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Cascade Alliance

St. Vincent de Paul was honored to receive a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help other nonprofits replicate its reuse/recycling business success.

The result is SVdP's Cascade Alliance, a business incubator that provides free full-service consulting to help nonprofits:
- Launch a revenue generating reuse/recycling social enterprise, e.g. mattress recycling, thrift store, used book sales
- Create quality jobs for people with barriers 
- Promote environmental stewardship through reuse and recycling

Since 2013, the Cascade Alliance has helped 12 nonprofits launch 15 social enterprises, creating 90 jobs for people with barriers, generating more than $5 million in revenue, and recycling or reusing over 7 million pounds of materials. 

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If your nonprofit is interested in joining, visit the Cascade Alliance website (

Additional resources:
Video: Changing the Economics of Community Health
NPR: Turning Trash Into Cash to Help the Nation's Poor