NEWS FLASH: 2,297 people participated in Round 3!
What did 2,297 have to say about K-12 education issues? You can explore the Consensus Summary Report here. We also gave away $8,000 in partner grants. Find out how many of our nonprofit partners plan to invest in their communities here.
Round 2 — We asked, you answered
In Round 2, we asked “how much we should spend on K12 education, and how should we spend it”? 3,244 Washington residents tackled that issue. We discovered consensus on key points and shared those insights with you and with policy makers in Olympia.
We are excited to announce the CFN Partner grant recipients for Round 3 on the topic of K-12 Education Outcomes!
A total of $8,000 was awarded to 17 nonprofit organizations from around the state (see list below). These nonprofits earned points based on the number of surveys that their members and supporters completed during Round 3. On May 3rd, we recognized many of the grant recipients during the Partner Briefing & Luncheon at the Mercer Island Community Center.
“Our partners are the heart of what CFN does to encourage civic engagement and to
discover consensus on important topics,” said Carrie Shaw, Executive Director for CFN, “we’re excited to see these grants re-invested into people and communities throughout Washington state.”
Here are some of the ways CFN Partners plan to use their grants:
“We are so grateful to receive this grant from CFN. It comes at a very important transition time for Women of Wisdom Foundation. We’re recreating ourselves and moving forward after 21 years of supporting women in the Pacific Northwest through programs that empower women’s voices and their contributions to the world, in partnership with other like minded individuals and organizations. One of our goals is to bring this work to young women in schools, for them to grow up knowing their voices are important and valued. These funds allows us to continue this important work,
which has similar values with Dick Spady and the Community Forum Network in that we operate our organization in circle leadership with concensus decision making.”
~ Kris Steinnes Founder, Women of Wisdom Foundation
“Childhaven is pleased to invest our grant in support of our Therapeutic Child Care program that helps abused and neglected babies, toddlers and preschoolers.”
~ Andrea Solomon, Vice President of Resource Development, Childhaven
“Village Theatre is excited to partner with the Community Forums Network. The much needed funding will help to supplement our expansive Youth Education and Community Outreach Program that serves over 63,000 students and families each year. Access to arts education in schools is at its lowest point in decades. We believe that all people, regardless of their ability to pay, should have access to arts education. Scholarships ensure these opportunities are available to ALL children. Today, with dramatic cuts in state education budget and arts education, the support from Community Forums Network and other funders will help to provide scholarships and free programs to over 9,000 students a year.”
~ Louise Kincaid Director of Development The Village Theatre
“We will use the grant to help with our overhead, any little bit helps to continue to promote the Greater Pasco Area!”
~ Colin Hastings Executive Director, Greater Pasco Area Chamber of Commerce
“The grants funds will be used to help shelter women at our Emergency Family Shelter. For the homeless mothers of Mary’s Place, who have multiple struggles, having the opportunity to lend their voice about education was an empowering experience for them. They know and truly believe education is the path their children need to be on to journey out of homelessness; so they can enjoy lives where worrying about where you will sleep at night or what you will eat every day will be a distant memory.”
~ Marty Hartman, Executive Director, Mary’s Place
“Our grant will go to fund updates to our website, readthedirt.org.” ~ Simon Davis-Cohen, Executive Director, Read The Dirt
Complete List of Partner Grants:
- Association of Washington School Principals
- Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
- Council on American-Islamic Relations
- Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington
- Freedom Foundation
- Issaquah Schools Foundation
- King County Library System Foundation
- Mary’s Place
- Pasco Chamber of Commerce
- Read the Dirt
- WA State Dental Hygienists Association