Our Investments

See below for Progress Alliance's 2018 Comprehensive Economic Policy Agenda Planning Grant RFP.

While we do not invest in electoral campaigns or single-issue advocacy organizations, we build the connective framework that makes these efforts stronger and more effective. We specifically invest where we can have maximum impact in the areas of greatest need. We primarily make long-term investments in organizations in our core capacity areas:

Build a powerful network of organizations that are more effective together, sharing resources, strategies, expertise, and best practices.
Reach voters and decision makers with powerful, unified, and emotionally compelling stories based on shared values that will change hearts and minds on the issues we care about.
Engage a growing, active base to build power and win.
Train a community of skilled leaders as the engine of our movement.
Understand our political landscape and what stands in the way of success.
Develop smart, high-impact policy solutions that create a healthy and just Washington state where economic success is shared and democracy serves the people.

Current Investments

All in for Washington

Capacity Area: Message & Communications, Organizing & Mobilizing
Changing the conversation about government, taxes, and the economy at a scale needed to win significant revenue reform through organizing, research, and a public education campaign.


Amplify

Capacity Area: Leadership Development
Recruits and trains progressive candidates who will be our champions in local and statewide office. Amplify works to ensure we have trained, passionate leaders who represent the diversity of Washington state, increasing representation among those underrepresented in public life, including people of color, women, young people and LGBTQ candidates.


Asian Counseling & Referral Service (ACRS)

Capacity Area: Organizing & Mobilizing
Fosters social justice, well-being, and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communitites by providing community-based health services and promoting active civic engagement to amplify the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.


Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE)

Capacity Area: Organizing & Mobilizing
Works to increase access and participation in electoral and civic affairs by registering, educating, and protecting Asian American and Pacific Islander voters, one of the fastest-growing constituencies in Washington.


Communications Hub and Heroes’ Narrative

Capacity Area: Message & Communications
Provides tools, training, and research to create consistent and emotionally compelling messaging for the progressive community in Washington state. Serves as the home of the Heroes’ Narrative Project, a powerful storytelling framework that infuses progressive values throughout political and social change communications, defining what we stand for and our vision for the future.


Democracy Hub

Capacity Area: Healthy Democracy
Collaborates with civic and community-based organizations to develop and implement a long-term movement agenda for democracy reform across Washington state. An independent project of Win/Win Network, the Democracy Hub is focused on movement building for a better democracy.


Fuse Washington

Fuse Washington

Capacity Area: Message & Communications, Planning & Collaboration
Provides the organizing and communications power needed to win critical issue and electoral campaigns and strengthen the foundation for increased success over time. The state's largest progressive organization, Fuse mobilizes grassroots activists, organizes coalitions, develops messaging, and produces high-quality research.


OneAmerica

Capacity Area: Organizing & Mobilizing, Leadership Development
Advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice by building power in immigrant and refugee communities across the state through advocacy, civic engagement, and leadership development.


Our Votes Count

Capacity Area: Organizing & Mobilizing
Engages low propensity voters with a focus on communities of color, young people, and low-income communities. Our Votes Count engages voters year over year, building relationships and power with the community.


Puget Sound Sage

Capacity Area: Policy Development, Leadership Development
Builds community power through a cross-sector approach that brings together community, faith, labor, immigrant and refugee, transit, environmental, and public sector partners to learn from each other and share coalition strategies. Puget Sound Sage generates in-depth research that illuminates the region's most pressing economic, environmental and equity issues. 


Rainier Valley Corps

Capacity Area: Leadership Development, Organizational Development
Promotes social justice by cultivating leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaboration between diverse communities.


State Innovation Exchange (SiX) Washington

Capacity Area: Message & Communications, Planning & Collaboration, Leadership Development
Provides tools, training, and resources to elected officials to develop a bold progressive agenda with a winning message.


Washington Bus

Washington Bus

Capacity Area: Organizing & Mobilizing, Leadership Development
Mobilizes young people to build a more progressive Washington state by running the state's largest youth voter registration drives and working to ensure that young people are informed, energized, and turn in their ballots. The Bus puts young Washingtonians in the political driver’s seat and gives them the tools and training they need to be high-quality organizers, legislators and leaders.


Washington Bus

Washington Community Action Network (Washington CAN)

Capacity Area: Organizing & Mobilizing, Leadership Development
Organizes for racial, social, gender, and economic justice in Washington state. The largest grassroots community organization in the state, Washington CAN works with a wide coalition of labor, senior, faith, and community groups to organize people and empower them to take action. 


Washington State Budget & Policy Center

Washington State Budget & Policy Center

Capacity Area: Policy Development, Message & Communications
Uses research and analysis to advocate for budgets and tax codes in Washington state that invest equitably to serve all Washingtonians, advance social and economic policies that lift up low and moderate income families, eliminate disparities based on race, and offer all communities the opportunity to thrive.


Win/Win Network

Capacity Area: Planning & Collaboration
Enables campaigns to make smart and efficient use of sophisticated voter information and serve as a central strategic planning hub for our advocacy and political community.


How We Invest

The Progress Alliance exists to win solutions that are truly at the scale of the problems we face. We envision a Washington State that is a healthy place to live with shared economic success and security, and a democracy that works for its people. Our unique niche is to build a permanent and powerful progressive movement supported by a network of committed donors. To this end we invest in organizations working within our six priority capacity areas.

We review investment proposals on an invitation-only basis from organizations that meet our criteria.

We fund:

  • Transformative impact in at least one of our six core capacity areas
  • 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations as determined by the IRS
  • Primarily in Washington State

We do not fund:

  • Single-issue projects or organizations
  • Direct service organizations
  • Candidates running for office

Request for Proposals

Comprehensive Economic Policy Agenda - Planning Grant

The Progress Alliance of Washington seeks a team of policy analysts, movement builders and communicators to develop a comprehensive policy agenda for Washington state supported by a new narrative and strategic campaign. This request for proposals is for the development of a written plan in 2018.

We believe being outraged by the right's agenda to dismantle protections, sow distrust in government, and consolidate corporate wealth and power is not enough to solve the growing problem of wealth inequality. To build lasting progressive power that serves our communities, we need to articulate why the right's trickle down economy is failing to sustain us, clarify the specific harming actions, and offer something better. People need a concrete vision for a future where they see themselves and their families thriving and know there are credible policy solutions to achieve that vision. To build lasting solutions, people need to believe that government has the responsibility and authority to guide the economy to support everyone’s well-being. And see a viable path to get there.

2018 PLANNING GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE: Up to $50,000

This 2018 funding will support a team to collaboratively scope and design a plan to build an economic policy platform, an economic narrative, and an economic campaign in 2019. We invite collaborative teams interested in pursuing this work to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). Based on review of the LOIs submitted, select teams will be invited to submit a Full Proposal. There is potential for continued funding of $100,000 or more for implementation of the plan in 2019.

GRANT GUIDANCE

This guidance includes overview of the Comprehensive Economic Policy Agenda components, priorities and reference research. It also clearly states the expectations for team structure and award decision criteria. The PDF can be downloaded here.

SUBMISSION PROCESS & REVIEW SCHEDULE

This RFP process has three distinct components:

  • LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) | An open call for a short, two (2) page narrative and cover sheet that will briefly describe your team, approach and vision for the planning process.
  • FULL PROPOSAL | A full six (6) page proposal, cover sheet and attachments that will describe your team, their roles/expertise, your planning process and methodology. This proposal process will include an information session webinar, so invited teams can ask questions and learn more about the selection criteria and grant review process. Based on the review of LOIs, full proposals will be accepted by invitation only.
  • PRESENTATION / INTERVIEW | Each team invited to submit a full proposal will also have the opportunity to do a short presentation and be interviewed by members of the selection committee. This will allow for discussion of the submitted proposal.

All questions can be sent to: Kirsten Harris-Talley, Program Director | kirsten@washingtonprogress.org | 206-324-2741