Empowering Communities

Rapid Response Fund

Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation is proud to announce the expansion of its Rapid Response Fund.  Started in 2019, the Fund was designed to help current and past grantees through emergency situations with a grant of up to $3,000. As part of its commitment to building a stronger nonprofit ecosystem, SYLF will extend the program to other immigrant and refugee serving nonprofits in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties, and raise the potential grant award to a maximum of $5,000.

To qualify for a Rapid Response Fund grant, an organization must:

  • Serve immigrants and refugees as an integral part of its work, either as signified by its organizational mission statement OR have an emergency project in which at least 75% served are immigrants or refugees;
  • Be based in King, Pierce, or Snohomish Counties;
  • Have an unanticipated need that is truly emergent. The Rapid Response Fund is not intended to support costs that are part of regular program delivery, operating expenses, staff salaries, nor the routine replacement/purchase of office equipment; and
  • Be able to provide an estimate of costs equivalent with the grant request.

If you are a local nonprofit in need of emergency funds to serve immigrants and refugees, please reach out to Rachel Allen at programs@sylfoundation.org to learn more.  If your request fits our criteria, you will be asked to complete a short application.  If approved, most grants can be delivered in under 10 working days. A brief report will be due 3 months after the grant is received.

Support For Non-Profit Staff

Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation recognizes that the staff of non-profit organizations play a critical and often under-appreciated role in building a just and inclusive civil society. Their work is often exhausting and stressful. In an effort to support the staff of our community partners, SYL Foundation is committed to providing support wherever possible. In 2022, the Foundation hosted two virtual workshops – one on conducting nonprofit advocacy and one on recognizing and recovering from vicarious trauma. SYL Foundation also funded three sabbaticals for nonprofit leaders through the BIPOC ED Coalition. We will continue to provide such support in the future.

In addition, based on feedback from our grantee partners and our recognition that wage inequality, rooted in historic systems of racism and sexism, is harmful to nonprofit staff, SYLF made grants to provide cash stipends to the employees of our smallest grantee organizations. We are continuing our efforts to strengthen the nonprofit ecosystem by advocating for a living wage for nonprofit staff through our participation in the Seattle Human Services Coalition’s Wage Equity Campaign.

Event Sponsorship

Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation supports our community partners beyond the length of a grant. We have an event sponsorship budget that is utilized to help organizations meet their fundraising needs. Sponsorship funds are prioritized for past grant recipients. If you are a current or past grantee partner interested in seeking sponsorship support for an event, please contact Rachel Allen at programs@sylfoundation.org.  Please note that due to limited capacity, SYLF staff are unable to attend sponsored events. If a sponsorship includes event tickets, SYLF may donate those tickets back to the organization.