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ANNUAL REPORT FY 2012-2013


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In this Report:

CONTENTS From the President

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Brief  History of NLF

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Summary

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  Financial

Highlights & Impact

Act Six

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Proteen

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ULT

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Proyecto MoLE

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Emerging Leaders

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Guide to Programs

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Building Capacity

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Lets Stay Connected

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Accreditation The Northwest Leadership Foundation (NLF), which one of 48 local leadership foundations around the world and accredited through a peer review process of other local leadership foundations and the central Leadership Foundations office.

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“Northwest Leadership Foundation discovers, develops, & deploys

a new generation of leaders and citizens for lasting, positive change within the city. We do this by tackling difficult problems and creating effective solutions.  We find talented individuals in overlooked places with undeveloped leadership potential.  We develop this potential through collaborative, individually focused programs.” 

Letter from the

PRESIDENT Wow.  25 years is a long time. It's a generation. In 25 years the Northwest Leadership Foundation has developed a generation of leaders. They work in education, banking, financial management, medicine and social justice arenas. They are visible because of their civic engagement. They are heard because they facilitate public discourse. They feel because of their compassion for the marginalized and they see the pain and grace of Tacoma-Pierce County. I'm proud to lead an organization with a voice. The community of the Northwest Leadership Foundation, it's board of directors, it's volunteers, it's donors, it's beneficiaries and it's staff all lead in various ways that bless this fine city. This past year we have wept over the deaths of our young. Youth violence requires our immediate attention. Our hearts have leaped with joy as other students excel and overcome personal obstacles and go on to pursue higher education.  Such is the dichotomy of the city.  Our nation's urban communities perpetuate a duality.  We enjoy our downtown and urban core's amenities but we repel the effects of its poverty and violence. The Northwest Leadership Foundation sits in this tension and commits to simply be.  In it and in spite of it. We LOVE OUR CITY because God loves our city.  We believe in our city because we see many leaders, activists and young people love this city.  Frankly, it's contagious. We are in the business of creating a contagion of love for Tacoma and we do this by generating leadership! Watch out Tacoma - here we come!

Patricia Talton President/CEO Northwest Leadership Foundation

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About NLF’s

HISTORY

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“Our vision is that old men and women who come back to Tacoma, sit on benches throughout the community and spin tales, and move around safely with their canes – a good city to grow old in; and boys and girls fill the public parks, laughing and playing - a good city to grow up in.” - NLF

Why NLF started? In 1989 a group of faith leaders in Seattle began a series of conversations asking, “do our leaders reflect the diversity of the community?”; “are these leaders equipped to tackle complex trends and entrenched social issues in collaboration and compassion?”; and “how will the leaders of our community continue to be trained and nurtured?” Subsequently, the Northwest Leadership Foundation was established in an attempt to respond to those questions. As a faith-based, nonprofit organization, NLF continues to respond to the needs of leaders 25 years later.

1 of 48 Leadership Foundations In lock step with the first leadership foundation that was formed in 1978 with the intent of “raising up Christ-centered leaders who worked for the transformation of the culture of Pittsburgh.” NLF is one of 48 leadership foundations around the world.

Milestones of NLF Our mission of developing, strengthening and sustaining leadership for the spiritual and social renewal of the city has been carried out by numerous staff, volunteers and partners over the years. Below are pivotal milestones in the “life” of the Northwest Leadership Foundation: • Formation of the Coalition for Community Development and Renewal which was a theologically diverse group of pastors committed to engaging in community development efforts together in the city of Seattle. • Alongside NLF, CCDR helped to create First Center which was a resource management organization that offered capacity building and support to local churches.

NORMAN BYLSMA,

Founder President (1989 -1997)

1989

Founder of the Northwest Leadership Foundation (NLF), Bud continues to travel the world helping the less advantaged, and facilitating the work of Christian agencies such as Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Promise Keepers, and Operation Blessing. Previously, Bud was a regional director for Young Life for 30 years.

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• Moved the administrative offices from Seattle to Tacoma in 1995 and began a strategic partnership with First United Methodist Church. That partnership in Tacoma replicated the First Center model which housed 22 ministries and nonprofits during its twelve year run. • In 1997, NLF began another strategic relationship with World Vision, Inc. in which the Vision Youth Initiative was created. Vision Youth was a 3-way partnership between NLF, World Vision and local churches. The model program was so successful that World Vision replicated it in 7 cities around the U.S. • After a few years of research and development, NLF spearheaded the formation of Bakke Graduate University in Seattle in 1999. This institution’s focus was certificated and graduate programs for clergy and lay leaders working in urban ministry around the world. • In 2003, NLF received $1M from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to conduct formalized capacity building training and assistance to faith and community based organizations in multiple U.S. cities. After seven years, NLF assisted nearly 1,000 nonprofits and churches and allocated $3M in grants, those grants leveraged well over $9M in additional funding. • In 2011 NLF’s Proteen Initiative became the centerpiece to the City of Tacoma’s Comprehensive Gang Reduction Model. This effort includes Tacoma Police Department, Tacoma Public Schools, city and county governments and a myriad of nonprofit service providers.

DAVE HILLIS

President (1997-2006)

1995

In 1997 Dave took over as Executive Director.  Under Dave’s leadership NLF grew from a budget of $200,000 with 3 full-time employees to $2 million, 27 full-time employees. In 2008 Dave was asked to serve as president of the Leadership Foundations to transform cities through effective leadership.

PATRICIA TALTON

President/CEO (2006-Present)

2006

In 2006 Patricia Talton became president of NLF. Prior to becoming president of NLF, Ms. Talton had, on behalf of Leadership Foundations, been the national director of the Four-City Demonstration Project, which provided capacity building, and technical assistance for local faith and community based groups in the cities of Knoxville, Memphis, Phoenix and Tacoma. 

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Mission: Northwest Leadership Foundation exists to encourage, strengthen and develop leadership for the spiritual and social renewal of the city.

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FY 2013 Financial

Summary

Year Founded: 1989 Revenue

Board of Directors:

Foundation Grants Businesses Churches Individuals Gov’t Contracts Earned Income

$353,422 $6,650 $9,400 $85,579 $717,252 $239,666

Organization Snapshot:

Total Revenue

$1,412,969

Total Staff: 16 FTE and 4 PTE Total Budget: 1.4 Million Total Clients Served: FY 2013 - 1,666

Expenses Personnel Program Sub-grants Operations Facility Equipment & Technology Travel

$1,003,666 $77,250 $90,974 $104,554 $12,689 $9,042

Urban Grace Church 902 Market St Tacoma, WA 98402

Total Expenses

$1,298,175

University Place Presbyterian Church 8101 27th St W University Place, WA 98466

Assets

$221,484

Bob Jimerson Deborah Tuggle Dave Templin Diane Clarkson James Curtis Jason Kinlow Tom Tammaro

Retired from Milgard Windows and Doors Owner, Fridays Cookies and Bite Me Tacoma Public Schools Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office Owner, J Kinlow’s and Go Philly First Citizens Bank

Locations:

Main Office: 717 Tacoma Ave S. Tacoma, WA 98402 Other Locations:

PROTEEN

Ending Net Assets

PROYECTO MOLE First Creek Middle School 1801 E 56th St Tacoma, WA 98404

EIN: 91-1462508

NLF

FAITH-BASED SUPPORT (Churches & Faith-Based Organizations)

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Churches

People

36 1518 Churches & Ministries Make Significant Contributions

Individual People of Faith Donate Time & Resources

Capacity

Theology

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Launched through NLF to start their own non-profit

Years providing a theological roundtable for social and spiritual renewal

Discussion

Hosts series of small group discussions to seek peace

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A year in review: (July 2012-June 2013)

HIGHLIGHTS & IMPACT The Northwest Leadership Foundation has identified leadership as the primary vehicle to transform communities. We have further discovered that successful and courageous leaders possess: insight, access, know-how and relationships. These four elements serve as our mission framework and guide every program we operate, every collaborative effort we engage in and every initiative we undertake.

Act Six Scholarship and Leadership Initiative Over the past ten years, in partnership with five liberal-arts colleges in the Northwest, Act Six has equipped and sent over 375 underrepresented students to college with over a 90% 4 year graduation/retention rate.

“A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.” —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe • Act Six Alumni Institute: In June 2013, we hosted the inaugural Act Six Alumni Institute in downtown Seattle with 50 of our first graduates in attendance. Over two days, alumni discussed the next step in their leadership journey--how to put the past 4 years of college education and leadership development to work on behalf of the cities of the Pacific Northwest. With the theme of "social entrepreneurship," alumni attended workshops on how to think strategically and creatively about framing inventive solutions to some of the city's most vexing issues. Workshop presenters included: Embellish Salon owner Patricia Lecy-Davis, 7-Eleven Division Vice President Larry Hughes, and Deputy Prosecutor of Pierce County James Curtis. The event was sponsored by SOZO Friends Wine and Warner Pacific University.

Clients Served:

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• Currently Enrolled or Graduated 90% • Alumni Return to Northwest 84.5% • College Academic Performance (Mean GPA) 3.28 TREND BREAKER! Washington State private colleges (4 year) graduation rate STATE AVERAGE

41%

ACT SIX

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• Act Six Academy: With the goal of growing its impact beyond the reach of (Source) 2010 National Center for Educational Statistics the current Act Six model, Northwest Leadership Foundation are building a compared with 2013 Act Six Graduating Cohort new initiative that repackages and scales a subset of the Act Six model to achieve significant increases in student retention rates and campus engagement for a much larger number of underrepresented students. The new program, called the Academy, utilizes core elements of the Act Six training and builds on four essential characteristics of the Act Six model to serve more non-scholarship underrepresented students. This past summer we successfully launched the Act Six Academy. Having served 25 students attending either PLU or Trinity Lutheran College this fall, Academy Scholars are beginning Freshman classes and are ready to lead on their campuses!  The Academy represents the growing impact of Act Six on local college campuses and a growing number of bright, motivated underrepresented college students.

Seniors Interview Workshop

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Gonzaga Scholars 2010

Act Six (all Cadres) 2012

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Proteen Initiative Proteen addresses the school to prison pipeline, which is a disturbing national trend where already disadvantaged children and youth are “pushed” out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. This trend appears to be a result of zero tolerance policies and the unequal dispensation of disciplinary procedures.

“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” —Warren Bennis

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• No re-offenses in 6 months 96.5% • Connected to Adult Mentor 45% • Increase in Youth Engagement in 2+ community resources 45% TREND BREAKER! Washington State Youth re-offense rate STATE AVERAGE

77%

PROTEEN

3.5%

• Comprehensive Gang Reduction Strategy: After several years of conducting intensive “on the street” outreach to youth in risky situations, Proteen is leading Tacoma’s response to a comprehensive gang reduction strategy. Our street outreach workers serve as a mentor, case manager, academic advocate, and family mediator for gang-involved youth to encourage them to make positive behavioral changes, detach from gang activity, and transition into mainstream society. This past year, in partnership with several organizations, we linked 75 youth to necessary services such as mental health, housing, and education resources. We provide intensive relationship-based intervention to see youth through to success. • Proteen GO (Girls Only): Last November 2012, Northwest Leadership Foundation launched our Proteen GO (Girls Only) program to empower young ladies ages 11-18 to find their passions and use their power of choice in positive ways. The program meets weekly for dinner, group discussions and mentoring to help young girls avoid exploitation, teen pregnancy, violence and academic failure. Encouraged by the strong female leadership in this city, we are building girls’ confidence and guiding them through their school years with care and support. Since launching, Proteen GO has provided 43 girls regular group discussion, academic assistance, mentoring and one-one support. • Mentoring: Our group and one-on-one mentoring services provides intensive relationship-based intervention services to youth who are either already involved or at high risk of involvement in risky behaviors. These services were previously offered exclusively at First Creek Middle School but have now been expanded. Mentors are recruited from local businesses, universities, partner organizations, and through community events. NLF looks for individuals who have one hour a week to give, individuals who can build relational connections to young people and those who are willing to walk alongside a young person through developmental goals. This past year we recruited 135 new mentors who provided nearly 5,000 hours of mentoring time. Youth who participate in the program receive risk and strength assessments, links to necessary services and pro-social activities, and create an individual life plan to help them achieve their goals.

Lincoln Park Outreach BBQ

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First Night Out Peace March

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Urban Leaders in Training Urban Leaders in Training (ULT) is our effort to ensure civic engagement from young adults who commit a year of their lives to serve the city of Tacoma. Urban Leaders are placed in service positions with local faithbased/community-based organizations, churches and programs working directly alongside vulnerable populations and those who have been marginalized throughout the City.

Members Served:

Total Youth/Clients Served 3,726 • • • •

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

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Volunteers Recruited 1400 Volunteer Hours 11,915 Member Service Hours 34,000 Service Sites 14 LEVERAGING RESOURCES!

— Jack Welch • Leadership Lenses “Learning how to see the City”: Over the course of an intensive service year, these young people gather weekly to learn how to most effectively lead in our urban environment. With guest lectures and off-site activities, the team delved into six leadership styles that help them define their experience: contextual, peace-making, relational, creative, reconciling and wounded. 

Leaders Deployed

25 Total Hours of Service =

Volunteers Recruited

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• Leadership Training Sites: ULT recognizes the need for partnership in renewing our city and that the spiritual and social lives of Tacomans are not mutually exclusive. Our team members are placed at both faith-based and community organizations to ensure that all voices are heard and perspectives valued. This past year we had 25 members serving at 14 different sites in Tacoma. • • • • • • •

Northwest Leadership Foundation Trinity Presbyterian Church The Rescue Mission Tacoma Housing Authority Urban Grace Church City of Tacoma SOTA/ SAMI

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University Place Presbyterian Church Foundation for Tacoma Students South Sound Outreach Catherine Place Metropolitan Development Council Tacoma Art Museum 4-H Tech Wizards

• Leadership Members Next Steps: Throughout their service year, members were taught to see their city with hopeful eyes and given the tools they need to build a positive community. Of the 25 young adults on our 2012 team, 48% began full time jobs after completion, 32% went on to Graduate School and 20% returned for a second year with ULT. Our newest group of Urban Leaders in Training started September 2013 and are ready to take over this city. With members in 15 different sites ranging from SOTA to The Rescue Mission to the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, this team will experience the challenging and the beautiful sides of working in our urban environment.

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Volunteering around the City

Learning to the see the City

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Proyecto MoLE Proyecto MoLE exists to inspire, prepare and mobilize Latino youth in grades 6-12 as leaders in their community through opportunities that promote academic achievement, positive personal development, social responsibility and service to community.

Clients Served:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thng that ever has.”

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Bates Technical College Central Washington University Clover Park Technical College Eastern Washington University Evergreen State College Gonzaga University

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Improved academic performance 75% Improved relationships 83% Seniors On-time graduation 91% Seniors enrolled into college 91% TREND BREAKER!

— Margaret Mead • Latino Youth Summit: For 9 years, Proyecto MoLE has offered a student-led (to include the keynote address), Latino Youth Summit. To date, this was the largest with over 523 youth participating in workshops and gaining valuable guidance on their post-secondary education. In recent years, participants included:

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Washington State On-time graduation STATE AVERAGE

Green River Community College Highline Community College Northwest University Pacific Lutheran University Seattle Pacific University South Seattle Community College

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Proyecto MoLE

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Tacoma Community College Trinity Lutheran College University of Puget Sound UW-Bothell UW-Tacoma Washington State University

• Deferred Action: On June 15, 2012 President Obama announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be granting a temporary form of immigration protection called “deferred action” (DACA) to undocumented individuals, ages 15-30 who meet several eligibility requirements and came to the United States as children.  In addition to protected status, DACA grantees also receive employment authorization (“work permits”). On August 18, 2012 Proyecto MoLE partnered with two local immigration attorneys to provide one of Tacoma-Pierce County’s first DACA informational workshops reaching 188 attendees.  Since then, Proyecto MoLE has provided additional workshops reaching a total of 500 individuals and assisted more than 50 eligible youth and young adults in becoming DACA approved.

Evening Late Night Program: In 2012, Proyecto MoLE launched a late night program located at First Creek Middle School on Friday nights to provide Proyecto MoLE students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by serving as mentors to younger participants and provide a safe environment for youth to grow in their own leadership capabilities. The program served a total of 100 youth and provided 7,415 hrs of supervised recreational activities that included: break dancing, indoor/outdoor games, and arts & crafts.  

Proyecto MoLE Students

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Dia de los Muertos 2012

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Meet some of our peeps

EMERGING LEADERS

Yusra Hamadi

Rosalinda Castro

Joe Martinez

ACT SIX Scholar

Proyecto MoLE Leader

Proyecto MoLE/Urban Leaders in Training

Yusra Hamadi, a freshman Act Six Scholar at Gonzaga university has gotten deeply involved in the International Student Union, a student led club where students learn about different cultural backgrounds represented on campus. Additionally she was accepted to the selective Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, a three-year undergraduate minor preparing students to create new ventures that make a positive difference in society. Students work with local profit and nonprofit organizations and assist in entrepreneur ideas and/or marketing perspectives. When asked how she hopes the next four years of her life will play out, she replied, “I’m not quite sure. But whatever happens, I know that I have a family [through Act Six] – people who want to see me excel and will support me every step of the way.”

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Rosalinda is a junior at University of Washington Tacoma studying Ethnic and Gender studies with a minor in Non-Profit Management and has been a part of Proyecto MoLE since her junior year at Foss High School. Last year, she joined the student life team as the Campus Events Coordinator, utilizing the skills she gained through MoLE. “MoLE taught me how to turn what I love doing into something productive,” Rosalinda explains, “It gives me pride to be able to help people and make people happy. In the spring, I planned an outdoor adventure specifically designed for international students. MoLE taught me how important it is to include everyone and share your culture with different communities.”

Joe split his childhood between San Antonio and Tacoma’s Eastside neighborhood. He graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in Comparative History of Ideas. After working for the public defender’s office, Joe decided to give two years of his life to serving vulnerable middle school kids on the Eastside through the Northwest Leadership Foundation’s Urban Leaders in Training and Mentor253 initiatives. Fluent in Spanish and Russian, Joe developed meaningful mentoring relationships with some of the most underserved students at First Creek Middle School. Joe has demonstrated great skill at day-to-day programmatic operations of M253 and relating to students. Having finished his year of Urban Leadership in Training, Joe recently acquired a job at the Cesar Chavez Foundation, working on the ground to improve the rights of farm workers in the United States and Latin America.

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Guide to

PROGRAMS PROTEEN (Prevention/Intervention) Proteen addresses the school to prison pipeline, by providing goal planning, community supports and leadership development, youth are better positioned to navigate life challenges in school or at home.

PROYECTO MOLE (Academic Assistance) Proyecto MoLE provides after-school mentoring and tutoring for Latino youth on the Eastside of Tacoma. These youth aspire to inspire, are being trained and mobilized to lead while building upon the foundation of family and culture.

ACT SIX (College Access & Retention) Act Six is Tacoma-Seattle’s only full-tuition, full-need urban leadership scholarship. Act Six selects cadres of diverse students who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and transform urban communities.

MENTOR 253 (Mentoring) Mentor253 is a one-on-one mentoring program, built to strengthen connections between members of our community so that youth are encouraged to realize their full academic and personal potential.

SUSTAINABLE ROOTS (Environmental Sustainability) Sustainable Roots is an emerging environmentally focused initiative that is dedicated to creating sustainable relationships with urban youth and school gardens for low-income marginalized communities.

URBAN LEADERS IN TRAINING (Volunteerism) Urban Leaders in Training offers young adults the opportunity to civically engage through a year of service-learning. Servant leadership principles guide the training curriculum and are practiced in service positions throughout Pierce County.

THEOLOGICAL ROUNDTABLE (Connections) A conversation about faith, NLF’s Roundtable believes that there is a theological dimension to the social and spiritual renewal of our cities. Gatherings are held Wednesday nights from 6:00-7:30pm at the NLF offices.

BACKSTAGE PASS (Development/Consultation) Through the Backstage Pass, NLF identifies opportunities for volunteerism on behalf of its ministry partners. The intent of this element is to promote the gospel vision that the city is defined as a place of justice and equality where vision transforms us from strangers into neighbors. 

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“Over the years, we have been an integral part of launching some truly amazing organizations who LOVE OUR CITY the same way we do. We are proud to call them friends and partners” - Patricia Talton

NLF Building

CAPACITY These organizations receive support and capacity building from Northwest Leadership Foundation and we are fiscally responsible for. CASTINGS Founded in January 2009, CASTINGS’ goal is to provide a school or community garden for children throughout Pierce County.

TACOMA COMMUNITY BOAT BUILDERS Tacoma Community Boat Builders works with at-risk youth to instill integrity, skill, and confidence via wooden boat building and maritime culture.

LAUNCHED BY NLF Organizations launched through Northwest Leadership Foundation and started their own non-profit organization. • • • • • • • • •

BAKKE GRADUATE UNIVERSITY DEGREES OF CHANGE FAB 5 FIRST TEE OF SOUTH PUGET SOUND NORTHWEST DETENTION CENTER ROUNDTABLE TACOMA COLLEGE MINISTRY CLUB FRIDAY PORTLAND LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION YAKIMA LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION

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Let’s Stay

Connected “You are what you share.” - Charles Leadbeater, We Think: The Power of Mass Creativity

5 Networks to

Follow NLF

3 Ways to

Engage Volunteer Contact us to get directly involved by either volunteering in communitybased programming, NLF office, and/or events. Call (253) 272-0771 x116. for more information.

Donate You can donate to our programs using our standard giving option, such as one-time gifts, annual gifts, monthly giving and restricted gifts.

Monthly Newsletter Visit www.northwestleadership.org to sign up for our Monthly Newsletter and receive updates on programs, leadership opportunities, and community news.

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