Greater Seattle Business Association — Outstanding Philanthropic Organization
Philanthropy is one of the four pillars of the Greater Seattle Business Association's mission. That mission of combining business development, leadership and social action to expand economic opportunities for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and those who support equality for all has made the Greater Seattle Business Association a national leader as the largest business chamber of its kind in the country. Greater Seattle Business Association has worked to create anti-discrimination policies, has been a leader in supporting diverse communities, and always maintains "philanthropy and advocacy" at the core of its business model. The most visible program is its scholarship fund, which has awarded $1.4 million to more than 300 students over the past two decades. In addition, the Greater Seattle Business Association works to foster and strengthen the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied community by encouraging its leaders to become involved in the greater community. "The culture of GSBA encourages everyone to get involved with local nonprofits," says Lisa M. Stone of executive director of Legal Voice.