What is Spokane Fatherhood Initiative (SpoFI)?

Spokane Fatherhood Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded on the principle that fatherlessness is the primary cause of nearly all of our nation’s social problems.

In 2016 and 2017, SpoFI’s founders convened a series of community conversations about fatherlessness. The outcome of those discussions was that Spokane, the birthplace of Father’s Day, lacked an organization that provided training, support and encouragement for fathers.

The vision and mission of the Spokane Fatherhood Initiative is to restore the value of fatherhood so that every child has a present, loving and nurturing father.

SpoFI fulfills its vision and mission by offering:

  • Relationship Training classes for dads and moms
  • Direct Services for Families
  • Community Education Events

We also offer Family Law self-help services in addition to a host of other family strengthening, community-building activities.

What our dad’s have to say about SpoFI

SpoFI helps Fathers & Mothers

Latest SpoFI News & Events

  • SpoFI’s Wild West 4th of July Weekend: Family Camping Adventure

    SpoFI’s Wild West 4th of July Weekend: Family Camping Adventure

    Saddle up for a unique 4th of July weekend! Join fellow SpoFI alumni and their families for a camping adventure on a 100-acre property near Rocks of Sharon. Experience the great outdoors with an Old West twist – sleep in cabins modeled after historic Western buildings. Enjoy nature, family time, and community in this one-of-a-kind setting. Limited spots available – register now!

  • SpoFI’s amazing donors give over $81,000 to support fathers and families

    SpoFI’s amazing donors give over $81,000 to support fathers and families

    Help us bridge the gap! SpoFI’s Fatherhood Building Campaign surpassed its $70,000 goal, reaching $81,341.50, but we still need $3,858.50 to cover an unexpected revenue shortfall. Support fathers and Families!

  • Announcing the 2024 SpoFI Fathers of the Year Recipients

    Announcing the 2024 SpoFI Fathers of the Year Recipients

    Celebrate the inspiring journeys of Jim Uttke and Donald Morrison, the 2024 SpoFI Fathers of the Year. Discover their remarkable transformations and dedication to their families and communities. Read their inspiring stories of faith, perseverance, and second chances.

  • Celebrating Fatherhood and Building Generational Wealth: A Father’s Day Tribute

    Celebrating Fatherhood and Building Generational Wealth: A Father’s Day Tribute

    As Father’s Day approaches, we reflect on the vital role fathers play in building generational emotional wealth. Sue Lani Madsen’s recent column in the Spokesman Review celebrates the impactful work of the Spokane Fatherhood Initiative (SpoFI) and emphasizes the importance of committed fatherhood in our community.

  • SpoFI Father’s Day Celebration 2024 & Fathers of the Year Presentation

    SpoFI Father’s Day Celebration 2024 & Fathers of the Year Presentation

    Join us for the SpoFI Father’s Day Celebration 2024, celebrating dads and families with food, games, and the Fathers of the Year presentation. Register now to help us plan for this special event at Liberty Park Pavilion on Sunday, June 16th, 12 PM – 3 PM.

  • SpoFI Fathers Rally at 2024 Fatherhood Summit: A Weekend of Connection, Learning, and Inspiration

    SpoFI Fathers Rally at 2024 Fatherhood Summit: A Weekend of Connection, Learning, and Inspiration

    Last weekend, several SpoFI “Dad2Dad” Alumni and “24/7 Dad” Grads embarked on a whirlwind road trip to Tacoma, WA, for the 2024 Fatherhood Summit. Joined by SPOFI President Ron Hauenstein, the group participated in inspiring sessions, networked with fathering organizations, and celebrated SpoFI’s mission. Highlights included the popularity of the “Dad2Dad” Varsity/Letterman Jackets, an expert panel of dads sharing their journeys, and an awards ceremony recognizing James Tidwell’s achievements. The event fostered new connections, offered valuable resources, and culminated in a celebratory sushi dinner, making the experience unforgettable for all.

  • James Tidwell Nomination for WA Fatherhood Council “Celebrate Dads’ Award

    James Tidwell Nomination for WA Fatherhood Council “Celebrate Dads’ Award

    James Tidwell received the WA Fatherhood Council “Celebrate Dads” Award on June 7, 2024, one of only four honored. After overcoming homelessness, addiction, and jail, he reunited with his children in 2021. His dedication earned him Co-Father of the Year in 2022. James’s commitment to his kids makes him a true role model.

  • Donations at 110% of Goal, But a Funding Gap Remains

    Donations at 110% of Goal, But a Funding Gap Remains

    🌟 Dear Friends of SpoFI, 🌟 Thanks to the incredible generosity of our supporters, our Fatherhood Building Campaign has reached 110% of its $70,000 goal!…

  • Fatherhood Building: Equipping Dads to Build a Stronger Spokane

    Fatherhood Building: Equipping Dads to Build a Stronger Spokane

    Spokane Fatherhood Initiative (SpoFI) is launching the Fatherhood Building campaign to raise $70,000 by Father’s Day 2024. This campaign will support crucial fatherhood and relationship training programs, helping dads develop essential character traits to build strong, positive relationships with their children. By equipping fathers, SpoFI aims to foster a healthier community and more productive workforce in Spokane. Discover inspiring success stories and learn how your contributions can make a lasting impact on families and the community.

  • Father’s Day Picnic 2024 Alumni Volunteer Sign-up

    Father’s Day Picnic 2024 Alumni Volunteer Sign-up

    This year, SpoFI Alumni like you are stepping up to take charge of one of our biggest and most cherished events: the Father’s Day Picnic. We’d be honored to have you join us!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When do the next series of classes start?

For upcoming classes and registration info, hit up the Classes section

Q: How much does it cost to enroll?

Our fee schedule is available. However, scholarships and state support usually cover 100% of class costs.

Q: Does SpoFI offer Family Law help?

Yes, we do! We offer free self-help services, coached by legal professionals at our Family Law Self-help Center.

Family Law help for anyone currently not represented by an attorney regardless of income or gender

What do Our Students think?

Testimonials

“This program is absolutely amazing and highly recommend both the AM [Basic] and PM [Advanced] classes to every father

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Christopher  Matthews

24:7 Dad® Graduate

Basic, Advanced

“Thank you! This program has forever changed both mine and my daughter’s lives for the better. God Bless SpoFi. :)”

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Logan Decoursey

24:7 Dad® Graduate

Basic, Advanced

“I’m so glad that I took this class. I really liked it, and tell others about this class.”

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Roy Arnette

24:7 Dad® Graduate

Basic, Advanced

“I want to be in my kids’ lives because my dad was not in mine. I no longer see myself as a failure but as a work in progress. It means the world to me to be just one step closer to getting my kids back.”

Josiah Robinson

Josiah Robinson

24:7 Dad® Graduate

Basic, Advanced, Dad2Dad

“Dad, I always knew you’d come back,” said James’ 10 year old son about his dad’s reunification.

James Tidwell

James Tidwell

24:7 Dad® Graduate

Basic, Advanced, Dad2Dad, 2022 Father of the Year

“It was a constant message growing up that I was a bad kid. I was always told…to be good. I was never told that I was good. Spofi gives us the space where we can speak about our concerns. We can speak about our doubts and we can get validated and encouraged to do better. It is with your [SpoFI Donor] support. My daughter has her father very present in her life. I can’t express my gratitude enough for you.”

Morpheus Oneiroi

Morpheus Oneiroi

24:7 Dad Graduate

Basic, Advanced

Spokane Fatherhood Initiative Reviews

We help moms & dads adopt tools, skills & behavioral changes needed to become better spouses, parents & partners.

Fatherhood Training and Parenting Classes

24-7 Dad® Classes Forming

Statewide Classes via Zoom

Fathering in 15™

These one-on-one classes meet at mutually convenient times for the student and Facilitator, usually on Zoom

Statewide Classes via Zoom

Anger Free Dad

Embark on a journey towards better anger management with the Anger Free Dad course. Master techniques to manage expectations, reflect on past incidents, and lead your family with calmness, enhancing relationships with your wife, children, and colleagues.