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Remembering Doug Walker - Seattle Philanthropist

Doug's impact on our region was as monumental as the mountains and outdoors he so enjoyed.


January 02, 2016

Seattle Foundation is deeply saddened by the loss of software entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist Doug Walker. Doug, along with his wife Maggie, founded the Walker Family Foundation in 2004 as a charitable fund within Seattle Foundation.

Doug applied the passion, discipline and leadership honed as a successful entrepreneur to his ambitious philanthropic pursuits. He was passionate about the importance of wilderness preservation, believing that a key strategy is to ensure that today's youth have the opportunity to fully experience and appreciate the outdoor environment.

In addition to significant grants through the Walker Family Foundation, he led national conversations on this issue and helped launch a 2015 effort of Seattle Foundation that raised substantial resources to support local youth outdoor engagement programs. Most recently, Doug was working to support a new White House initiative “Every Kid in a Park,” that aims to get 4th graders and their families to explore and experience national parks.

In addition to his generous investments in land preservation and conservation, Doug was a champion of higher education focusing on his love of math and history. Doug and Maggie are also known for their enthusiasm and support of local visual and performing arts organizations.   

Doug leaves a deep philanthropic legacy in the lives of the countless youth who benefited from his investments and with all of us who appreciate the splendor of open wilderness.  His impact on our region was as monumental as the mountains and outdoors he so enjoyed.

As a husband, father, friend and business and philanthropic leader, Doug Walker will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt and deepest condolences to Maggie and their daughter Kina.

View a previous feature about Doug and Maggie in our 2011 Annual Report or coverage of his passing on Fox News.

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