$738K in grants benefit Kitsap County organizations 

C. Keith Birkenfeld. Read
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SEATTLE – The C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust, managed by The Seattle Foundation, awarded $738,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations, announced Norman B. Rice, president and chief executive officer. All organizational recipients are located in Kitsap County and serve Kitsap County residents.

Mr. Birkenfeld, a member of a Kitsap County pioneer family, passed away in 2005 leaving his substantial estate to be distributed through grants made annually to deserving nonprofit organizations for the purpose of building a lasting impact on the communities they serve. His intent was to inspire others to give through his generosity. The C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust is designed to make grants annually, expending all funds within a 20-year period. The year 2011 marks the fifth year of funding with a total of $3.9 million in grants made to date.

This year’s list of recipients includes the following:

Bainbridge Land Trust - $250,000 grant toward the purchase of Hilltop, a 31-acre parcel connecting two sections of the 541-acre Grand Forest on Bainbridge Island.

Seabeck Christian Conference Center - $150,000 contribution to the Seabeck Centennial Campaign to rebuild guest houses and install an outdoor amphitheater.

Hope in Christ/Coffee Oasis - $125,000 grant to purchase and convert a building into a teen shelter in Bremerton.

SK Skatepark Association - $75,000 grant to cap off fundraising for a world-class skate park in Port Orchard. 
Additionally, other Kitsap County projects will receive pre-development funding to assist with planning new large projects with County-wide impact. Another $33,000 set aside from the Trust each year finances the Humanitarian of the Year Award, administered by the Bainbridge Community Foundation.


Established in 1946, The Seattle Foundation’s mission is to create a healthy community through engaged philanthropy, community knowledge and leadership. It is the oldest and largest community foundation in the region, with more than 1,200 family and individual funds and assets in excess of $600 million. The Seattle Foundation awards nearly $50 million in grants each year. Learn more about the Foundation at

Contact: Claire Bishop