Celebrating 20 Years of Community Impact

Building on 20 Years - Our Foundation is Strong Because of You

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


Rainier Scholars$100,000 in 2003

WWF members Mary Ketcham Kerr, Diankha Linear, and Gail Ransom



Burke Museum$100,000 in 2013

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



Bike Works$60,000 in 2003

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