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.

2023 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 promote civil rights 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. 

Our name honors Roberta Byrd Barr, a powerful civil rights leader, educator, and journalist, who helped forge the path to self-determination for Black people and others who have been systematically marginalized. Roberta embodied the values that are the foundation of Byrd Barr Place: truth, community, equity, excellence, and resiliency. We are humbled by her legacy and honored to carry forward her name.

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 Market; shelter, warmth and water through our rental, energy and water assistance programs; and financial tools through workshops and coaching.

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

Groundbreaking Research: To spur dialogue and change, we produce reports on the strengths, challenges, and opportunities facing Black Washingtonians, including:

Community Development: We also partner 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 2021, we supported our community by: 

  • Serving 4,700 households through our Market, providing high-quality meals that nourish people’s health.  
  • Keeping 6,650 households warm and the lights on through our energy assistance programs.  
  • Ensuring 1,065 Seattle families avoided eviction with our rental assistance program. 
  • Helping 530 households pay their utilities for running water and wastewater services.
  • Connecting 800 people to other essential services through our community connector program.
  • Empowering 875 individuals through out personal finance workshops, helping them build budgeting and saving skills.

As demand for services grows, we continue to rely on our community of supporters to power the work and mission of Byrd Barr Place.

 

Community Credit Lab
Front and Centered
Seattle Arts & Culture for Anti-Racism (SACA)
Sound Child Care Solutions
Communities Rise
Rooted in Vibrant Communities

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