Celebrating Neurodiversity and Supporting Individuals with Autism
Believe in Me is a nonprofit foundation that empowers marginalized youth in the community. In line with our vision to help every kid develop the self-confidence they need to succeed, we recognize the unique challenges faced by young people with autism. April is Autism Awareness …
Believe in Me Promotes Equity on International Day for Ending Racism
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an annual event that takes place on March 21. This day …
World Day of Happiness: Celebrating Joy and Philanthropy with Believe in Me
March 20th: Celebrating World Day of Happiness Around the Globe Happiness is one of the most fundamental human needs. We …
Bringing Luck and Caring to Your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
St. Patrick’s Day is a time-honored holiday that celebrates Irish culture and heritage. It’s a day filled with green clothing, …
Support Marginalized Youth Education on Pi Day
Happy Pi Day! March 14th is a special day for math enthusiasts and educators, as it celebrates the mathematical constant …
Believe in Me is Awarding $50,000 in Scholarship Funds: The Future is Yours!
Click HERE to apply today! On February 15, we were pleased to announce the Believe in Me Scholarship launch. We …
Introducing Board of Directors: Lori Brennan
We’re presenting a new blog series introducing the people behind Believe in Me: the decision-makers, relationship builders, creators, strategists, and …
The Shocking Truth About LGBTQ+ Youth Suicide and What You Can Do to Help
GET HELP NOW BY ACCESSING THE TREVOR PROJECT’S LGBTQ+ CRISIS RESOURCES: CALL 1-866-488-7386 OR TEXT ‘START’ TO 678-678. IF YOU …
How The Jonah Project Helps Human Trafficking Survivors to Find A Safe Place
This week’s blog transitions us to an agency that Believe in Me has partnered with in the past. The Jonah Project received support from Believe in Me this year with three separate grants. This blog focuses on their Freedom Railroad program. Read More
International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Inspiring Girls to Become Heroes
International Day of Women and Girls in Science, created by UNESCO, aims to encourage more women and girls to pursue …
Believe in Me Makes Additions to Board of Directors
Believe in Me is honored to announce the addition of five new members to the Board of Directors since August 2022. The new members bring over 100 years of industry leadership experience serving on other boards. Read More
James Baldwin: Political Writer and Activist Who Inspired Social Change
It’s February, and as we celebrate Black History Month at Believe in Me, we must reflect on the trailblazing historians …
Education For Success: How Great Educators Make The Difference
After conducting some research, it became clear that education isn’t empirical. We have learned that great educators are the primary catalyst for positive results in their students’ lives, not the school’s reputation, the aggregate quality of the teachers, and, indeed, not the dollars spent.
How Believe in Me is Tackling Educational Inequities in the Foster Care System
It’s no secret that children in foster care often face educational disadvantages. Unfortunately, those disadvantages can follow them for the …
How Your Generosity is Helping Marginalized Children With After School Through Boys and Girls Club
At Believe in Me, everyone deserves a chance to reach their potential and have a bright future. We are proud of our involvement with Boys & Girls Clubs across Washington State. This week’s blog is an introduction to our 2023 Charity Grantees, including two (2) recipients from both sides of the State of Washington.
How Believe in Me Is Working Towards Gender Equality for All Kids
Gender equality is a crucial topic today. At Believe in Me, we understand how essential it is to ensure every …
Believe In Me Awards $23,000 to College Success Foundation
With a $23,000 education pillar grant from Believe in Me, the College Success Foundation (CSF) is able to help fund its College Coaching Program. This funding helps youth from low socioeconomic backgrounds remove barriers to entering and completing college.
Martin Luther King Jr: Nobel Prize Winner and Hero Of The Civil Rights Movement
In commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr., we celebrate his official holiday and recognize his work to make this world more …
Introduction of Forthcoming Blog Series
This blog introduces you, the reader, to me [Cameryn Flynn], as Author and to the field of Philanthropy. In blogs that will be posted in the weeks ahead, each of the Agencies that were awarded a Grant for 2023 will be featured in an every-other-week post.
New Resolutions: Let 2023 Be The Year That You Make An Impact On Your Community and Beyond!
Can’t believe is almost 2023. Now we are experiencing the holiday rush for presents, gatherings with family and friends, vacations, …
Wrapping Up 2022 for Believe in Me: Supporting Marginalized Kids In Washington
2022 has been a big year for children in Spokane. With your help, Believe in Me has granted organizations that are helping us to build a better future for marginalized children in Washington. In addition, we were able to raise money through events where your participation was essential for us.
2022 Volunteer Spotlight: Julia Parmann
Julia Parmann was more than just a volunteer; she was a vibrant and passionate person who left a lasting impact …
What The Holiday Season is Really Like for Children Experiencing Homelessness
The holiday season is a time of joy and happiness, but for children experiencing homelessness, it can be a difficult …
Grant Recipients 2023: Supporting Kids in Washington, North, and Oregon
We are so fortunate to partner with such dedicated and passionate organizations that want nothing more than improve the lives of kids in our communities. We will continue working together in the months ahead as we all work towards building a better tomorrow for our children!
Gingerbread House Decorating Activity: A Place To Call Home 2022
On December 3rd, at the Hub Sports Center in Spokane Valley, Believe in Me celebrated the 3rd annual “A Place To Call Home” event, with the shift post-pandemic, this is the first time it was held as an in-person event. At this event, kids and adults joined us to celebrate the Holidays in community, while decorating Gingerbread Houses, spending time with Santa, and getting autographs from WSU Baseball Players. Read More
Believe in Me Hero Of The Year: The Unselfish Work Of An Ukrainian Athlete To Help Her Country
As an immigrant myself, I understand the difficulties people experience when moving to another country. The culture, the language, the …
Believe in Me Hosts Donors and Friends at Seattle Kraken Home Games
Believe in Me is proud to announce its investment in tickets to the Seattle Kraken Hockey Club for the 2022/2023 …
Read a New Book Month: How to Encourage Kids to Read
Reading is a fundamental skill that helps children learn and grow. It’s important for parents and educators to help kids develop a love for reading at an early age. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the benefits of reading and how it can help marginalized youth in our communities.
Believe in Me Hosts Successful 2022 Washington State University (WSU)Football Tailgates
Believe in Me is an organization that supports students pursuing secondary education, including student-athletes. As part of our mission, we …
National Adoption Awareness Month: Every Kid Deserves A Family That Loves Them
November is National Adoption Awareness Month. This is a time where we celebrate the families that have adopted children, as well as raise awareness for the many kids who are in need of homes. Read More
A Day In The Life: Celebrating Thanksgiving Through the Eyes Of A Foster Kid
Thanksgiving is a time when families come together to celebrate all that they are grateful for. For many foster kids, this holiday can be bittersweet. They may feel grateful for the new family they have been welcomed into, but may also feel sad and loss at not being able to spend the holiday with their birth family. . Learn how to help.
Native American People: Honoring Their History, Recognizing Their Cultures
November is Native American Month. For this reason, we want to honor the history and culture of Native American people. Did you know there are more than 573 separate tribal entities in the United States, and approximately 175 indigenous languages remaining today? Read More
STEM Programs Help Kids Develop The Self-Confidence They Need To Be Successful
STEM programs help kids to build self-confidence by providing opportunities to try new things, learn new skills, like problem-solving. In addition, they can also help children see that they are capable of accomplishing. Read More.
Spokane Youth Symphony: Music Is Reaching New Levels
This article focuses on importance of music for kids and youth, the important work Spokane Youth Symphony is doing to change the lives of our community’s youth, and to express our thanks for their performance at our gala. Read More
The Gala Event We Were Waiting For: Tomorrow Never Dies
On Friday October 7, over 350 attendees gathered together at the Davenport Grand Hotel to raise funds to support marginalized …
Coming Out Day: Recognizing Bravery and Togetherness
Today is National Coming Out Day! This date was observed for the first time in 1988 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Gay Freedom Parade and to create awareness about LGTBQ+ people and their rights in the USA. Read More
Hispanic Heritage Month: Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huertas In The Spotlight
Beginning September 15th through October 15th, we have a whole month to celebrate and recognize the Hispanic heritage that has …
Transitional Living: Supporting Youth To Leave The Streets And Accomplish Their Dreams
There are many reasons why children live outside the safety and protection of a home. They may get forced to …
Suicide Prevention: Steps You Can Take To Raise Awareness and Save Lives
What helps to reduce suicide rates is to improve the well-being of those vulnerable people by doing the opposite to restrict, we must support, listen, accompany, adequate mental healthcare, and give more access to medical services and suicide prevention activities. Read More
Helping You To Understand What Marginalization Is And How It Impacts Kids
Marginalization, also referred to as social exclusion, occurs when certain groups do not have equal access to various areas within our society. It can occur due to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, background, socio-economic level, migrant status, and age. Read More
Believe in Me Announces 2023 Grant Cycle Applications Are Open
SPOKANE, WA Believe In Me is pleased to announce the availability of $388,000 for granting in 2023 to Washington and …
Sleep Quality: Making It A Priority For A Better Life
Research shows time and again that sleep significantly impacts cognitive performance, vocabulary acquisition, learning, and memory. Sleep also significantly affects growth, especially in early infancy, where sleeping is necessary for memory consolidation and motor skill development. Read More
National Non-Profit Day: How to Celebrate and Give Back
Today is National Non-Profit Day! Let’s take this time to celebrate the daily hard work and dedication that nonprofit organizations put in. These organizations play a vital role in our society, and they deserve our recognition and support. These organizations provide various services essential to our communities’ well-being, including education, health, shelter, enlighting, nurturing, support, and more.
Youth Day: Improving Youth People Lives Around The World
Every year, the International Youth Day celebration has a different focus. The annual topics have varied greatly, from youth civic engagement, young building peace, transforming education, and engagement in global action to this year’s topic: intergenerational solidarity. Read More
Qualified Charities Distribution (QCD) To Support Marginalized Kids
A QCD is a direct transfer of funds from your IRA custodian, payable to a qualified charity. QCDs can be counted toward satisfying your required minimum distributions (RMDs) for the year. Read More
Human Trafficking: Giving Second Chances To Those Who Need It
Human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of people through force, fraud, or deception, intending to exploit them for profit. As a community, we can’t ignore that even the places where we live can be connections for the traffickers to get to other states. Read More
Charity Golf Tournament 2022
Believe in Me raises money to invest in programs that support marginalized kids in the Inland Northwest. One of the …
World Youth Skills Day: How Organizations In Spokane Are Helping Kids
In November 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 15th as World Youth Skills Day. The celebration of this day brings awareness and a call to action to improve access to new skills for young people. These skills are necessary attributes for employment and entrepreneurship. Read More
Girl Scouts: An Opportunity To Transform Low-Income Girls Into Leaders
The value that Girl Scouts places in the outdoors is stronger than ever. For many girls, belonging to Girl Scouts provides an opportunity to connect with nature in a girl-led setting. The organization offers a wide range of outdoor programming, from day trips to week-long camping trips. Read More
Bayard Rustin: Helping People Of Color And The Gay Community Through Social Justice
Bayard Rustin’s work was instrumental in the civil rights movement. He believed that all people should be treated equally and worked tirelessly to make this happen, even when it was unpopular or dangerous for him. His non-cooperation, truth, and honesty techniques during protest then became an inspiration and support for young activists like Martin Luther King, Jr. Learn More
Juneteenth: A New Era Of Hope For African American People
Juneteenth is a great time to learn about the ending of slavery in the United States and to honor the culture and achievements of African Americans. Today, we want to celebrate Dorothy Vaughan. Even though she didn’t live during times of slavery, it was only 50 years later when she was born. Surrounded by instability and uncertainly for black people, Dorothy was born to be the first African-American team manager at NASA. Read More.
Pride Month: Say It Loud, Gay is Proud
June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, asexual and intersex (LGBTQAI+) people and their rights. While great changes have been made in recent years toward equality, there is still work to do. Read More
Rueben Mayes: The Inspiring Story of a Canadian Farm Boy Turned NFL Rookie of the Year
Rueben Mayes was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1963. Growing up on a rural farm, he developed a love for football at a young age and played high school football at North Battleford Comprehensive High School. Rueben credits his high school football coach, Don Hodgins, for helping him develop his skills and instilling a love for the game in him. Read More.
Believe in Me Supports Entrepreneurship at the 2022 WSU High School Business Plan Competition
For the second year in a row, Believe in Me participated in the Washington State University (WSU) High School Business …
Foster Kids: How the Love Box and Dare To Dream Programs Bring Hope
In celebration of Foster Care Awareness Month, we are continuously highlighting our most important projects to support organizations that are …
Building Relationships To Help Young People Achieve Their Full Potential
Relationships make the world go round. Exploring the concept of relationships can be overwhelming but in this article, we will …
Foster Care Grants Are Helping to Improve Child Welfare
Every day thousands of kids and young people suffer from abuse, neglect, or don’t have a safe place to call …
Child Abuse Prevention Month: Building Community To Increase Protective Factors
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month, the Children’s Bureau in the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families …
Outdoor Activities for Kids and How to Get Active on Earth Day
In celebration of Earth Day, it is important to understand that children who play more outdoors develop a passion for nature and a sense to protect the environment. Read More.
School Dropouts: How Communities in Schools of Spokane is Helping Kids
Education is a fundamental human right. It is the foundation that enables children and adolescents to grow, develop and gain …
Creative Thinking: Inspiring Kids at Boys and Girls Club of Spokane
Believe in Me invests in Enrichment Programs, providing creative thinking opportunities for kids to use their imagination and see a new world full of possibilities. Learn More
Enrichment Programs Grant Brings Playworks to Spokane
We believe in educational programs that engage, empower, and inspire struggling kids to believe their future. That’s why we support Playworks. Learn More.
2022 Grant Awards Announcement
Ten Inland Northwest charities receive grant awards from Believe in Me to benefit marginalized children in 2022. A total of $134,306 has been granted to ten regional nonprofits from Believe in Me, a foundation for kids. [Read More]
Volunteering: A New Year’s Resolution
It’s the New Year, and everyone is making resolutions. For many people volunteering is on their list of things to …
2021 Volunteer Spotlight: Karen Alexandra Martinez Urrego
Meet Karen Alexandra Martinez Urrego, a passionate volunteer who is making a difference in the lives of marginalized children through …
Believe in Me Hosts Successful Virtual Wine Tasting Events to Support Marginalized Youth
Innovative Solution: Believe in Me Adapts Annual Event to Virtual Format Believe in Me, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering …
A Place to Call Home: Believe in Me’s Innovative Solution to Spread Awareness During Covid-19
Believe in Me, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping pregnant teens and teen moms experiencing homelessness, faced a challenge in …
How Believe in Me Used the Seattle Kraken’s Inaugural Season to Expand Their Reach
Believe in Me’s 2021 Kraken Hockey Games were a unique and exciting opportunity for the organization to build relationships and …
Believe in Me Supports Student-Athletes at 2021 WSU and UW Football Tailgates
Believe in Me, a non-profit organization that supports marginalized kids in pursuing secondary education, proudly supported the Washington State University …
Being Grateful: 5 Ways to Teach Kids Gratitude During the Holidays
During this time of year, it is so important for us to slow down and remember to teach our children to understand what being thankful is all about. Read our [Blog] to learn 5 ways to teach kids gratitude during the holidays!
The Best Donation! 5 ways to becoming a better donor
You’ve decided you want to start giving to your local charities. You are comfortable in your finances and want to …
Name Change for Morning Star Foundation
We’re Changing Our Name! To help the public distinguish between Morning Star Boys’ Ranch and Morning Star Foundation, Morning Star …
Self Confidence – What’s the Magic Ingredient?
Confidence breeds conviction, and without it, it isn’t easy to succeed. Confidence isn’t something that simply happens to us – …
Why LGBT History Month Matters
The month of October is a prime time to honor and recognize the achievements and progress that have been made …
National Stop Bullying Day – Bully Prevention & Intervention
No one should suffer from bullying. Use National Stop Bullying Day to stop bullies in their tracks!
National Bring Your Teddy to Work/School Day: Who Knew This Was a Thing?
Today is National Bring Your Teddy to Work/School Day. It may not be something you’ve heard of, but it’s an opportunity for you and your company to make a child’s day! http://believeinme.news
YWCA Spokane: Providing Invaluable Support For Our Women and Children
The Young Women’s Christian Association of Spokane is an organization committed to social justice, gender equality, and youth support. Through …
Why It’s So Important to Have Girls in STEM Education
What is International Day of Women and Girls in Science? Learn how STEM education is setting girls up for success.
Believe in Me Sponsors 2021 WSU High School Business Plan Competition
Believe in Me promotes education and entrepreneurship in young students and recently participated in the 2021 Washington State University (WSU) …
The Great Outdoors Just Got Greater: June Is “Great Outdoors Month”
Feeling cooped up? June is Great Outdoors Month, offering tons of exciting ways to explore and celebrate the beauty of nature.
Charity Golf Tournament 2021
Now that I’ve had time to dig myself out of the bunker, I’d like to thank you for joining us …
Coming Out: Learning to Love Ourselves
Growing up is hard enough without having to deal with the coming out process. Learn what it was like for one of our board members.
Foster Care: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
The American foster care system looks to provide children with supportive homes and adequate care. It is designed as a …
National Child Abuse Awareness Month
Make National Child Abuse Awareness Month count. Learn the facts about what’s happening in our community and all the ways that you can get involved.
Emotional Intelligence in Kids: The Best Recipe for Success
Did you ever wonder what role emotional intelligence plays in the success of a child? Learn what an impact this has on success for kids.
Everything You Ever Need to Know about Inspire Your Heart With Art Day
Inspire Your Heart with Art Day is a fun way to get kids creating.
Motivating Kids on National Motivation and Inspiration Day
Motivating kids to be their best puts them on the fast track for success. Read our tips on how to inspire kids every day.
A Place to Call Home: Believe in Me’s Innovative Solution to Spread Awareness During Covid-19 in 2020
Believe in Me, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping pregnant teens and teen moms experiencing homelessness, faced a challenge in …
Volunteering: 4 Great Reasons to Get Involved
Whether you’re passionate about a cause, wanting to gain experience, or make new networking connections, volunteering just feels good.
Believe in Me’s Virtual Wine Tasting Event Empowers Marginalized Youth
Believe in Me, a non-profit organization committed to empowering marginalized youth through mentorship, education, and community outreach, faced challenges in …
Homeless Youth – Helping Pregnant Girls Overcome Adversity
Imagine what it’s like to be a homeless youth who is pregnant, frightened, and alone. Learn how your donations are helping these kids.
Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: Morning Star Foundation’s 2020 Pride Charity Dinner
In 2020, hosting fundraising events presented significant challenges, especially for those focused on celebrating and supporting marginalized communities. However, despite …
Domestic Violence Awareness – Be the Difference
Domestic Violence Awareness is important, not only during the month of October, but all year long. Read our blog to learn how you can help.
Major Gifts: What They Are and Why They’re Important
Major gifts are critical to the success of every nonprofit. Learn more about how a major gift donation makes a positive impact for kids.
Suicide Prevention – What You Need to Know All Year Long
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Learn how to identify the warning signs of a suicide attempt so you can help save a life.
Domestic Violence: Celebrating Freedom from Abuse
Celebrating National Love is Kind Day. Understand the warning signs and break free from the cycle of domestic violence and abuse.
The Great Outdoors: Our Largest Classroom
Not all kids get the chance to explore the great outdoors. See how we’re helping these kids get outside and learn to love nature.
Racism and Its Impact on Kids: Learn the Facts Now
Did you ever wonder how racism impacts the kids in our community? Learn how this widespread problem affects our children now.
Non-Cash Donations: How They Help Kids
Nonprofits rely on non-cash donations to sustain their operations every day. Learn how you can help kids without any out-of-pocket expense.
Retirement Funds: Leaving Your Legacy to Charity
Many people are unaware that they can leave their retirement funds to a charity. Learn 5 reasons you may want to consider this option.
Emotional Intelligence Growth Using Art, Play, and Nature
Making art, playing with friends, and exploring outside aren’t just fun activities, but they’re also helping children develop emotional intelligence.