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‘Melting Bodies’: 340 crowdfunders, one developer & 3,000 pounds of wax

On a warm summer evening this past Saturday, a formerly vacant Belltown storefront was transformed into a temporary art gallery for the opening of the one…

Introducing the Crosscut Courage Awards

Crosscut today is proud to announce the creation of the region's first "Courage Awards," which will recognize bold leadership in business, culture and public service. Winners…

What’s softball got to do with helping homeless youth?

It would be easy to pooh-pooh the United Way All-Star Softball Classic for Homeless Youth that took place at Safeco Field on Saturday afternoon. After…

How city wastes light rail in SE Seattle

It might not be obvious what bowties, vacant lots and urban transit have to do with each other. But they all coalesced in a coincidence…

Lynda Mapes: The Elwha behind the scenes

You wrote an entire series on the Elwha for the Seattle Times. Why, and at what point did you decide to expand that work into a book?…

Who’s your mentor?

Throughout her long and impressive business career, Gail Romero has always believed in empowering women. The veteran nonprofit CEO was attending a talk by USAID…

Feeling the wrath of Putin in Russia from the Northwest

In the last few weeks, disturbing reports of harassment of Russian NGOs by the Russian government have alarmed civil society activists. Numbers vary, but as…

Day 5: A family takes the Food Stamp Challenge

Friday, March 29th: It is our last day taking the Food Stamp Challenge. It’s amazing how much this experience has raised our awareness and changed…

PONCHO: Bidding farewell to Seattle’s most glamorous arts party

The bittersweet news is out: PONCHO, Seattle’s granddaddy of all charity auctions, is closing its doors. In late February, PONCHO announced it will cease operations…

How nonprofits can thrive in challenging times

Sustaining a nonprofit is a new kind of challenge these days. Reports from The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the National Council of Nonprofits, and Guidestar regularly…

A big day for homeless services

On Thursday, the United Way of King County will hold its annual Community Resource Exchange (CRE) to provide thousands of homeless individuals and families the…

SIFP: Glamour and competition meet social innovation

Seattle has a talent problem. All of the smartest entrepreneurs I know have either moved to San Francisco in the last year or are threatening…

Greater volunteering in Seattle: Just an app away?

I’ve got to come clean about something: I am a voluntwerp. A volundweeb, I’m cuckoo for after school tutoring, for brain melds about non-profit strategy,…

Has the Puget Sound fallen out of political favor?

Sinking toward the depths of regional memory, People for Puget Sound scuttled itself on September 11, announcing that after 21 years as a voice for protecting and…

Why stories of compassion matter to Seattle

Our society is fascinated by entertainers, sports heroes, and lawbreakers. Glance at the most-read list on most any online news site and you’ll find it…

Diary of a former homeless youth

Last spring my friend J got a job at a shelter for homeless young adults. She has an associate’s degree in Social and Human Services…

An endangered species: the news council

You can forgive John Hamer for feeling as if he’s the last of his kind. In a real sense, he is. Hamer is president and…

Medical care in Spokane faces future boldly

In an unusual partnership, a nonprofit health plan that employs its own doctors is joining with a major Catholic hospital system in the Pacific Northwest…

How will the Northwest be remembered?

It's easy to be gloomy about the state of Northwest heritage, what with so many endangered properties, Heritage Turkeys, and budget cuts. But there are…

Crosscut names a new publisher

Starting this September, Greg Shaw will succeed me as publisher and CEO of Crosscut Public Media, the nonprofit organization that publishes Crosscut.com. I'm very pleased…

Puget Sound troubles: Oysters on a half-life?

Oysters on the half-shell: What’s a summer without them? For thousands of years oysters were considered inexhaustible in the Pacific Northwest.  But loss of habitat,…

How homeless remembrance finally found a Seattle home

On an overcast Wednesday earlier this month, around 50 people gathered at Renton’s Mt. Olivet Cemetery for the funeral of 154 King County citizens whose…

Educational sidelight to no-hitter: The Martinez family’s day

The Mariners' greatest hitter, Edgar Martinez, threw out the ceremonial first pitch Friday night before the first combined no-hitter in club history. But that may…

What do we do when a major city’s daily paper becomes a zombie?

I was in New Orleans when news broke that the city’s daily newspaper, The Times-Picayune, plans to cut back its printing schedule to three times a…

Rainier Valley programs build food justice one garden at a time

As the urban food movement expands nationwide, the idea of “food justice” is growing with it. In King County, the Just Garden Project celebrates growing food with…