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Favored Few Support Crew Fund

The Favored Few Support Crew group, consisting of Honorary Commanders and civic leaders, seeks to strengthen the overall quality of life of military personnel and families at Fairchild Air Force Base. Funds raised will be used to provide grants for large and small projects and initiatives that provide mental health, wellness and/or quality of life support for military personnel and their families stationed at Fairchild.

King Cole Commemoration Project

As the 50th Anniversary of Expo ’74 approaches, Friends of Riverfront Park has established the King Cole Commemoration Project Fund at Innovia Foundation to celebrate Cole and other key stakeholders who made the Expo and Riverfront Park a reality.

“When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.”—Brené Brown

The Healing Power of Stories: StoryCorps Stories not only reflect who we are as individuals and communities, they shape us as well. They help us understand ourselves, cultivate meaning in our lives, and bind us together by promoting greater understanding and revealing all the similarities we share. Recognizing the power and potential in stories, Innovia …

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Sparking Kids’ Creativity

During a summer when the pandemic significantly reduced vitally needed enrichment activities for children, a $1,000 grant from Innovia enabled the Blue Mountain Artisan Guild (BMAG) to offer a curbside pick-up art program for youth who live in the rural wheat farming communities of southeastern Washington. The program provided children ages 2 to 17 with …

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Art scholarship developed with hopes of inspiring the next generation of artists

If you are familiar with Spokane, you have probably seen the art of Harold Balazs. Balazs was responsible for many pieces of art throughout the community, including the “Lantern” sculpture outside the INB Performing Arts Center. He passed away in January of 2018, but his legacy endures through his art and through the many lives …

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Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation partners with Innovia Foundation

Located in the heart of downtown, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library opened in September 2007. It rapidly became a gathering place for the community. With spaces for quiet reading and group meetings, the library offers free computer access, author presentations and a diversity of programs to inform and entertain. The library foundation board of directors …

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Touchet Valley Arts Council facilitates theatre program for children

Columbia County schools have significantly cut back arts courses in recent years, but based on the outstanding attendance at the Touchet Valley Arts Council’s events, it is clear that the arts are still important to the community. A grant from the Columbia County Children’s Fund at Innovia Foundation helped fund the Council’s 2017 Children’s Summer …

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Terrain vitalizes Spokane’s creative economy

In 2008, the founders of Spokane nonprofit Terrain noticed a saddening trend: young, talented artists fleeing Spokane for cities that seemingly offered more vibrant creative communities and greater chances for success. Spokane provided little interchange between emerging artists and industry veterans. Terrain is a response to that artistic stagnation. The organization began in 2008 as …

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Chief Joseph Foundation helps Nez Perce youth grow and connect to their heritage

On the Nez Perce Reservation and in surrounding areas, young people often lack a safe, drug-free place to spend time during after-school hours. Many also lack mentorship from elder community members, creating a disconnect between newer generations and their heritage. The Chief Joseph Foundation (CJF)’s Mounted Scholars Program gives Nez Perce youth a positive after-school …

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Sandpoint conservatory offers after-school music programs to students

The Music Conservatory of Sandpoint understands how significant music is to community and youth development. “Being successful in learning music can provide a foundation for success in a student’s other endeavors, both personal and academic,” said Karin Wedemeyer, executive director of the conservatory. A $13,500 Equinox Foundation grant from Innovia Foundation aided the conservatory in …

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