Our Supporters



A special thanks to the wonderful people who donated during #GivingTuesday 2018!! 

$18,000+ raised

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.


Partners, Retailers & Supporters

Our partners have joined our cause by donating materials and/or carrying our products in their retail outlets, or helping our cause in other ways, such as hosting our events. 

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 YangThis 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. 


Monetary Donors 

$5,000+ (Village)

$2,000+ (Street)

Eileen Fisher
Robert Chin Foundation
Thomas Maguire
Windermere Sandpoint/Queen Ann/Magnolia/Downtown

$1,000+ (House)
Windermere Sandpoint


Under $1,000

Greta Austin
Thomas Barwick
Maureen Bittner
Lawrence & Arlene Boulanger
Jan Box
Nicolette Bromberg
Randall Broom Broom Dental
R. Scott Cameron
Morrie Carter
Yongmei Chen
Ann Corbett
Lindsay M. Cornelius
Patrick J. Corr
Steve & Linda Cranfill
Linda Cranfill
Mary Ann Curran
Yumiko Damashek
John Earley
Riva Edelman
Ramona Emerson
Marcia Frey
Susan Frost
Melba Glenn
Beth Goldberg
Jean Greif
Judith E. Herrigel
Roy Ikegami
Janice Jackson
Janice Jackson-Haley
Gail Jensen
Brian Johnson

Linda Kaz
Ruth Keppler
Julie Kim
Frederick Leaf
Phyllis Lee
Andris Lenss
Chun Li
Rocky Lindell
Little Masters Club
Charlene Loo
Michael McEvoy
Mahlon David Meyer
Katherine Moriarty
Joan M. Munter
Jamie M Quinlan
Morris Richman
Lois Roby
John Rusin
David & Eva H. Shih
Laurence Smith
Donald J. Smith
Tom Stephenson
John Streidl
Julie Sun
Wendy Zheng Swedish
Andy Weng
Windermere Wedgwood Office
Brenda Yates
Frederick Yee