Futurewise works to promote smart growth in our region, advocating for compact, livable development in urban communities and protecting forests, farms and shorelines necessary for the health and sustainability of Puget Sound.
They have protected millions of acres of working farms and forests and ensured access to locally grown food for our region. They have secured stronger protections on over 2,000 miles of waterways. Around the state, local governments are updating their Shoreline Master Programs. In the last two years, they have helped over 25 cities and counties along the Puget Sound better protect fish and wildlife habitat, reduce toxic runoff, and increase restoration opportunities.
Futurewise collaborates with counties and cities to advance projects and policies that protect the Puget Sound, enhance the livability and sustainability of our neighborhoods, and create long-term strategies for protecting our working landscapes on which our communities depend on.
A roadblock for most communities to grow more sustainably is a lack of resources and tools – not a lack of will. Recognizing the many demands placed on local governments and the limited resources they have available, Futurewise is now seeking better and deeper partnerships with cities and various interests in order to be more successful. As part of their Livable Communities Program they will partner with 15 cities in the central Puget Sound over the next five years to help them reach a set of sustainability goals and provide them with technical assistance, policy development, help them to engage their communities and neighborhoods.
A key partnership is with Transportation Choices Coalition (TCC) on the Transportation for Washington (T4W) campaign. Futurewise takes the lead on education, advocacy and outreach, and land use policy while TCC takes the lead on transportation policy and campaign planning, and media outreach. The partnership allows them to grow their capacity and resources as well as expertise to have greater success in achieving the goals of the campaign to protect transit service here in King County and secure state funding for fixing our failing road infrastructure and increasing transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
In 2011, they completed a five year strategic plan and organizational assessment. The learned that they need to (1) tell their story more effectively, (2) invest in their leadership and development capacity, (3) update their budgeting and financial systems, and (4) develop a long-range fund development plan that will increase reserves and diversifies funding sources.
In the past year, they hired an Executive Director, and reduced their operating expenses by renegotiating their lease and reducing staff costs through furloughs. They are now working to grow and diversify their funding sources through their major donor and individual giving campaigns, increase their membership, seek new foundation and government grant opportunities, and implement a fee for service with government entities.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
$35,000.00||support general operating expenses.|
$3,000.00||honorarium for community-based organizations participating in the Communities of Opportunity Design Committee.|
$100,000.00||to support integrating public health and equity objectives and outcomes in comprehensive plans. COO RFP|
$10,000.00||support general operating expenses.|
$8,000.00||support general operating expenses.|
$5,000.00||support general operating expenses. |
$15,000.00||support general operating expenses.|