UPLIFTING THE COMMUNITY
In the Puget Sound area, many nonprofits are struggling to assist the unprecedented number of people in need of basic services. To address this, the Renton Community Foundation works hard to raise and distribute as much money as possible to areas of greatest need.
In 2016, the Foundation distributed more than $753,000 to benefit the homeless, provide for education, support the arts, and more. We conduct site visits for each organization we support to ensure donor funds are wisely spent, and we keep in touch with them as they move forward.
APPLYING FOR A GRANT
Currently, most of RCF’s grants come from donor-advised or agency-advised funds and do not employ a grant application process. The exception is the First Financial Northwest Foundation Fund, which holds an annual grant cycle beginning in July. If your organization resides in King, Snohomish or Pierce Counties, learn more about the grant program.
CIRCLE OF GIVING
Each year, the Foundation raises unrestricted money through the Circle of Giving program. In return for a gift of $1,000 or more, donors are invited to help decide how grants are distributed at a grant recommendation meeting in December. Since 1999, the Circle of Giving initiative has awarded more than $400,000 back to the community.
How are grant decisions made? There is no application process. Donors who attend the grant meeting recommend an organization with which they are familiar. Grants typically range between $500 and $4,000, and are most often used to supplement operational costs. Circle of Giving grants are awarded at our annual CELEBRATE! The Love of Community event held in January or February.
THE NEXT CURVE
The Next Curve is a group of up and coming professionals who have joined together in a membership group to help the community (See Community section). Each year, they parcel out money they have raised to make small but mighty grants to local nonprofits. Again, there is no application process, but rather a donor advised process.