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Empowering Refugee Women in Spokane: Faith Hayflich launches the Spokane Community Refugee Fund.

Empowering Refugee Women in Spokane: Faith Hayflich launches the Spokane Community Refugee Fund

Imagine having left your country, fleeing from war, violence or other unimaginable difficulties, and finding yourself in a strange country with an unfamiliar language and no connections in your new community. “Just imagine,” Faith Hayflich invites us. “What would it be like if some disaster comes into your life, and you have nobody to turn to?”  Growing up in the small town of Huntington, West Virginia, Faith Hayflich moved to Spokane in 2000 to escape the bustling environment of Silicon Valley where she taught ESL …

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The Wolff Family.

The Wolff Family

Family History  A close-knit family known for their success in the real estate business, the Wolff family’s legacy of philanthropy in the Inland Northwest stretches back to the early 1900s. Proud to call Spokane home, Alvin J. Wolff, Sr. was a self-motivated visionary who knew what he wanted out of life. He attended West Valley …

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Innovia Foundation Invites Our Community to Support $5 Million in Community Grant Requests

Through the generosity of our donors, we host a competitive annual Community Grants Program to benefit organizations with program focuses on health and wellbeing, education and youth development, economic opportunity, quality of life and arts and culture. This year, Innovia Foundation received $5 million in grant requests from nonprofit organizations across our region. Determined in partnership with local volunteers from throughout the our service area, the Foundation has $1 million to award this spring.

An image of a refugee chef working in the kitchen of Feast World Kitchen.

Feast World Kitchen ensures every refugee in the Spokane community has the opportunity to thrive

With a vision of ensuring every refugee in the Spokane community experiences welcome and inclusion, Feast World Kitchen supports local refugee chefs to cultivate the cooking and entrepreneurial skills they need to create long-term financial independence. Seeking to deconstruct barriers of fear, racism, and suspicion that refugees often meet upon entering a new community, Feast World’s mission centralizes on the universal language of food to …

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An image of Willard and patrician Hennings standing in their front yard, smiling contentedly.

Willard & Patricia Hennings

Lifelong Ritzville farmers Willard and Patricia Hennings understood the power of generosity. Already the founders of funds supporting the beautification of Ritzville and the advancement of graduate medical education in rural neighborhoods, the couple established a scholarship fund in memory of their late daughter for the benefit of Adams County students. The Hennings had a vision for providing the next …

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UCAN Supports Children and Adults with special needs

The people in Bonner and Boundary Counties are working to ensure every person has the opportunity to thrive, particularly in the special needs community. In Sandpoint, Idaho, the nonprofit UCAN empowers children and adults with special needs to discover their strength through fitness opportunities. Inspired by this mission, Innovia Foundation’s longtime philanthropic partner, Equinox Foundation, …

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Celebration of Community Foundation Week

Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former President George H.W. Bush, recognizes the important work of community foundations like Innovia Foundation throughout America and their collaborative and innovative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Community Foundation Week is November 12 –18, 2021.  Community foundations are grantmaking public charities dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined …

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