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Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund grants $87,500 to support COVID-19 response efforts

Clallam County tribes and nonprofits receive support for their crisis work.

May 08, 2020

This week, 11 Clallam County tribes and nonprofit organizations received grants from the Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund, an area of interest fund managed by Seattle Foundation. Totaling $87,500, the grants range from $2,500 to $20,000 and are intended to assist organizations that are providing crisis support related to COVID-19. 

The dollars granted this month represent approximately one-third of the funds available from the Phillips Fund for distribution in 2020. The year’s remaining funding phases will be devoted to sustainability and recovery from the current crisis.

“We plan to tie our funding to the stages of economic need and recovery,” says Phillips Fund representative Claire Bishop. “It’s our belief that the strong nonprofit community in Clallam County will rise to the recovery challenge with ingenuity and persistence; we’ll be right there with them supporting their efforts.”

This month’s grantees include West Olympic Peninsula Community Betterment Association, Forks Food Bank, Hoh Tribe, Joyce Community Dollars for Scholars, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Makah Tribe, Olympic Community Action Programs, Port Angeles Food Bank, Quileute Tribe, Sequim Food Bank, and United Way of Clallam County.


This Fund awards grants annually to a broad range of charitable organizations serving Clallam County and is a legacy gift of Benjamin Phillips.  Phillips was born in Akron, Colo., in 1888. After graduating from the University of Washington, he moved to Port Angeles in 1913 at the age of 25. The following year he opened the Port Angeles Trust & Savings Co., which became First National Bank, and was later absorbed by Bank of America. In addition to being a successful banker, Phillips became an established community leader in Clallam County. A long-time member of the Library Board, he enjoyed classical music, particularly through Seattle Opera and the Port Angeles Symphony. The Benjamin N. Phillips Memorial Fund was established to benefit Clallam County residents following the death of Phillips’ second wife.


Seattle Foundation ignites powerful, rewarding philanthropy to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. As a community foundation, it works to advance equity, shared prosperity, and belonging throughout the region while strengthening the impact of the philanthropists it serves. Founded in 1946 and with more than $1.1 billion in assets, the Foundation pursues its mission with a combination of deep community insight, civic leadership, philanthropic advising, and judicious financial stewardship.


Michele Frix at or 206.617.7281 (mobile)

Claire Bishop at or 206.799.8563 (mobile)



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