Funding Guidelines

  1. Requests are considered only from organizations that qualify as tax-exempt under Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Service code and are not private foundations as defined in that code.1.
  2. Special consideration is given to organizations and programs that benefit children, youth and families.
  3. Donations will be awarded primarily to organizations located in and benefiting residents in Pierce and South King County, but also extending to Washington State..
  4. Donations to national organizations conducting local fund drives will be made only for specific programs which benefit their work within Pierce and South King Counties.
  5. The Foundation encourages collaborative efforts among organizations and which foster other community involvement such as matching funds, public and/or private.
  6. Only one grant is made to a project within any given year, though an organization may apply for more than one project within the same year.
  7. Grants are generally limited to no more than 10% of total operating revenue.
  8. Organizations must carry out full control of donated funds, using them as requested and evaluate/report on the programs effectiveness.


The Foundation does not fund:

  • Endowments
  • Churches
  • Conduit for fundraising agencies or individuals
  • Debt retirement
  • Lobbying or influencing legislation or elections
  • Missionary sending organizations