Real Change is a member organization of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, Seattle Human Services Coalition, Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness, and International Network of Street Newspapers. Real Change is the fiscal sponsor of International Network of Street Newspapers North America.
The Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (EIN 91-1817387) and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
To promote long-term sustainability and independence, Real Change’s primary sources of income are our community supporters and our vendors. More than half of our $1.2 million budget comes from grassroots supporters who contribute to our fund drives and at special events such as our annual breakfast.
Our next largest source of funding is the money we raise through sales of the paper, which represents about 30 percent of our budget. We anticipate that options for cashless sales of the paper and digital delivery and anticipated vendor growth will continue to grow our earned-income sources of support.
As a media and advocacy organization, our financial independence is critical to our uncompromised role as community truth-tellers and organizers.
The Real Change Board meets monthly and has a committee structure that includes Financial, Strategic Planning, Board Development, and Fundraising. Our Board of Directors is a diverse group of dedicated individuals committed to anti-poverty work. Our Board of Directors includes current and former Real Change vendors, as well as individuals with direct lived experience of homelessness.
Real Change's unique committee struture ensures that we remain accountable to and led by the community we serve. Each department at Real Change has a leadership committee of Real Change vendors informing the direction of their work. The Vendor Editorial Committee, the Vendor Organizing Committee, and the Vendor Advisory Board each meet regularly to discuss program direction.
Annual Reports are available for download (pdf) here:
- 2017 Real Change Annual Report
- 2016 Real Change Annual Report
- 2015 Real Change Annual Report
- 2014 Real Change Annual Report
- 2013 Real Change Annual Report
- 2012 Real Change Annual Report
- 2011 Real Change Annual Report
- 2010 Real Change Annual Report
- 2009 Real Change Annual Report
- 2008 Real Change Annual Report