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Socially distanced, socially conscious

Instead of canceling fundraising events, many Inland Northwest nonprofits have moved them into the digital realm. Donor participation in charity events is lower, but some nonprofits say they’re receiving nearly as many donations as in prior years from ...


Salvation Army Spokane sees food requests soar

The Salvation Army Spokane distributed nearly 4 million pounds of food to individuals and families in need last year. As a result of temporary furloughs and permanent layoffs due to economic lockdown imposed in the state’s response to the COVID-19 ...


Refugee Connection Spokane pivots services

Refugee Connections Spokane’s flexible setup left it well-positioned to pivot its services when the COVID-19 outbreak spread here, says Marijke Fakasiieiki, the nonprofit’s executive director. Over the past year, the organization, which was created ...

Allen foundation study to aid virus response

The Washington state Department of Health and the University of Washington Medicine, backed by the Seattle-based philanthropic organization Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, have launched a major study to determine the percentage of Washingtonians who have...


Spokane architects discuss pipeline realities

Some architects here say they’re beginning to see a slowdown in a few design sectors, with some projects in the pipeline put on hold indefinitely due to the pandemic-induced economic slowdown. Jeff Warner, principal with Spokane-based ALSC Architects ...


Cortner Architectural steadily grows client base

Tucked away in a white-brick house with a bright blue porch in Browne’s Addition is Cortner Architectural Co., a longtime Spokane architecture company that traces its roots back to the early 1920s. The firm has been growing its client base steadily and...


Storhäug keeps pace with civil engineering

Jerry Storhäug, cofounder and principal of the Spokane civil engineering company Storhäug Engineering Inc., started his own business in 1993 because he wanted fewer managerial duties and wanted to interact more closely with clients. His son, Austin ...


School design to be sensitive to youth without shelter

NAC Architecture is designing a school that includes a large percentage of students from families experiencing homelessness. At times, the percentage of students living without permanent shelter can reach 25%, and the total transient rate at the school ...


Donor to match $110K in targeted STEM gifts

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, STEM education has never been a more relevant investment for schools and communities, according to a retired instructor at Rogers High School, in Spokane. The teacher, who wishes to remain anonymous, is challenging the Spokane...


Share.Farm shares in delivery craze

Now is Share.Farm’s time to shine, Vince Peak says. The founder and CEO of the 2-year-old online farm-to-consumer market says the COVID-19 pandemic has presented as many opportunities for Share.Farm as it has challenges. ...

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