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Lincoln County Economic Development Council: Buoying Small Businesses During the Pandemic

Early on during the pandemic, the Lincoln County Economic Development Council noticed a gap in many small business grant programs under Washington’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. Businesses that had been in operation for less than 12 months were ineligible to apply for many of the federal and statewide small business grant opportunities. Innovia moved …

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Professional Advisor Spotlight: Diane J. Kiepe, Douglas Eden

Diane J. Kiepe, Principal Douglas Eden For Diane Kiepe, generosity has always been a deep commitment.  Raised in a working class family as the daughter of a career naval officer, Diane witnessed firsthand her families’ commitment to generosity.  “Sharing was always an expectation—a joyful expectation- not something we did begrudgingly.” Diane has lived out that …

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Coalition develops fund to address domestic violence rates in Spokane County

Spokane County has the highest rates of domestic violence in the state of Washington. The Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition has fought this phenomenon since the early 1990s, partnering with community agencies and thoughtful citizens from a variety of sectors. The coalition strives to educate the public and catalyze a communal effort against domestic violence, …

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Family of active volunteer institutes fund to continue familial investment in Pullman community

Margery Muir had an immense impact on Pullman, where she lived for most of her life. While raising a family of her own with her husband Earl, she also dedicated her time to other children and families in the area. Between substitute school teaching, serving as Guardian Ad Litem for the juvenile court, and volunteering …

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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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Helping Spokane one smile at a time: Local dental society establishes scholarship in honor of beloved oral surgeon

Mark and Diane Paxton met in dental school at the University of Washington and married in 1980. Their lives quickly filled with adventure, as they had two children and joined the Air Force together. They eventually relocated to Spokane, and Mark began to impact the community with his compassion and his skill for oral surgery, …

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Washington Trust Bank Endowment Fund provides $200,000 to Ronald McDonald House

Innovia Foundation announced a $200,000 donor-advised grant from the Washington Trust Bank Endowment to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest (RMHC). Historically, this is one of Innovia’s largest donor-advised grants. This grant will support the new $14.5 million Ronald McDonald House presently under construction, expected to be finished in January 2020. It …

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Supporting literacy, public education and the future of news in the Inland Northwest

Supporting literacy, public education and the future of news in the Inland Northwest Established in March 2018 by the generosity of an anonymous donor, the new Community Journalism and Civic Engagement Fund will support literacy, journalistic integrity, and community discussion and dialogue through several different avenues. Innovia Foundation has partnered with The Spokesman-Review on this …

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