“What is the greatest impact we can have as a family?”
Both young and old, descendants of the Power family regularly gather to answer that question together.
Relatives of Stanley Power, founder of the Spokane-based thermal management company, Hotstart Inc., established the Power Family Fund at Innovia in 2014 to give back to the community that helped the business flourish. For a family with generosity in their genes, the fund was a natural next step in carrying on what their grandfather had started.
In 1942, Hotstart was born out of the need for heating on school buses during Spokane’s bitter winters. As the business expanded to supply engine heating products across the globe, the family owners sought every opportunity to serve their community through gifts to the greater Spokane community.
With a philanthropic legacy spanning five generations, giving comes naturally, even for the family’s youngest members.
In recent years, grants awarded from the Power Family Fund have been focused on supporting the most vulnerable members of our community. Local nonprofits benefiting from this generosity include Vanessa Behan, Cancer Care Northwest Foundation and Second Harvest. The family is especially passionate in their support of the U-District Physical Therapy Foundation, a nonprofit that fills gaps in physical education programs at local schools, offers camps that teach children about exercise and overall health and runs a long-standing, impactful mentorship program.
“It has been an honor to watch the fund grow and see organizations that we’ve donated to thrive,” said Joel. “Philanthropy really gives us a way to give back into the community where we and our employees live and serve.”