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Innovia moves to larger office space downtown

Nonprofit foundation wanted more space to accommodate LaunchNW initiative

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Spokane-based nonprofit organization Innovia Foundation is moving into a new office space downtown.

Innovia was scheduled this week to complete its move to a 9,800-square-foot office space on the sixth floor of the Lincoln Plaza building, at 818 W. Riverside. 

Brian Cobb, marketing and communications manager for Innovia, says the nonprofit outgrew its former 4,900-square-foot space on the sixth floor of the Paulsen Center, at 421 W. Riverside, where Innovia had been headquartered there for nearly 10 years.

“We needed more space to house everyone, and we needed some expanded opportunity for meeting space,” Cobb says.

The number of employees working out of Innovia’s offices has increased with the introduction of the organization’s LaunchNW initiative. The initiative aims to help high school students access college and career education through scholarships and other support services. 

LaunchNW employs two people currently, but Cobb says the initiative will hire more people soon. Including the initiative, Innovia Foundation has 22 employees. 

Cobb says Innovia has made some changes to the space, such as removing cubicles. 

“There’s been a decent amount of spiffing up,” Cobb says. 

Innovia oversees targeted endowments, local grants, and scholarships. In fiscal 2022, the organization distributed about $11 million in grants, Cobb says. The nonprofit, formerly known as the Inland Northwest Community Foundation, was founded here in 1974.


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Reporter Virginia Thomas has worked at the Journal since 2017 and covers the health care industry. As a reporter, she loves learning about Spokane's many growing industries. She enjoys traveling with her husband, snuggling with her cats, and cross stitching.

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