EIN 91-1259403

Washington CAN Education & Research Fund

IRS 501(c) type
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In 2020 with the pandemic, WCAN ERF supported grassroots leaders in organizing events to highlight the lack of affordable housing, and the increase in Covid-19 outbreaks in prisons due to overcrowding. WCAN ERF supports community organizations that work to achieve racial, social and economic justice. To support community organizations that work to achieve racial, social and economic justice.
Related structure
Washington CAN Education & Research Fund is a subordinate organization under Washington Community Action Network (Washington CAN).
Also known as...
Washington Community Action Network Education and Research Fund; Washington Citizen Action Network Education and Re; Wa Community Action Network Education and Research; Washington Can
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Program areas at Washington CAN Education & Research Fund

FIRELANDS. 2021 was a year of tremendous growth. Adapting our rural Green New Deal platform to the crisis conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we oriented our goals for short-term pandemic relief long-term recovery leading to a just, green economy. In July 16 volunteer organizers went out for 13 days in Grays Harbor Pacific counties conducted over 500 deep listening conversations. Organizers spent over 375 hours in conversation with low-wage workers in person or by phone. Even with wins in rental assistance, eviction prevention, the immigrant relief fund, there was a serious gap in outreach education to spread the word connect people to resources. Firelands members organized events at local Mexican-owned grocery stores, tortillerias the Catholic Church to connect excluded workers to the WA Immigrant Relief Fund. Through 14 outreach events, Know Your Rights workshops one-on-one education while canvassing, Firelands directly engaged 460 tenants with information resources about their rights, breaking down barriers in technology gaps, language access power dynamics.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. In 2021 WCAN ERF in partnership with WCAN created a messaging guide and strategic communications plan to more effectively advance the narrative work on all our issues including ending mass incarceration, affordable housing and health care for all. In addition to communication guides we created an organizational guidebook with updated training materials for new and current community organizers. Highlighted trainings include Organizational History, Developing New Members, and Conducting Effective Meetings. The training book includes activities to help members bond with one another in addition to popular education on the oppressive systems impacting our communities. Using these tools, 2 community organizers held monthly community meetings attended by 15-20 people, where they discussed the issues of health care, housing and ending mass incarceration heard stories from those directly impacted and developed the leaders skills to share their stories and participate effectively in meetings, public events and with elected officials.
PUBLIC OUTREACH EDUCATION. WCAN ERF had 10,443 conversations with unique voters who supported ending mass incarceration health care issue work. Our field canvass has never gotten such deep levels of agreement on the need for universal health care. The pandemic highlighted how employer-based health insurance doesnt serve our communities. We held a direct action with over 40 people outside Premera, WAs largest health insurer, where community members shared their health care stories to show why Medicare for All is crucial. To raise visibility of the issue we worked with a partner organization to create 20 ft tall props including a Dracula puppet named Count Bleed Ya Dry, to illustrate how Premeras money-saving tactics exploit patients. In December community organizers conducted 2 webinars on Senate Bill 6164, a 2020 policy win. These webinars educated 68 community members about prosecutorial discretion to seek resentencing for those incarcerated, discussed organizing strategies to move Prosecuting Attorneys to implement SB 6164 in ways that best serve constituent communities.

Who funds Washington CAN Education & Research Fund

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Windward FundEnvironmental Programs$105,000
Satterberg FoundationGeneral Support$99,761
Center for Community Change (CCC)Economic Justice$75,000
...and 14 more grants received

Personnel at Washington CAN Education & Research Fund

Mary le NguyenExecutive Director$0
Serena Evans-SatoranFinance Director$0
Erin FennerCommunications Director
Lori SchroyerDirector of Membership and Staff Development
Michael LangelierDirector of Membership Administration
...and 4 more key personnel

Financials for Washington CAN Education & Research Fund

RevenuesFYE 12/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$1,541,099
Program services$40,200
Investment income and dividends$4,092
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$28,009
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$1,613,400

Form 990s for Washington CAN Education & Research Fund

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-122021-11-01990View PDF
2019-122022-03-14990View PDF
2018-122020-06-04990View PDF
2017-122019-02-15990View PDF
2016-122017-11-17990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s

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Data update history
February 4, 2023
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
August 16, 2022
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
August 4, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 5 new personnel
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $50,000 from Seattle Foundation
August 21, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2018
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsBusiness and community development organizationsChapter / child organizationsCharities
Community improvementCriminal justice
Political advocacyLobbyingState / local levelTax deductible donationsNo full-time employees
General information
1806 E Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98122
Metro area
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
King County, WA
Website URL
(206) 389-0050
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
S20: Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement
NAICS code, primary
813319: Social Advocacy Organizations
Parent/child status
Subordinate organization
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