Our Partners & Supporters
Thank you to all of our generous supporters for your dedication to our mission of ensuring that refugees and immigrants to the US have access to a living wage.
Since our inception in 2017, Refugee Artisan Initiative has relied on the support of our partners and friends to achieve our vision. We are grateful for your support, and it has been critical to the success of our artisans. You have really made an impact on their lives.
Our partners have joined our cause by donating equipment and materials, offering our products in their retail outlets, and helping our cause in other ways, such as hosting our events.
NW Sewn - NW Sewn is an initiative to grow and support a vibrant sewn-trades economy, creating the conditions for job creation and meaningful employment, increased local manufacturing capacity, and industry collaboration.
NW Sewn is a generous supporter and powerful partner of RAI. NW Sewn donated 16 industrial sewing machines worth over $20,000 to build out our Lake City Maker's Space. This critical support allows RAI to train artisans as well as manufacture products.
California Design Den - California Design Den (CDD) donated hundreds of unused high quality bed sheet sets that RAI repurposed for for multiple products including over 1000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Masks for use in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 Virus. CDD prides itself is producing quality products that are crafted thoughtfully and ethically at their award-winning factory. They believe in offering top-quality bedding at an affordable price.
Children's Home Society of Washington- We share a close relationship with (CHSW) and their ongoing mission is to develop healthy children, create strong families, build engaged communities and speak and advocate for their children.
Satsuma Uniform - RAI's strategic partner and exclusive manufacturer of Satsuma Uniform's school apparel. Satsuma Uniform operates our Maker's Space Annex at Villa Academy in NE Seattle and helps us train artisans as well as providing meaningful and sustainable work for our team.
Beadworld - Nikki, the owner of Beadworld provided free jewelry-making training and materials for our artisans.
Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation • We have received much support from this great foundation, in the form of monetary donations, and the opportunity to sell our goods at their holiday international market, the Giving Marketplace at the Discovery Center. We were selected to make their fabric shopping bags for the event in 2017.
Bright Costumes • Light up costumes with LEDs and EL Wire that will brighten up your night, add safety and make you stand out in a crowd. Our artisans produce their light-up scarves.
Eileen Fisher Renew • Eileen Fisher clothing line donated fabrics and commissioned us to use that fabric to create a customized line of jewelry that they sell in their EILEEN FISHER RENEW stores.
Luly Yang • This couture fashion house based in Seattle donates beautiful fabric remnants to our artisans.
Portland Classical Chinese Garden Store • You can find our pouches made from Eileen Fisher pants and recycled fabric at their store.
Prairie Underground • A clothing line based in Georgetown, Seattle who makes their clothes from organic, sustainable and conventional fabrics in the most gorgeous, muddy hues. You can find their products in boutiques across the US. Our artisans produce samples for their designs.
Sandy Lew • A sophisticated boutique in Seattle carries a customized line of our jewelry.
tombo denim • Great jeans that do good. They employ skilled workers who need help establishing and sustaining a livelihood, and are employing our artisans.
Wing Luke Museum Store • You can find our pouches made from Eileen Fisher pants and recycled fabric at this store.
Thomas McGuire Rowayne
SCB Hooper Family Donor
Kawabe Memorial Fund
Robert Chinn Foundation
Windermere Sandpoint/Queen Anne/Magnolia/Downtown
Harvey/Curtis Family Fund
Lawrence & Arlene Boulanger
Randall Broom Dental
R. Scott Cameron
Lindsay M. Cornelius
Patrick J. Corr
Steve & Linda Cranfill
Mary Ann Curran
Alice & Brint Darlington
F5 (Lynch employer match)
Patricia & Carl Giurgevich
Barbara & James Hawkins
Judith E. Herrigel
Joe & Lourdes Kong
Little Masters Club
Kristine & Bob Lynch
Rowayne & Thomas McGuire
Mahlon David Meyer
Joan M. Munter
Network for Good
Robert B. Overhus
Jamie M. Quinlan
Jean Amick Russell
David & Eva H. Shih
Donald J. Smith
Windermere Wedgwood Office
Theresa & Frederick Wong