By Darren Davis, with Josh Kelety, Kelsey Sipple, Allison Williams, and Allecia Vermillion

In This Feature:

Lifetime Achievement: Donald “Donnie” Chin

Chin tirelessly served the International District community for more than 40 years, patrolling the streets, providing meals for the elderly, and helping raise neighborhood kids.

10/18/2015 By Josh Kelety

Most with the Least: Operation Ward 57

Funded entirely by donations, Operation Ward 57 annually provides care services to nearly 70 veterans and their families.

10/18/2015 By Darren Davis

Acting Globally: Global Oncology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

In just 2 years, Global Oncology has nearly doubled Uganda’s Burkitt lymphoma survival rate.

10/18/2015 By Allison Williams

Extraordinary Board Member: Deborah Streeter, iLeap

iLeap’s 8-week programs have graduated 400 community leaders from 32 countries.

10/18/2015 By Darren Davis

Promoting Health and Human Happiness: Gay City

Since 2004, Gay City has witnessed a 23 percent reduction in new HIV infections in King County.

10/18/2015 By Darren Davis

Best New Nonprofit: 180 Program

1,445 youths have gone through the 180 Program to date.

10/18/2015 By Josh Kelety

Inspiring the Next Generation: Children’s Home Society of Washington

“We are trying to get ahead of the problem,” Osborne says, focusing on “how trauma for a child impacts them for the rest of their lives.”

10/18/2015 By Darren Davis

Emerging Leader: Jamie-Rose Edwards

Young Women Empowered has seen a 500 % growth since the program's initial 7-month run.

10/18/2015 By Kelsey Sipple

Nurturing Creativity: Youth in Focus

Three hundred students a year participate in Youth in Focus’s quarterly classes.

10/19/2015 By Darren Davis

Extraordinary Volunteer: Bob Leong, Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House’s Christmas feast feeds over 200 residents every year.

10/18/2015 By Darren Davis

Extraordinary Pro Bono Contribution: OAC Services

7 Sister Schools literary centers opened in Uganda with help from OAC donations.

10/18/2015 By Darren Davis

Extraordinary Executive Director: Holly Houser, Pronto Cycle Share

Nearly 25,000 riders logged and 300,000 miles covered since Pronto’s launch in 2014.

10/18/2015 By Darren Davis

Game-Changing Action: City Fruit

The organization harvests fruit from Seattle backyards and byways to share with local food banks and meal programs.

10/18/2015 By Allecia Vermillion

How We Chose the Light a Fire 2015 Winners

Honoring the organizations and individuals who make Seattle—and the world—a better place.