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Innovia Foundation

Driving Community Transformation

Spokane, WA   |  www.innovia.org

Mission

Innovia Foundation is driven by our mission to ignite generosity that transforms lives and communities to realize our vision for vibrant and sustainable communities where every person thrives.

Notes from the nonprofit

Unless otherwise stated in program description, organizations serving residents in any of the twenty counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho are eligible to apply for grants from Innovia Foundation. These counties include Ferry, Stevens, Pend Orielle, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, Whitman, Columbia, Garfield, Asotin (Washington) and Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Shoshone, Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, Idaho (Idaho).

Ruling year info

1974

CEO

Ms. Shelly O'Quinn

Main address

818 W. Riverside Ave. Ste. 650

Spokane, WA 99201-0909 USA

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Formerly known as

Greater Spokane Community Foundation

Spokane Inland Empire Foundation

Spokane Inland Northwest Community Foundation

Foundation Northwest

Inland Northwest Community Foundation

EIN

91-0941053

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Grants Program

The Community Grant Program is comprised of more than 90 funds established by donors who have given Innovia Foundation the flexibility to make funding decisions that accommodate changing needs and capitalize on timely and compelling opportunities in our 20-county region. This program has one cycle per year and organizations are eligible to submit one application per cycle. The maximum award amount is $30,000, with most grants in the range of $10,000 – $20,000. To learn more about this program, please view our Grant Guidelines (https://innovia.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Innovia-Foundation-Community-Grant-Guidelines.pdf).

Application Timeline

Grant applications will be accepted from mid-December to the end of January each year.
Final funding decisions will be announced in late May
Grant awards are for a one-year period from June 1 to May 31.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Columbia County Children’s Fund provides support to organizations within Columbia County. Applications must address one of the following program areas: Educational enrichment and special needs programs, with preference given to elementary school-aged children. Guidance, counseling and therapy to children and their families. Medical and dental services and/or supplies (glasses, hearing aids, braces) for disadvantaged children. Grants awards are typically less than $4,000.

Application Dates: May to mid-June. Awards will be announced in mid-September. Grant awards are to be spent between October 1 and September 30.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Equinox Foundation is partnering with Innovia Foundation to provide a grant program for the benefit of the communities in Bonner and Boundary counties of North Idaho. This family foundation was founded on the values of wisdom, integrity and environmental stewardship. This program will consider applications from nonprofit organizations addressing a variety of program areas, including:

Education and youth development
Arts and culture
Economic opportunity
Health and wellbeing
Quality of life
Grant amounts are typically between $2,000 and $30,000 and are provided for a one-year period. Application Dates: open in March. Awards will be announced in early July. Grant awards are to be spent between August 1 and July 31.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Organizations in following counties are also eligible for Community and Opportunity Grants

Population(s) Served
Adults

Organizations in following counties are also eligible for Community and Opportunity Grants

Population(s) Served
Adults

Organizations in following counties are also eligible for Community and Opportunity Grants

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, Council on Foundations 2018

National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, Council on Foundations 2022

Affiliations & memberships

Council on Foundations - Member 1980

CF Insights 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Innovia Foundation aims to ignite generosity that transforms lives and communities throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho. This mission reflects the following goals that guide our work.

• We seek GREATER GIVING to visibly grow contributions of time, talent and resources that result in meaningful change and lasting impacts.
• We provide COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP that brings people together and promotes active engagement from diverse voices.
• We support efforts and solutions that CREATE OPPORTUNITY to reduce inequities and build pathways that support the full potential of every person.

Realizing a bold vision requires broad participation, smart planning, dedicated leadership and the courage to take risks. Our strategies are rooted in the power of collaboration and innovation and include the following current initiatives.

• We will engage new donors and volunteers through a 5% CAMPAIGN to increase philanthropic giving. In the next 10 years, over $42 billion is expected to transfer between generations in our region. We launched a campaign to inspire residents to set aside 5% for philanthropy – with the potential for $2 billion that could be returned for the benefit of our region.

• We will increase engagement and support community driven solutions through the formation of 10 REGIONAL LEADERSHIP COUNCILS. These new council members will serve as Innovia ambassadors and provide an in-depth perspective on the most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities in their region. Through an annual LEADERSHIP SUMMIT and ongoing support, council members will strengthen the reach and impact of community philanthropy.

• We will selectively pursue MULTI-PARTNER initiatives defined by the principles of impact-driven philanthropy: a clear focus, research-informed strategy, and sustained commitment to continuous collaboration and learning.

Innovia Foundation currently manages $145 million in assets held in 659 different funds. In 2020, Innovia received gifts of over $16 million from 960 individual donors. Last year, 76 new funds were established, including 35 endowment funds. Innovia Foundation also administers complex, non-cash gifts such as life insurance, real estate, securities and partnership interests.

We measure our competencies not through dollar amounts, but through our ability to tap into the power of diverse networks that can bring about transformative change. Innovia’s core staff of 15 professionals has deep experience in the nonprofit, academic, finance, health system and public sectors. Our CEO is a recognized voice of leadership in this region and has established Innovia as a trustworthy partner and change-maker. We plan to carry out our strategic initiatives and grantmaking with guidance from a dedicated Board of Directors that reflect community values and expertise. We also work hand-in-hand with hundreds of volunteers and local influencers who serve on our committees and leadership councils.

In the last three years, Innovia has seen a 12% cumulative annual growth rate in core assets (2018-20) and an increasing annual gift rate. We are planning for continued growth over the next five years, with a wide-reaching campaign to grow philanthropic giving in this region and launching bold new initiatives. These initiatives will require working together with forward-thinking community members and organizations. Innovia continues to strengthen partnerships that drive community improvement. In FY2020, we received over $500,000 in external dollars from partner organizations to co-fund initiatives in our region. These joint projects included efforts like the COVID-19 response fund, bringing together dozens of regional and national funders to distribute over $5 million for COVID relief and recovery.

Innovia will continue to engage thoughtfully and strategically with communities in our region, strengthen local leadership, and invest in community organizations and initiatives. Last year, Innovia distributed 1,689 grants totaling over $10 million to nearly 700 organizations throughout our 20-county service area and beyond. Since its inception in 1975, the Foundation has awarded over $91 million in grants and scholarships. We are excited about the future and know that we are just getting started. The last two years have brought new leadership, a new name and a bold new vision for the Foundation. We welcome you to join us and work together to create vibrant and sustainable communities where every person has the opportunity to thrive.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Innovia Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Tyler Lafferty

Seven2, 14Four, Strategy Labs, Access2Experience, Method Juice Cafe, and The Union Studios

Term: 2022 - 2023

Robert Larson

Merrill Lynch

Tyler Lafferty

Entrepreneur

Marcelo Morales

A4 Ventures LLC and Allele Diagnostics

Rick Rasmussen

Northwest Specialty Hospital

Gary Stokes

KSPS Public Television

Helo Hancock

Beacon Cancer Care

Margo Hill

Eastern Washington University and Small Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility

Scott Hutsell

Lincoln County Commissioner

Ryan Nipp

Parkwood Business Properties

Jeff Philipps

Retired Rosauers CEO

Patricia Wright

Councilmember, City of Pullman

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/15/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/15/2020

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.