Joel and Joy Moore have deep roots in Spokane. Joel’s grandfather August Paulsen was a Danish-American businessman who bought a stake in the Hercules mine in 1895. His resulting success led him to become one of Spokane’s leading philanthropists at the time. August is best known today for the Paulsen Building, which was erected in 1911 to become the tallest in Spokane at the time. The building has been home to Innovia for much of its existence.
Joel remembers meeting Joy at her father’s dental office where Joy worked as an assistant. The Moores raised three children in Spokane and now count eight young grandchildren. Their legacy continues today with their donor-advised endowed fund, which they established in 2012 to support important causes, such as Mid-City Concerns. “We wish we had started our fund years ago. If we had, over time, the managed fund would have offered greater giving,” Joy says. “We are so blessed; it is a privilege to be able to give back to the community. Today, in lieu of gift giving, we ask our family to donate to this fund.”