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UPDATED: Fri., March 13, 2020

Shawn Vestal: Despite warnings, Innovia leaders funneled checks to group that sees U.S. as a ‘white nation for white people’

The Innovia Foundation made an atrocious decision, one that flies in the face of its stated values of “diversity, equity and inclusion.” The donations to a white nationalist group on …


Anonymous donation helps eliminate lunch debt in Medical Lake School District

A donation of $6,500 made last month, in addition to other gifts from community members, has erased lunch debt accumulated by students in the small school district west of Spokane.


Donors push Christmas Bureau over fundraising goal for 15th year in a row

The greater Spokane area has come through in spectacular fashion again, pushing the Christmas Bureau over it’s fund raising goal for the 15th year in a row.


Locally grounded: Coffee roasters are giving back, investing in their community

Spokane native Bobby Enslow started Indaba Coffee in 2009 with the aim of making a difference in the city’s toughest neighborhoods. “I get pumped at seeing neighborhoods restored,” Enslow said.


Grateful recipients shop as Christmas Bureau prepares to close today

Today is the last day for recipients to visit the Christmas Bureau and receive a food voucher for their family and a toy and a book for each child. The …


‘It actually means a lot’: Christmas Bureau donations are helping families in time of need

Christmas is exactly one week away and families continue to arrive at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center where teams of volunteers distribute toys, books and food vouchers all …


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.


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Longtime Christmas Bureau volunteer is back after cancer treatment

Volunteer Ron Waybright has spent part of December the past 12 years handing out toys and books to children as part of the Christmas Bureau, which is a collaboration among …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Christmas Bureau seeks woodworkers to make traditional trucks

The Christmas Bureau needs a little last-minute help from local residents with woodworking skills who are willing and able to make a few simple wooden trucks in the next week.


Volunteers unpack, assemble Christmas Bureau toys

Volunters showed up to the Ag Building at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center Wednesday to sort pallets full of toys in anticipation of the first day of the …


David Von Drehle: Don’t idolize wealth, but don’t demonize it either

H&R Bock co-founder Henry Bloch – who died on Tuesday at age 96 – was an example of the sort of success story Americans have traditionally admired. Our culture extols …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019

Spokane launches annual philanthropy month

The mayor of Spokane launched the city’s sixth annual Spokane Gives month by asking community members to donate their time and give back to their neighborhoods.


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 …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018

Bezos’ preschools come as rich get richer, more generous

From Jeff Bezos’ free preschools to Andrew Carnegie’s public libraries, education stands out as a favorite cause among America’s wealthiest people.


Deer Park rancher Beryl Baker leaves behind philanthropic, land legacy

A $1 million fund established in the names of his two sons whose lives were cut short in the 1980s isn’t the only gift Beryl Baker left behind. His sprawling …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018

Silver Valley woman’s shrewd investing amassed $12M to benefit North Idaho communities

Through 40 years of shrewd investing, Margaret F. Galbraith turned a modest inheritance into a fortune valued in the millions. The Silver Valley native died in 2005, leaving a $12 …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018

Bezos pledges $2 billion to help homeless families and launch a network of preschools

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, on Thursday announced he was starting up philanthropic organizations focused on providing help to homeless families and preschools for low-income communities, a later start …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018

Bill Gates directs U.S. education funding to local schools

Marking another phase in his education agenda, Bill Gates is now taking a more targeted approach to help struggling U.S. schools.


With $70 million in giving, the Inland Northwest Community Foundation changing name to ‘Innovia’

The Inland Northwest Community Foundation has a new name: Innovia. The rebranding is part of an effort to better tell the story of the foundation, which has given away $70 …


Schweitzers to donate $500,000 to college scholarship program

Ed and Beatriz Schweitzer will give $500,000 to boost college scholarships for aspiring students from poor families, foster homes, and those who would be first-generation college students.


Providence Health Care Foundation announces record funds distribution

Providence Health Care Foundation distributed a record $10.1 million last year to finance projects at its six hospitals in Spokane and Stevens counties.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018

Far away from Hollywood, children benefit from Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association traditionally shares profits from the Golden Globes’ international broadcast with arts-oriented nonprofits, so stars aren’t the only ones excited for Sunday’s show.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018

‘I’m driven to make the world a better place’: Antony Chiang, president of Empire Health Foundation, uses bold thinking to drive social change

Under Antony Chiang’s leadership, Empire Health Foundation has developed a reputation for big-picture thinking. The foundation is tackling issues such as childhood obesity and access to health care.


Barbara Sinatra, Frank’s 4th wife and philanthropist, dies

Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a prominent children’s advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of dollars to help abused children, died Tuesday at 90.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017

Billionaire philanthropist David Rockefeller dies at age 101

David Rockefeller was the last of his generation in a famous American family that taught its children that wealth brings great responsibility. Even as children, he and his siblings had …


Paul Allen gives $40 million to University of Washington computer science program

Seattle billionaire Paul Allen announced he is donating $40 million to the University of Washington’s computer-science efforts, and Microsoft kicked in another $10 million in Allen’s honor, giving the new …


Bright like a diamond: Harvard honors Rihanna’s philanthropy

Harvard University thinks Rihanna shines bright like a diamond when it comes to philanthropy.


Warren Buffett delivers annual gifts worth $2.86B to five charities

Investor Warren Buffett has delivered his annual donation of Berkshire Hathaway stock to five charities as part of his plan to gradually give away his fortune.