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.
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||Rogers HS Debate|
|CELP||Our Place||Spokane Public Radio|
|Mission Community Outreach Center||Peace & Justice Action League||Team Child|
|Hillyard Senior Center||Health Care For All Spokane||Three Stone Foundation|
|KYRS||Priest Lake Food Bank||YWCA of Spokane|
|Planned Parenthood Greater WA Nort ID|
|Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland NW||Youth mental health program. This funding is used to identify and refer youth, develop new mental health mentoring tools, train special mentors, and then over see identified youths mentoring relationships. In the first six months of the pilot phase there will only be 20 to 25 kids in the effort. There after the target is approximately 100 annually.|
|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.|
|Center for Women & Democracy||Scholarship for one Eastern WA participant. The Center for Women & Democracy’s signature program, their Leadership Institute, is a weeklong program offering a format built for women, of women, and by women, training them to lead wherever they land. From knowing how to handle money and negotiating for better wages, to listening & leading skills, to appreciating cultural diversity, to achieving balance in your life, this celebrated curriculum also features the best women: elected leaders, professional business women, non-profit geniuses, young entrepreneurs, and women succeeding in all aspects of life. The candidate awarded had financial need that otherwise made Leadership Institute tuition a barrier to participation in the program.|
|EWU Women’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.|
|Leadership Spokane||Leadership Spokane scholarship. This scholarship was awarded to an incoming member of the adult Leadership Spokane program who demonstrated 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 had financial need that otherwise made Leadership Spokane tuition a barrier to participation in the program.|
|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, is engaged in a three year campaign to 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 supports the Spokane Alliance’s Quality Jobs Criteria Ordinance (passed at the end of the year!) and impelementing a paid sick leave ordinance in Spokane.|
|Spokane Citizens for Parks & Streets||Donation toward campaign to support Spokane ballot measure to improve streets and parks. Measure passed and implementation is underway. The street levy provides 20 years’ worth of major road rebuilds with the ultimate goal of replacing all of Spokane’s 266 miles of arterials by restructuring the city’s debt at no additional cost to taxpayers. Among many other enhancements, the plan for Riverfront Park includes a new north-south promenade that connects the north bank to downtown; a refurbished, multiuse pavilion, including a new cover for the pavilion and strategic use of lighting or projected imagery; a new and improved home for the Looff Carrousel; updated and expanded park infrastructure, including signage, lighting, sound, pathways and improved views; and relocation of the Ice Palace to the Gondola Meadow on Spokane Falls Boulevard. It’s as much about the public’s responsibility to maintain our natural resources and public spaces as it is economic factors. In this case, the two are working perfectly together. And last but not least, we can’t underestimate the impact of how something so unique and beautiful as Spokane’s river and Riverfront Park adds to the quality of life for everyone in Spokane. It’s proximity to low income neighborhoods makes it accessible and it’s free to everyone.|
|The Lands Council||Year 2 of the 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.|
|WinWin 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.|
|Smart Justice||Smart Justice Symposium sponsorship. 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.|
|Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen||New building capital campaign. 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.|
|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 was year 1 of a 3 year commitment.|
The Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, A Charitable Foundation, 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
(6) amount of funding requested
Please email your request to Sharon at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
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.
Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, A Charitable Foundation
Selected Financial Information
|Program Service Revenue, net of costs*||$249,026||$181,578||$365,793||$356,502|
|Grants & Projects||$28,740||$370,042||$18,200||$65,148|
|Management & General||$0||$14,142||$13,952||$54,638|
|Net Increase in Net Assets||$255,570||$284,827||$1,177,286||$274,645|
*2014 is based on unaudited results as of October 31, 2014. Final year end numbers will be posted soon.
 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.
 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 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.
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.