The NW Energy Coalition is a broad alliance of groups working in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana and British Columbia. Through energy policy expertise and a diverse membership base, they work to develop and implement a shared vision of a clean energy future.
Collaboration is key to the NW Energy Coalition’s entire model. The Coalition has more than 110 organizational members in four states and British Columbia. Member organizations include environmental organizations, low-income/consumer-protection groups, communities of faith, labor unions, clean energy businesses and utilities. In Seattle and King County, important members and allies include Climate Solutions, Earth Ministry, Northwest SEED, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle City Light and Washington Environmental Council, among others.
The Coalition is primarily funded through foundation grants and utility dues. In order to strengthen their long-term sustainability, they recently adopted a new fundraising plan to further diversify their funding sources, including a major donor campaign and opportunities for sponsorships. Their initial results are showing some clear successes in this new approach.
Additionally, for 15 years the Coalition Executive Board has adopted budgets with a goal of contributing $20,000 per year to reserves. Current reserves amount to around 60% of the Coalition’s annual budget.
The Coalition’s work covers several elements of a healthy community. Through their broad coalition membership and diverse voices at the table they are able to work to increase clean energy while ensuring that low-income families don’t have to choose whether to heat or eat, as they also support the clean energy industries and green jobs. As a national leader in this work, they are focused on a regional level, having found that to be the most effective way of achieving impact.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
$5,000.00||support general operating expenses.|