Global Washington is a network of organizations with ties to Washington state that are working to improve people’s lives in low- and middle-income countries. Global Washington promotes its members, connects them to one another, and strengthens their work.

Seattle Foundation is both a member of and partner to Global Washington. As one of the largest community foundations in the country and one of the largest community foundation grantmakers to organizations working abroad, Seattle Foundation works closely with philanthropists who invest in communities, both locally and internationally, harnessing their collective passion for lasting change.

In this year’s edition of the Philanthropy Guide, you’ll read stories of non-profit organizations addressing one of the most critical issues of our time: Climate Justice. This issue is also one that impacts everyone on the planet, and the actions we take today will determine the future for generations to come.

According to the World Bank, 78 percent of the world’s poor live in rural areas and most of them rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. That means that shifting weather patterns, rising temperatures, extreme weather events like floods, droughts, and land degradation are putting the poor at greater risk of losing their livelihoods, being unable to feed their families, sinking further into poverty, and maybe even being forced to migrate.

As is often the case, those who are most affected by a crisis have a great deal of insight and knowledge to create effective solutions. While Indigenous communities are often at greater risk from environmental degradation and climate effects, their long history of living from and caring for the land provides a unique perspective and an integrated set of solutions that can make sustainability a reality and help turn the tide on the climate crisis.

Throughout this guide, you will find numerous stories of successful strategies to address climate change and support those impacted the most. In addition, in the back of this guide you will find a full directory of Global Washington’s more than 160 members, including contact information and descriptions of their work.

Featured Organizations
  • Earthworm Foundation
  • EverVillage
  • Future of Fish
  • Landesa
  • Na’ah Illahee Fund
  • Nia Tero
  • Remote Energy
  • Seattle Foundation
  • Tearfund USA