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Difference Makers: Ryan Oelrich aims to help Spokane’s youth through fun, games and data

The executive director of Priority Spokane can point to charts and graphs showing the effect community health workers have had on reducing homelessness among local youth. But there’s also a …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 23, 2019

Christmas Bureau organizers already planning for next year; donations still needed

The Christmas Bureau is closed, with toys and books successfully given out to thousands of children who will wake up Christmas morning with a present. There’s still money to raise …

Local performers provide live music for the Christmas Bureau

A gift of live music is one of the perks the Christmas Bureau provides to recipients who come to get a food vouchers, toys and books for their children. A …

Christmas Bureau bustles on its first day

The toy room was busy and lines were long Wednesday as people ventured out on snowy roads for the first day of the Christmas Bureau at the Spokane County Fair …

Volunteers unload teddy bears, prepare to open Christmas Bureau doors

Last minute preparations were underway Tuesday at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center as volunteers prepared to open the doors of the Christmas Bureau to recipients Wednesday morning.

Local businesses keep the Christmas Bureau humming

Volunteers need to be fed, toys need to be bagged and musicians need a place to play to bring the Christmas Bureau to life every year. The bureau will open …

Spokane Salvation Army seeks help amid concerns red kettle fundraising will fall $84,000 short of goal

With fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as less cash in the pockets of shoppers, the Spokane Salvation Army is projecting a shortfall in collections at its …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 8, 2019

Tattoos for a cause in CdA: ‘We try to do a few things each year to contribute to the health and welfare of our community’

On Thursday and Friday, Electric Age Tattoo in downtown Coeur d’Alene awarded its customers free tattoos from predrawn flash sheets in exchange for donations to Children’s Village, a North Idaho …

Season of giving: Cannabis companies face challenges when donating

While non-profit organizations often depend on local support, many aren’t willing or able to accept donations from the legal cannabis industry.

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

Inspired by son, mother and daughter make volunteering at Christmas Bureau an annual tradition

Colleen Connors and her daughter, Sophie Owens, are two of the dedicated volunteers who keep the Christmas Bureau running smoothly every year as toys and books are given to children …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

‘It takes an entire community’: Volunteers drive turkey-donating event in 20th year

It took more than 1,600 volunteers to put together and distribute 11,000 Thanksgiving meals for Tom’s Turkey Drive over the last several days. For many families, that meant they didn’t …

BBB Tip of the Week: Suggestions for giving wisely

Your Better Business Bureau offers the tips to keep in mind as you donate this holiday season.

Women of the Year: Full-time volunteer Paula Bulkley works at both North Pole, Shriner’s Hospital

For the past two decades, Paula Bulkley has been racking up hundreds of hours of volunteer service at Shriner’s Hospital on the South Hill. The only thing that cuts into …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

Genesis Prep Academy student challenges all comers to one-on-one, with shoes for kids at stake

Jake Peterson said ideas started going through his head for how he could help kids in need of shoes two weeks. He started a Facebook page for donations about a …

Charitable giving by individual Americans drops in 2018

Charitable giving by individual Americans in 2018 suffered its biggest drop since the Great Recession of 2008-09, in part because of Republican-backed changes in tax policy, according to the latest …

Julie Farley brings beauty to those who need a confidence boost

As a former model and long-time owner of downtown Spokane’s The Makeup Studio, Julie Farley knows a thing or two about putting your best face forward. But it’s not just …

Difference Makers: Mead High School’s Sydney Lyman urges peers to serve their community

Dana Rowan wasn’t sure about sophomore Sydney Lyman’s pitch a few years ago to create a community service club at Mead High School. Then the teenager sent her a fully …

Trump Foundation reaches deal to dissolve amid lawsuit

President Donald Trump’s charitable foundation reached a deal Tuesday to dissolve while Trump fights allegations he misused assets for business and political purposes.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018

Christmas tree display benefiting Spokane Symphony contains memorial for late auto dealer, philanthropist

The family of Marlene Kay “Marti” Hollenback, who died suddenly last spring, have developed a Christmas package full of the late philanthropist and community volunteer’s favorite things. The tree, sponsored …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018

Salvation Army finds solid gold coin in Christmas collection kettle in Spokane

The coin was discovered Thursday morning, wrapped in a $100 bill, according to the news release. It was also accompanied by an anonymous letter.

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018

Giving Tuesday: Spokane nonprofits look online for donors after post-Thanksgiving consumer holidays

Now in its seventh year, Giving Tuesday is a national response to the post-Thanksgiving commercial spending holidays that urges donors to consider charitable gifts. This year, several Spokane nonprofits will …

‘Mrs. Santa’ and her ‘elves’ prepare for another season of giving at the Spokane Guild School on Black Friday

Marilyn Henderson, the retired program coordinator at the school for children with developmental disabilities, is prepping for yet another season of giving away toys to families. Henderson, who signs letters …

UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 18, 2018

Many local organizations offering free Thanksgiving meals next week

Many Spokane organizations will be providing Thanksgiving meals over the holiday.

UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018

Washington joins national crackdown on veteran scams

Washington sues two charities in national crackdown on groups that falsely claim to help veterans.

BBB Tip of the Week: Beware of fake fun runs this summer

Better Business Bureau receives reports and complaints from around the country about a variety of fun runs that get canceled at short notice, often with no refunds. We also receive …

UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018

Focus on the Family president visits Coeur d’Alene ahead of pro-adoption event

Jim Daly, president of the conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family, visited Coeur d’Alene on Thursday to promote the organization’s Wait No More adoption conference to be held in …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017

Charity donations likely to drop next year due to tax law

In this season of giving, charity seems to be getting an extra jolt because next year the popular tax deduction for donations will lose a lot of its punch.

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 24, 2017

Athletes heeded call for help when disasters struck in 2017

J.J. Watt had a modest goal when he launched a fundraiser to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017

Facebook pledges $50M a year to match relief donations

Facebook is pledging $50 million a year to match disaster-relief donations, part of a bevy of tools and efforts around charitable causes the social media giant announced Wednesday.

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017

Late 2016 Christmas Bureau donations give boost to 2017 effort

Collecting donations for the Christmas Bureau, a community effort devoted to providing food and toys to families for Christmas, largely takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.