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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.

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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.

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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 


Thomas McGuire Rowayne 

Wells Fargo

SCB Hooper Family Donor 

Kawabe Memorial Fund

Duncan Haas

Nesholm Foundation


Eileen Fisher

Robert Chinn Foundation

Thomas Maguire

Windermere Sandpoint/Queen Anne/Magnolia/Downtown


Tulalip Tribes

Harvey/Curtis Family Fund

Brent Ponton-Welty

Schwab Charitable

Seattle Foundation

Washington Federal

Under $1,000

Greta Austin

Thomas Barwick

Maureen Bittner 

Lawrence & Arlene Boulanger

Jan Box

Nicolette Bromberg

Randall Broom Dental

R. Scott Cameron

Morrie Carter

Yongmei Chen

Ann Corbett

Lindsay M. Cornelius

Patrick J. Corr

Steve & Linda Cranfill

Mary Ann Curran

Yumiko Damashek

Alice & Brint Darlington

John Earley

Riva Edelman

Ramona Emerson

F5 (Lynch employer match)

Marcia Frey

Susan Frost

Patricia & Carl Giurgevich

Melba Glenn

Beth Goldberg

Jean Greif

Janice Jackson-Haley

Barbara & James Hawkins

Judith E. Herrigel

Roy Ikegami

Janice Jackson

Gail Jensen

Brian Johnson

Linda Kaz

Ken's Market

Ruth Keppler

Julie Kim

Joe & Lourdes Kong

Phyllis Lee

Andris Lens

Chun Li

Rocky Lindell

Little Masters Club

Charlene Loo

Kristine & Bob Lynch

Michael McEvoy

Rowayne & Thomas McGuire

Mahlon David Meyer

Katherine Moriarty

Joan M. Munter

Network for Good

Don O'Neill

Robert B. Overhus

Jamie M. Quinlan

Morris Richman

Lois Roby

John Rusin

Jean Amick Russell

Cornelia Schneider

David & Eva H. Shih

Laurence Smith

Donald J. Smith

Tom Stephenson

John Streidl

Erik Swenson

Julie Sun

Joan Vesper

Andy Weng

Windermere Wedgwood Office

Theresa & Frederick Wong

Brenda Yates

Frederick Yee

Wendy Zheng