Annual Report 2022-2023
This past year saw a return to some of what we recall from the pre-pandemic times, though it is our communities that have taken on the challenge of continuing to take care of each other. The systems built upon racialized capitalism and oppression of our marginalized communities heedlessly march on, though the necessity of critically re-examining business-as-normal remains as important as ever.
Within our networks, we are seeing movement towards a different future. Our partners move with integrity and deep love for their communities, using in-person events and programming to strengthen resilience and share resources. We celebrated with many of our partners as their community-centered programs deepened and received recognition as innovative solutions to systemic challenges.
But perhaps the deepest shift we have carried through the shocks of the last few years is centering wellness and sustainability, which has been an ongoing foundation of our internal organizational development, and our teams have been experimenting with measures that are specific to each of our respective needs. We are seeing this within our partner organizations, as well as amongst other nonprofits looking to alternate structures to share power and decision-making.with love,
We continue to dream into a world of greater liberation in our communities, challenging working norms of the non-profit sector, and are so glad to be doing this in community with you.
By the Numbers
8 Years & going strong!
Budget – $3.4 million
We moved into a new office!
Our team has officially moved into our new home in Columbia City! Or, to be more exact…we’re moving back! This is officially our second stint in the Hudson Building. We also resided at the Hillman City Collaboratory, a space that served as a hub for partners, fellows, and staff to get together.
As you may already know, Columbia City is home to many diverse communities: from Japanese and African American communities historically adding to the rich culture of the valley, to new Filipino, Latino, Vietnamese, and East African immigrant communities. The neighborhood has experienced gentrification in recent years but still retains the Rainier Valley spirit, and we are excited to be back!
Our New Address
3715 S Hudson St, Suite 103. Seattle, WA 98118
We continued to make a commitment to center wellness
Being part of the Nonprofit Industrial Complex means that we’re still beholden to structural constraints and internalized assumptions that cause us to move in ways that perpetuate burnout culture. We are continually experimenting with measures to create spaciousness, center joy and wellness, support each other, and hold ourselves accountable. Our General Operations team re-instituted Summer Fridays and Wellness Days for a second year after a staff-wide survey affirmed those as valuable tools to achieve all of those goals.
Multiple teams are also exploring measures such as reset weeks without meetings. Our retreats provided an opportunity for connection and deeper alignment, explore different ways of coordinating program teams with overlapping partners
There’s just a LOT going on.
We are tackling the financial and back-end realities for our organization, increasing fundraising support to our partners, pivoting in the face of sector-wide stresses and longer hiring timelines, and still showing up with our partners.
Fellowship Program progressed through year 2 of cohort ’22-’24!
Skip down to the Fellowship Program’s section to read about happenings and highlights from this past year!
We are starting to experiment with our thought leadership voice and formats!
We also began experimenting with various thought leadership formats, holding a virtual evens, experimenting with video blogs, and bringing more voices from across our team to our work.
OS Program remains closed for new partnerships since Spring 2021 as we continue to focus on building up our team’s capacity.
OS team managed transitions, growth in the team. Our partners also saw growth and are working together more, but with this comes more complexities in our operations.
We have a new hire who has been doing some amazing work with our partners! Welcome to the team, Deserea!
We celebrated Families of Color (FOCS) officially spun from our OS program and is now their own 501(c)! They were our first partners, and we are stoked to see them grow.
- Some of our partners saw more funding renewals! Certain City of Seattle departments (HSD, DEEL) and King County departments (BSK) have renewed contracts for partners through the new year.
- Some partners were awarded BSK grants.
- But funding has remained challenging for many of our partners, and we have been working to increase fundraising support. This also makes building reserves a challenge, which is needed for long-term sustainability.
- Creative Justice received a contract that will fully pay for one of their programs.
- The Good Foot Arts Collective had their first fundraising event aka their Showcase!
- Collective Justice had a rousing end of year/ holiday gathering
- Youthspeaks Seattle had its first open mic in person since the pandemic at the Sankofa theater
- One Vibe Africa held Kijiji Night at Langston Hughes
- Surge Reproductive Justice had Just Speak After Dark at the Rainier Arts Center
- Creative Justice had its Black Health and Wellness Day at Washington Hall
- Alphabet Alliance of Color (AAoC) had its 4th annual open house on at Y-WE
- All Girl Everything Ultimate Program (AGE UP)‘s school program, Cleveland HS, won the winter coed state finals. Go eagles!
- BFC attended Back to the Root Gathering at the Evergreen State College campus in Tacoma, Washington
- Mujer Al Volante (MAV) just had their new office grand opening on March 25th. They had a really great turnout and lots of local leaders came out to show support. JoJo took some awesome photos
- ALA Garifuna Women has their cultural gala and moved into new office in Skyway
- All Girl Everything Ultimate Program (AGE UP) held their PPP (Power, Privilege, and Plastic) last week. The topic of discussion was gentrification. It was all youth led from script and programming while AGE UP staff coordinated logistics. Ari Lozano (former fellow) will be stepping up as Co-Director while Sam Terry steps back to focus on programming
- ALA Garifuna Women had their 2nd annual gala/cultural celebration on Saturday
With Our Partners
Our partners are increasingly focused on capacity building that creates wellness and sustainability in their organizations. This year we facilitated retreats and training, coached leaders, built tools, and created processes addressing:
- Resource mobilization that re-framed people, relationships, and funding from a values-aligned, abundance perspective. This included: examining and shifting ideas on money, creating more liberatory frameworks around fundraising planning, financial literacy for donors and staff, and collective budgeting.
- Share and distributed leadership, which means transparent decision making at all levels of their organizations, including shared executive leadership.This included: moving to co-executive director models, defining decision making processes, and coaching so that executive directors could lean more authentically on board and staff.
- Organizational culture and structure that:
- Paced organizational growth, often choosing wellness over expansion through role-mapping, community mapping to re-prioritizing programming, and changing staff workloads;
- Increased staff retention and growth through redoing hiring practices, exploring and implementing ways to help staff grow professionally and personally;
- Centered care and joy during organizational transitions, in internal communication norms/processes, when giving and receiving feedback, and so much more!
Within Our Team
Like our partners, we also centered team wellness and sustainability.
- Hiring two new wonderful folks in order to ensure we had the capacity to serve our partners well.
- Re-doing our onboarding process to center connection, purpose, and repetition of learning for retention.
- Continuing our journey toward pro-blackness in our work by redoing our team agreements, reading “My Grandmother’s Hands” by Resmaa Menakem together and taking time to integrate practices, practicing a culture of pausing, collective reflection time, and learning to move at a pace that works for our team of diverse learners and communicators.
By the Numbers
- 4 Organizational Assessments
- 7 Strategic Planning (more in depth than a strategic matrix)
- Organizational + Team Culture (HR):
- 4 Supervision Support/Training
- 5 Role Mapping
- 4 Work Planning
- 5 Internal Communication (Norms, Feedback)
- 7 Strategic Budgeting (Strategic Matrix + Budgeting support)
- 3 Board Development
- 6 Fundraising Planning
- 5 Financial Literacy
- 12 Coaching/Thought Partnership
“[Being an RVC partner] has helped us from the start be able to define the kind of organization we want to be and how we can build that structure in a way that doesn’t replicate traditional harmful practices.”-Milvia, MAS 2023
Community Impact Fellowship
- Designed + Prepped for a 2 Track Skill Dive into Development and Operations
- As a result of feedback from the previous cohort who did not feel invested in being in trainings that weren’t relevant to their role. So we created a two-track that focused on two important areas of capacity building that every nonprofit needs: operations and fundraising.
- The Fellowship team is always learning and implementing creative solutions to improve the experience for fellows and host organizations. This year, they were able to:
- Provide more choice in coaches with the fellowship team. We weren’t able to give a diversity of choice for folks because of the limitations of our team but now we got 3!
- Facilitate the Leadership Institute + First Year of Training – this was to maintain continuity in facilitating a training space. That way we can maintain a culture with the fellows more consistently and fluidly.
- Offer separate coaching for fellow supervisors (non-Executive Directors) can be very helpful to support the supervisors’ leadership
- Designate Fellowship Leads to split the partner load and to have more frequent check-in’s, as well as thought partnership space with fellows supervisors. This has helped hard conversations and provide additional capacity building depending on how the space is curated.
Trial a quarterly Partner co-learning space with fellowship host organizations – this is also an experiment because we wanted to offer a space for folks to connect, learn, and share resources amongst supervisors/executive directors. So far, those who have attended have found it valuable. Some want more of it!
- Trainings covering topics such as relationship to power, navigating conflict and communication styles, work/life balance and boundaries, giving and receiving feedback, and integrating disability justice.
“Another accomplishment that I’m really proud of is my growth with facilitation. We had a really great first day with the students at Franklin High School last week, and it’s been going really well with engagement. I can tell I’m getting more confident with what I am teaching and others have noticed and shared that as well.” – Eva Chuc
“I was able to analyze and create a presentation on themes from SPEB’s community data. The data’s from the last six months of the year and has a lot of great info about community concerns and feedback to us as SPEB.I was able to make a video of the presentation and send it out to our team to view which has been helpful to other staff members especially for Institute conference planning.” – RJ Dumo
We made strides in our Thought Leadership storytelling!
In FY23, we added to our written blogs and started to share our learnings in several new formats. One of these was our first virtual event where we held a Q&A with our co-ED team. In this event we called “House Cooling Party” – as we were in the middle of a move to our new office, and we were broadcasting the event from our empty Weller office – we dived into RVC’s transition to shared leadership, as well as connecting with other non-profit organizations that were also in the midst of their journeys.
What we witnessed in that virtual gathering was a wider interest and commitment to breaking down hierarchical structures and thinking through different ways of sharing power. And, here are the blogs where we shared our decision-making tools, which can be helpful as you move through journeys of distributing power and decision making, as well.
This past year, we also started incorporating more and more voices from across our RVC network (staff, partners, fellows), in addition to sharing our learnings in ways that include more expansiveness and deep dives. Our inaugural multimedia blog featured a conversation with our fellowship team about their intentional pause; if you missed it, check it out here!
*Note on revenue sources: There were no government grants or donated professional services for FY23.
Social Justice League
We completed the second year of Social Justice League, awarding a total of $133,000 to each of our 24 partner organizations – that’s close to $3.2 million dollars of unrestricted funding over two years!
The Social Justice League is a pilot funding model centering trust-based relationships between funders and BIPOC-led organizations. Our goal is to distribute more unrestricted operating dollars over the course of 5 years to a cohort of 24 BIPOC led, RVC partner organizations.
It came to life through a unique founding partnership between RVC and the Satterberg Foundation. RVC stewards the Social Justice League–fundraising, advocating, and piloting a model for sustainable, equitable, and just philanthropy. However, RVC Seattle does not keep any dollars raised for the Social Justice League Partners. Funds raised for Social Justice League are housed at Social Justice Fund NW to ensure transparency and accountability. For more information about the Social Justice League, or to find out how you can get involved, feel free to reach out to [email protected].
A Big Shout Out to our core funding partners:
- Satterberg Foundation
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Group Health Foundation
- Seattle Foundation
- Expedia Group
- Cathy & David Habib
Blackbaud Giving Fund
Clifton Larson Allen (CLA) Foundation
Front and Centered
King County Employee Giving Program
Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation
Meta / Facebook Employee Giving & Match
Network for Good
Nonprofit Association of Washington
Panorama Global Fund / Frontstream
Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
Social Innovation Forum
Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC)
United Way of King County Community Services
Barbara Flye and Eric Lowney
Kimberly and Raphael Bernier
Nina Crocker and Stephen Gillett Charitable Fund
Loftis Higley Charity Fund
Dave Thompson and Judy Jesiolowski
David and Cathy Habib
Katherine and Matthew Donor Advised Fund
Emily Anthony and David Maymudes
Tal Saraf and Irene Basloe Saraf Family Fund
Lawton Fury Family
Maureen & David Feit
Jessica Finn Coven
Tesia R Forbes
Robert and Kathryn Strong Fund
Karen K Bluvas Giving Fund
Gregory Reffner and Nolie Ramsey
Hannah Lidman and Daniel Shiovitz
Alissa Hsu Lynch
Janet Levinger and William Poole
John H Fine
Jon and Mary Kauffman
Jordan Goldwarg and Samuel McVeety
Karina O’Malley and Chris Thrasher
Kit Bakke and Peter Russo
Marschel Paul and Margaret Sutro
Mike and Caroline Kinney
Patricia Keegan and Thomas Lennon
Rebecca Laszlo and Sara Intriligator
Fawad and Nadia Shaiq
Sharon Lerman and Mike Graham-Squire
FY23 Staff & Board
To see current staff, see our “team” page.
- Amanda Mancenido
- Anbar Mahar
- Chris Rhodes
- Christian Moore
- Deserea Brito
- Fabiola Arvizu
- Florence “Flo” Sum
- Hana Jang
- Harshika Kara
- JoJo Gaon
- Mandie Rice
- Miko Pugal
- Osca Opoku
- Rae Lee
- Roshni Sampath
- Sandra Amolo
- Shalom Cook
- Uyên Vũ
- Penny Friedrichsen
- Yecelica Valdivia
- Kristine Maramot
- Jess Hartman
- Vic Vong
- Zion Thomas
None of this work would have been possible without the trust of community members who believe in the vision of a just world where BIPOC communities don’t just thrive, but are actively building the power and collective capacity to fulfill the dreams of our communities.
Thank you to everyone who have been supporting us, our partners, and our community! We would not be able to do this without you!