The Puget Sound Asset Funders Network engages grantmakers as well as the public sector and community organizations to confront inequities and advance equitable wealth building and economic mobility.
We believe economic justice requires systems change and shifting wealth and power to prevent further harm from the generational loss of wealth and to build wealth for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Immigrant, and other communities of color.
Our regional network of grantmakers—private, public, corporate, and community foundations— view the concept of assets broadly to address root causes of inequity across health, employment, business ownership, housing, post-secondary education, and public and private debt, among other areas, which support household as well as community and intergenerational family wealth. Puget Sound area grantmakers should contact Annette Case if interested in joining this chapter.
How We Work
- Inform: Puget Sound AFN highlights promising practices, key issues, and innovations in the field through funder-only dialogues as well as other community wide convenings. Members help generate, share and learn from research, webinars, briefs, ideas, and strategies delving into the roots of systems which create wealth disparities, exploring new frameworks and transformational solutions. We discuss and advance opportunities for concrete action in the short term that build for the long term.
- Connect: Puget Sound AFN members build and benefit from new partnerships with funders, community organizations, and policymakers. Voices from multiple perspectives and across sectors seed and grow ideas for change. Working together adds capacity for bolder action. The Steering Committee convenes monthly and holds community wide events regularly to learn together, act, and invest. Regional members also regularly connect with our national network of peers
- Influence: Puget Sound AFN engages key stakeholders to grow their knowledge and support. This includes efforts to shift narratives of wealth and power by making visible the hidden and unwritten rules that support white privilege and hold people from other communities back, and developing narratives that catalyze public will for changes that promote equity. AFN also identifies and supports initiatives that help change the rules to advance racial and wealth equity.
- Build: Puget Sound AFN seeks to grow our coordinated network of funders advancing racial economic justice by addressing root causes of wealth disparities. Philanthropy plays a critical role in generating capital flow, seeding big ideas and acting collectively in ways that align with and move our racial and economic justice goals forward. Access training to advance our collective action such as our ongoing system change/policy advocacy series.
Regional Focus Areas
- Financial Health
- Wealth Inequities
Are you a Puget Sound area grantmaker interested in joining this chapter? Contact us to learn more.
Annette Case, email@example.com
Kaiser Permanente Washington
Pacific Northwest Program Officer
Beyond the Paycheck: Economic Justice at Work
Puget Sound AFN and Philanthropy Northwest held a webinar on June 14, 2022 on occupational segregation and employment discrimination. Created by longstanding and current policy choices and practices, they are the root causes of wealth inequities. The global pandemic sent a shock wave through the labor market plainly revealing the inequalities in how we value jobs and people. Momentum also shifted to spark imagination and actions to begin transforming how we work and live. LEARN MORE
Housing // Equity: New Research and Initiatives Connecting Housing, Wealth, & Racial Equity
On June 1, 2022, Puget Sound AFN and the West Coast Poverty Center held a half-day conference exploring how housing impacts wealth (and vice versa) and approaches to address historical inequities and support a more secure future. LEARN MORE
New Frameworks for Economic Justice: Root Causes and Community Led Approaches
AFN, Philanthropy Northwest, and Oregon Economic Justice Roundtable hosted a webinar on May 6, 2022 as a first in a series conversation about what it takes to set the conditions toward bold and liberatory economic justice. They were joined by experts from the Northwest and nationally to explore two recently released reports which provide new frameworks to address racial wealth inequities. LEARN MORE
Maintaining Momentum for Economic Justice:
A 2-Part Series
Presented by Puget Sound AFN and United Way of King County, this two part series was about what’s at stake for Washington families and the role the philanthropic, public and nonprofit sectors can play to continue the momentum to building a more economically just system now and going forward.
Part 1: Boosting Access to Cash During the 2022 Tax Season; Building a more Equitable Economic Infrastructure for Long Term Well Being
Watch the webinar recording to listen to our discussion on what’s at stake, the current program and policy landscape, gaps in access, and strategies to promote equitable access now and continue the work toward a more economically just system.
Part 2: Housing and Economic Security: Lessons from the Pandemic
We face a critical moment to make sure rental assistance and the state’s new eviction prevention reforms along with other strategies meaningfully support the security and well-being of families and communities. On January 11, 2022, we discussed the current landscape and strategies to support healthy households, an equitable recovery, and continued support for economic justice. Learn more and watch the webinar.
WHAT COMES NEXT? Challenges and Priorities for Creating a More Equitable Future
On June 4, 2021, Puget Sound AFN and West Coast Poverty Center invited fellow stakeholders from the policy, non-profit, philanthropic, and research sectors for shared learning and conversation about upcoming challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to discuss opportunities the pandemic revealed for how we can work together to provide shared prosperity for all. LEARN MORE