Partners & Supporters

Thank you to our grantors & supporters

Youth writers, volunteer mentors, and program partners during Spring 2021 Program Finale at You Grow Girl!

Pongo is deeply grateful for the generous support of our grantors.  Pongo has shared our unique trauma-informed teaching approach locally and nationally, and as a result, spurred the creation of Pongo-inspired projects around the world. The investment of our grantors has allowed Pongo to achieve a remarkable level of impact, through our poetry mentorship, national trainings, and publishing programs. Included below is a list of recent institutional supporters that have partnered with Pongo in sharing the therapeutic impact of poetry writing with youth who have experienced trauma.

  • 4Culture
  • Amazon Literary Partnership
  • ArtsFund
  • Bill & Melinda Gates
  • City of Seattle: Office of Arts and Culture
  • Fales Foundation Trust
  • The Florence B. Kilworth Foundation
  • Historic Seattle
  • Ibis Foundation of Arizona
  • The Jeffris Wood Fund
  • King County Employee Giving Program
  • Microsoft Alumni Foundation
  • Moccasin Lake Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • OneFamily Foundation
  • The Poetry Foundation
  • Seattle Foundation
  • Tellumind Foundation
  • Thomas C. Wales Foundation
  • Tulalip Tribes Charitable Contributions
  • Washington State Arts Commission


Pongo is incredibly grateful for the gracious, committed, and talented community that makes our work possible. Below are expressions of thanks to our most committed community members: 

To all of the youth, published and unpublished, for what they’ve written, shared, and taught. We regret that we didn’t have space and permissions to publish and recognize all of the talented, honest, and brave Pongo writers who worked with us.

To our Pongo leaders, who generously volunteer their time, energy, and expertise to help implement our program at our project sites. And to our writing mentors, who serve as the engine of our impact, engaging Pongo youth writers with skill, sensitivity, and empathy.

To our partners at the Children & Family Justice Center, the Child Study & Treatment Center, and You Grow Girl!, who collaborate with Pongo to inspire healing and resilience in the youth at their sites.

To our individual donors, whose generosity and commitment has been critical to delivering on Pongo’s mission of inspiring healing and growth in the lives of our youth writers.

To our legal counselors at Miller Nash LLP, and in particular, Bob Cumbow, who generously donates his time and wisdom to Pongo.

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