We were thrilled by the response to our first ever Oomph Awards. The nonprofit community in Washington is indeed alive and well!

Before we announce the winner, we wanted to take a second to share a few statistics about the contest:

  • 1,603 people visited the giveaway page
  • 282 chose to nominate an organization
  • This created 898 total entries (it was possible to get multiple entries by taking additional actions)
  • After filtering against our basic criteria, we ended up with 36 eligible organizations

We also felt it was worth publishing a list of all the organizations who got nominated. Take a second to read through the list, learn about what they do, and then support them either socially or financially.  

The complete list of nominees for the 2016 Spring Oomph Awards

21 Progress

21 Progress provides programs that enhance leadership development among the hard working people of Washington, their families, and communities. Through popular education, civic engagement and arts & culture. They assist emerging leaders – especially young adults and immigrants – to claim their place in building a more just society and reaching their American Dream.

ACT Theatre

Located in the heart of downtown Seattle and serving a population of curious, open-minded, and brave audiences, ACT nurtures new and seasoned artists, collaborates with promising playwrights and local performing artists working in a variety of media, and connects audiences to many stages of the creative process.

Brain Injury Alliance of Washington

The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington (BIAWA) is dedicated to increasing public awareness, support, and hope for those affected by brain injury. If you or someone you care about is living with brain injury, then you have come to the right place.

Broadway Center for the Performing Arts

The Broadway Center will energize and help lead a renaissance that brings shared joy and prosperity to our community. They provide one of the largest performing arts education programs in Washington State - serving over 40,000 students, teachers, and parents annually in the South Sound, including deep levels of service with our Kennedy Center Partners, the Bethel, Puyallup, and Tacoma School Districts - and preserving Tacoma's historic theaters.

Center for Ethical Leadership

The Center for Ethical Leadership is a national nonprofit that cultivates leadership and change capacity that advances social change.  We support individual, institutional and community transformation necessary to creating healthy, just and inclusive communities. Part think tank, incubator, and change agency, we help people develop and carry out change initiatives.

Community Northwest

Community Northwest is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and the value of apartment communities. Few would associate strong community with apartment living. That’s where we come in. Community Northwest focuses on developing relationships. Relationships are the anchors or “glue” that keep residents for the long term.


DESC opened its doors in 1979 as an emergency shelter, a place for vulnerable adults living with behavioral health disorders and chronic homelessness to come in out of the cold for the night.
Today our mission is not merely to offer shelter, but to end the homelessness of our community's most vulnerable people, through an integrated array of clinical services and supportive housing that allows men and women to reclaim their lives and reach their highest potential.

The DoVE  Project

The DoVE's Project's mission is to provide compassionate advocacy to survivors of domestic violence living on Vashon Island through support and direct services.  Our goal is to build a community in which abuse is eliminated and personal empowerment is promoted through prevention, education, and training.

Greater Foundation

The Greater Foundation aims to equip the next generation with the tools to reach their highest potential through mentoring and leadership development. Through systematic and institutional change, the Greater movement will break the cycle of at-risk-youth and create a new class of global citizens that are built and equipped to grow through their circumstances with personal responsibilities to their communities and the world.

Greater Tacoma Peace Prize

The purpose of the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize is to recognize, honor, and encourage peace building by members of our community, and to promote peace and understanding locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.  

Haiti Babi

Jobs are hard to come by in Haiti, and it’s the little ones who suffer most. One in ten kids live in an orphanage, and 80% of them have living parents who simply cannot afford to care for them due to widespread unemployment. Haiti Babi provides jobs to moms in Haiti so they can earn a sustainable living wage, provide for their children, and keep their families together.

Harbor WildWatch

Based in Gig Harbor, Washington, Harbor WildWatch is a marine and environmental education organization dedicated to inspiring stewardship for the Puget Sound.  Our educational programs are fun, interactive, and aim to engage participants in the preservation of our natural marine resources.

JDRF Northwest Chapter

JDRF is the leading global organization funding T1D research. Millions of people around the world live with type 1 diabetes (T1D), a life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults. There is no way to prevent it, and at present, no cure. JDRF works every day to change this by amassing grassroots support, deep scientific knowledge and strong industry and academic partnerships to fund research. 

Jubilee REACH

Jubilee REACH steps in the gap for those in need around Bellevue, providing access to assistance programs and services focused on growing community and empowering our youth. In addition to community programs, they also provide activities that run in 7 middle schools and 3 elementary schools. 


LifeWire envisions a world in which every person lives in a safe environment, free from oppression and with the opportunity to thrive. They have been providing domestic violence services and programs to the community since 1982 in order to help victims and their children separate safely from an abuser, restore trust, develop self-sufficiency and build peaceful families. 

The Lighthouse for the Blind

The Lighthouse for the Blind is a private, nonprofit social enterprise providing employment, support, and training opportunities for people who are blind, DeafBlind, and blind with other disabilities. The Lighthouse has provided employment and support to people who are blind in our community since 1918.

MED25 International

MED25 International is a nonprofit organization that provides individuals in rural African communities with quality, culturally appropriate, and affordable health care, focusing on a repeatable, scalable model of “One Community at a Time.”

Museum of Glass

The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning  environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions. The Museum’s stainless steel cone serves as a beacon to a stunning contemporary art museum as well as a symbol for the restoration of a waterway and the revitalization of a city.

Powerful Voices

Powerful Voices fosters adolescent girls' development by providing programs and promoting social justice so girls can realized their dreams, engage their communities and shape a better world. 


Provail's mission is to support people with disabilities to fulfill their life choices. Our programs meet critical needs and address gaps in services for the disability community. We provide services for children, youth, and adults with a broad-range of disabilities – including those with the most severe disabilities, for whom service options and resources are often limited. The programs we offer create a collaborative network to create a person-centered holistic approach.

Quinton Morris Project

The mission of the Quinton Morris Project is to inspire creativity and self-discovery across communities through live performances, education, and cross cultural conversation. We activate individuals to pursue their own paths to success. 

Reel Grrls

Reel Grrls empowers young women and gender non-conforming youth from diverse communities to realize their power, talent, and influence through media production. Our mission is to support young people to explore, critique, and author media through a feminist lens. 

Ryther Child Center

Ryther is a recognized leader in psychiatric and behavioral health services for children and their families facing complex challenges. We guide, coach, and teach so that every child and family we work with may experience new ways of thinking, develop positive relationships and realize a better life. 

Seattle Children's Theatre

Seattle Children's Theatre provides children of all ages access to professional theatre, with a focus on new works and theatre education. At the end of the 2014-15 season, SCT had produced over 235 plays, 110 of which are world premieres entertaining, inspiring, and educating over 4 million children. 

Seattle Works

Seattle Works is nonprofit that connects individuals with volunteer & board leadership opportunities. Volunteering with Seattle Works helps individuals establish or deepen roots in the community and serve as leaders.

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission provides emergency care and long-term recovery services to hurting and homeless people in the greater Seattle area. We're dedicated to serving, rescuing and transforming those in greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ. We started serving soup to thousands of homeless and unemployed people during the Great Depression. More than 80 years later, we're still caring for our neighbors — but in more ways than ever!

Skate Like a Girl

Skate Like a Girl is a unique organization locally and internationally providing an innovative approach to female empowerment and leadership, focusing on the individual level and promoting women’s skateboarding on the community level. The goal is to create a collective of girls and women who strive for social justice.

Sounders Community Trust

The Sounders Community Trust was established in 2014, and is a charitable, fan and supporter-managed, non-profit organization in the State of Washington.  SCT was formed to assume a 20% interest in Seattle Sounders FC 2, influence the direction of the club, and support overall access to soccer in our greater Seattle area.

The Center for Chronic Illness 

The Center for Chronic Illness is a new nonprofit in the beginning stages of start-up. 501C-3 and articles of incorporation will be in place in the coming months.


Due to a number of challenges, less than half of youth in foster care graduate high school in time. Treehouse has a plan to ensure that foster youth graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers with a plan for their future by 2017. Treehouse is the only agency in King County that provides youth in foster care with the essential and academic supports they equally deserve to help them graduate at the same rate as their peers with a plan for their future.

Two Feet Project

Two Feet Project is an organization dedicated to instilling hope and promoting positive change in the youth of Kenya. Using mentorship programs and sports as conduits; Two Feet Project seeks to equip Kenya’s underprivileged youth with the practical skills, confidence, and knowledge necessary to overcome the obstacles that they face and stand on their own two feet.

Warm Beach Senior Community

Set on a 90 acre wooded campus four miles south of Stanwood, Washington, Warm Beach has served adults with retirement housing and services since 1967. We are a Continuing Care Retirement Community featuring apartments, cottages, manufactured homes, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. 

Washington Ensemble Theatre

We intend for our theatre to be a physical and creative intersection for community and art in Seattle, and we hope to expand our contemporary audience, by fostering a love of theatre’s humanity, utility, and vitality.

Washington Home Care Association

WAHCA was formed in 2005 to advance the field of private duty home care in Washington State and support member home care agencies. WAHCA is a state chapter of the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA), formerly the National Private Duty Association (NPDA).

Washington State Recycling Association

The Washington State Recycling Association is a nonprofit membership organization that has been dedicated to supporting waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting in Washington since 1976.  WSRA provides tools and resources, industry news and trends, educational workshops and conferences, legislative advocacy, and a large and resourceful network of people and organizations that work together to advance waste reduction practices and policies around the state.

Yoga Behind Bars

We offer yoga and meditation classes to men, women, and youth behind bars every day, giving our students the opportunity for rehabilitation, growth, and healing. 

And the winner is...

We're proud to announce the winner of the 2016 Spring Oomph Awards is Yoga Behind Bars!

They rallied their supporters and ended up with 161 entry points, 27 points higher than the next closest organization. 

Here's a bit about them and what they do:

  • Mission: Yoga Behind Bars shares yoga and meditation with incarcerated people to promote rehabilitation, personal transformation, and a more just society for all
  • Vision: We are committed to reimagining the criminal justice system
  • Big Goal: By 2018, YBB will offer yoga and meditation instruction in 50% of WA State's major correctional facilities, serving approximately 4,000 incarcerated individuals per year. 
Congratulations to @yogabehindbars, the winner of the Spring 2016 Oomph Award!

Britt Stromberg

Strategy Director

Britt Stromberg is the Co-Founder of States of Matter and our Director of Strategy. When you put your business and brand in her hands, she will think crazy carefully, listen to her gut, sleep on it—then do the research to be certain.

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