Sustainable West Seattle Gets its 501c3 Status

…With Help From Fenwick & West, LLP

On June 8, 2010, Sustainable West Seattle achieved a great landmark in the life of any non-profit organization by officially receiving its 501c3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.

While making donations to SWS tax-deductable, this status may also enable SWS to serve as a fiscal sponsor for small, local, sustainable projects that are unable to receive funding from most private organizations, government agencies or other funders.  Both of these new found abilities will enable Sustainable West Seattle to vastly improve our efforts to pursue our mission and increase the sustainability of our local community.

The SWS Coordinating Council put a tremendous amount of effort into reaching this goal.  But we also benefited greatly from the pro-bono legal services of Adam Andrews and Bill Bromfield at Fenwick & West LLP, a national law firm that provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence.

For more than 30 years, Fenwick & West has served its community by offering legal services to those that could not otherwise afford effective legal counsel.  In the past two years alone, Fenwick & West attorneys have logged well over 14,000 pro bono hours and have been recognized for both the volume and the quality of their work.

As if SWS and its members needed another reason to celebrate Fenwick & West beyond their help with our 501c3 status, they also happen to be a national, environmental leader in the legal industry through their commitment to sustainable business practices.

Down at their Mountain View, CA headquarters in Silicon Valley, Fenwick & West became the first law firm to be certified by Santa Clara County as an environmentally sustainable “Green Business” for their conservation efforts.

Fenwick & West was also the first law firm in the United States to secure a LEED-CI Platinum designation for their Seattle office, and later the same year, received LEED-EB Gold certification for the Mountain View headquarters.  In addition, Fenwick & West LLP’s Boise office location has been certified as LEED Platinum and their San Francisco office is currently being evaluated for its own LEED status.

As always, Sustainable West Seattle is glad to see industry leaders taking the steps necessary to lead our communities into a sustainable future.  We are honored that, as a part of that leadership, Fenwick & West chose to support Sustainable West Seattle in our goal of advocating, creating, and educating for urban sustainability here in West Seattle.

We can’t thank them enough!