People for Puget Sound says it’s shutting down

The environmental-advocacy group People for Puget Sound says it’s not able to raise the money it needs to stay afloat, so it’s shutting down. Here’s the announcement from its website today. Its many years of work has included various initiatives involving West Seattle, such as the biennial Duwamish Alive! cleanups. The group’s executive director Tom Bancroft – who took over when founder Kathy Fletcher retired a year ago – says some of its programs will be taken over by other groups, including EarthCorps and the Washington Environmental Council.

7 Replies to "People for Puget Sound says it's shutting down"

  • westseattledood September 11, 2012 (4:42 pm)

    Oh, this is terrible. My native Puget Sounder heart is breaking a little more. I did not know.

    Each of us, native or transplant, owes a huge thank you to the work these folks have tried to do on behalf of our environment and our precious Puget Sound. They made a difference…who will be the advocates now?

    There MUST be folks out there who can support this organization with skills, time and money. I can’t believe it really. I know PfPS are not the only group of dedicated folks, but we need *everybody* helping. So sad.

    A huge,huge thank you to People for Puget Sound.

  • Kayleigh September 11, 2012 (7:33 pm)

    Always sad when the crappy economy hits the non-profits that really make a difference. Thank you, PFPS, for all you’ve done.

  • The Velvet Bulldog September 11, 2012 (8:27 pm)

    Really a shame. I did an environmental writing internship with them a couple of years ago. I wonder if this is a case of the culture being so closely associated with its founder, that when Kathy retired, the supporters went too.

    A big thanks to everyone at PFPS for all the hard work and awareness you’ve raised over the years.

  • K8 September 11, 2012 (9:24 pm)

    That’s a real bummer.

  • herongrrrl September 11, 2012 (9:42 pm)

    I worked there for years myself, and it was an amazing experience. An awful lot of good was done by that organization, and I know a lot of former employees have continued the good work elsewhere.

  • Sonoma September 12, 2012 (3:14 am)

    Sad news indeed. We still have Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, but I don’t know if they do the same kind of work.

  • James Rasmussen September 13, 2012 (2:12 pm)

    It is a very sad day here at DRCC. In my own many years working to restore the Duwamish River there was never a better partner than People For Puget Sound.

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