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Futurewise is a statewide public interest group working to promote healthy communities and cities while protecting farmland, forests and shorelines today and for future generations.

They are the only statewide group in Washington working to ensure that local governments manage growth responsibly. Founded in 1990, Futurewise has established an impressive track record on growth management issues as the state’s primary advocate for smart growth policies.

Futurewise’s organizing and advocacy work, public education and legal program, and the technical support that they provide local groups have become the foundation of good growth management in Washington. SVP has supported Futurewise since 2013, both through our multi-year capacity building grants and collective action grants.

Total Giving: $132,000

Executive Director: Chris Weirzbicki
Lead Partner:
 Mike Fulton

Strengthening Futurewise

In partnership with SVP, Futurewise tackles projects like:

  • Marketing and Communications: Revamping their brand to reflect where their organization is today, starting with stakeholder interviews and a communications audit (paid consultants from Phinney Bischoff)
  • Finance: Reviewing their financial systems identifying ways to increase efficiency and accountability (worked with SVP Partner and paid consultant Tanya Anderson)
  • Leadership Development: Developing a training module to help Futurewise cultivate a team of proficient and effective project managers
  • Diversity and Cultural Competency: Providing a training for Futurewise staff and board to support their growing work in social equity and justice issues

More Stories about Futurewise

SVP Welcomes New Investee Futurewise

Over the next 10 to 15 years, Washington is expected to grow by more than a million residents, compounding existing threats – from further displacement of vulnerable populations to increased greenhouse emissions. The complexity of the issues at hand require an integrated approach, which is why SVP is honored to support Futurewise as our newest multi-year investee.

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SVP Invests $170k in Collective Action for Kids and Livable Communities

In the last year, SVP’s Collective Action Teams gave $170,000 in grants towards equitable transit, livable communities, and education in King County – bringing our total investment in collective action to $350,000 since 2012. Though this work, SVP is helping nonprofits engage more effectively in collective efforts, while simultaneously working with other funders to walk the talk – aligning and coordinating our investments for greater impact.

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$150k Invested in Collective Action

Two and half years have passed since the Stanford Social Innovation Review published their article on Collective Impact, and the social sector is still buzzing. Communities across the country are aligning their efforts to achieve lasting change, and over the past nine months SVP has invested $150k+ in collective action.

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Futurewise Receives SVP's First Environment Collective Action Grant

SVP’s Environment Collective Action Team is pleased to award Futurewise with a grant of $40,000 and capacity building volunteer support, SVP will assist Futurewise to deepen their engagement and leadership in collective action. Specifically, they will focus on Futurewise’s work with Growing Transit Communities, an initiative that engages public and private funders, city and regional government, as well as nonprofits.

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