As a donor-supported community foundation and a catalyst for change, Pride Foundation supports transformative philanthropy, programs, and individuals in the Northwest that help people find joy and strength in who they are and where they are—in urban, rural, and remote communities.

Our Regional Development Organizer travels primarily throughout Eastern & Central Washington, encompassing the part of the state east of the Cascade mountain range.

Contact Tylene to learn more about Pride Foundation’s work in Eastern & Central Washington and to find out how you can get involved. Be sure to sign up for Pride Foundation’s monthly eNewsletter to learn more about our supporters, grantees, and scholars. You can also read all of our Washington stories online. Organizations in King County should contact Gunner Scott.

Local Leadership: Leading Equality

Local leadership makes Pride Foundation’s work meaningful and relevant as local Washington volunteers help award our grants and scholarships in Washington. The Leadership Action Team is one group of volunteers that provides guidance and advice to staff. Members of the 2017 Leadership Action Team are:

Eastern Washington

  • Ronni Batchelor, Tri Cities, Community volunteer and bridge builder with a passion for transgender rights, youth leadership, accessing mental and medical health resources.
  • Jason Kildall, Yakima, Executive Director, The Seasons Performance Hall
  • Rose Wardian, Spokane Community Volunteer

Western Washington

Are you interested in getting involved in Western Washington? Sign up to volunteer as a scholarship application reviewer or a community grants application reviewer.

Southwest Washington

  • Jane Arends, Community Volunteer
  • Colleen Dixon, Stonewall Youth
  • Spring Dowse, Triple Point Youth
  • Angie Hambrick, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Marcie Mathis, Community Volunteer
  • Alejandra Silva Hernandez, Scholar, University of Washington
  • Jennifer Smith, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Justin Taylor, MPowerment Olympia, Pierce County AIDS Foundation

2016 Central and Eastern Washington Grant Recipients

  • Blue Mountain Heart to Heart, Walla Walla, Funding for HIV and STI prevention programs that will reach more than 2,500 people a year and testing more than 200 individuals from Walla Walla to the Tri-Cities, to Pendleton, OR, and to Dayton
  • Community Pride of Walla Walla, Funding will support VUE, Visible, United and Engaged programming, outreach materials, and curriculum development to increase LGBTQI visibility and support throughout the community.
  • Greater Spokane Progress, Funding will assist GSP as it implements its organizing plans, creates leadership that promotes civic engagement, and provides opportunities to collaborate throughout the greater Spokane area.
  • JM Perry Institute of Trades Industries and Agriculture, Yakima, Funding will support the development of three items: a diversity panel, a resource card, and training for the Title IX investigators to support the well-being of LGBTQ students who will soon be pursuing careers in a world where industry and technology are rapidly evolving.
  • Odyssey Youth Center, Spokane, Funding will be used to support the Health and Wellness programs, which include a youth drop-in center, case management program, and support groups.
  • Peace and Justice League of Spokane, Funding will go to support YALP, Young Activist Leaders Program, including staff time, materials, and outreach.
  • PFLAG Benton Franklin, Richland, Funding will be used for a new support program for LGBTQ youth, including a once a month drop in space that will provide social support, education, and skill building.
  • Spokane Aids Network, Funding will be used for the delivery of these services to over 12 rural counties in Eastern Washington with specific focus on LGBTQ vulnerable adults.
  • Thin Air Community Radio, Spokane, Funding will support the 2017 production and broadcasting of OUTSpoken and the archiving of approximately 50 episodes.
  • Yakima Neighborhood Health Services, Yakima, Funding will be used to support “The Space,” their new LGBTQ Youth Resource Center in Yakima, offering culturally appropriate mentoring, leadership, health services, housing assistance and self-sufficiency support for LGBTQ young adults.