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Sadir Khan Grotto establishes $1 million endowment at Innovia Foundation

Founded in 1936, the Sadir Kahn Grotto, the Spokane chapter of the national Grotto organization for Master Masons, has distributed thousands of dollars to benefit charities in the Inland Northwest. Their charitable giving over eight decades has made a difference for countless families and children with special needs, and local Grotto members are now taking …

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College Spark Foundation honors education advocate with fund for low-income families

When Christie Querna completed her work on the Spokane School Board and the College Spark Foundation Board, she did not retire her passion for education. During her tenure on the Innovia Foundation Board of Directors, Innovia Foundation began work on an initiative in Spokane Public Schools to improve graduation rates.  In 2014, when Christie completed …

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Couple establishes charitable remainder trust to leave an altruistic legacy

Pat and Carol West met in high school in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona in Tucson. Pat earned a degree in finance, and Carol worked at a newspaper to make ends meet. They settled in Spokane in 1965 to raise their three children, and both have supported the nonprofit sector in significant …

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“We are so blessed. It is a privilege to be able to give back to the community.”

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 …

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