Case Study: Akhtar Badshah
“The Seattle Foundation helps us find the right local partners,” he says. “It is a respected organization, and it brings together multiple voices and multiple stakeholders.”
Case Study: Akiko Mikami Shimatsu
The Seattle Foundation has introduced them to a host of cutting-edge organizations to support. “What we’re doing now is an extension of what our aunt wanted,” she says. “It’s very exciting.”
Case Study: Bill and Paula Clapp
The Seattle Foundation simplified the process of international giving, so the Clapps are able to lend their support all around the globe.
Case Study: Bill Lewis
In addition to serving on the board, Bill opened a fund at the Foundation, a move reflective of his community investment.
Case Study: Bob and Joan Wallace
“We have definite ideas about where our funds should go, but we rely on The Seattle Foundation to make our investments go further.”
Case Study: Constance Rice
Constance Rice knows education plays an important role in a healthy community. “I’m motivated by people who need a lift. The Seattle Foundation helps me rise to the occasion.”
Case Study: Dan Regis
Dan Regis and his family unofficially call their fund ‘Go Fish.’ He explains, “You know the saying: ‘Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for life.’? What we try to do is teach people to fish.”
Case Study: Donna Lou
Since starting a family of her own, Donna Lou has been passionate about the development of healthy neighborhoods.
Case Study: Fraser Black
After coming across recent research proving that dollars spent on early learning have the greatest impact at the least cost to society, Fraser focused his giving on early education (the first five years of life).
Case Study: Jane and David Davis
The Davis’ understand that funding for the arts is precarious, especially during tough economic times. For this reason, they are steadfast in their support of the arts.
Case Study: Jean Brockenbrough
Jean knows she is addressing real issues in her community. “I find it very satisfying to provide these children with opportunities.”
Case Study: Jeff Brotman
The Seattle Foundation handles the paperwork and eliminates the administrative hassles, helping Jeff support the things he cares about.
Case Study: Jim and Marjorie Beardsley
For Jim and Marjorie Beardsley, a donor advised fund at The Seattle Foundation is a function of their philanthropic freedom—the freedom to give to any organization, anytime, anywhere.
Case Study: John Sage
John works with The Seattle Foundation to strategically direct where his giving goes. He appreciates the Foundation’s tailored approach to giving.
Case Study: Judith Whetzel
Judith sees support for the arts as critical, particularly during times of economic downturn. She subscribes to more than 15 Seattle arts organizations and is in particular an ardent supporter of the Seattle Opera.
Case Study: Leroy and Valerie Hood
The Foundation’s team approach, combined with decades of experience helping donors make a difference, was something that simply made sense for Dr. Hood and his wife.
Case Study: Lindie Wightman
Lindie Wightman believes in supporting the basic needs of people in her community. For that reason, her giving through The Seattle Foundation is focused on the areas that directly affect quality of life.
Case Study: Lynn Ryder Gross
Lynn sees education as the underpinning of a successful society. “If we don’t have it, we’re not going to progress,” she says. “So for me, it’s almost a civic obligation to support it.”
Case Study: Maggie and Doug Walker
For Maggie and her husband, WRQ founder Doug Walker, their supporting organization at The Seattle Foundation allows them to do it all—making it possible to be a hands-on philanthropist and a big-picture person, all at the same time.
Case Study: Maryanne Tagney Jones
“You can’t donate money to political parties because they are not 501(c)(3)s, but you can support voter education, issue education, issue lobbying and other kinds of advocacy.”
Case Study: Maryanne Tagney Jones
Maryanne Tagney Jones focuses her giving on one of her main interests: the environment. Though she is involved in other areas of philanthropy, “the environment is something that speaks to me personally,” she says.
Case Study: Meena Vashee
“My goal is to work toward healthier relationships and safer communities, and to ensure that domestic violence does not become a part of our children’s lives.”
Case Study: Richard Miyauchi
Through The Seattle Foundation, Richard Miyauchi is able to organize his giving plan to reflect his methodical approach to philanthropy.
Case Study: Ron Sher
As caring for each other grows, Ron believes, so does caring for the environment. “I believe that in the long run, focusing on quality of life rather than quantity of possessions is important.”
Case Study: Sally Jewell
Though Sally supports her cause of choice by volunteering for trail duty with a hard hat and pick axe, she also helps financially by giving through The Seattle Foundation.
Case Study: Will Kemper
Will became a real estate agent and established the CoHo Team of Windermere Agents, which donates one-third of its commissions to support community development and affordable housing initiatives.