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
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: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/53000.html; updated June 30, 2013
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 non-profits. Partner with businesses that are working to advance the Inland Northwest economy and quality of life. All grants and projects originate from and/or benefit the Inland Northwest.
Selected Financial Information
|Program Service Revenue, net of costs*||$249,026||$181,578||$365,793|
|Grants & Projects||$28,740||$370,042||$18,200|
|Management & General||$0||$14,142||$13,952|
|Net Increase in Net Assets||$255,570||$284,827||$1,177,286|
* Affordable housing projects currently in the portolio. These are typically self-sustaining. If additonal funding is required, the Foundation Trustees will cover those needs. No donations from other donors will go toward funding these existing projects.
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.
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.
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.
We are not alone! The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund has great advisors who are experts in their fields as well as respected community participants.
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.
Kevin 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.
Kiemle & Hagood Company is the premier commercial real estate company in the Inland Northwest, with offices in Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. While known primarily for their work in commercial sales, leasing and property management, they are also quietly very active in providing property and program management services for the benefit of lower income residents throughout the region.
Since the 1970’s, Kiemle & Hagood Company has been a leader in development and management of HUD subsidized housing communities. With an inventory now totaling over 900 units, they manage communities on behalf of numerous non-profit sponsors. Beyond the typical portfolio of housing for seniors and families, they also manage several communities of residents who are living with life challenges, such as chronic mental illness and HIV/AIDS.
For over 14 years, the company has also managed the Single Family Housing Rehabilitation Program for the City of Spokane. With the goal of preserving low income owner occupied housing, the program funds low interest loans, and manages construction projects, that improve the safety, security and live-ability of homes for between 80 and 100 low income families per year. In addition, the company runs the Lead Safe Spokane program for the City, with the goal of abating lead risks for homes with children. This program has recently been expanded into the broader Spokane County market.
The team that supports the Smith-Barbieri Progressive fund is led by company Chairman Tom Quigley, President Larry Soehren, and Director of Multi-Family Housing, Lorraine Brooks.