In May 2019 Foundation board and staff members convened in Seattle for the annual learning retreat. They spent their time focused on this guiding question: How is self-determination expressed in the culturally grounded work of our grantees in Native communities, communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, and people in rural areas near Seattle? Chief Seattle Club’s executive director Colleen Echohawk answered this question on camera for us, and we captured highlights in the video.
A three-year grant from our Enterprise Development portfolio helps Chief Seattle Club support homeless American Indians and Alaska Natives by providing health care, mental health treatment, and legal aid. As Colleen describes in the video, Chief Seattle Club is a Native-led organization helping Native people achieve stability and self-determined progress in the community.
This video is the fourth in a series of five short learning videos featuring some of our Seattle-area grantee partners. The first three center on Ventures, Social Justice Fund Northwest, and Byrd Barr Place; the final installment will look at Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network.
HOW GRANTEES RESPOND TO CULTURE AND COMMUNITY
Learning Video Series: Insights and Innovations from Five Seattle Grantees
We filmed short, impromptu grantee interviews during our annual learning retreat in Seattle in May 2019. From now until the end of the year, we’ll go live, one by one, with new videos you can watch from these grantees:
VENTURES | Empowers entrepreneurship and small-business ownership among communities with few resources but unlimited potential.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FUND NORTHWEST | Works toward long-term social change by funding grassroots community organizing throughout the Northwest.
BYRD BARR PLACE | Partners with organizations and individuals to provide basic human services and build advocacy about the effects of racism on people’s lives and the need for opportunities to build a good life.
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CHIEF SEATTLE CLUB | Provides food, housing assistance, and other services to create a safe and sacred place to rest, revive, and nurture the spirit of urban Native peoples in need.
WASHINGTON IMMIGRANT SOLIDARITY NETWORK | Builds immigrant and refugee power via organizing, education, and advocacy throughout Washington State.