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To Leaders in Washington State (both elected and administrators in State, County, and City government):

You know well that government bodies rely on human service organizations to deliver basic services to constituents. However, do you know that requests for proposals (RFP) typically disallow human service organizations from being paid for the full costs of delivering those services? On average, government contracts pay less than 80 cents for every $1 in services human service organizations deliver. In addition to this, what funds are paid are tightly restricted, artificially reducing indirect costs (even after less that $.80 on the dollar is paid).

Human service organizations need operating expenses to deliver services.

As a direct result of this systemic underfunding, many, if not most, human service organizations are now in financial distress. Several long-standing, critical service providers have already permanently closed their doors. Governmental entities must change the restrictions and expectations associated with human service funding or risk losing critical service providers.

Underfunding critical service providers is not sustainable.

When governments short-change service providers, those organizations must skimp on the basics of internal controls, oversight, compensation, and benefits. As a result, human service organizations experience high levels of turnover, struggle to retain high-talent staff, and produce sub-optimal outcomes. The impacts are most severe on smaller nonprofits, which are more often led by members of the population they are designed to serve.

We, the undersigned, are calling on funders to move toward covering the full cost of delivering services through the use of performance-based, lowest responsible bidder contracts.

Supporters

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NameOn behalf of: (Organization or individual)
Coalitions and Associations:
Mahnaz Eschetu, ChairBrave Commitments
Laurie Lippold, Director of Public PolicyPartners for our Children
Jill May, EDWashington Association for Children & Families
Dr. Stephan Blanford, EDChildren’s Alliance
Adan Espino Jr., OrganizerPierce County Human Services Coalition
Susan Brown, OrganizerGreater Seattle Child Care Business Coalition
Human Service Organizations:
Heather Fitzpatrick, CEO
& Peter Drury, Chief
Strategy Officer
Wellspring Family Services
Janis AveryAs a retired human services executive
Nela Cumming, EDEncompass
Steve Daschle, EDSouthwest Youth and Family Services
David Newell, CEOChildren’s Home Society of Washington
Dr. Pela S. Terry, EDAtlantic Street Center
Terry PottmeyerAs a retired human services executive
Karen Brady, CEORyther
Janice Deguchi, EDNeighborhood House
Mary Ellen Stone, CEOKing County Sexual Assault
Resource Center
Michael HeinischExecutive Director, Kent Youth & Family
Services (Retired)
Phoebe Sade, CEOChildcare Resources
Faaluaina Pritchard, EDAsia Pacific Cultural Center
Wyonne Perrault, EDNorth Counties’ Family Services
Ray Deck III, CEOSkookum Kids
Gene Boes, CEO, and
Laura Kneedler, Chief Mission Officer
Northwest Center
Dr. Tafona Ervin, EDFoundation for Tacoma Students
David de la Fuente, EDCommunities in Schools of Kent
Karin White, Interim CEOYWCA Pierce County
Bryan Flint, Executive DirectorSound Outreach
Jon Botten, CEO, and Jon Gould, Chief Community Impact and Government Relations OfficerChildhaven
Madelyn Carlson, CEOPeople for People
Jeananne Edwards, Executive DirectorCommunity in Motion
Deb Miller, Executive DirectorCommunity Choice dba Action Health Partners
Tim Sullivan, Executive DirectorWashington 211
Gina Hall, CEOUplift Northwest
Darlene Darnell, CEOCatholic Charities Serving Central Washington
Rachel Todd, Executive DirectorYWCA North Central Washington
Mary Steele, Executive DirectorCompass Housing Alliance
Cynthia Grayson, Executive DirectorInterCultural Children and Family Services (ICCFS)
Sue Camou Arrant, Executive DirectorKent Youth and Family Services
Lillian Sherman, Executive DirectorPike Place Market Foundation
Daryl J. Campbell, President & CEOEvergreen Goodwill of Northwest Washington
Jim Theofelis, Executive DirectorNorthStar Advocates
Colleen Speer, EDCommunities In Schools of Peninsula
Thomas Reynolds, CEONorthwest Harvest
Liz Heath, CEOSound Nonprofits
Joe LeRoy, CEOHopeSparks Family Services
Michelle McDaniel, CEOCrisis Connections
Stephen Woolworth, CEOEvergreen Treatment Services
Stacy Dym, Executive DirectorThe Arc of Washington State
Lisa Yeager, Executive DirectorSno-Valley Senior Center
Darla Helt, Executive DirectorPEACE NW
Misty Messer, Executive DirectorCarePoint Clinic
Jolene R. Seda, CEOTriumph Treatment Services
Matthew Wilson, Executive DirectorOasis Youth Center
Debbie Meyers, Executive DirectorSKCAC Industries and Employment Services
Susan Brown, CEOKids Co.
Human Service Organization Board Members:
Ethan NorrisBoard Member, Wellspring Family Services
Hayden WilliamsBoard Member, Wellspring Family Services
Brandy ReedBoard Member, Kent Youth and Family Services
Robin CallahanBoard Member, Wellspring Family Services
Mo MalakoutianBoard Member, Wellspring Family Services
Jason SchindlerBoard Member, Wellspring Family Services
Tavish MacLeanBoard Member, Encompass
Clayton RitterBoard Member, Encompass
Chris GarciaBoard Member, Encompass
Joan VaughnBoard Member, Encompass
Chuck NordhoffBoard Member, Wellspring Family Services
Charlie OgleBoard Member, Northwest Center
Stephanie GebhardtBoard Member, Northwest Center
Lynn TuttleBoard Member, Wellspring Family Services
Walt GordonBoard Member, Community in Motion
Doug ConradBoard Member, Atlantic Street Center
Jonathan PerrinoBoard Member, Compass Housing Alliance
Paul HogleBoard Member, Compass Housing Alliance
Grace O’LoanBoard Member, Ryther
Concerned Washington State Residents:
Diesha RodgersAs a concerned Washington State resident
Shwetha PanchalAs a concerned Washington State resident
Judy MahoneyAs a concerned Washington State resident
Michelle CodagnoneAs a concerned Washington State resident
Jim YearbyAs a concerned Washington State resident
Michelle Mitchell-BrannonAs a concerned Washington State resident
Janice L. BronkemaAs a concerned Washington State resident
Joseph LeavittAs a concerned Washington State resident
Sue Camou ArrantAs a concerned Washington State resident
Laura McMillanAs a concerned Washington State resident
Asa TateAs a concerned Washington State resident
Cori WaltersAs a concerned Washington State resident
Bevette IrvisAs a concerned Washington State resident
Karly LeeAs a concerned Washington State resident
Wanda OliverAs a concerned Washington State resident
Amara ReitzAs a concerned Washington State resident
Nancy SpurgeonAs a concerned Washington State resident
Anne JannettiAs a concerned resident of Washington State
Morgan MillerAs a concerned resident of Washington State
Briony BallAs a concerned resident of Washington State
Sidney PandesAs a concerned resident of Washington State
Linda WoodsAs a concerned resident of Washington State
Michael OaksAs a concerned resident of Washington State
Valerie StewartAs a concerned resident of Washington State
Boots WintersteinAs a concerned resident of Washington State
Hannah MistryAs a concerned resident of Washington State