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Mon. 06/27/22
Murdock Trust Announces Spring Grants to Washington Nonprofits
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust - 06/27/22 8:55 AM

Today, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust published its Spring 2022 Grants Report which can be viewed here (full URL below):

 

  • The report details 76 grants to nonprofits serving the Pacific Northwest totaling $32.5 million. A full list of grantees by state can be found here (full URL below).
  • This includes 29 grants to nonprofits serving Washington communities totaling $12 million.
  • Also, the Murdock Trust published its 2021 Annual Report on Friday which details 466 grants awarded totaling $90 million (a record for the nonprofit foundation).

 

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

 

Spring 2022 Quarterly Grants Report: https://murdocktrust.org/2022/06/spring-2022-quarterly-grants-report-stewarding-the-mission/

List of Spring 2022 Grantees by state: https://murdocktrust.org/app/uploads/2022/06/Quarterly-Grants-Report-Spring-2022.pdf

2021 Annual Report: https://murdocktrust.org/annualreport/


Murdock Trust Announces Spring Grants to Idaho Nonprofits
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust - 06/27/22 8:50 AM

Today, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust published its Spring 2022 Grants Report which can be viewed here (full URL below):

 

  • The report details 76 grants to nonprofits serving the Pacific Northwest totaling $32.5 million. A full list of grantees by state can be found here (full URL below).
  • This includes 1 grant to an Idaho nonprofit totaling $340,00.
  • Also, the Murdock Trust published its 2021 Annual Report on Friday which details 466 grants awarded totaling $90 million (a record for the nonprofit foundation).

 

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

 

Spring 2022 Quarterly Grants Report: https://murdocktrust.org/2022/06/spring-2022-quarterly-grants-report-stewarding-the-mission/

List of Spring 2022 Grantees by state: https://murdocktrust.org/app/uploads/2022/06/Quarterly-Grants-Report-Spring-2022.pdf

2021 Annual Report: https://murdocktrust.org/annualreport/

 

 


Fri. 06/24/22
PacificSource Health Plans' President and CEO Ken Provencher to Retire in March 2023 (Photo)
PacificSource Health Plans - 06/24/22 11:07 AM
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(Springfield, Ore.) June 24, 2022— PacificSource Health Plans announces that long-standing president and CEO Ken Provencher will retire on March 31, 2023. Provencher has served as PacificSource’s president and CEO for 21 years, and is only the fifth PacificSource CEO since the company’s inception in 1933. Upon his retirement he will leave behind more than 38 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with 28 of those years committed to PacificSource. The PacificSource board of directors will conduct a nationwide search for his replacement.

“I have been very fortunate and blessed to have worked with all of my PacificSource colleagues and our board during my tenure here,” said Ken Provencher, president and CEO of PacificSource. “I am extremely proud of how we have approached our work and that we have done so as an independent, not-for-profit community health plan. I also appreciate our many provider and community partners who have collaborated with us and worked diligently over the years to provide greater access to care and improve community health.”

 

“It has been a pleasure working with Ken in his tireless pursuit of building PacificSource into an admired organization with a focus on the health of our communities,” said PacificSource Board Chair Rick Wright. “The entire Board of Directors is happy Ken finally gets to enjoy retirement and we would like to thank him for preparing us for a bright future.”

 

During his tenure with PacificSource, Provencher has overseen the organization’s exponential growth in the Northwest as the company expanded its reach throughout Oregon and into Idaho, Montana, and Washington. In 2016, he oversaw the implementation of a strategic partnership with Legacy Health, resulting in an integrated approach that has elevated the quality of care to members and patients, and allowed PacificSource to serve as the health insurance provider for Legacy’s benefit-eligible employees and their families. He also led the company’s biggest Medicaid membership expansion in 2020, adding more than 200,000 members and bringing the organization’s total membership to over 600,000 individuals to date. 

 

Provencher joined PacificSource in 1995 as provider contracting director, was promoted to vice president operations in 1996, and then served as interim CEO in 2000 before being officially appointed to president and CEO in 2001. Prior to joining PacificSource, he served as vice president of VHA Upstate New York, a 15-hospital healthcare system. He also served as administrative director for United Health Services Network and director of finance and operations for HMO of North Carolina, a Blue Cross/Blue Shield subsidiary.

 

About PacificSource Health Plans:

PacificSource Health Plans is an independent, not-for-profit community health plan serving the Northwest. Founded in 1933, PacificSource has local offices throughout Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington. The PacificSource family of companies employs more than 1,600 people and serves over 600,000 individuals throughout the Greater Northwest. For more information, visit PacificSource.com.




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Thu. 06/23/22
United Against Hate Pilot Program in Eastern Washington Paves the Way for National Roll Out (Photo)
U.S. Attorney's Office - Eastern Dist. of Wash. - 06/23/22 12:56 PM
Pictured from left to right: Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Frieda Zimmerman, Detective Brian Cestnik Spokane Police Department, FBI Special Agent Ryan Butler, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Fruchter, Spokane PD Sargent Zachary Dahle, Assistant U.S. Attorne
Pictured from left to right: Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Frieda Zimmerman, Detective Brian Cestnik Spokane Police Department, FBI Special Agent Ryan Butler, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Fruchter, Spokane PD Sargent Zachary Dahle, Assistant U.S. Attorne
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Spokane, Washington – U.S. Attorney Vanessa R. Waldref announced today the accomplishments of her office’s pilot outreach program, United Against Hate, which directly connects the United States Attorney’s Office and its local and federal law enforcement partners with a diverse group of community organizations to increase community understanding and reporting of hate crimes and hate incidents. This community outreach program seeks to address the chronic underreporting of hate crimes and hate incidents and build strong relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve to more effectively share resources and respond to potential unlawful acts of hate.  

U.S. Attorney Waldref announced the Eastern District’s engagement in the United Against Hate program in March of 2022. In the last few months, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has successfully partnered with several community organizations and houses of worship to discuss how law enforcement responds to reports of hate crimes, hate incidents, and unlawful discrimination. Presenters at United Against Hate events include Assistant United States Attorneys, detectives and crime analysts from the Spokane Police Department, and special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The United Against Hate programs have taken place throughout Eastern Washington, including at a Jewish Temple in Spokane, an Islamic Center in Pullman, and a Sikh Temple in Eastern Washington. 

Based in part on the success of the United Against Hate program in Eastern Washington, on May 18, 2022, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke formally announced the Department of Justice’s nationwide rollout of the program.   U.S. Attorney Waldref was selected to present at the national rollout of United Against Hate today.  Yesterday, at that rollout event U.S. Attorney Waldref encouraged other districts around the country to follow Eastern Washington’s lead in proactively reaching out to houses of worship, minority communities, and community organizations on the critical issue of combatting hate crimes and hate incidents.

Law enforcement has a vital role in protecting the public from hate-motivated offenses.,” said U.S. Attorney Waldref.  “By encouraging the reporting of hate crimes and hate incidents, the United Against Hate program provides law enforcement the tools to more effectively combat the uptick in hate-based violence. The underreporting of hate crimes and hate incidents allows perpetrators to go undetected and un-prosecuted, which allows them to continue to spread their unacceptable messages of hate, fear, and intimidation.  The United Against Hate program is designed to ensure that all members of our community feel safe and know that they live in a place where acts of hate will not be tolerated.” 

“Hate crimes have no place in our community,” said Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl.  “The Spokane Police Department is pleased to partner with the US Attorney’s Office in educating the public about what constitutes a hate crime, how to report one, and how to combat such crimes.

Hate crimes are particularly impactful not only because of the harm they cause directly to the victims, but because they also take a substantial emotional toll on victims, families, loved ones and our community.  SPD is dedicated to holding accountable those responsible for crimes fueled by prejudice and bias,” said Chief Meidl.

Each United Against Hate presentation discusses vital pieces of information, which include:

  • What constitute hate crimes or hate incidents and encouraging the public to always report them to law enforcement
  • How to report a hate crime or hate incident to law enforcement. For example, to call 911 if there is a crime in progress or any potential immediate threat or danger. Otherwise hate crimes and hate incidents can also be reported to an individual’s local Crime Check (in Spokane, 509-456-2233) or by reporting it to the FBI (by calling 509-458-8100 or submitting tips to www.fbi.gov/tips).
  • Even when prosecuting a hate crime or hate incident is not viable, the data from such reporting to law enforcement is essential both to investigating and prosecuting related hate crimes by the same individual or group and in determining where, when, and how to best deploy law enforcement resources, such as additional patrols, to help detect and deter hate crimes.

Community members who attended the United Against Hate presentations participate in group discussions and activities and provide the law enforcement panelists with their questions and concerns.  Additionally, when appropriate, for United Against Hate presentations in Spokane County the U.S. Attorney’s Office has joined with the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force (SCHRTF), a private non-profit organization.  SCHRTF’s Hate Reporting Tool Kit is an online tool for reporting hate crimes and hate incidents and includes an option to report anonymously. The SCHRTF Hate Reporting Tool Kit is found at www.ReportHateBias.org

“The Spokane County Human Rights Task Force created its Hate Reporting Tool to determine the extent of hate activity occurring in our county in order to provide victim support and targeted outreach programming.  The Hate Reporting Tool is simple to access and simple to use,” said Board member, Hershel Zellman.  “We are excited to join with law enforcement in promoting the United Against Hate program and emphasize that the information provided through the Hate Reporting Tool is treated confidentially by the Task Force and has no connection to law enforcement,” said Past-President, Dean Lynch.   

“My office is thrilled with the excellent reception and impact that our United Against Hate efforts have already had in making our communities in Eastern Washington safer and stronger. These presentations offer panelists and community members the opportunity to share stories, concerns, and understand our shared values for safe neighborhoods to raise our families and the freedom to express religious beliefs without fear,” said U.S. Attorney Waldref.  Community members and leaders who are interested in exploring whether to host a United Against Hate presentation are encouraged to contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Team at ights@usdoj.gov">USAWAE.CivilRights@usdoj.gov or by leaving a voice mail at (509) 835-6306.

“We cannot bring the full force of the people’s power against hate crimes, hate incidents, and other civil rights violations without individuals being given opportunities to come forward. We encourage anybody in our community to report these concerns. We are all partners in keeping each other safe and building a stronger community that reflects our values of hope and belonging where we protect each other and have a joint mission to pursue justice for all,” stated U.S. Attorney Waldref.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office’s online complaint form is available at https://www.justice.gov/usao-edwa/edwa-civil-rights-webpage.The form can be emailed to ights@usdoj.gov">USAWAE.CivilRights@usdoj.gov, or concerns can be shared by leaving a voice mail for our Civil Rights Team at (509) 835-6306.




Attached Media Files: Pictured from left to right: Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Frieda Zimmerman, Detective Brian Cestnik Spokane Police Department, FBI Special Agent Ryan Butler, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Fruchter, Spokane PD Sargent Zachary Dahle, Assistant U.S. Attorne