Our Community Partners

The following nonprofit organizations, headquartered in the Puget Sound region, have received capacity building grants from the Cedarmere Foundation. We invite you to visit their websites to learn more about the important work they do, both here in our community and around the world.

Photographs above are courtesy of our community partners.

2022 Grant Recipients:

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Byrd Barr Place

Byrd Barr Place

WHO WE ARE: 

A historically Black organization, Byrd Barr Place was founded in 1964 by grassroots organizers set out to address poverty and racism in Seattle's Central District neighborhood. Started as the Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP), today we are Byrd Barr Place. Expanding on our organization’s legacy of social service and justice, we are committed to our founding purpose: helping people help themselves. We envision strong communities, where all people have the opportunity for health, well-being, and prosperity. We have an annual operating budget of $5.8 million with 21 full-time employees.  

https://byrdbarrplace.org/ 

WHAT WE DO: 

Our mission is to create an equitable future for all Washingtonians through innovative programs and advocacy that empower people to live healthy, prosperous lives. In Seattle, Byrd Barr Place provides essential services — food, shelter, warmth and financial tools — to help people build stability and self-sufficiency. The organization also advocates for equity statewide through groundbreaking research and mobilizing communities to dismantle poverty and racism.  

Our work includes: 

Essential Services: We provide food through our food bank, shelter, and warmth through energy and housing assistance, and financial tools — to help our community members build stability and self-sufficiency. 

Client Advocacy: We continue to inform policymakers on our clients’ needs. Recently, we lifted up clients’ voices in extending COVID-19 waivers and expanding Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) time-limit hardship criteria.  

Groundbreaking Research: In the past two years, we released two groundbreaking reports on the strengths, challenges, and opportunities facing Black Washingtonians. 

Community Development: To support a future in which Black people, other people of color, and people with low incomes can stay and thrive in the neighborhood, we have partnered with community organizations to combat gentrification and rapid displacement. The Liberty Bank Building at 24th and Union, which opened in 2019, is a powerful example of our collaborative work, involving Byrd Barr Place, Africatown, Black Community Impact Alliance, and Capitol Hill Housing, to spur community-led investment in the Central District. 
 

RECENT SUCCESS: 

Every year, we help more than 20,000 people meet their basic needs, creating pathways to stability and self-sufficiency. In 2020, we supported our community by: 

  • Fulfilling 65,000 visits to our food bank, providing high-quality meals to nourish people’s health.  
  • Keeping 8,400 households warm and the lights on through our energy assistance programs.  
  • Ensuring 350 Seattle families avoided eviction with our housing assistance program. 

As demand for services has more than doubled, we continue to rely on our community of supporters to power the work and mission of Byrd Barr Place. We’re also remodeling our historical firehouse home to make it more accessible, safe, and welcoming and to preserve a cultural home for the Black community.  

 

Community Credit Lab
Communities Rise
Front and Centered
JustLead Washington
Latino Community Fund
Na'ah Illahee Fund
OneAmerica
Rooted in Vibrant Communities
Seattle Arts & Culture for Anti-Racism (SACA)
Sound Child Care Solutions

2014 Grant Recipients:

Art with Heart
Cocoon House
College Access Now (CAN)
FEAT of WA
Mary’s Place
PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support)
Seattle Works
Washington Nonprofits (WN)
Wayfind

2013 Grant Recipients:

Cocoon House
Hamlin Robinson School
PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support)
Team Read
Wayfind

2012 Grant Recipients:

Boyer Children's Clinic
Hamlin Robinson School
Jubilee Women's Center
KCCADV (King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support)
Team Read
Wayfind

2011 Grant Recipients:

Boyer Children's Clinic
Children's Alliance
Family Law CASA
Hamlin Robinson School
Jubilee Women's Center
KCCADV (King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

2010 Grant Recipients:

Children's Alliance
Zeno
Family Law CASA
Jubilee Women's Center
KCCADV (King County Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
Passages Northwest
Powerful Schools
Seattle Milk Fund

2009 Grant Recipients:

Chaya
Children's Alliance
Zeno (formerly Explorations in Math)
Family Law CASA
HopeSparks
Passages Northwest
PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support)
Powerful Voices

2008 Grant Recipients:

Chaya
East African Community Services
PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support)
Powerful Voices
One By One
The Service Board
Seattle Milk Fund
Child and Family Guidance Center

2007 Grant Recipients:

Chaya
East African Community Services
One By One
PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support)
Powerful Voices
The Service Board