Twenty years ago, five women founded Washington Women’s Foundation with a clear vision, the support of a small group of strong women leaders, and a bold new concept for giving. Twenty years later, that vision and giving concept have been adopted by groups of female philanthropists around the United States and abroad. We hold that legacy as we move boldly forward into our next 20 years.
Please scroll down to enjoy a special series of stories about our grantees and our members.
Giving. $16 million in grants since 1996
Learning. Over 600 hours of philanthropy and leadership education each year
Leading. 1,100 women have been members since 1995
Together. Join this movement that changed the course of women's philanthropy.
Become a member at wawomensfoundation.org/joinmembership
To celebrate 20 years of community investment, we highlight the long-term impact of our Pooled Fund Grant Awards. We will interview 20+ of our past Pooled Fund Grant Award Winners and 20+ Foundation members whose lives have intersected with our grantees. Please click below to read these stories.
FareStart, $100,000 in 1998
WWF members Amy Michael and Dorothy Nelson
Click here to view a video featuring remarks from Amy Michael, WWF member and Chief Financial Officer of FareStart
WWF members Mary Ketcham Kerr, Diankha Linear, and Gail Ransom
WWF members Mary Dunnam, Ellen Ferguson, and Julie K. Stein
WWF member Sandra Perkins
WWF members Grace Chien, Kris Shanafelt, Catherine Gelband and Patti Meyers
WWF members Janet Boguch and Gunilla Finrow
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, $50,000 in 2001
WWF member Dr. J. Lee Nelson
Seattle Children's, $50,000 in 1998
WWF Co-Founder Rhoda Altom
Seattle Shakespeare Company, $85,000 in 2011
WWF members Paula Butzi, Emily Evans, Michele Peltonen and Pat Walker
Child Care Resources, $100,000 in 2002
WWF members Amy Corey, Janet Levinger and Laura Midgley
Bailey-Boushay House, $100,000 in 2012
WWF members Renee Behnke, Carolyn Corvi, Dorothy Mann and Jennifer Sik
College Access Now, $100,000 in 2009
WWF members Linda Hendrickson, Betsy Herring and Donna Lou
Seattle Arts & Lectures, $60,000 in 2007
WWF members Peggy Hanel, Margit Rankin and Kim Brown Seely