Allen Family gives cash to community

Foundation hands out $9.6 million

The Paul Allen Family Foundation has handed out $9.6 million in grant coin to a range of arts, community and youth orgs in the Pacific Northwest.

Arts and culture orgs received the most coin ($3.95 million) in the latest round of grants made by foundation funded by the co-founder of Microsoft.

Among the larger awards were $350,000 given to renovate the Fox Theater in Spokane, Wash., to provide a new home for the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. The Portland Opera also received $350,000 to help with its technology infrastructure needs, among other expenses. The Village Theater in Issaquah, Wash., received $350,000 to build a 14,500 square-foot technical studio and renovate the historic 1914 First Stage Theater.

Specific artistic creations and presentation grants received 10% of the foundation’s donations, including $60,0000 to Perseverance Theater for stagings of Brian Tucker’s “An Apology for Storms” and Paula Vogel’s “The Long Christmas Ride Home”; and $10,000 to the Boise Contemporary Theatre to support Maria Dahvana Headley’s play, “Last of the Breed.”

Since its inception in 1988, the Allen Family Foundation has donated more than $937 million to non-profit orgs.