Partners, Colleagues and Friends,
This past year was a season of transformation for The Russell Family Foundation (TRFF) as we embarked on a journey of evolution and growth. During this season of evolution, we reflected on our mission, vision and values, as well as the impact we have had on the community and where we want to go next. We are committed to sharpening our focus on climate change as stewards of the environment and champions of inclusion, diversity, equity and access. We were incredibly proud to partner with 32 community groups and nonprofits, making a positive impact throughout our community. These organizations and their leaders inspired us with their dedication and drive to serve despite ongoing challenges with the pandemic, inflation, and more.
Throughout the year, TRFF’s staff and board invested time in learning about regional food systems, including 10 learning sessions and site visits to inform our new program launching in 2023. This included a day-long visit to Skagit Valley, WA to learn about regenerative agriculture, programs serving beginning farmers, innovations in the local food economy and ways to improve regional food systems.
The Jane’s Fellowship Program’s ninth class deepened their connections to their community and gained valuable skills they can use for a lifetime of service. The 13 fellows graduated in the fall and took a moment to celebrate and reflect upon their successes at the Titlow Lodge in Tacoma. The Jane’s Fellowship Program Graduation Network hosted five in-person social and networking events throughout Pierce County to revitalize the connections following a period of virtual networking during the pandemic.
In October, we announced TRFF’s Catalytic Climate Finance Program and commitment to achieving Net Zero by 2030, which includes reducing greenhouse gas emissions across our entire portfolio and organization. TRFF’s commitment to Net Zero is a critical next step for TRFF that builds upon the rich history of impact- and mission-aligned investing supporting healthy communities and a more sustainable future. As we continue to listen to the needs of the communities we serve, the climate crisis deserves our full attention.
It has been a year full of growth and new opportunities. Thank you to all our grantees, partners and friends who have been on this journey with us, and we look forward to continuing the momentum in 2023.
Kathleen Simpson, CPA, CGMA
Chief Executive Officer
The Russell Family Foundation