages them in environmental issues and climate justice policies; and Degrees of Change, which was awarded $25,000 in support of its Act Six initiative, a full-tuition, full-need leadership award.
"These organizations are a part of the fabric of our community working to create a socially just and environmentally conscious world," said Russell Family Foundation CEO Richard Woo. "With efforts rooted in community, these locally based groups are able to generate positive impacts while advocating for solutions to the most pressing issues facing our communities across Puget Sound."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Russell Family Foundation website.