The season of giving is just beginning and it’s a time that we look back on our efforts as well as how individually we can contribute to our mission of tackling some of the world’s toughest problems.
Here in Seattle we don’t have to look far. Recently, the region has faced a crisis of homelessness, with the number of people living on the streets and in shelters on the rise, according to the 2017 count
. The Seattle Times recently launched Project Homeless
to explore and explain the region’s crisis.
It’s an issue the team at Paul G. Allen Philanthropies
has been working on—partnering with nonprofit organizations, community allies and government officials—to develop short and long-term solutions.
While these efforts have made progress the scale of the crisis is advancing as quickly as the efforts to tackle it can be deployed. And unlike some of the other issues we are tackling like illegal fishing and climate change, it’s visible to us every day.
But it’s an issue where individuals can take action to make an immediate impact. In Seattle, and up and down the West Coast
where homelessness is rising, the nongovernmental organizations that help homeless populations are stretched for resources. That means donations of time, money and materials are needed.
As you seek opportunities to make an impact on tough problems during this season of giving, join Paul Allen and his organizations as we take action to make a difference in our home town and around the globe, as well as for the short and long term.