Columbia City, long celebrated for its diversity, has seen rents, lease rates and home prices rise, changing the character of the neighborhood. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

Confronting “the g word” in Columbia City

The rapid rise of the 193-unit Angeline Apartment building has amplified conversations about gentrification in Columbia City.
Jul 7, 2015
A WWII era poster encourages saving food scraps to feed animals. (Photo from National Archives)

How to break our addiction to food waste

Kirkland resident Gina VanLoon hardly has any food waste in her compost bin. But that isn’t something she could brag about a few months ago. VanLoon knew she had a problem with too much produce rotting before someone in her family of five could eat it.
Oct 16, 2014
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Why we’re wasting food in a hungry world

Is the solution to feeding a growing global population sitting right there on our plates?
Girls at an orphanage outside of Nakuru, Kenya, celebrate the arrival of their menstrual kits made by the Days for Girls Ocala Florida Chapter. (Photo courtesy Days for Girls)

Simple feminine-hygiene kits empower girls

Days for Girls International provides feminine-hygiene kits for girls in parts of the world without access to commercial products.
May 9, 2014
Protesters burn an effigy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III during a rally to coincide with his fourth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) on Monday July 22. (Photo by Bullit Marquez / AP)

Manila newest hot spot for international wave of protests

Why I spent the last week building a giant effigy of the president of the Philippines.
Jul 25, 2013
UW Bothell student Jozlyn Pelk will travel to a country of her choice as part of the Seattle Ambassador program. (Photo courtesy Seattle International Foundation)

Meet Seattle’s first ambassador

If you had the opportunity to travel to any country in the world to help people living in poverty, where would you go?
Jul 1, 2013
A discarded can of US food aid in Ethiopia. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

WA farmers and charities fixing to fight against food aid reform

President Obama’s food-aid reform proposals sound like a common sense way to feed more of the world’s poor. But from farms, to ports, to global charities, Washington State has a lot riding on the status quo. 
May 31, 2013
A Casa Latina member at a women’s leadership meeting. (Photo courtesy Casa Latina)

Why more women in leadership will mean fewer women in poverty

International Women’s Day is holiday that usually gets ignored. So it makes a great moment to reflect on a widely ignored issue: women in poverty.  
Mar 7, 2013
Kenyan children play with a donated soccer ball in part of the World Vision display at Northgate Mall. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

‘Sick of stuff’ Seattleites seek more meaningful holiday gifts (like goats)

On a Sunday afternoon a week before Christmas, Northgate Mall is a mosh pit of shoppers. It’s a familiar scene. Our cheerful, if harried, consumerism is as much a holiday ritual as any traditional meal or family gathering. But by the Victoria’s Secret, between the kiosk advertising the new Fiat and the one selling massaging […]
Dec 21, 2012
One by One, a local NGO founded by Heidi Breeze-Harris (right) to fight fistula, is one of a dozen small local organizations being honored today. (Photo courtesy Seattle International Foundation)

5 secrets to Seattle’s success fighting global poverty

“There is something unique about Seattle,” says Michele Frix, Program Officer with the Seattle International Foundation (SIF). “There’s a special quality here: that giving nature and that great interest in global causes.” Want proof? Look no further than the 250 women and men filling the Four Seasons Hotel ballroom in downtown Seattle this morning. They […]
Dec 7, 2012
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Is the Gates Foundation’s new visitor center inspiring, or insulting?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s six-floor headquarters, across from the Seattle Center, is an imposing complex of glass and curved architecture. Hence the need for an inviting, accessible new visitor center! Opening to the public this Saturday, the visitor center’s high-tech interactive exhibits invite participation, not just passive observation. But how exciting is philanthropy […]
Feb 3, 2012