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A Territory Resource

DONATION SCANDAL RESULTED IN $7,500 FINE FOR THIS ORGANIZATION
A Territory Resource
(also known as ATR)
603 Stewart, Ste. 1007
Seattle ,   WA   98101-1229
(206) 624-4081
Website: http://www.atrfoundation.org/
Email: website@atrfoundation.org
Form 990s available at www.guidestar.org
Establishment Data: Established in 1978 in WA.

Purpose and Activities: "Support is given for grassroots organizations attempting to establish a society that is politically and economically democratic, equitable, and environmentally sound. "

Financial Data (Fiscal Date: 99/12/31 )
Assets Amount: $2,404,560
Contributions Received: $1,296,760
Expenditures: $1,388,626
Total Giving: $903,903
Grants Amount: $903,903  Number of Grants: 181
Highest Grant: $25,000  Lowest Grant: $500
United Way Grants: $1,503,920
EGA Member

A minor but significant organization of various anti-capitalists funding causes including numerous anti-corporate environmental groups such as the Western States Center. Acts essentially as a money funnel for large private foundations and donor advised funds to target large grants toward smaller organizations and perhaps to hide the real source of donations to controversial groups. The following article from the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Thursday, May 20, 1999, suggests underhanded activity.

Seattle Organization Will Pay Fine to Settle Political-Disclosure Dispute
By JENNIFER MOORE

A Seattle non-profit organization has agreed to pay a fine after running afoul of a Washington State law that requires organizations that give money to political groups on behalf of someone else to disclose the original source of the money.

The dispute involved A Territory Resource, a non-profit organization that operates much like a community foundation, raising money from donors and then using it to make grants to charities in five Western states.

At issue was a $50,000 donation the non-profit group made last June [1998]  to No! 200, a political group created to oppose a measure on the Washington ballot that sought to scale back government affirmative-action programs. The measure was approved in November.

The $50,000 originally came from David Foecke and Pat Close, who put it into a donor-advised fund at A Territory Resource. The couple asked that the gift be passed on to No! 200, although the decision was left up to the board of the non-profit group.

The state Public Disclosure Commission argued that under Washington law, the non-profit group should have identified Mr. Foecke and Ms. Close when it passed on the money to No! 200.

But Carol Pencke, executive director of A Territory Resource, said that the law was "extremely vague" and that any violation was inadvertent. She said the donors in this case simply wanted to help raise the profile of A Territory Resource rather than call attention to their own giving. She said the couple did not claim any tax deduction for their gift.

To settle the dispute, A Territory Resource and the pair of original donors have each agreed to pay $7,500 fines.

Make of that story what you will.

Profiles of board members and officers are at http://www.atrfoundation.org/board.htm
Governing Body/Executive Staff:
Officers and Directors:*

  • Larry Kleinman*, Chair.;

  • Neal Adams*, Vice-Chair.;

  • Karen Leann McKay*, Secy.;

  • Eric Smith*, Treas.;

  • Janis L. Strout, Executive Director; Salary $44,308, Benefits $6,303.

  • Barbara Green, Interim Executive Director; Salary $12,491

  • Lucy Dayton;

  • Paul Goode

  • Sandy Hale;

  • Andy Himes;

  • Ivan Inger;

  • Victoria Kaplan;

  • Marie Kurose-Woo;

  • Liz Merrill;

  • Julie Miller;

  • Gary Owens;

  • Melissa Ponder;

  • Janet Robideau;

  • Ron White

Staff: 8

ATR Grants Received

FOUNDATION NAME: The F. B. Heron Foundation
ABSTRACT: For Rural Cross-Community Collaborative to build organizational capacity among housing and economic development practitioners in rural Northwest
AMOUNT: $60,000 YEAR AUTHORIZED: 1999
TYPE OF SUPPORT: Program development

FOUNDATION NAME: Turner Foundation, Inc.
AMOUNT: $10,000 YEAR AUTHORIZED: 1998

FOUNDATION NAME: Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation
ABSTRACT: To expand Gay and Lesbian Funding in the Northwest and Northern Rockies
AMOUNT: $50,000 YEAR AUTHORIZED: 1998

FOUNDATION NAME: The Gill Foundation
ABSTRACT: For program support for re-granting outside King County
AMOUNT: $15,000 YEAR AUTHORIZED: 1998

FOUNDATION NAME: Open Society Institute
ABSTRACT: For capacity building
AMOUNT: $400,000 YEAR AUTHORIZED: 1997

FOUNDATION NAME: Branta Foundation, Inc.
AMOUNT: $10,000 YEAR AUTHORIZED: 1997

FOUNDATION NAME: The Ruth and Vernon Taylor Foundation
AMOUNT: $25,000 YEAR AUTHORIZED: 1997

FOUNDATION NAME: Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation
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MOUNT: $25,000 YEAR AUTHORIZED: 1995

FOUNDATION NAME: Northwest Area Foundation
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BSTRACT: To increase and strengthen grantmaking by enlarging donor base

FOUNDATION NAME: Public Welfare Foundation, Inc.
ABSTRACT:For Strategic Initiative to Protect Democracy, providing small grants to local groups working to counter hate activity in western states
AMOUNT: $40,000 YEAR AUTHORIZED: 1996

FOUNDATION NAME: Public Welfare Foundation, Inc.
ABSTRACT: For Strategic Initiative to Protect Democracy, which will provide small grants to local groups that are working to counter hate activity in western states
AMOUNT: $50,000 YEAR AUTHORIZED: 1995

FOUNDATION NAME: Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation
ABSTRACT: For matching grant for programs in Pacific Northwest region
AMOUNT: $25,000 YEAR AUTHORIZED: 1993

FOUNDATION NAME: Public Welfare Foundation, Inc.
ABSTRACT: For technical assistance for groups working to counter hate activity
AMOUNT: $10,000 YEAR AUTHORIZED: 1994

FOUNDATION NAME: Public Welfare Foundation, Inc.
ABSTRACT: For technical assistance fund, providing small grants to grassroots organizations
 AMOUNT: $10,000 YEAR AUTHORIZED: 1992

ATR Grants Given
ATR  lists its 2000 grants at
http://www.atrfoundation.org/grants_00_all.htm, but does not reveal the grant amount to each recipient, only aggregates for categories of grants.

See ATR Form 990 for year 2000 at www.guidestar.org for grant details including amounts given to each recipient.

ATR grants for 1999 from Form 990:


Foundation Amount Year Purpose (in Foundationese)
The Alliance of Forest Workers and Harvesters $5,000.00 1999 For the start-up of a multicultural organization promoting social, environmental and economic justice for forest workers and harvesters.
Citizens Coal Council $5,000.00 1999 Funds support the CCC’s new “Strengthening the West” campaign that provides technical assistance, networking and collaboration opportunities to grassroots activist groups in our region that are battling the harmful environmental and social effects of coal mining.
Makah Tribal Council $5,000.00 1999 To develop an educational Web site to help the tribe respond to the anti-Indian and racist backlash against Native people as a result of their resumption of traditional whaling practices.
Powder River Basin Resource Council $15,000.00 1999 First installment of a $45,000 support grant to help conserve Wyoming’s unique land, minerals, water, and clean air for present and future generations. Support is to enhance the power and effectiveness of Powder River Basin Resource Council and the six community organizations through expanded leadership development, member activation, and new member recruitment.
Salmon Boy $1,500.00 1999 For a production exploring the historical, cultural and economic role of salmon in the Pacific Northwest. The play addresses Native American mythology, environmental degradation, the commercial fish industry and salmon-related legislation.
Workers Organizing Committee $15,000.00 1999 First installment of a $45,000 support grant to address the living and working conditions of low wage workers to further the Jornalero Organizing Project and the Workplace Environmental Justice Project.

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