About the Campaign
You helped DRCC/TAG Restore the Flow! Combined with GiveBIG donations, we raised $20,181! THANK YOU! We will share soon what this means for our work.
Help DRCC/TAG Restore the Flow by May 4, 2016! Due to budget shortfalls at the Washington State level, a key source of funding for our core work was just eliminated. Check out the latest on this funding cut.
We need your support to raise $20,000 to begin closing this gap. Because of a generous $20,000 match by anonymous donors, your donation will be matched one-for-one! Each donation level offers a way to connect with DRCC/TAG – click donate to see all the options.
Since our founding in 2001, DRCC/TAG’s core work is to actively and meaningfully engage the diverse communities of South Park and Georgetown in the cleanup of the Duwamish River, ensuring their voice and vision is incorporated into a comprehensive and health-protective cleanup. Throughout our history, our aim has been to direct resources into these communities – rather than raising funds within them.
But now our critical work is under serious threat, including:
We are so thankful to be able to do this important work – but we need your support to continue it in 2016.
Every single donation – whether it is $5, $20, $75, or $1000 – is important to reaching our goal of $20,000 during this campaign. Will you be a part of continuing this important work of ensuring the cleanup of the Duwamish River reflects the voices and values of the communities on its banks?
How did we get here? Throughout our history, our core work has been primarily funded through Public Participation Grants (PPG) funded through the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) program. These grants are designed to engage communities in cleanup decisions across Washington State.
In summer 2015, DRCC/TAG was notified that we would receive funding through PPG. Even though we signed a contract in January 2016, these funds continue to be unavailable to DRCC/TAG. (Check out the full timeline of events). Now a significant funding shortfall in the MTCA program led the Washington State legislature to eliminate these grants from the budget and puts even the work of the cleanups themselves in jeopardy (the latest information on the impacts).
Up to now, DRCC/TAG has continued the important work of community engagement despite this uncertainty. We made the decision to take this risk because this work is at the core to what we do, who we are, and the reason that this organization exists. This decision significantly impacted our General Fund – the fund that is not tied to project specific deliverables. But we can no longer turn to this to address the funding gap. Because of this, DRCC/TAG is making the difficult decision to reduce its core work.
Consider donating to DRCC/TAG – your $5, $10, $100, $500 is important and essential to continuing this work.
Thank you for your continued partnership and support!