Community Building Foundation

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The Community Building Foundation empowers local organizations to help our community experience justice, vibrancy, and sustainability.


“Community Building” is both a noun and a verb that reflects our approach to cultivating, strengthening, and inspiring a sense of community for all people in the Spokane region.



  • First, we hold the Community Building, located at 35 W. Main, and offer it as a space to gather, get to know one another, and work together.

  • Second, we  issue small grants to organizations and innovative projects that impact our region.

  • Third, our director assists with increasing the capacity of partner organizations. 

  • We are dedicated to creative approaches to impacting Spokane and are open to new ideas on how we can partner with your organization. For example, the Community Building Foundation acts as a fiscal sponsor to Warrior Hearts to Art.


From 2012-2015, the Foundation’s Board of Directors made grants in amounts ranging from $50-$2000.These grants were used to sponsor and encourage community events, activities, and programs that support our mission. We are honored to partner with the many organizations below that make Spokane a just, vibrant, and sustainable community.


2015 Community Partners:

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The Community Building Foundation is a fiscal sponsor of Warriors Heart to Art

Center for Justice: Jazzed for Justice
Sister Cities Association of Spokane: Garden Party
Center for Justice: Women’s Leadership Retreat
Spokane Tribal College: Fundraising Dinner and Art Auction
Peace and justice Action League: Peace and Economic Justice Conference
Women Helping Women Fund: Benefit Lunch
YWCA: Stand Against Racism Lunch
Berta Kuhnel Women’s Leadership Retreat
Center for Justice: Dirty Martinis for Clean Water
Partners through Art: Boys and Girls Club of Hilliard Partnership
KYRS Radio: Earth Matters/Down to Earth Programming Support
Gonzaga University: Diversity Monologues
Humanities Washington: Program Support in Spokane
Peace and Justice Action League: Benefit Auction
Inland NW Permaculture Guild: 2015 Event
Center for Justice Dirty Martinis for Clean Water
Center for Justice/Fulcrum Institute: Dave’s Bread Luncheon
HOPE School: General Sponsorship
SNAP: Dad’s Day Bash and Fall Fundraiser
Refugee Connections: International Chefs Event
New Stories: Dancing with Guerrilla Leadership Workshop
Tenants Union: NAHT Conference

2014 Community Partners:

Peace and Justice Action League: Economic Action Conference
Gonzaga University: Diversity Monologues
Joseph Comine: Travel Expenses to Film Festival
YWCA: Women of Achievement Luncheon
Odyssey Youth Center: Masquerade
Center for Justice: Jazzed for Justice
KYRS Thin Air Radio: Summer Music Festival
Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure
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HOPE School: General Support
Inland NW Black and Brown Summit
Project Hope
Chief Garry Neighborhood: Kidical Mass Bike Event
Mobius Science Center: BEST Science Education for at-risk youth
East Central Community Center: Ben Burr Camp
Spokane Neighborhood Action Pr.
Sustainable Inland NW
Peace and Justice Action League: Spring Soiree
ONES: Sweet Feet 5K run
Riverkeeper: Dirty Martinis for Clean Water
Humanities WA: Bedtime Stories
Community Minded Enterprises: Up on the Roof
LINC Foods (Sustainable INW Fiscal Agent)
Wellpinit High School: Leadership development trip for students
Spokane River Forum
Center For Justice: Women’s relicensing program
Open Gate: Don’t Shoot
Terrain (Community Minded Enterprises Fiscal Agent)
Mockingbird Society: Spokane Chapter Support
Futurewise: Feast with Friends
Win/Win Network: Smart Justice Symposium
EWU Foundation: Activist in Residence
Warrior Songs Project (Hektoen Institute of Medicine fiscal agent)
Community Minded Enterprises: CMTV14 general support
Center for Justice: Emergency assistance for client with special needs

2013 Community Partners:

Gonzaga University: Diversity Monologues event
Washington Community Action Network: Youth scholarships to legislative session
Friends of the Centennial Trail: Bike Swap
Spokane River Forum
Peace & Justice Action League: Youth Activist Leaders program
Center for Justice: Jazzed for Justice
New Economic Summit: Film screening: “Shift Change”
HOPE School: Hoedown for HOPE
Peace & Justice Action League: Spring Soiree
EWU Foundation: Activist-in-Residence program
Center for Justice: Riverkeeper’s Dirty Martinis
Pedals2People: South Perry Street Fair event
YWCA of Spokane: Women of Achievement Luncheon
Friends of the Falls: Spokane River Clean-up
Community-Minded Enterprises: Unity in the Community
Project Hope: Summer Youth Program scholarships
Humanities Washington: Bedtime Stories
Center for Justice: Film screening: “American Winter”
Boys & Girls Club: Be Great Program equipment purchase
Odyssey Youth Center: Masquerade Ball d
Warrior Songs: Retreat for veterans
Spokane Conservation District: Small Farms Conference
Center for Justice: Community Advocacy: driver re-licensing
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund: Film screening: “Inequality for All”
Inland NW Lighthouse for the Blind: Facilities Expansion opening
Women Helping Women Fund
Spokane Alliance: General Support

2012 Community Partners:

Spokane Aids Network
Gonzaga University: Diversity Monologues
Lands Council: Earth Day
Center for Justice: Dirty Martinis for Clean Water
Spokane Riverkeeper Breakfast
Peace and Justice Action League: Spring Soiree
KYRS Thin Air Radio Equipment purchase
WA Progress Fund: Cambio Leadership Training for 6 non-profit leaders in Spokane
Chief Garry neighborhood Council Summer Parkways
Rite Care Parent Education Training and Materials
Quillisascut Farm: Watershed Summit
Tree of Sharing
Perry Street Fair Sponsorship/Pedals2People Fiscal Agent
Friends of the Falls River Clean Up
Boys & Girls Club: “Be Great: Graduate”
HOPE School: Hoedown for HOPE Sponsorship
Project Hope
Community Minded Enterprises: Sustainable Uprising
Terrain (Fiscal Agent Community Minded Enterprises)
Smart Justice Symposium
Peace and Justice Action League Pledge Match funds
WA Tilth Conference

To submit a grant proposal, please first contact our Executive Director, Katy Sheehan, at for more information. She will likely ask you to go out to coffee or arrange a phone meeting to discuss your project and learn about your organization. We like to get to know the folks that we partner with so we can understand your mission and how you work in Spokane’s Community. We give grants of up to $2000 per project, per organization.

Once we talk about your work we ask for a one page description of your project that describes:

1. Your organization and confirming your non-profit status,
2. Describe the proposed project and any partners that are part of the work,
3. Describe how much money you are asking for and how you intend to use a grant,
4. How the proposed project fits within our mission to empower local organizations to help our community experience justice, vibrancy, and sustainability,
5. Please include any links or other attachments that describe the project including websites, fliers, project reports, information sheets, and/or anything else that you think would help our board understand the project better and help us make a decision about your proposal.

After Katy receives your proposal she will review it to make sure it is complete and follow up with you if she has any questions or needs additional information. When the application is complete she will forward it to the Board for a decision. Usually the process takes between 2 weeks to 1 month but if you are working under a tight deadline please let Katy know as soon as possible in the process.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to learning more about Spokane through you!

Jim Sheehan
Founder and Board President

Patty Gates

Matt Santangelo
Executive Director at Spokane Hoopfest Association

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Katy Sheehan
Executive Director

25 W. Main Ave. Ste. 210
Spokane, WA 99201