Assessing the Global State: How Washington Leads in Global Development

New Global Washington Report Highlights Impacts of the Global Development Sector in Washington State

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SEATTLE – A new report by Global Washington (GlobalWA) explores the economic impact and interconnectedness of Washington state-based businesses and nonprofits that are working to improve lives in developing countries.

“Increasingly, businesses have stepped up their commitments to global corporate social responsibility,” said Kristen Dailey, executive director of Global Washington. “As a result, we’ve seen a steady increase in companies looking for ways to collaborate with our non-profit members on the ground in emerging markets.”

Currently GlobalWA has 27 for-profit members. In addition to supporting humanitarian responses globally, such as the Syrian refugee crisis in the Middle East and the hunger crises in Eastern Africa and Yemen, businesses are also working to improve the resiliency of their supply chains and at the same time benefiting local communities where they work.

The economic impact of the global development sector in Washington state is sizeable and growing. In 2015, Global Washington’s non­profit and foundation members directly supported more than 10,000 jobs in the state, and had a combined total of $8.5 billion in expenditures on international activities.

GlobalWA members that are grant-making foundations include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pangea Giving, SE Asia Foundation, Seattle International Foundation and the Seattle Foundation, and the Mona Foundation. The global impact of these members is far reaching. Collectively, they operate in or issue grants to organizations working in more than 50 countries. They represented approximately 1,200 Washington state jobs in 2015, as well as $4.8 billion in revenues.

GlobalWA’s 18 academic institution members also contribute to global development through educational programs and international exchanges that are geared toward entrepreneurship, as well as women and girls’ empowerment.

“Global development has made incredible gains in improving people’s health and economic wellbeing,” said Dailey. “The challenges that remain, however, are so immense that our members realize we all have to work together, speaking with one voice, in order to continue making progress. And that is why Global Washington exists.”

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