Through its partnerships, the Foundation strives to influence the outcomes of public policies, decisions, and actions while promoting Senator Jackson’s leadership values. Whether we serve as lead, partner, funder, or ally, we leverage our unique role, history, and expertise to effect change in our goal areas.

Strategic Initiatives and Larger Grants ($10,000+)

With our strategic initiatives, we bring the Foundation’s resources in a broad sense, including financial support, internal expertise, an ability to make connections, and our strength as a convenor.

Strategic initiatives often involve forums, conferences, and other events. They are by invitation and developed as partnerships between the Foundation and regional and national organizations.

Not all Foundation grants are a strategic initiative. The Foundation may serve as a funder rather than as a robust partner when that role is most appropriate. At times, this may pair with general operating support grants, rather than program-specific funding.   

Opportunity Grants (generally up to $5,000)

Meant to be “quick wins,” these smaller grants can help organizations pilot new ideas, incentivize other funders to join, and allow an organization to take take advantage of a special opportunity.  

These grants usually support activities in Washington state, such as holding policy-oriented round table discussions, conducting programming centered on our goals, and bringing in expert speakers.

Some of our Opportunity Grant funds focus on work in greater Snohomish County, Washington, to honor Sen. Jackson’s hometown ties to Everett, Washington.

Grant Restrictions

The Foundation makes grants only to U.S.-based charitable organizations classified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We can fund nonpartisan analysis, study, and research that allows people to form an independent conclusion about an issue. Indirect expenses are allowed up to 15% of the total budget.

We Do Not Provide Funding:

  • To private foundations; endowment funds; individuals; or individual scholarships or fellowships.
  • That is earmarked for lobbying.
  • To support or oppose candidates for public office.
  • To cover indirect costs, overhead, or administration fees at academic institutions or universities.