The story begins in 2017, as a creative array of community centered philanthropic projects captured the attention of the Greater Spokane community.

Our Mission

Giving Back Spokane (GBS) strives to connect with and give resources to any individual or family who struggles with issues related to poverty, through our partnerships with local community agencies. GBS offers food, housing and transportation assistance. Using the combination of grassroots efforts on social media with community partnerships and foundation support, GBS can offer greatly expedited relief and hope to people in vulnerable situations.

Humble    Beginnings

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Humble Beginnings

How It Began

ONE MAN, ONE BACKPACK

The story begins in 2015 when Rick Clark, age 44, jobless, and living out of a trailer, changed his life as well as the life of another. When crossing paths with a homeless person – a person only a little worse off than himself, Rick learned of the man’s stolen backpack. Using his last $8 dollars and a promise to return in two days with a replacement loaded with supplies, the first chapter our story was written. A social media call to aid shared across the community over 500 times, Rick soon had enough to replace the man’s backpack and 24 more. Giving Back Packs started that day and has filled over 3,700 packs for our community’s most vulnerable. This, along with a creative array of other community-centered philanthropic projects, captured the attention of the Greater Spokane community.

SPOKANE QUARANTEAM

The next chapter in 2017 saw local restaurants, threatened by the one-two punch of economic downturn amidst a world-wide epidemic, become rock stars. With Rick at the helm, groups organized on social media sites to rally in an effort to keep their doors open. Creative, focused help that the community desperately needed organized online through “Giving Back Packs” and “The Spokane Quaranteam” posts and pages. As economic uncertainty loomed Spokane delighted in this bright light of exuberant, guerrilla charity. The momentum was rapidly growing beyond the scope of one person. The plethora of good deeds expanding beyond just backpacks.

Forward    Momentum

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A moment to a movement

How It Grew

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

By 2020, Rick’s efforts amassed an outpouring of local support and this community minded recovery became the entire city’s story . The needs of our community were unique, and Giving Back Spokane would rise to meet these needs with joyful, creative, focused help. Each new heartfelt tale was met with unique, charitable contributions by community members ready to reach out a helping hand.

The    Evolution

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The Evolution

How It Evolved

NEXT LEVEL GIVING

In 2023, the story changed again as the wave of enthusiasm and collaboration took form to create Giving Back Spokane. Giving Back Spokane continues to help Spokane tell stories of community and support by continuing its previous outreach, while actively seeking out new areas of need in the Pacific Northwest.  What started as one man’s desire to help another has grown into a movement far beyond anything anyone could have imagined.

begin your own chapter of support

We need your help to write the next chapter in our ever evolving story.

Begin    Your    Chapter

Ways to Give

Our greater community has always been the cornerstone to Giving Back Spokane success in every aspect of our outreach. If you have the means, you can use the links below to show your support for what we do in the community.

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Credit Card

Visit our secure donation page to donate by credit card or debit card.

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Check

To send a check in the mail, please address it to:
Giving Back Spokane
P.O. Box 30321
Spokane, WA 99223

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Cash App

Use your Cash App account to donate securely online.

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Venmo

Use your Venmo account to donate securely online.

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PayPal

When you shop at smile.amazon.com Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to Giving Back Spokane.

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Endowment / Bequeathment

A few of our Sponsors

Giving Back Spokane could not help the community the way it does without the gracious support of that same community. The enthusiasm of our endeavors to make Spokane a more compassionate, collaborative city is a characteristic we learned from the generous people who surround us. Please take a moment to look over just the latest batch of supporters who make Giving Back Spokane possible.