Washington State Programs

Contact Anne about Our Programs and the Beneficial Banking Movement

Anne DeMelle, our Seattle-based Community Engagement Officer, connects small business owners, social-impact entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders to resources, supporting our growing beneficial banking community. Looking for networking opportunities or space for your next meeting? Need help figuring out what technical and financial assistance may be available for your business or nonprofit? Contact Anne!

Event Sponsorship Program

Beneficial State Foundation funds and manages the event sponsorships of Beneficial State Bank. We are proud to support many incredible Washington nonprofits through event sponsorship. To learn more, click here or Contact Anne.

Washington Community Engagement Initiatives

Beneficial State Foundation develops and supports a variety of programs, services and events in Washington. Our Community Engagement Officers build relationships in their respective communities by supporting bank clients, hosting workshops, attending community events and volunteering.

Here are some examples:

Move Your Money Workshops: Fossil Fuel Divestment

We are hosting workshops and presentations to help Washington residents and progressive local businesses and nonprofits learn how to move their money to a bank that is aligned with their values.

You bring your group, and we’ll bring our team and all materials – all completely free.

Interested in holding a Move Your Money workshop in your community? Contact Anne for more information!

Keeping Washington Solar Strong

As an organization committed to financing a renewable economy and providing good jobs, Beneficial State supports keeping Washington State solar strong by endorsing the 2017 Solar Bill to refresh the state’s solar incentive program. This program has already deployed 85 megawatts in solar production; assisted 10,000 homes and businesses in converting to solar energy; and helped to create and sustain 2,200 family-wage jobs in solar installation and manufacturing. The updates intend to create more jobs, increase incentives for new solar consumers, and expand utility participation in renewable energy options.

Addressing Seattle’s Housing Crisis

Beneficial State believes that safe, clean, and comfortable housing is a human right. The bank proudly endorsed Seattle’s 2016 Housing Levy which will produce and preserve 2,150 affordable apartments and assist 4,500 individuals and families at risk of eviction and homelessness.

If you’d like to connect with neighbors who are working together to support a more affordable and inclusive city, visit Seattle for Everyone‘s map of Neighborhood Groups.

Building Main Street

Launched in 2015, the Building Main Street Initiative was designed to serve small businesses in Washington. This initiative culminated in Seattle’s first Money on a Mission event, which connected small business owners with financial and business assistance providers to help them strengthen, grow, and finance their business while supporting their progressive values.

Ensuring Nonprofits Thrive

Through our innovative nonprofit banking services, deep community partnerships, paid-volunteer time employee benefit, and event sponsorship program, Beneficial State supports the critical work of Seattle’s nonprofit sector.

Memberships, Partners, and Community Resources

Beneficial State Foundation builds partnerships in the community through membership in local organizations and participation on local boards and committees. See our Resources and Partners page for a list.

Join the Beneficial Banking Movement

We believe that banks should nourish our communities, not extract from them. We work closely with values-aligned partners and financial institutions to spread this mission of beneficial banking in Washington.

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Beneficial State Fellowship Program

Beneficial State Foundation’s Summer Fellowship creates a pipeline for the next generation of social impact leaders. We design the Fellowship experience to be challenging, meaningful and in alignment with our strategic objective to cultivate leaders whose passion for economic justice and environmental sustainability match the vision and goals of Beneficial State. Depending on project availability, Fellows can be based out of our Seattle office. View our open opportunities here and submit an application. Positions are typically posted in February; applications are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.