Reduce poverty

Ensure our vulnerable citizens have access to tools and resources to achieve sustainable well-being.

Broaden low cost, affordable housing.

Advance quality projects in strategic locations and creative ways.

Foster a more dynamic and powerful constituency.

Grow a voting population armed with knowledge and information, provide civic leadership and create a political environment that favors the work of poverty and social justice non-profits.

The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation that believes in the Inland Northwest’s quality of life and its great future potential.

Our Region

The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund is a 501(c)3 charitable foundation that believes in the Inland Northwest’s quality of life and its great future potential.

Our region’s K-12 public schools, community colleges, and burgeoning university system are strong. We are home to large and small, generational and start-up companies. It’s hub, Spokane is the service center to over one million people in Eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle. Health care, higher education and service industries are strong and growing and the Inland Northwest boasts some of the most beautiful waterways and mountains in the world.

Our region also possesses its share of challenges. It is home to areas of dense poverty and crime. Compared to Washington State, Idaho and the U.S., the Inland Northwest falls behind in all measurable income categories and has higher unemployment rates. There is a dedicated network of non-profits overburdened by the elimination and/or reduction of services and public and private funding.

The Seattle and Boise areas are often more familiar and recognized, but the Inland Northwest is a critical economic component for both Washington & Idaho. The health of our region is unique in its economic generators, challenges and opportunities and is important to the health of the Pacific Northwest as a whole.

The Inland Northwest

ID & WA Combined

Inland NW Population = 990,170

WA Counties 2012 estimate Change 2010 to 2012   % Inland NW ID Counties 2012 estimate Change 2010 to 2012   % Inland NW
Asotin County 21,888 1.2% 2.2% Benewah County 9,117 -1.8% 0.9%
Columbia County 3,995 -2.0% 0.4% Bonner County 40,476 -1.0% 4.1%
Ferry County 7,705 2.0% 0.8% Boundary County 10,808 -1.5% 1.1%
Garfield County 2,228 -1.7% 0.2% Clearwater County 8,590 -2.0% 0.9%
Lincoln County 10,437 -1.3% 1.1% Kootenai County 142,357 2.8% 14.4%
Pend Oreille County 12,980 -0.2% 1.3% Latah County 38,184 2.5% 3.9%
Spokane County 475,735 1.0% 48.0% Lewis County 3,889 1.8% 0.4%
Stevens County 43,538 Z 4.4% Nez Perce County 39,531 0.7% 4.0%
Walla Walla County 59,404 1.1% 6.0% Shoshone County 12,702 -0.5% 1.3%
Whitman County 46,606 4.1% 4.7% ID Counties 305,654 0.70% 30.9%
WA Counties 684,516 1.1% 69.1% ID Total 1,595,728 1.80%
WA Total 6,897,012 2.60% Inland NW % of ID 19.2%
Inland NW % of WA 9.9%

Source:; updated June 30, 2013

Our Mission

The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund aims to build upon our region’s strong foundation to ensure those in need have every opportunity to succeed. With strong community partnerships, creativity and tenacity, we work to …

Reduce poverty. Ensure our vulnerable citizens have access to tools and resources to achieve sustainable well-being. Work to eradicate the systemic causes that lead to poverty including incarceration, health and health care, domestic violence, substance abuse, unemployment, wage disparities and unplanned pregnancies.

Broaden low cost, affordable housing. Advance quality housing projects in strategic locations and creative ways. Work to impact all spectrums including transitional, low income and work force housing.

Foster a more dynamic and powerful constituency. Grow a voting population armed with knowledge and information, provide civic leadership and create a political environment that favors the work of poverty and social justice non-profits.

Spotlight our region. Promote other dynamic philanthropic work and projects in the region to help strengthen the non-profit community. Partner with businesses that are working on non-profit projects to advance the Inland Northwest economy and quality of life. All grants and projects originate from and/or benefit the Inland Northwest.

Our Grants

The following are some of the organizations and projects the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund has supported. For funding consideration, please see our grant criteria below.

ACLU-WA Northeast Community Center
Global Neighborhood Our Place
Hillyard Senior Center Health Care For All Spokane
KYRS Community Radio Priest Lake Food Bank
OneAmerica Planned Parenthood Greater WA & North ID
Family Promise Palouse Fuse Washington
Terrain Legal Voice
The Mockingbird Society WSU Health Sciences Spokane
THE ZONE Second Harvest Mobile Food Security Program United Way Emerging Leaders Society
Team Child Spokane County Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program
THE ZONE Spokane Public Schools Green Schoolyards Coalition for Economic Vitality (Yes for Buses)
Refugee Connections Center for Justice
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland NW Community Building Foundation Soccer Camp
YWCA of Spokane EWU Women’s & Gender Studies
The Lands Council Green Sleeves Project The Grove Community, West Central Affordable Housing
Smart Justice Rotary First Harvest, Edible Tree Project
Project HOPE HOPE (Hearing Oral Program of Excellence)
Peace & Justice Action League Rogers HS Debate
Terrain Spokane Public Radio
Spokane Sidewalk Games TeamChild
Gathering at the Falls Powwow Three Stones Foundation
WA State Budget & Policy Center “Budget Matters” Conference WA State Budget & Policy Center
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Weekend Food for Kids American Indian Community Center
Elevations Chidren’s Therapy Resource Foundation Greater Spokane Progress / WinWin Network
Inland Northwest Permaculture Transitions
Life at the Core Spokane County Bar Volunteer Lawyer Program
OneAmerica Spokane NAACP
Center for Women & Democracy Leadership Spokane
Spokane Alliance Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen
Spark Central South Perry Neighborhood Networks Summer Teen Program

Want a few more details? Check out just a portion of the super cool stuff the Inland NW non-profit community does! We do the funding but they do the heavy lifting. Thanks all!

FRIENDS OF THE BLACK LENS Fiscal sponsorship. Friends of The Black Lens works to improve the well being of the African American community in Spokane County. Besides being great community organizers, advocates and activists for people of color, they publish “The Black Lens”, a newspaper published monthly focusing on news, events, people, issues and information important to the black community. The Fund acts as Friends of The Black Lens fiscal sponsor as part of our mission to promote other dynamic philanthropic work and projects in the region to help strengthen the non-profit community and partner with businesses on non-profit projects that advance the Inland Northwest economy and quality of life.
THE ZONE SECOND HARVEST Mobile Food Security Program. The Zone Mobile Market aims to simultaneously strengthen the economy, education, health, housing, safety, and resident engagement of the Northeast Spokane community. The joint goal of Second Harvest and The Zone is to increase access of high-quality, nutritious foods, produce, and other wrap-around services, such as providing recipes, cooking demonstrations, nutrition education, SNAP sign-up, health care interventions, behavioral health support, job training opportunities, housing information, and more to low-income families and individuals in our community. The Mobile Market will begin by making 1-2 distributions per week at targeted high-need locations in The Zone. The Market will be open to any person in need of basic food assistance, and will be offered at no-cost for people in need. They plan on having a soft launch in August 2017, and intend to have the Mobile Market open and operating in September 2017.
THE ZONE Spokane Public Schools Green Schoolyards. Green Schoolyards in THE ZONE will create schoolyard gardens and greenhouses to grow fresh foods for school kitchens. Staff, students, and community members will learn about gardening as well as food prep and nutrition. The gardens also will provide a summer employment opportunity for students via a partnership with Project Hope. Green Schoolyards anticipates opening in the 2017/2018 school year.
YOUTH EMERGENCY SERVICES (Y.E.S.) 3-County Expansion. Youth Emergency Services (Y.E.S.) is a nonprofit organization located in rural Pend Oreille County, Washington. Our mission is to support children in making choices that will help them find and keep safe living conditions. The nature of this request is to secure the funding necessary to expand our program services into neighboring Stevens, Ferry and Lincoln Counties. Our program services include, but are not limited to: Basic Needs: clothing, food, personal hygiene items, school supplies, educational support and court advocacy assistance, Health Services: access to medical, dental, mental health and vision care, over the counter medications/medical supplies and prescription glasses, assistance applying for coverage, contacting providers and arranging transportation, Housing and Support: Y.E.S. offers safe, emergency, short and long term housing assistance, access to therapeutic counseling services, support groups and case management services.
SOUTH PERRY NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS Summer Teen Program. The Summer Teen Program is for low-income and primarily minority race students grade 7-12 based at the Emmanuel Family Life Center, located in a low-income and racially divers neighborhood of Spokane. The program is filled with educational, inspirational, and motivational activities geared to increase school performance, prevent school drop-out, and counteract the loss of learning by youth during summer vacation, particularly the greater loss research has shown suffered by youth in low-income homes. The 6 week, 5 days per week, 6 hours per day program serves daily breakfast, lunch, and snack. The Fund’s grant pays for transportation for off-site activities including college awareness vistis to local universities and technical schools.
TERAIN Snapshot Spokane. A gallery show that will adapt and grow to show multiple persepectives of Spokane as it is right now involving certain groups to adapt the show to allow for those silent voices to be heard that are in our community. Working with Volunteers of America’s Crosswalk program, teens that use the program are given digital disposable cameras to show the Spokane they see everyday.  They will receive free photography lessons from a professional so they feel empowered and confident in their ability to capture their persepctive.These photos will then be featured in our gallery and we will be holding celebration for them in September. The program hopes to also include local area refugees for their perspectives.
ROTARY FIRST HARVEST AGAINST HUNGER Spokane Edible Tree Project. The mission is to bring produce to hungry people utilizing food banks, while simultaneously reducing food waste. The project is a produce-recovery and gleaning program that helps local hunger-relief agencies become more self-reliant in sourcing local surplus produce for their clients. Produce is the most requested food item at food banks, yet it is often the most difficult to secure due to its relatively higher cost and short shelf life. Rotary First works to help food banks with on-going need by both securing large-scale donations of surplus produce to be distributed at food banks around the state and by bringing the Harvest Against Hunger program into local hunger-relief agencies to help start and maintain their own produce-recovery programs. 35,000 pounds of fruit were gleaned in Spokane’s first season and it continues to grow.
SPARK CENTRAL Neighborhood Outreach Program. Spark Central carries out their mission through structured programming and open center drop-in hours, which is a program that runs all the time. Their work responds to the data that by 6th grade, youth born into poverty suffer a 6,000 hour learning gap compared with their more affluent peers. All these hours come from extracurricular enrichment activities – a “pay to play” trend that perpetuates privilege and widens the achievement gap. With one-third of West Central residents living in poverty and 86% of Holmes Elementary’s students on free and reduced meals, West Central residents disproportionately miss out on the enrichment activities that lead to a better future. Spark’s mission builds on our core belief that everyone deserves access to imaginative and innovative educational programming that fills the opportunity gap for low-income youth and equips people with high-demand skills. The Fund’s grant underwrites for two years their new Neighborhood Outreach Program designed to increase West Central residents’ participation in Spark’s creative learning opportunities by bringing their programming into key neighborhood locations and clearing pathways to bring more residents into Spark Central. Their goal is to engage more than 1,500 West Central youth and adults with at least 250 hours of programming over the next two years.
ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH MOSCOW Weekend Food for Kids. Started in 2014 by a group of volunteers at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Moscow, Weekend Food for Kids is to supplement the Moscow School District’s free summertime lunch program by providing bags of food for weekends during summer to children living in food-insecure circumstances. Volunteers pack grocery bags with mostly nonperishable food items that are easy for a child to prepare without adult help. Each bag contains a variety of food for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks, and includes at least two kinds of fresh fruit. The bags are distributed on Fridays at the site or sites where the school district distributes lunches under the Summer Food Program.
ELEVATIONS CHILDREN’S THERAPY RESOURCE FOUNDATION Expand access to health services for speail needs kids. Elevating children with special needs reach their full potential by providing access to the resources and support they need to improve their families’ overall quality of life. Families with one or more children with special needs who receive one or more therapy services per week quickly exhaust insurance benefits and spend $20- $200 per week on insurance co-pays. Parents take extraordinary measures to ensure their children get the care they need, however the financial burden is often too much to bear. Elevations contracts with licensed professionals in Spokane who provide speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, dietician services, mental and behavioral health services so children receive funding for the therapy services they need most to thrive within their families and communities.
GLOBAL NEIGHBORHOOD Employment expansion. Global Neighborhood uses business to provide former refugees with opportunities for development so they can thrive and contribute as equal members of our community. The Fund’s grant will go to employ and train 12 additional refugees per year in their job training program and expand the capacity of their business, making the new positions self-sustaining. In the world of recycling, redistributing, and thrift stores, acquiring and processing donations is the fuel that keeps the engine running. This funding allows them to double their donation pickup capacity by purchasing a second box truck, while also vastly expanding their capacity to process those donations through various sales channels by building out their new warehouse space. With their current rate of placement success, this expansion would mean that 11 refugees per year would transition from “uemployable” status to working, earning an income, and supporting their families.
HOPE (Hearing Oral Program of Excellence) Transition to new early learning classroom. HOPE helps deaf and hard of hearing children learn to listen and talk so they can communicate with the hearing world around them and is the only Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) early learning program in the Inland NW. After 13 years, HOPE’s space on Spokane’s Riverpoint Campus was terminated necessitating reloaction. The Fund’s grant ensures no cutting of core services because of costs incured in the move and occupancy expenses that were included in the prior location. Core services include (1) Early Intervention Program for children ages birth to 3. These children are referred by the Spokane Regional Health District’s Infant Toddler Network and early intervention providers. (2) Toddler Group is designed for children ages 18 months to 3 years to attend with a parent or caregiver. This classroom experience serves the dual purpose of practicing Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) in the community while engaging with families on a similar journey. (3) LSL Early Learning Program, serving children 3-5, offers in-depth LSL instruction and daily speech-language therapy in a half-day preschool setting.
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA CROSSWALK Spokane Sidewalk Games. Cultivating a healthier community in Spokane this project brings GIANT board games to the sidewalks, parks, and public spaces in downtown Spokane to facilitate connections, get people talking, spark laughter, and create a vibrant and healthier community for all who live, work, and play here. “A community that plays together, stays together!”  Local artists are hired to transform the games and make them uniquely Spokane and, through a partnership with Crosswalk Teen Shelter, at-risk youth are employed and trained to staff the games. Over 25,000 individuals played during the the 2016 inaugural year . Eight Crosswalk youth were were employed, additional employment was found for four and housing were found for three.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD GREATER WA & NORTH ID New Spokane Health and Community Education Center. Scheduled soft opening Fall, 2017! Planned Parenthood is building a new, state-of-the-art Health and Community Education Center in Spokane, replacing the current facility on Indiana Avenue. The Fund and the Harriet Cheney Cowles Foundation are providing the two lead gifts toward the new building. The 16,000-square-foot facility will feature nine exam rooms for comprehensive reproductive health services, family planning and complementary medical services., two surgical suites for a full range of procedures, including cervical cancer screening and treatment, colposcopy, ultrasound, abortion, and sterilization, an education center, community classroom, public afairs center, customer care center, and more. The new center will also include features to ensure a positive and empowering patient experience, including significant measures to protect patient privacy and dignity.
PLANNED PARENTHOOD GREATER WA & NORTH ID Universities Matching Campaign to Rebuild Pullman Clinic. Maintaining good health and responsible family planning are critical challenges for and worries of those living in poverty as well as the middle class. In September 2015, the Planned Parenthood Pullman clinic was firebombed and  out of pocket costs to rebuild estimated at $250,000. Since so many of Planned Parenthood’s patients are young and low income people and the Pullman clinic sits just a stone’s throw from one of Washington’s great public universities, the Fund itied it all together and led a matching funds campaign! Every dollar donated by any WA or ID university student, faculty, staff member, regent/trustee or alum was matched.
TRANSITIONS Permanent Supportive Housing. Broke ground August, 2017! The Fund is the lead donor of this capital campaign to help build 24 cottage-style units of decent, safe, affordable, community-based housing on 2 acres of undeveloped land at Transitions curent Transition Living Center in NW Spokane. This housing will povidet enants with the rights of tenancy and links to voluntary and flexible supports and services for people with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness. Permanent supportive housing is a proven, effective means of reintegrating chronically homeless and other highly vulnerable homeless famlieis and individuals with psychiatric disabilities or chronic health challenges into the community by addressing their basic needs for housing and providing ongoing support. Funding is still underway with the tentative occupancy slated for December 2017.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF THE INLAND NW MentoringU. MentoringU is a new addition to the BBBS menu of programs (and a new addition to the community), and a natural extension of what they’re already doing: connecting at-risk youth with one- to-one mentors. Adding the new flavors of technology and career preparation, this grant will increase their ability to reach into rural Inland Northwest communities to connect their at-risk youth to college- educated mentors, corporations, and college/career preparation resources. They plan to do this in three key ways: (1) expand upon the effective educational partnerships they have established with local school districts to deliver MentoringU in trusted school settings; (2) assign each youth a mentor who shares their college and/or career interests; and (3) support the mentor-mentee pair’s ongoing communication, which will involve (at minimum) weekly electronic communication over a secured application and monthly in-person meetings.
CENTER FOR JUSTICE Women’s Relicensing Program. Upon seeing that women were not participating in the Center’s relicensing program, the SBPF provided funding to establish a women’s program to give one-on-one legal assistance in removing the barriers that prevent them from obtaining a valid driver’s license.  It also provides women support and referrals for other issues that pose barriers to women’s employment, health, and long-term self-sufficiency.  It’s designed to have the participants help one another, and in doing so, build trust and empowerment among women.
LEADERSHIP SPOKANE Life Transition Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming member of the adult Leadership Spokane program who demonstrates a passion for his/her community, who is making a lasting life transition and who has a desire to step up to leadership. The candidate awarded has  financial need that otherwise makes Leadership Spokane tuition a barrier to participation in the program. An additiona scholarship is awarded to a non-profit employee to mentor the Life Transitions recipient.
SPOKANE ALLIANCE Civic Leadership & Social Justice Development. The Spokane Alliance, a non-profit member organization of every day people bringing power to the people in government and lawmaking, the economy, public safety, the environment, social justice, and a host of other arenas. They identify and create a shared vision for the future of the city and state, and build the future we want by changing policies and rules, and funding the programs and services that we need the most. In addition, funding supported the Spokane Alliance’s Quality Jobs Criteria Ordinance that passed in 2015(!), impelementing a paid sick leave ordinance in Spokane that passed 2017(!) and moving forward a mental health stablilization center (jail diversion facility) that received initial stakeholder approval 2017!
TEAM CHILD Juvenile Court Records Assistance. Washington is one of the few states that allows public access to juvenile criminal court histories even when that youth never commits another crime. Collateral consequences of a juvenile criminal record may include ineligibility for loans, financing, or public benefits; denial of housing; and difficulties access education and employment. The Fund’s grant will expand help to young adults to obtain record sealing, follow-up after record sealing clinics, create self-help materials that include recent changes to the law customized for Spokane County and assist with relief from registraton, a requirement for young adults who want to seal recors related to a juvenile sex offense.
YWCA OF SPOKANE Strong Future Campaign. The YWCA of Spokane is the go-to place in the region for services that empower women and children: childcare, early childhood education, work readiness resources, support for victims of domestic violence and support for homeless youth and families. At the same time, the organization is becoming one of the primary community resources for issues of racial and social justice.  In its racial and social justice efforts, the organization is collaborating with Gonzaga University, Whitworth University and Washington State University Spokane, along with others in the community. This is a 3 year commitment.
THE LANDS COUNCIL Green Sleeves program. The SBPF was the founding sponsor of Green Sleeves, a collaboration between The Lands Council and Geiger Corrections Center that involves Spokane County Detention Services Work Crews and jail-alternative sentencing options. The project also includes educational opportunities for offenders at Geiger Corrections Center with a curriculum focused specifically on employable skills. Educational sessions for in-house offenders at Geiger will consist of a lecture and hands-on learning at the on-site native plant nursery. This education can empower the offenders with skills and knowledge required to manage their native plant nursery, provide them with basic and employable knowledge and skills, and increase environmental stewardship. Participants who successfully complete the educational component of Green Sleeves will be prepared to work for local landscaping firms. The project’s first year was extremely successful and the SBPF re-upped for another year.
REFUGEE CONNECTIONS Refugees’ Harvest Program. In the Refugees’ Harvest Program, refugees from various backgrounds harvest donated produce and ditribute it free of charge at the East Central Community Center. 8,584 lbs were harvested in the 2014 season, 56 refugee harvesters participated in the program, and 3,202 people benefited from the donated produce.
EWU COMEN’S & GENDER STUDIES Eastern WA University Activist In Residence program. The Women’s and Gender Studies Program (WGS) and the Women’s Studies Center (WSC) organized the first Activist-in-Residence (AiR) Program in the 2013 academic year on the campus of Eastern Washington University.  AiR supports a local or regional activist to work with WGS students and faculty, the Women’s Studies Center, and numerous other student groups, programs, and units throughout the University for one quarter each year. The invited Activist-in-Residence receives an honorarium for their term of activities on campus. During one quarter, the Activist-in-Residence provides at least 8-10 activities, such as guest lectures or class presentations, presentations for the entire University community, workshops, activist projects, and other events. This unique combination of different disciplines from academia, different levels of students (undergraduate/graduate), community based organizations, and an expert Activist-in-Residence provides a rich experience for all involved.
SMART JUSTICE Smart Justice Symposium. It’s time to reform our expensive, ineffective, and unfair criminal justice system. Instead of warehousing an unreasonably high percentage of our community in jail, people who pose no danger to our neighborhoods, the dedicated Smart Justice team are urging our elected officials to spend our tax dollars on proven programs that are fiscally responsible, reduce crime, and create a strong and healthy community. This symposium brought together hundreds of community citizens and leaders from the public and private sectors to hear from and engage with national & local experts about successful programs & share information & tools to create smart justice in Spokane.
WIN WIN NETWORK Civic Engagement Training for Nonprofit Direct Service Providers. Direct service providers see a tremendous amount of people every single day and have earned the trust among individuals often underrepresented in the political process. This program gave nonprofits in Eastern WA training regarding the role they can serve, the rules and regulations for nonpartisan voter engagement work and how to incorporate voter registration and civic engagement activities into their programs. Nonprofits engaged in voter registration and turnout efforts throughout the election cycle.
WOMEN’S & CHILDREN’S FREE RESTAURANT & COMMUNITY KITCHEN New building capital campaign. Opened 2015! By serving nutritious meals in a safe environment, The Women and Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen builds a supportive community for women and children in need. Having grown in outreach over the past 20 years, they have secured a new facility to meet the expanding needs in one of Spokane’s poorest neighborhoods.


Grant Criteria

The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund continues to maintain a somewhat informal request process to help keep our region’s direct service providers doing their great work versus filling out a bunch of paperwork!

For funding consideration, please provide a brief outline of the following:

(1) the nature of the project or service for which you are requesting funding
(2) how the project/service fits into at least one of our four core missions; see Our Mission
(3) if the request is to fund an action-oriented project/service that is a net addition to the community – i.e. startup of a new program or helping expand an existing successful program are priorities for us – or if the request is to fund ongoing operations
(4) how the project/service benefits the Inland NW specifically
(5) that the project/service is secular or if a religious affiliation exists, that there is no proselytization and it falls under no religious doctrine or oversight – the Fund values freedom from religion as strongly as it does freedom to worship
(6) amount of funding requested

Please email your request to Sharon at info at We look forward to hearing from you!

About Us


Don Barbieri

For over 40 years, Don Barbieri has led development, business and philanthropic endeavors throughout the Pacific Northwest. In Spokane, Washington, Don led the redevelopment of over one mile of the Spokane River including the historic Broadview Dairy, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, Red Lion River Inn and the upscale Riverpoint and Upper Falls condominium developments. In regional work, Don developed over four miles of Priest Lake, Idaho, through a state-of-the-art planned unit development called Huckleberry at Priest Lake resulting in 90% dedicated open space and forest/wildlife restoration and conservation.

Don served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Red Lion Hotels Corporation (previously WestCoast Hotels, Cavanaugh’s Hospitality Corporation) leading dramatic growth and success of its hotel, entertainment and real estate divisions. Don retired from the board and his Chairmanship in 2012.

Don served as a member of the Washington Economic Development Board under three governors while chairing the State of Washington’s Quality of Life Task Force. He is a past Chair for the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce, served as President of the Spokane Chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association, was President of the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau and chaired Sacred Heart Medical Center in some of its strongest growth years, and currently serves on the steering committee of the Healthy Washington Coalition.

Don was the Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Representatives in 2004 and remains very politically and civically active. Don resides in Spokane with his domestic partner, Sharon Smith. Together they founded and manage the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation that focuses on eradicating poverty, expanding affordable housing and other quality of life issues in the Inland Northwest.


Sharon Smith

For 25 years, Sharon led national operations and marketing efforts for hotel brands. While living in Arizona, California and Washington state, she was involved in a variety of community efforts focusing primarily on poverty and homelessness. In 2003, Sharon left her career to volunteer with her partner on his campaign for U.S. Congress providing solid political, local, state and federal knowledge.

Sharon served as Chairwoman of the Spokane County Democrats in 2005/6 leading to election victories unparalleled in Eastern Washington in decades, served as Vice Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party in 2009/10 and was instrumental in the Obama for America campaign in 2008.

Sharon founded the Inland Northwest Leadership PAC and remains very politically and civically active including currently serving on the board of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest. She resides in Spokane with her domestic partner, Don Barbieri. Together they founded and manage the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation that focuses on eradicating poverty, expanding affordable housing and other quality of life issues in the Inland Northwest.


Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, A Charitable Foundation
Selected Financial Information

Description 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Donations $0 $329,250 $955,933 $42,481 $410,620 $28,777.00 $1,401,400
Program Service Revenue, net of costs [1] $249,026 $181,578 $365,793 $356,502 $589,659 $0.00 $0
Investment Income $35,284 $147,789 ($118,937) ($4,604) $1,640,559 $251,782.00 $35,524
Other Income $0 $10,394 $6,649 $52 $452 $172.00 $51
Total Income $284,310 $669,011 $1,209,438 $394,431 $2,641,290 $280,731.00 $1,436,975
Grants & Projects $28,740 $370,042 $18,200 $65,148 $224,580 $384,928.00 $323,725
Management & General $0 $14,142 $13,952 $54,638 $83,517 $91,863.00 $66,656
Fundraising $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0.00 $0
Total Expenses $28,740 $384,184 $32,152 $119,786 $308,097 $476,791.00 $390,381
Net Increase in Net Assets $255,570 $284,827 $1,177,286 $274,645 $2,333,193 -$196,060.00 $1,046,594
Net Assets $2,599,967 $2,884,794 $4,062,080 $4,334,725 $6,210,433 $6,014,373.00 $7,060,967

[1] Affordable housing projects previously in the portfolio.

The Foundation Trustees, Sharon Smith and Don Barbieri, personally donate to the Foundation themselves to fund certain projects and cover ALL overhead costs. They employ no foundation staff, draw no salaries or fees, accept no expense reimbursements and receive no personal benefit from the Foundation.

100% of every dollar donated (other than those by the Foundation Trustees) goes to initiatives and programs that help build Inland Northwest quality of life. To learn more, click here.

Our Advisors

We are not alone! The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund has great advisors who are experts in their fields as well as respected community participants. In addition to our stellar financial advisors are:

gosline Brian G. Gosline, P.C. – Attorney

Brian Gosline’s primary practice is in individual, corporate, partnership and estate and gift taxation and planning as well as valuations. Brian received his B.B.A. and J.D. degrees from Gonzaga University in Spokane. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and Spokane County Bar Association. Brian is a C.P.A. and is a Past President of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants and formerly served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of numerous WSCPA Committees. He was also a member of Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the governing body of the 340,000 member AICPA. Brian was President of the Gonzaga University Alumni Board of Directors and a member of the Gonzaga University Board of Regents.

Brian has served as an officer and member of numerous boards of financial institutions, non-profit and charitable organizations and is a Past President of Spokane South Little League. He has spoken before various groups on corporate and individual tax matters as well as estate and gift taxation and has written numerous articles for national and local publications involving various issues of income, estate and gift tax planning. He is an adjunct professor of federal taxation and business law at the Gonzaga University Graduate School of Business where he was named MACC Faculty of the Year for 2010-2011.

sellKevin R. Sell, CPA – Accountant

Kevin Sell is a Certified Public Accountant with over 28 years’ experience working with businesses, individuals and organizations. He focuses on providing income and estate tax planning and compliance to clients throughout the Inland Northwest. After more than 16 years with the largest accounting firm in the West, 4 years ago he decided to join Heiskell MacGillivray, where he can spend time working individually with his clients. He is also an adjunct professor of income tax accounting at Gonzaga University.

Kevin is a member of the American institute of CPA’s, the Washington Society of CPA’s, the incoming President of the Spokane Estate Planning Council, and is Past President of Spokane Chapter of CPA’s and a Past Board Member of the Washington Society of CPA’s. He has served on many philanthropic boards, including Past President of Healing the Children – Inland Northwest, Past Annual Giving Chair – Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation, Past Treasurer of Healing the Children and Past Treasurer of Planned Parenthood, Inland Northwest. He is an avid sportsmen and enjoys mountain biking and running.


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