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.



Can you live on minimum wage?

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Couldn’t say it better ourselves, Mary Anne

Mary Anne in Spokane held a viewing of the movie “Inequality For All” recently. A friend of Mary Anne’s bought the movie to share....