Tuesday morning, the Gig Harbor-based Russell Family Foundation announced a list of grants and impact investments totaling $6.38 million, running the gamut of supporting environmental sustainability, education, and homelessness.

The grants, which total $380,000 were donated to South Sound organizations: Readiness Acceleration and Innovation Network, a nonprofit biotech innovation hub; Salish Sea Collective, which is organized around the conservation and stewardship of the Salish Sea; Clean and Just Puget Sound, educational programing for communities of color and low-income areas; Sierra House, a youth shelter; Port Townsend Marine Science Center; and the Pierce Conservation District, which will use funds for activities and outreach for Orca Recovery Day.

The foundation’s $6 million in impact investing includes efforts to identify zip codes where populations live below the poverty line, a Tacoma redevelopment project, and a loan that guarantees the purchase of land for environmental conservation along the Hood Canal.

“Collaboration is a critical element of effective, place-based change,” said Richard Woo, Chief Executive Officer at the Russell Family Foundation. “As these community organizations continue to work together, connecting individuals and sharing resources and knowledge with each other, they are able to develop more impactful and creative solutions for the entire region. We are proud to support these groups and the power ideas that will effect social and environmental change on both large and small scales.”

For more information about the foundation and its investments, visit this website.

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