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.

2019 Grant Recipients:

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Communities Rise

Communities Rise

WHO WE ARE:

The Nonprofit Assistance Center and Wayfind merged in May of 2019 under the name Communities Rise.  We currently have eleven people on staff. Our annual operating budget for 2020 is approximately $1.5 million. You can learn more about us at our website:  https://communities-rise.org.

WHAT WE DO:

Communities Rise works with organizations and microenterprises in communities impacted by systemic oppression to increase their capacity and build power. We recognize the strength and resilience in our communities and offer support through peer learning, coaching, and legal services and trainings. We also work with community leaders in the broader nonprofit, public, and philanthropic sectors to create a more equitable system.

Our mission is to foster movements to build power in communities impacted by systemic oppression to create an equitable system through cross-sector collaboration, capacity building and legal services for community organizations and microenterprises.

We foster movements to build power in communities impacted by systemic oppression by doing the following:

  1. We strengthen community organizations so they can pursue their missions and movements to build power in their communities.  Everything we offer builds upon skills that exist in the people who make up the organization. We do this through the following programs:
    1. Through our nonprofit cohort program, we help community leaders meet urgent organizational needs, provide them with tools and trainings that build skills and support their organization’s long-term health, and create a space and network to engage in ongoing peer learning and growth.
    2. We provide fundraising and grant writing services through one-on-one consultations with professionals at our fundraising and grant writing clinics.
    3. We provide free legal services to nonprofits and microenterprises on their business legal needs through our legal services program.
  1. We work to bring more equity to the nonprofit sector by advocating for more funding and resources to support community and grassroots organizations that have been historically excluded. In addition, we engage in cross-sector relationship building, facilitating conversations between community organizations and funders.
  2. We are also looking at trends and gaps in the sector and working with community to develop resources to fill those gaps.

RECENT SUCCESS:

Merging the Nonprofit Assistance Center and Wayfind is a huge success for us and the communities we work with.  We believe the merger and creation of Communities Rise enables us to provide holistic capacity building services and strengthens our equity work in the sector.   Our hope is that the merger will result in authentic community collaborations, greater resources for communities impacted by systemic oppression and greater equity in the nonprofit and microenterprise sectors.

Delridge Neighborhood Development Association
Eastside Legal Assistance Program
Families of Color Seattle
Green Plate Special
Kandelia
Rainier Valley Corps
Ventures
West Seattle Food Bank

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