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Approach

We support organizations that work to reimagine and restructure unjust systems so communities can thrive on their own terms.

Leaders of Courage, Wisdom, and Vision

We support organizations that lead with courage, wisdom, and vision. They are advancing long-overdue change in deep connection with the land they inhabit and communities they serve—Native Americans, communities of color, immigrants, refugees, and people in rural areas.

These organizations are on a journey of building social, racial, and economic justice—helping communities thrive on their own terms. They partner with communities to advance prosperity, however their communities define it.

Woman at an IRCO meeting in Portland, Oregon

Longstanding disparities in our region of eight states and 76 Native nations continue to grow—with more hardworking families experiencing poverty, while the powerful and privileged amass unprecedented wealth. They are excluded by systems designed to deny them access to resources, power over decisions that shape their futures, and respect for their cultures and ways of life.

Our grantee partners work with their communities to reimagine and restructure unjust systems—to serve, support, and heal people and communities. Their work advances self-determination by building the power of people and communities to liberate themselves from policies, practices, and beliefs designed to disadvantage them.

Our partners have been doing this work for decades. We trust them to lead the way. We learn from them and share learning with fellow funders and others who can support their journeys. We connect them to resources, information, and other leaders.

Mission Investing

We also support our funding framework with investments from our endowment.

In 2004, we began using assets from our endowment to make investments that address persistent gaps in capital to seed and grow businesses in our region. Mission investing offers economic and social returns and advances funding strategy to promote good jobs and financial capability. We have committed roughly 10 percent of our assets to mission investments.

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Outcomes:

Achieved by Learning from and with Grantees

Our approach enhances grantees’ ability to carry out their missions and create lasting change for individuals, families, and communities:
Changes in Communities

We aim to help our grantees build stronger local economies anchored in the culture of the community and able to help people who have traditionally faced barriers to prosperity.

Changes in State, Local, and Tribal Governments

We support organizations working with decision makers to create more equitable systems, shrink opportunity gaps, and create more opportunities for underserved communities.

Changes in Individuals

We lift up the work of organizations committed to helping people attain knowledge and skills, increase their personal income, and build their assets in order to break out of the cycle of poverty and hopelessness and build a secure future for themselves, their families, and their communities.