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  • Fundraising Events | Believe in Me

    Annual Gala A formal black tie affair at an upscale hotel, complete with a cocktail hour, formal dinner, and entertainment. In-House Events Monthly gatherings to celebrate our cause while enjoying gourmet food, fine wine, and local artwork. Football Root for your favorite college team alongside one of our board members at a home WSU or UW football game. Basketball Join us as we celebrate Zag success on—and off—the court as we cheer on the Gonzaga men’s basketball team. Baseball Let us take you out to a Spokane Indians ballgame this summer. The hotdogs are on us! Hockey Start growing your playoff beard and attend a Seattle Kraken hockey game with us. Types of Fundraising Events Have a Good Time At An Innovative Children's Fundraising Event Upcoming Events Second Wednesday, Every Month Legacy Lounge Happy Hour Leaving a Legacy Every Second Wednesday, Every Month Certified Finance Experts Learn About: Charitable Gift Annuities, Saving on Your Taxes, and More Enjoy beer, wine, and appetizers Entrance Fee: FREE, Registration Needed ​ Learn More Every Sunday During July from 1 - 4 pm Flatstick Pub Sunday Fundraiser Mini-golf meets making a difference! Tee up for a cause and support marginalized youth. Swing into action and empower kids. Visit us for free golf! Putting competition with prizes. Flatstick Pub donates a portion back to Believe in Me. Learn More Nov. 4, 2023 | Time TBD WSU vs Stanford Family Weekend Gesa Field at Martin Stadium Pullman WA ​ Believe in Me has partnered up with Learfield to raise funds for our cause. Get your tickets today and Learfield will donate $5 for every ticket purchased. ​ GO COUGS! Learn More Various Dates Washington State University Home Football Games WSU vs. Wisconsin Badgers • Sept. 9 WSU vs. Northern Colorado Bears • Sept. 16 WSU vs. Oregon State Beavers • Sept. 23 WSU vs. Arizona Wildcats • Oct. 14 WSU vs. Stanford Cardinal • Nov. 4 WSU vs. Colorado Buffaloes • Nov. 17 Learn More Dec. 2, 2023 A Place to Call Home Gingerbread Decorating Holiday Event at the HUB Benefitting Children's Charities Assisting Kids Who Are Experiencing Homelessness Corporate Sponsorships Available Gingerbread Kit Starting at $35 Learn More Date TBD - March 2024 Believe in Me Drag Beauty Pageant Highball at Northern Quest Casino Lounge Help Us Crown The Next Believe in Me Queen or King Supporting LGBTQ+ community suicide prevention Exclusive event and feast on a fantastic four-course meal Sponsorships Packages Available Entrance Fee: $100 pp, $125 VIP Learn More August 23 - 2024 Tomorrow Never Dies Charity Gala Her Majesty's Secret Service is coming to Hideaway Cellars in Seattle to recruit new agents. Join us for our Shaken Not Stirred soiree - A Black Tie Affair. Sponsorships Packages Available Tickets: $250 per person Learn More Jun. 17, 2024 Believe in Me Charity Golf Tournament Circling Raven Golf Club in Worley, ID. Cheating for Charity AM Round PM Round​ Sponsorships Packages Available Entrance Fee: TBD ​ Learn More We Believe in the Value of Community Engagement We believe that there’s no better way to get to know prospective volunteers and donors than to spend some quality time and have a little fun together. For this reason, Believe in Me hosts a myriad of entertaining events throughout the year to allow us to have some fun while getting to know you a little better. All throughout the year, we put a spotlight on the causes that are important to us while letting our hair down, having some fun, and getting to know you!

  • Grant Eligibility | Believe in Me | United States

    Believe in Me Grant Eligibility Check Your Eligibility Ready to take your youth empowerment program to the next level? Believe in Me Grants are here to help you shine your light and make a real impact on kids. Here’s the scoop on our grant eligibility requirements. Check Your Eligibility 501(c)(3) Status: Your nonprofit needs to be a certified 501(c)(3). Tax-exempt status is the name of the game. ​ Serving in Our Backyard: We're focusing on Washington, North Idaho, Oregon, and nearby communities. If you're helping marginalized kids here, we're all ears. ​ Align with Our Pillars: Your mission should match at least one of our Five Pillars of Caring . One grant request per pillar, just to keep things cozy. ​ Money Matters: Keep those numbers straight – we're talking budgets and financial records. Got receipts? This is a must. ​ Down to the Details: If you get the green light, you'll need the nitty-gritty details – invoices, receipts, all the IRS-approved info to show where the funds go. ​ Funding Limits: Asking for a grant? Think between $5,000 and $15,000. That's our sweet spot. ​ Who's on Board: Tell us about your key staff and their roles. ​ Get Structured: Board of directors? Check. Management and accountability? Got it. You're on track! ​ Pre-Award Due Diligence Workshop: Join us for a 30-minute chat – virtual or in-person – to sync up on your program, set shared goals, and ace that grant impact. A pre-award must-do for grant eligibility – let's make it happen! Eligibility Criteria What Our Grants Don't Cover Personal payments? Nope. Indirect costs? Nah. Payroll and salaries? Pass. Admin expenses? Not our jam. Deficits and fundraising? Not in our playbook. Lobbying? Sorry, not in the mix. Ready to Roll? If you're still here with us, then here's your next step. Submit the Grant Eligibility Pre-screening Form. The journey to youth empowerment with Believe in Me Grants starts now! Check Your Eligibility Who can I give life insurance to? A beneficiary can be an individual, charity, a company or trust. If your beneficiary is an individual, they can be related to you, one of your kids, a husband or wife, a friend or or anyone else you happen to know. Charities are a common type of beneficiary as well. What value is used to determine my tax deduction if I change the ownership of my life insurance policy to a charity? The paid in cost basis of the policy or the fair market value of the policy, whichever is lower. How to gift life insurance proceeds without tax As long as your life insurance has not converted to a modified endowment contract, there will not be any tax due. Who pays tax on personal life insurance given as a gift? No one will be required to pay tax on personal life insurance given as a gift. Do colleges like receiving life insurance as charitable gifts? Yes. Other nonprofits, like Believe in Me, also enjoy the benefits of receiving life insurance proceeds as a charitable gift. Is a life insurance planned gift revocable? If you own the life insurance policy, you are able to change the beneficiary at any time. if you are changing ownership of the life insurance policy to a charity to gain the tax benefits, you will not be able to revoke your planned gift. Can you deduct life insurance premiums + gifting? You can maximize your tax savings if you make a cash donation to the charity, restricting use to making premium payments on your life insurance policy. Can a fractional part of a life insurance policy be gifted? Yes. You may gift a % or the entire policy to charity. Can you gift life insurance premium payments? Yes, but you can maximize your tax savings if you make a cash donation to the charity, restricting use to making premium payments on your life insurance policy.

  • Employment Opportunities at Believe in Me

    Professional Networks We Belong To Learn More Want to see what types of volunteers you might be working with if you make a move to Believe in Me? Check out, Idealist! Learn More Go ahead and take us for a test drive. Find open volunteer opportunities that match your skills and work interests. Learn More From our mission to our financial health and well-being, you can learn all about our organization by visiting our profile on Guidestar. Put Your Talents and Skills to Work for Good Working at Believe in Me If you’re interested in fulfilling a big vision, you're in the right place. Caring, trustworthy, and innovative, our team comes to us from a variety of industries and impressive work histories. Every one of us is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and we can't wait to make you part of our team. We are inspired to help every kid develop the self-confidence they need to succeed. Living in Spokane Spokane really has something to offer everyone. Just about any outdoor activity imaginable is easily accessible. Not to mention the local festivals, wineries, fine dining, art, theater, and shopping. From river valleys and mountain top forests to lakes and streams, the surrounding area offers a world of adventure. As home to some of the country's up-and-coming businesses, Spokane is also rich in innovation and opportunity. ​ Benefits and Perks Here are some of the great benefits of working with us. Medical, dental, and vision premium reimbursement 403(b) retirement plan, including employer contribution for eligible participants Paid time off including holidays, vacation, illness, and family leave Learning and development opportunities with opportunities to attend industry events and conferences Pet friendly office Help build a culture of innovation and agility in support of our Mission Current Openings Click on the job titles below to read a detailed job description for each role we are recruiting for. Please thoroughly review the required skills and work experience to ensure you're a good fit before applying. ​ Administrative Assistant Ready to Apply? We believe that dynamic people working as a team, inspired by great leadership and the anonymity to flourish, will do extraordinary things... together. Apply Now Grant Writer Administrative Assistant Marketing Manager Nonprofit Bookkeeper Join Our Team As a quickly growing nonprofit, we are always looking for passionate, talented, and creative people to join our team’s roster. If you’re looking for a challenge that will lead you to the next level of your career, you’ve found the right place. "It is our differences that bring us together. It is our differences that make our ideas more meaningful. It is our differences that create a team that is one of a kind." —Successories About Us Five Pillars of Caring Watch Our Video

  • Glassybaby Perfectly Imperfect Sale | Believe in Me

    glassybaby Enthusasts glassybaby's commitment to design and charitable causes has garnered a passionate following of fans. The frenzy surrounding the Perfectly Imperfect sale resembles a new iPhone launch. Some enthusiastic glassybaby enthusiasts will arrive on Friday afternoon. At the same time, the majority of the 1,500 attendees expected to show up will likely secure their spot in line between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Saturday. PASSIONATE • FOLLOWERS • FANS Save big on unique glassware and support a great cause. Perfectly Imperfect - Seconds Sale To ensure their products meet high standards, glassybaby's teams thoroughly examine each votive and assess more than 20 points of perfection. Pieces that don't meet strict criteria are classified as seconds. Examples of these variations in quality include giant bubbles, wrong color, or minor imperfections that are difficult to detect, such as tool marks or small rock particles. MINOR IMPERFECTIONS • WRONG COLOR • BUBBLES Discover stunning hand-blown glass at the Perfectly Imperfect Sale. Event Details glassybaby's Perfectly Imperfect sale is coming up on June 3rd, 2023. This event will take place at the Hub Sports Center in Liberty Lake, WA, located at 19619 E. Cataldo, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until supplies last. Fans of the hand-blown glass votives and drinkers can take advantage of significant savings on items with regular prices usually starting at $60. Jun. 3 • 8 am - 2 pm • HUB Sports Center, Liberty Lake, WA Join the glassybaby Frenzy and support Believe in Me! First in Line If waking up that early is not your cup of tea, don't fret too much. glassybaby's management assures customers that inventory will be restocked with new colors throughout the day. Additionally, one lucky fan will get to start shopping at 7:45 a.m., fifteen minutes before anyone else, thanks to this year's "first in line" promotion. INVENTORY • LUCKY FAN • PROMOTION glassybaby's commitment to design and philanthropy shines at the Perfectly Imperfect Sale. glassybaby Perfectly Imperfect Sale Shop, Save, and Support Charity One-of-a-Kindness Keeping with their charitable tradition, glassybaby will donate a portion of all sales from the Perfectly Imperfect sale to benefit marginalized youth at Spokane-based Believe in Me Foundation. PASSIONATE • FOLLOWERS • FANS Don't miss the glassybaby Perfectly Imperfect Sale - a celebration of design and philanthropy. "We are truly excited to witness the influx of innovative programs from passionate applicants, all of whom share our unwavering commitment to our Five Pillars of Caring and the empowerment of marginalized youth." -Julie Wukelic, CEO of Believe in Me Welcome to the glassybaby Perfectly Imperfect Sale! Get ready for a frenzy of color, design, and philanthropy. Join us on June 3rd at the Hub Sports Center in Liberty Lake, WA, for this one-day event where you'll have the chance to save big on one-of-a-kind hand-blown glass votives and drinkers. glassybaby's commitment to charitable causes has created a passionate following of fans, and we're thrilled to partner with them for this incredible sale. A portion of all sales will be donated to Believe in Me to support underprivileged children in our community. Get ready to score big on unique glassware while supporting a great cause.

  • Transparency | Believe in Me

    Success with Transparency, Trust, & Innovation Good Stewards With Every Donation Made ​​Believe in Me is committed to maintaining the highest standards of financial integrity. Our annual reports and tax filings demonstrate our ongoing efforts to steward our assets judiciously and diversify our funding sources. Through our grantmaking, we provide a wide range of financial support to nonprofits that serve our community’s children and their most pressing needs. 2018 2019 2020 2021 IRS Form 990 IRS Form 990 IRS Form 990 IRS Form 990 Financial Statements Financial Statements Financial Statements Annual Report Financial Statements Annual Report 2022 IRS Form 990 Annual Report Individual Donations Small, one-time or recurring, donations made by an individual or household. Fundraising Events Consists of selling event tickets and soliciting donations at events. Major Giving Large, one-time or recurring, donations made by an individual or household. Non-Cash Donations Donations consisting of goods, services, or time rather than cash. Planned Giving Includes charitable trusts, annuities, and tools that provide income to donors. Charitable Bequests Funds donated through a will or a documented estate plan. Corporate Giving Social and philanthropic initiatives launched by a company; donating to support and advocate for our joint mission. Wealth Management Income from interest payments, dividends, capital gains collected upon the sale of securities or other assets. Community Investments Learn how the Foundation invests in Spokane-based startup companies. How We Raise Funds Governance and Policies Embrace the spirit of transparency and heartfelt governance at Believe in Me, where our actions are guided by unshakable ethics, love, and a deep-seated respect for every life we touch. Code of Ethics/Conduct This is our promise to always act with kindness and honesty in everything we do. We work hard to make the world better and keep our hearts in the right place. Conflict of Interest Policy Whistleblower Policy Privacy Policy Our Conflict of Interest Policy means we always choose what’s best for our mission, not what’s best for us personally. Your trust and our projects come first! Speaking up is brave! Our Whistleblower Policy protects our friends who tell us if something’s not right. It’s important to always do the right thing and keep each other safe. Your information is safe with us! Dive into our Privacy Policy to see how we protect your information and keep it just between us. Copyright and Intellectual Property Policies Nonprofit Registration & Tax Exemption Status Brand Guidelines We're proud to show you our official IRS Determination letter! This super-important letter proves we're a tax-exempt family. Peek inside and see our star status! We treasure everyone’s creations and ideas! Our Copyright and Intellectual Property Policies share how we respect and protect all the cool stuff we and others make. Our look is special, just like our mission! Peek into our Brand Guidelines to see how to share our name and logo the right way. Grants Program Become a Volunteer Donate Today Get To Know The Stewards Of Our Financial Portfolio Rule Follower. I use my experience in healthcare management, patient privacy, HIPAA, compliance, and auditing to dig into the heart of it all; building and strengthening relationships based on trust and transparency. Treasurer Lori Brennan, MBA, RHIA, CHC Affiliations: Corporate Compliance & Privacy Manager: Inland Northwest Region, Multicare Health System Committee Positions: Member, Board of Directors since April 2019 Chair, Finance, Property Management, and Investments Committee Member, Grants Administration Committee Education: MBA, Western Governors University B.S. Health Administration, University of Phoenix Diplomatic Liaison. I like to bring people together and help find common benefits to maximize value for the participants. And in so doing over the span of time and deals, add just a bit to the global good. Board Member Dan Menser Affiliations: Chairman, Alliance of Angels General Counsel, Teal Communications, Inc. Member of the Board of Advisors, Pollen System Corporation & Everyvine Corporation Committee Positions: Member, Finance, Property Management, and Investments Committee Education / Awards: J.D. Program - Cum Laude, Seattle University School of Law B.A. Finance - Cum Laude, Washington State University Solutions Architect. I have been active in economic development matters across Washington State. I'm passionate about serving youth and contributing to community development. Board Member John Powers Affiliations: Founder and CEO, Powers Economics Committee Positions: Member, Board of Directors since August 2022 Member, Finance, Property Management, and Investments Committee Education / Awards: BBA Business Administration - Finance, University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business Juris Doctorate - Law, Gonzaga University School of Law Legal Eagle. I serve as the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Eastern Washington University and the Alumni Advisory Board for the Delta Iota Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Washington State University. Board Member Keith Trefry Affiliations: Partner, Paine Hamblen LLP Vice Chair of the Advisory Board of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Eastern Washington University Alumni Advisory Board for the Delta Iota Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Washington State University. Committee Positions: Member, Board of Directors since August 2022 Member, Finance, Property Management, and Investments Committee Education: B.A. Pre-Law, Cum Laude, Washington State University JD Law, Cum Laude, Gonzaga University School of Law Investing in the Future Today Founded in 2006, Believe in Me is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to continually improving the lives of the children we serve. We focus on building long-term community assets in order to provide support for those in need. Our team of dedicated professionals works to ensure the resources we provide are effectively utilized, and that our donors’ charitable goals are met. We invite you to join us in our mission to strengthen and support our community’s kids by investing in Believe in Me today. Together, we can create a brighter future for all. Thank you for your support.

  • Transitional Living | Believe in Me

    Transitional Living A Safe Place To Call Home Homelessness Impacts More Kids Than You Think Homelessness among youth in the United States is a complex issue that disproportionately affects LGBTQ+ youth, those who have been in foster care, and Black and Hispanic youth. 36,000 Kids Too many kids in the United States do not have a safe place to sleep tonight 20% From Foster Care Youth who have been in foster care are more likely to experience homelessness 40% LGBTQ Youth LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately affected by homelessness 25% Get Trafficked Nearly one in four homeless youth experience human trafficking BIPOC Youth Black, Indigenous and people of color youth are overrepresented Donate Now No Kid Should Have to Live Without a Home While the reasons why each individual child is living in this transitional state vary, there are some key risk factors that are associated with an increased likelihood of kids living without a home: Family conflict or abuse Time spent in foster care Substance use School problems LGBTQ+ Pregnant or parenting minors Helping Kids Experiencing Homelessness Fortunately, there are transitional living programs that provide vital services to youth living without a home. These programs offer a safe place to stay as well as access to meals, showers, laundry facilities, and case management services. They also provide education and job training programs to help young people get back on their feet and transition into independent adulthood. For many young people experiencing living without a home, transitional living programs are a lifeline. They offer much-needed stability and support during a difficult time. And by helping youth to develop the skills they need to succeed in adulthood, transitional living programs open up the possibility of a brighter future. Transitional Living: Supporting Youth To Leave The Streets And Accomplish Their Dreams ​ By Alexandra Martinez There are many reasons why children live outside the safety and protection of a home. They may get forced to leave or have to run away for safety. Transitional Living intends to equip people with the tools, structure, and support they need to re-enter permanent housing and be successful in their futures. Read Article Homeless Youth: Helping Pregnant Girls Overcome Adversity ​ ​ By Jeremiah Sargent This article intends to highlight an organization in Spokane, WA, that has been doing the hard work of preventing youth homelessness on a one-to-one basis for decades: Alexandria House, located in historic Browne’s Addition and administered by the Volunteers of America. Read Article Human Trafficking: Giving Second Chances To Those Who Need It ​ ​ By Alexandra Martinez As a community, we can’t ignore that even the places where we live can be connections for the traffickers to get to other states. Spokane has become the circuit between Seattle and Idaho for sex and labor trafficking. Meet the Jonah Project, an organization that advocates for survivors of human trafficking. Read Article Impact Stories How We Empower Youth How Your Donations Are Helping While the road to stability can be long and difficult for these kids, it's important to remember that they are not alone. There are many organizations and individuals working tirelessly to help them find a safe and secure home. Your donations make this possible.​ Donate Volunteer Apply for a grant Too many kids are left without a safe place to call home after experiencing serious emotional and behavioral disturbances, domestic violence, and abuse. ​ These kids need our help. They've been through enough already. ​ Believe in Me funds transitional living programs that provide support, resources, and a safe place to call home for marginalized kids. With your help, we can give these kids the chance they deserve to heal and thrive. Providing a Safe Haven for Kids Donate Now

  • Community Investments | Believe in Me

    Community Investments Make the Most of Your Donation As part of our diversification strategy, our Investments committee has made a strategic decision to allocate a portion of its liquid assets for investment in start-up companies that show significant promise in the Spokane community. Believe in Me has provided capital for these companies primarily through convertible debt instruments, and minority ownership stakes in the company. Volunteers on the board of directors also provide professional business advice and mentorship to these developing businesses. We believe in Spokane. Kids Benefit from a Strong, Healthy Community Medcurity Believe in Me has invested in Medcurity which was founded in Spokane, WA., by Joe Gellatly and Amanda Hepper. Their team has decades of experience in healthcare, technology, and compliance. Medcurity was formed to help healthcare organizations manage complex HIPAA and security requirements in one powerful platform. Medcurity helps health care organizations conduct security risk analysis with confidence, create policies and procedures tailored to your organization, and manage your business associates agreements in a 100% digital environment. Learn More Inherent Biosciences We believe that guesswork and trial and error medicine lead to severe pain and suffering. We discover what is inherent in our biology about the unexplained in... infertility, embryo quality, autism, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fetal heart disease, COVID-19, drug response, chemotherapy exposure. Our vision is to revolutionize trial and error medicine and restore hope. Learn More Kick-Start IV Believe in Me is amongst the group of investors that have pooled their resources to help launch regional startups through Kick-Start IV, the fourth such angel investment fund composed of Spokane investors. Kick-Start IV will primarily target equity investments in seed and early-stage companies based in Eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana,” Simpson says. “The fund has the flexibility to invest up to 30% of its capital into adjacent regions—Boise, Portland, and Seattle, for example,” Simpson says the fund will work with members of the Spokane Angel Alliance, Ignite Northwest’s Technology Growth Fund, Mind to Market, and other angel and venture capital funds to secure incremental capital for the companies in which Kick-Start IV invests. Learn More Gestalt Diagnostics Gestalt Diagnostics provides software modules, industry-leading connectivity, and support services to empower pathologists, generate objective and reproducible results, increase productivity and efficiency, and significantly reduce the diagnostic error rate for laboratories of all sizes. Gestalt’s technology provides digital pathology using artificial intelligence and industry-leading connectivity and services. Learn More Arevo Health Arevo Health helps companies better manage their employee health plans. Today 26,000 US companies self-insure their health plan benefits. The Arevo solution collects and analyzes expense data from multiple plan vendors, employers, and employees to empower employers for the first time to effectively manage their health benefits spending. Their vendor-agnostic system provides the technology to drive transparency into the heavily conflicted healthcare marketplace. Learn More Spiceology Founded in 2013 by award-winning, executive chef Pete Taylor and top food blogger Farmgirl Gourmet , Spiceology had humble Farmers Market beginnings. With 400+ small-batch ground spices, chiles, herbs, salts, confections, fruit & vegetable powders, and modernist ingredients, it's no wonder that Spiceology's grind fresh, deliver fresh philosophy is loved by professional and home chefs alike. Learn More Vega Vega is a group of industry experts who strive to help make it easier to consume and manage public cloud infrastructure. They have over a decade of hands-on experience managing production infrastructure in the cloud. Their mission is to give organizations the freedom to innovate and efficiently deliver world-class products and services. Their vision is to be the trusted platform in making technology management easier for businesses consuming public cloud. Learn More Spokane Angel Alliance The Spokane Angel Alliance (SAA) is the largest and most active angel investor group focused on investing in emerging companies in Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Believe in Me is proud to be counted amongst the over 100 individuals and corporate members of SAA. The SAA meets six times per year to review investment presentations from selected companies. Over the last 10 years, members of the SAA have invested over $54 million in 46 companies. SAA primarily invests in companies headquartered in Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana; but occasionally invests in companies based in adjacent regions. These investments are typically structured as preferred stock, common stock, or convertible promissory notes. Investment amounts vary widely. Learn More Drip7 Drip7 is a cybersecurity training platform aimed at educating users on an employee level in safer, smarter cyber practices. Founded in Spokane, WA by visionary Heather Stratford, Drip7 has disrupted the cyber training space through the gamification of compliance training with a microlearning-based delivery. Drip7 is different because it is based on providing mobile, consistent training to encourage engagement and skill development while creating measurable behavior change. Learn More Treasury4 Treasury4 is a fintech dedicated to delivering high-value solutions that dramatically improve treasury and finance processes for corporates worldwide. Their goal has been to develop exceptionally secure, intuitive solutions that truly meet the needs of corporate finance and treasury users. T4 solutions enable near-time queries, visual data discovery, user-customized dashboards, and flexible analytics. Learn More

  • Apply for a Scholarship | Believe in Me

    Unlock Your Potential Believe in Me Scholarship Program Submit your application no later than Mar. 1 Apply Today In order for you to be considered for a scholarship, you must meet the following criteria: ​ First-generation, post-secondary education-seeking students Students attending school in Washington State, N. Idaho, Oregon Pursuing an education at a two-year college, four-year college or university, independent private career school, or trade school 2.75 cumulative GPA in high school or a GED 24 years of age or less Can demonstrate leadership, grit, and perseverance Belong to any of the following marginalized groups American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islanders, Multi-race, Immigrant Families Living in a household below the poverty line, experiencing food insecurity, or without housing Adopted, aged out of the foster care system, living in foster care, or wards of the state Students living with a disability, mental health issues, substance abuse disorder Students with incarcerated parents, unemployed parents, parents who did not graduate from high school or did not attend college Students of differing sexual orientation or gender identity Pregnant teens and single-parent students Students experiencing domestic violence, abuse, or trauma; and survivors of human trafficking Able to provide recommendations from two community references Involvement in extra-curricular activities, work, religious, or volunteer activities Are You Eligible for a Scholarship? Apply Now Important Dates The Morning Star Foundation will be accepting online grant applications November 1-30. All materials must be received no later than 11:59 pm on November 30th to be considered. Applications will be reviewed throughout the month of December and applicants will be notified of their funding request status on or before December 31. Get Your Questions Answered For more information, questions about program eligibility or about applying, please call 509.448.1412 or send an email inquiry to admin@morningstar-foundation.org . How to Apply for a Morning Star Foundation Grant Check your organization’s eligibility after November 1. Step 1: Check Your Eligibility Step 2: Start Your Application If your organization is eligible, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a pre-filled form to begin your application. You will be allowed to save your application and restart at any time using the link in the email. Send an email to admin@morningstar-foundation.org with any questions you have about the grant application process before Sunday, November 8th at 5:00 pm. These will be answered during the info session. Step 3: Submit Questions Attend an info session at 12:00 pm on Monday, November 9th to have your questions answered. We will be covering specific how-to tutorials and explaining the application process in detail. Step 4: Attend Info Session Step 5: Submit Your Application Gather all your documents and submit your application before 11:59 pm on Monday, November 30th. Please note that due to the high volume of applications and time constraints involved with properly reviewing them, we will not be extending this deadline under any circumstances. What You Can Expect from the Granting Committee The Morning Star Foundation is tasked with the stewardship and sustainability of the Foundation’s assets to support administration of grant funding to the programs that carry out our mission. Our Grants Administration Committee meets all throughout the year to streamline the granting cycle process, review applications for eligibility, and award grants to the nonprofits that solve the problems we care about the most. The granting committee intermittently reviews the progress of each program and reports the impact they are having back to our donors. A special meeting is held during the month of June to review the Foundation’s financial performance and determine the amount that will be available for granting throughout the next cycle. The funds available for granting varies from year to year and may be limited during times of economic downturn and organizational restructuring. For this reason, the Foundation does not provide grant funding to cover administrative costs and payroll related expenses. Roadmap to Success Important Dates to Remember Information session on Feb. 15 Submit your application no later than Mar. 1 Scholarship winners will be notified on or before April 1 Award Acceptance Forms due April 30 Enrollment Verification Forms due Aug. 30. Get Your Questions Answered & Share Our Flyer Click Here to download and distribute our informational flyer promoting the program. For more information, questions about program eligibility, or applying, please call our office at 509.488.1413, email our team at admin@believeinme.org , or plan to join Live Office Hours with our Grants Administrator on weekdays at 11:00 am. How To Apply For a Believe in Me Scholarship Step 1: Check Your Eligibility The Believe in Me Scholarship Program is open to first-generation marginalized students in Washington State, Northern Idaho, and Oregon who can demonstrate leadership, grit, and perseverance on their pathways toward educational success. The program is open to first-generation, post-secondary education-seeking individuals. This includes current students as well as individuals who have already earned their high school diploma or GED and are planning to enroll at an accredited higher learning institution. Step 2: Submit Questions Send an email to admin@believeinme.org with any questions about the application process before 5:00 pm PST on Wednesday, Feb. 14. These will be answered during the info session. Step 3: Watch Our Info Session Attend an info session at 12:00 pm PST on Thursday, Feb. 15, to have your questions answered. We will cover specific how-to tutorials and explain the application process in detail. Scan the QR code or CLICK HERE to access information about the virtual info session and add it to your calendar. Missed the live info session? Click here to watch the recording to get all the details! ​ If you still have questions after watching the recording, click here to schedule a meeting with someone from our team. We are here to help you succeed! Step 4: Submit Your Application Gather all your documents and submit your application before 11:59 pm PST on Friday, Mar. 1. Be sure to submit all the required documentation as incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please note that due to the high volume of applications and time constraints involved with properly reviewing them, we will not be extending this deadline under any circumstances. Family Authorization Form Record Video Recommendation Form Application PDF Application Checklist Who can I give life insurance to? A beneficiary can be an individual, charity, a company or trust. If your beneficiary is an individual, they can be related to you, one of your kids, a husband or wife, a friend or or anyone else you happen to know. Charities are a common type of beneficiary as well. What value is used to determine my tax deduction if I change the ownership of my life insurance policy to a charity? The paid in cost basis of the policy or the fair market value of the policy, whichever is lower. How to gift life insurance proceeds without tax As long as your life insurance has not converted to a modified endowment contract, there will not be any tax due. Who pays tax on personal life insurance given as a gift? No one will be required to pay tax on personal life insurance given as a gift. Do colleges like receiving life insurance as charitable gifts? Yes. Other nonprofits, like Believe in Me, also enjoy the benefits of receiving life insurance proceeds as a charitable gift. Is a life insurance planned gift revocable? If you own the life insurance policy, you are able to change the beneficiary at any time. if you are changing ownership of the life insurance policy to a charity to gain the tax benefits, you will not be able to revoke your planned gift. Can you deduct life insurance premiums + gifting? You can maximize your tax savings if you make a cash donation to the charity, restricting use to making premium payments on your life insurance policy. Can a fractional part of a life insurance policy be gifted? Yes. You may gift a % or the entire policy to charity. Can you gift life insurance premium payments? Yes, but you can maximize your tax savings if you make a cash donation to the charity, restricting use to making premium payments on your life insurance policy. Watch the Info Session to Learn More Details Thinking of applying for scholarships? Get all your questions answered in our info session! We'll go over the eligibility requirements, step-by-step application process, eligibility, and more, so you know exactly what to do and have the best chance of success.. ​ If you have any unanswered questions about our scholarship program, please reach out to our team at admin@believeinme.org . We are happy to help!

  • Grant Application Process | Believe in Me

    Believe in Me Grant Application Process APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED SEP. 1 - OCT. 1 Empowering Youth One Step at a Time Welcome to the Believe in Me Grant Application Process page, your gateway to fostering positive change through youth empowerment. Embark on a guided journey that demystifies the application process, ensuring a seamless and engaging experience. Each step is designed to help you make a meaningful impact while navigating the application process with confidence. Join us in this transformative journey and unlock your organization’s potential to create a brighter future for the youth we serve. Step 1: Pre-Screening Stage Familiarize Yourself: Begin at our comprehensive Grants Overview Page to grasp the ins and outs of our Youth Empowerment Grants Program. Assess Fit: Visit our Grant Program Eligibility Page to review our eligibility criteria. Get Started: Fill out the Grant Eligibility Pre-Screening Form to pre-qualify for our application process. One submission per organization, please. Confirm Qualification: If you pass our Pre-Screening stage, you’ll receive an email confirming the next steps. UNLOCKING OPPORTUNITIES Check out our Grants Overview, assess eligibility, and submit the Pre-Screening Form for Youth Empowerment Grants - your path to success! Step 2: Open Application Phase Check Your Inbox: If you’ve passed our Pre-Screening stage, you will receive an email once our grant applications open. This will include a unique link to your pre-filled grant application form as well as a PDF of the blank form . Save the Date: Your email will also include an invitation to our live Grant Application Information Session at noon on the 1st Wednesday in September. Be sure to download the calendar invite to secure time on your calendar. Join our Zoom Meeting 1st Wed in Sep. at noon Meeting ID: 845 5163 0582 Passcode: 852033 Prepare to Learn: Review the blank application, note questions, and prep for the Grant Application Info Session. Watch the Tutorial: If you missed the session, no worries. Click Here to watch the most recent video recording. Gather Essential Items: Examples of what you’ll need include your IRS letter of determination, most recent 990, audited financial statements, operational budget, and program budget, to name a few. Download a comprehensive list of items to gather to streamline your process. Complete the Application: Begin working through the application and save your progress frequently! We do not accept paper submissions of the form. Here's a blank application for you to review. YOUR PATHWAY TO SUCCESS After passing Pre-Screening, you'll receive a pre-filled grant application, an invite to our info session, and essential tips for success—don't wait until the last day! IMPORTANT TIPS Save Your Progress: Thanks to our Save button, you won’t need to complete the entire application in one sitting. Use the New Link: Once you press SAVE, you will receive a NEW link to your saved application via email. Going forward, do not use the link provided in your original grant application invitation email as it will not contain the saved information. Don’t Procrastinate: Our application is 24 pages long, so it will be very difficult to submit a quality application if you wait until the last day to work on it. We’ve Got Your Back: Starting a week before the deadline, we’ll start sending out daily reminders to help you get your application submitted on time. Schedule Your Workshop: Your application will not be considered eligible until you’ve completed a Due Diligence Workshop with our Grants Administration Team. The Due Diligence Workshop must be scheduled after you’ve submitted the application and before October 20. MAKE LIFE EASIER ON YOURSELF Step 3: Grants Administration Committee Review Showcase Your Commitment: To move forward for consideration, gather your team and attend your Due Diligence Workshop to confirm your program details, fine-tune your SMART goals , and maximize impact to empower youth together. Play the Waiting Game: After your Due Diligence Workshop, our Grants Administration Committee will meet to review your application, make funding decisions, and recognize your impact. ELEVATE YOUR IMPACT Attend a Due Diligence Workshop to refine your program details and goals, then await the Grants Administration Committee's funding decisions as they recognize your impact. Step 4: Award Process Grant Award Announcement: We will host a Grant Award Announcement Ceremony live online on December 8 at noon PST. Keep an eye out for the invitation via email. We’ll announce the winners live! Here’s the recording of last year’s event . Grant Award Ceremony Friday, December 8 at noon Join our Zoom Meeting Sign the Grant Award Agreement: Shortly after the live event, we will email you your official Grant Award Agreement. Upon submission, you will be required to schedule your check presentation. Gather Your Team: During your official check presentation, we will present your program with a big check, take pictures, and conduct a video interview with one of your representatives. These will be used to promote your organization’s alignment with our mission. Delivery of Funds: Checks will be sent out via USPS on or before January 15. CELEBRATE YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS Gather your team for a celebratory Grant Award Announcement event, sign the Grant Award Agreement, schedule your check presentation, and receive funds by Jan. 15. Step 5: Impact Reporting Sustain Momentum! Join our Impact Reporting Info Session on March 1 to learn how to prepare for the upcoming impact reports. Use this link to access the Zoom Meeting. Stay on Track: Impact reports are due on May 15, Sep 15, and Jan 15. Visit our Grants Reporting page for more details. SHARING TRIUMPHS Mark your calendars for our Impact Reporting Info Session on March 1, and remember to submit impact reports by May 15, Sep 15, and Jan 15 to keep the momentum going! Check Eligibility Helpful Resources Save the Date Mark your calendar for the upcoming Grant Application Info Session. You won't want to miss this! Download Invite Grant Application Info Session Missed our Grant Application Info Session? Watch the recording and learn everything you need to know. Watch the Recording Sample Application Before diving head-long into the application, get a sneak peek by downloading the full form here. Download the Form Essential Documents We recommend downloading this helpful list of essential documents you'll need to gather to complete your application. Download Checklist SMART Goal Setting If you could use a little help with setting your SMART goals, we've got a step-by-step tutorial to help you. Download Worksheet Receipt Management Download this worksheet to get an idea of what documents are required after your organization is granted with an award. Download Worksheet We Are Here To Help! For inquiries about the application process or the program, please call our office at 509.488.1413, email our team at admin@believeinme.org , or plan to join Live Office Hours with our Grants Administrator on weekdays at 11:00 am. Who can I give life insurance to? A beneficiary can be an individual, charity, a company or trust. If your beneficiary is an individual, they can be related to you, one of your kids, a husband or wife, a friend or or anyone else you happen to know. Charities are a common type of beneficiary as well. What value is used to determine my tax deduction if I change the ownership of my life insurance policy to a charity? The paid in cost basis of the policy or the fair market value of the policy, whichever is lower. How to gift life insurance proceeds without tax As long as your life insurance has not converted to a modified endowment contract, there will not be any tax due. Who pays tax on personal life insurance given as a gift? No one will be required to pay tax on personal life insurance given as a gift. Do colleges like receiving life insurance as charitable gifts? Yes. Other nonprofits, like Believe in Me, also enjoy the benefits of receiving life insurance proceeds as a charitable gift. Is a life insurance planned gift revocable? If you own the life insurance policy, you are able to change the beneficiary at any time. if you are changing ownership of the life insurance policy to a charity to gain the tax benefits, you will not be able to revoke your planned gift. Can you deduct life insurance premiums + gifting? You can maximize your tax savings if you make a cash donation to the charity, restricting use to making premium payments on your life insurance policy. Can a fractional part of a life insurance policy be gifted? Yes. You may gift a % or the entire policy to charity. Can you gift life insurance premium payments? Yes, but you can maximize your tax savings if you make a cash donation to the charity, restricting use to making premium payments on your life insurance policy. "We are truly excited to witness the influx of innovative programs from passionate applicants, all of whom share our unwavering commitment to our Five Pillars of Caring and the empowerment of marginalized youth." -Julie Wukelic, CEO of Believe in Me

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    Annual Gala A formal black tie affair at an upscale hotel, complete with cocktail hour, formal dinner, and entertainment. In-House Events Monthly gatherings to celebrate our cause while enjoying gourmet food, fine wine, and local artwork. Football Root for your favorite college team alongside one of our board members at a home WSU or UW football game. Basketball Join us as we celebrate Zag success on—and off—the court as we cheer on the Gonzaga men’s basketball team. Baseball Let us take you out to a Spokane Indians ballgame this summer. The hotdogs are on us! Hockey Start growing your playoff beard and attend a Seattle Kraken hockey game with us. Other Fundraising Events Find Your Way Back Home To Washington State Football Martin Stadium-Gesa Field, Pullman, WA Request Tickets Washington State Football Tickets Available September 9, 2023 • Time TBD Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA WSU vs. Wisconsin Badgers Get Your Tickets September 16, 2023 • Time TBD Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA WSU vs. Northern Colorado Bears Get Your Tickets September 23, 2023 • Time TBD Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA WSU vs. Oregon State Beavers Get Your Tickets October 14, 2023 • Time TBD Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA WSU vs. Arizona Wildcats Get Your Tickets November 4, 2023 • Time TBD Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA WSU vers. Stanford Cardinal Get Your Tickets November 17, 2023 • Time TBD Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA WSU vs. Colorado Buffaloes Get Your Tickets We Believe in the Value of Community Engagement We believe that there’s no better way to get to know prospective volunteers and donors than to spend some quality time and have a little fun together. For this reason, Believe in Me hosts a myriad of entertaining events throughout the year to allow us to have some fun while getting to know you a little better. All throughout the year, we put a spotlight on the causes that are important to us while letting our hair down, having some fun, and getting to know you! Cheer for Washington State Football With Us You're in for a treat, whether you're a loyal Washington State Football fan looking for spectacular tickets or are just interested in getting to know us better. We invite you to join us for an entire day where WSU Cougar football is the main course in a feast of activities both before and after the game. Join in our traditions, sing the fight song , and show the Cougs you believe in them! ​ You can request tickets to a Washington State Football game of your choice, subject to availability. Not only will you get to experience the game from the 50-yard line, but you'll get a chance to tailgate and cheer side-by-side with our Chief Executive Officer, Julie Wukelic. ​ Click the links below to request tickets: Please limit your free ticket requests to one game per season. ​ Hurry, get your tickets before they're gone and GO COUGS!

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