Inspiring Partners

Our co-founder, Jane Russell, often said that our foundation’s role was to be a “first resort.” She meant that in addition to financial support, we should also provide information and ideas that our partners and grantees find helpful and inspiring. 

Our resources page exists in that spirit. Here you'll find information that may be helpful, and if you have information that you find helpful or would like us to share, please send it to:



Foundations and others join to divest of coal and carbon.

Future of Fish

A bold effort to rethink how we tackle the world's problem of vanishing fish.

A River For All

A wonderful example of a well-run community engagement initiative. 

Puyallup Watershed Initiative

One watershed, nine collaboratives, 10 years & 100+ organizations from Mt. Rainier to Commencement Bay.

Equity & Inclusion

Green 2.0

A great effort helping accelerate diversity in the mainstream environmental movement.

Philanthropy Resources

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

A key partner of ours and a great community foundation tackling real problems in our region. 

The Center for Effective Philanthropy

A great resource for grantmakers who wish to better understand and improve their performance.

Philanthropy Northwest

A key partner of ours that promotes effective, collaborative philanthropy. 

The Giving Practice

The consulting arm of Philanthropy Northwest that helps grantmakers, and others, navigate the changing landscape of giving. 

Big Ideas

Dan Pallotta's TED Talk

Dan helps us rethink the traditional charity mindset.

Hewlett addresses the issue of nonprofit overhead. 

Investing & Economics

Ecotrust Forest Management

One of our investees, a for-profit organization helping solve the climate crisis with real, on-the-ground action. 

Economics for Equity & Environment (E3 Network)

Need an economist at the intersection of people, profit and planet? E3 can help.

Inspiring Media

Stanford Social Innovation Review

The main page of the inspiring Collective Impact effort promoted by Stanford, and many others. 

Dot Earth (The New York Times)

Perhaps the world's best blog on the complex intersection of people, profit, and planet. 


A true beacon in the smog.

Crowdsourcing & Fundraising


A fantastic way to organize movements and raise funds. As Crowdrise says: No one will like you if you don't give back.