The drugstore.com Foundation began in July 1999 with a gift of pre-IPO stock from drugstore.com, inc. Since its inception, the Foundation's mission has been "Basic Needs & Healthy Starts," with a geographic focus on the areas in which we have physical operations (Bellevue, Washington, Gold River, California and Swedesboro, New Jersey) and an overall goal of improving the health and well-being of the communities in which we live and work. The Foundation funds programs that support emotional and economic self-sufficiency and work to improve the health, dignity and well-being of people in need. We do this by promoting "Healthy Starts" for those in need – improving life and prospects for children and adults, enabling self-sufficiency for people in transition, providing supportive homes for foster children, assisting in redefining lives for seniors who have lost a partner or are without a care system. Our secondary mission is to provide basic needs to those who don't have access to things that most of us take for granted – personal care items, food, shelter and education.
Employee Giving Committees in Washington and California enjoy selecting the organizations that receive grants from the Foundation. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. However, brief letters of inquiry will be accepted for 2014 grants until February 28, 2014. Please review the guidelines to ensure that your organization meets the criteria below. If it does, you're welcome to submit a brief letter describing your program, your funding needs, and intended use for the grant. The Foundation accepts only electronic submissions, which should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your organization is selected for review by the committee, you will be asked to submit more detailed information. Due to staffing constraints, not all inquiries will receive a personal response. Grant decisions will be made by June 1, 2014.
Gifts from the drugstore.com Foundation:
• Improve the quality of life in the communities in which drugstore.com has operations
• Are for programs that are compelling to – and resonate with – drugstore.com employees
• Engage employees in the decision process and, ideally, involve meaningful volunteer opportunities
• Position drugstore.com and Foundation as a thoughtful, creative leader
• Are effective, have maximum impact, and target specific immediate needs, or address long-term solutions to systemic problems
• Are used ideally for operating expenses in keeping with our "Basic Needs" philosophy
Organization Funding Criteria:
• Eligible organizations must be a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
• Have operations in Western Washington, Southern New Jersey and/or Northern California
• Have overhead expenses that do not exceed 25% of the total operating budget
Activities/Organizations Not Eligible for Support:
• Fraternal, veterans, or labor organizations
• Political organizations/activities
• Scholarships, conferences and seminars
• Special events, sponsorships or similar fundraising events
• Religious organizations or sectarian programs for primarily religious purposes
• Loans of any kind
• Commercial or profit-making enterprises
• Programs/activities that directly support the business objectives of drugstore.com, such as retail sales and marketing; event sponsorship; beauty or talent contests or sporting events
• Organizations that might pose a conflict with the drugstore.com mission/goals, values, programs, products or employees.
The Foundation has made cash grants totaling more than $1 million since its start. The giving decisions are made by employee committees in Washington. New Jersey and California and by the directors of the Foundation. Gifts have been made to the following worthy causes, among others, in accordance with the Foundation's guidelines:
Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle/King Countywww.emergencyfeeding.org Provides an emergency response to the nutritional needs of people in crisis hunger situations throughout Seattle and King County. EFP is dedicated to alleviating hunger while providing individuals with resource counseling to help move them towards independence. The goal is to provide a proactive, non-traditional approach to food assistance that will eventually lead to self-reliance for individuals in need of services.
Solid Groundwww.solid-ground.org For more than three decades, Solid Ground – formerly the Fremont Public Association – has helped our most vulnerable community members overcome economic crises and develop the skills and resources they need to thrive. Thirty programs throughout King County have helped hundreds of thousands of people break the cycle of poverty since 1974.
ArtsFundwww.artsfund.org ArtsFund's mission is to strengthen the arts in the region by advocating for all the arts. The arts inspire, contribute economically to, and educate our community. ArtsFund makes it easy to give to the arts by supporting roughly 70 local organizations using a rigorous grant allocation process, holding groups accountable to high standards, and providing general operating support. Through ArtsFund, everybody can take part in art.
Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Western Washington www.candlelighterswa.org Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Western Washington is a support organization focused on and dedicated to working with families and children undergoing cancer treatment.
Safe Crossingswww.safecrossingsfoundation.org The Safe Crossings Program is a successful grief support and education program for children in King County, created in collaboration with Providence Hospital of Seattle. The organization offers both one-on-one and support group style emotional support to children and their families both before and after the death of a loved one. All Safe Crossings services are free of charge.
Friends of Youthwww.friendsofyouth.org Friends of Youth's mission is to provide a broad array of services to youth and their families to improve their emotional stability and self-sufficiency. Friends of Youth accomplishes this through four programs: Residential Services, Homeless Services, Youth and Family Services and Youth Development and Employment.
The Caroline Kline Galland Homewww.klinegalland.org The Kline Galland Home promotes the highest quality of life by providing a continuum of exceptional care and services for the elderly in a Jewish environment. Kline Galland provides nursing care, assisted and transitional housing, nutrition and meal programs and respite and hospice services.
FareStartwww.farestart.org FareStart provides a community that transforms lives by empowering homeless and disadvantaged men, women, youth and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry. Employment training is complemented by life skills training and social services that allow students to effectively address the issues that contributed to their homelessness.
Wellspring Family Services of King Countywww.family-services.org The goals of this organization's Homeless Children's Services are to stabilize the lives of the children and strengthen their parents' ability to care for them by providing families with the resources they need. These services are provided through two programs – Morningsong, a specialized childcare center for homeless children, and the Baby Boutique, a unique store where homeless families with young children "shop" for free diapers, clothing, car seats and other basic needs for their infants and children.
West Seattle Food Bankwww.westseattlefoodbank.org Hunger is a critical issue in West Seattle for the working poor, single parents, fixed-income seniors and children. Opened in 1981, the West Seattle Food Bank serves over 500 families each week.
Pike Market Senior Centerwww.pikemarketseniorcenter.org The Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank have been assisting low-income and homeless individuals for more than 25 years. Their homeless prevention and intervention programs work to ensure that seniors and the general population have basic needs assistance as well as a way off of the streets. Through coordinated support services the Center helps people find jobs, housing, nutritious food, access to community services, and a warm welcoming center to help build self-sufficiency, providing a healthy environment that helps those in transition.
Senior Serviceswww.seniorservices.org Senior Services is the largest non-profit agency serving older people in Washington. Established in 1967, the agency serves over 50,000 seniors and their families each year through an integrated system of quality programs and services.
Youth Eastside Serviceswww.youtheastsideservices.org A lifeline for young people coping with abuse, violence, mental health challenges, drug and alcohol addiction, and family conflicts.
Ryther Child Centerwww.ryther.org Providing a safe, therapeutic, home-like environment to children who have been victims of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and chemical dependency has been the Ryther Child Center's mission for over 65 years.
Eastside Domestic Violence Programwww.edvp.org Since 1982, Eastside Domestic Violence Program has provided shelter, support and safety to more than 61,000 battered women and their children. This is north and east King County's only domestic violence program, and its mission is to end abuse by changing attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate violence and oppression, preventing domestic violence through education, advocacy and support, and providing services to anyone who has been abused, primarily women and children.
Senior Safety Run on a shoestring budget, Senior Safety provides installation of smoke detectors, grab rails, wheelchair ramps and other devices and products to low income seniors and disabled folks, free of charge.
Washington Women in Needwww.wawomeninneed.org Funds low income women in the community who need help with medical insurance, dental care, mental health counseling or books and tuition.
Boomtown Cafe A wonderful non-profit restaurant in Seattle that fed low income and homeless individuals and their families. Believing that soup lines offer an inadequate response to hunger and poverty, the café's mission was to create opportunities for low income and homeless individuals to access healthful, affordable food in a safe and dignified atmosphere, while promoting a community of openness and respect.
AIDS Coalition of NJ The AIDS Coalition of Southern New Jersey provides direct services (food bank, case management, housing and legal services) to clients with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
PetPALS Provides services to the animal companions of people living with terminal, chronic debilitating illness, or financially needy senior citizens.
Abilities Center of Southern NJ Helps develop employment opportunities for people with barriers to entering or re-entering the workforce. This is achieved through education, training, employment, and a commitment to quality customer service. In the wake of the September 11 tragedy, our east coast employees wanted to help in any way they could. Many donated blood and funds. The Foundation matched all employee cash donations three to one. The total gift to the ARC was nearly $55,000.
Gilda's Clubwww.gildasclubseattle.org Gilda's Club opened its red door in Seattle to the delight of the medical community and individuals affected by cancer. The cancer-support organization offers services six days a week, morning to night. Finally, there is a place for cancer patients and their families to catch their breath before resuming the fight of their lives.
VISCOP VISCOP (Visually impaired co-partners of Gloucester County, NJ) teaches the visually impaired to be self-sufficient and give them dignity and social exposure. The center is open to persons of all ages.
Domestic Abused Women's Network (DAWN) Domestic Abused Women's Network (DAWN) serves victims of domestic violence in South King County. DAWN's services assist women in the enormous task of overcoming obstacles and building entirely new lives for themselves and their families in the aftermath of domestic violence.
First Place School First Place School devoted to helping children and families who are homeless or in transition in King County. Provides quality education (K-6) in safe and therapeutic classrooms with extended hours, counseling and case management, and basic services such as nutritious meals, school supplies, transportation, health screenings and referrals.
Emmanuel Cancer Foundation The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation helps preserve the quality of life for any New Jersey family whose child has been diagnosed with cancer. They provide direct, one-on-one services to families that have a child with cancer. Services are provided without charge. Some of the services provide include groceries, at home counseling to all family members, appliance repair or replacement, gifts for the child and siblings, funding for bills and more.
At Work! Their mission is to help people who live with disabilities become productive, contributing and integrated members of their communities.
This organization is where we found our beloved Margaret who helps out with our kitchen clean up several days a week, as well as several other young adults who step in to provide assistance whenever we need them. Whether it's stuffing bags for an event, or providing an extra hand in the mailroom, we value their contribution. When we heard their funding had been cut by 23%, we knew they needed our help.
NAMI Greater Seattle The NAMI mission is to address the unmet needs of individuals with serious mental illness and their families through education, advocacy, resources and referral. Their programming includes 10 and 12-week classes for mental health consumers and family members, support groups every day of the week, a 24-hour resource and referral helpline, public presentations, educational forums, junior high, high school and college student outreach, research partnerships and conference sponsorship. They also manage two homes for individuals with serious mental illness who wish to live independently but have a very limited financial means.
The Pink Daisy Project Fighting breast cancer is tough. But it can be even more difficult for women who have the additional burden of a full-time job, children to care for, meals to prepare, and housecleaning to do. The Pink Daisy Project helps lighten their load by providing meals, housecleaning, groceries and more to younger women and their families.
Amara Amara has served Washington's most vulnerable women and children since their founding in 1921 in Seattle. Their focus is on helping their clients find permanence and stability through adoption, pregnancy care and foster homes. In 2010, they served 400 families and found permanent adoptive homes to 66 children in the Seattle area.