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Check out our FY2014 Annual Report

We had lots to be proud of in 2014 including 1) Increasing our loan caps from $10,000 to $25,000 2) Launching a pilot IDA program to help people with disabilities find employment and 3) Celebrating 10 years and more than $2 million in microloans. Find out exactly how many clients we served, $$$ we loaned and counties we reached last year in an infographic that tells it all.

Click here to read the full report and view a text version of the Infographic featured below.
Annual Report FY14 Infographic: text version here:

GiveBIG Today!

Angel, Assistive Technology Borrower, kissing his daughter next to the modified vehicle he purchased: "Thank you. . .this kind of takes on a sentimental value because it is a vehicle for my daughter."

Today is the day to GiveBIG!

We make a BIG impact every day. Today, your small gift can make a BIG difference.

A share of every donation made to the Washington Access Fund via the Seattle Foundation website will be matched by GiveBig’s sponsors. But beyond that, our board and staff have put forth a challenge matching grant. That means every dollar we raise through GiveBIG on Tuesday, May 5th will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $1,500.

We need your help in providing assistive technology and economic opportunity to people with disabilities in Washington State. Your generous gift can leverage more help TODAY than any other day of the year!

Click HERE to GiveBIG

GiveBIG is Tuesday May 5th!

Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG Logo 05.05.15

Want to stretch your donation? The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a stronger, more vibrant community for all. This year’s GiveBIG will take place on May 5, 2015.

All donations made to the Washington Access Fund through The Seattle Foundation’s website on GiveBIG day will earn an additional percentage of the matching funds (or “stretch”) pool. This percentage depends on the size of the stretch pool and how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day. In 2014, the stretch pool was $1,000,000 and the total amount of stretch-eligible donations was $12,800,000. The stretch percentage worked out to 8.3% (or approximately 8 cents on the dollar).

In addition to The Seattle Foundation stretch pool, the Access Fund board and staff have provided a 1:1 matching challenge grant, up to $1,000!

Help us meet this challenge by clicking here to donate on the big day.

Sign Up Now for Spring Business Planning Webinar

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Are you an entrepreneur with a disability who needs a business loan for your small business? Need help writing your business plan?

Then sign up for Washington Access Fund’s free accessible meetings. You can participate from home! The meetings will take place via toll free conference calls with the materials emailed to you to follow along.

The next series begins Tuesday, April 14th from 12:00pm-1:30pm and runs weekly (on Tuesdays for 6 weeks).

To Register and for more information:

“My experience attending the Webinars and networking with staff have proved to be very useful and I view the end results as a huge personal success.” — Webinar Participant

Please give 14 days notice of accommodations needed. Space is limited, sign up soon to reserve your spot!

Use a screen reader or magnifier?

Microsoft Surface next to notebook and eyeglasses

Research Study on Accessibility at Microsoft

Microsoft is seeking people who have experience using either screen reading or magnifying products. They are seeking people in the Seattle or King County area who can travel easily to the Redmond campus.

Study Details:

  • Research sessions are available starting March 2nd. Sessions will be available throughout the month of March
  • Participants will receive $100 gratuity for participating in this research study
  • Transportation assistance can be arranged to and from their facility in Redmond
  • Research sessions are about 2 hours long
  • Participants must be at least 18 years old
  • The research projects are fun, and a great way to make a direct impact on the development and improvement of accessibility features
  • Call 425-242-8030 to sign up or get more information!