Community Campaigns

Targeted fundraising efforts supported by Seattle Foundation philanthropists.

Learn more or contribute now to these specific areas of interest funds established and administered through Seattle Foundation. 

Chris Hooyman Outdoor Education Fund

Honoring the life of Chris Hooyman and his love for the outdoors

The Chris Hooyman Outdoor Education Fund was established to honor Chris’ compassion for others, his love of life, and his spirit of adventure. Chris, a guide with Rainier Mountain Guides, died while attempting to assist a client on Mount Denali in 1998. Sustaining the Fund keeps Chris’ spirit alive by supporting outdoor leadership education, which had such a profound effect on his short life. Together we have provided over 100 scholarships to youth from families with limited financial resources. GOLD and BOLD are currently the primary programs supported by the Fund. You can find out more about GOLD and BOLD at

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Creative Advantage Fund

Restore access to the arts for all students in Seattle Public Schools

The Creative Advantage will reinvest in Seattle’s students and our community’s economic and creative future by addressing current inequities in access and restoring arts education to all Seattle classrooms.

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Literacy Fund

Help students succeed by adopting a classroom and supporting literacy

Make a donation to Newspapers In Education through the Literacy Fund. Your contribution will give K-12 students and teachers access to award-winning standards-based educational materials, lesson plans, teacher guides, and the electronic edition of The Seattle Times. Support a classroom at one of these suggested levels:

Ph.D. - $360 supports a classroom for an entire year (no premium included, receive a Seattle Times Comic Umbrella with your gift)

Master’s - $180 supports a classroom for one semester

Bachelor’s  - $40 supports a classroom for one month

High School Graduate - $10 supports a classroom for one week

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Microsoft disAbility Scholarship Fund

Empower and enable high schools students with disabilities to go to college and target a career in the technology industry

The disAbility Scholarship at Microsoft delivers on the mission of Microsoft’s cross disability employee resource group to empower and enable people with disabilities. This scholarship enables high school students with disabilities to go to college and target a career in the technology industry. In addition, it hopes to contribute to increase the pool of persons living with a disability enrolling in higher education and, in the long term, decrease the unemployment bias for this demographic.

This scholarship will be awarded to promising high school seniors who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and have a financial need. The amount of this renewable scholarship to be awarded is $5,000 per year, up to $20,000, which is paid through the Seattle Foundation on behalf of the disAbility Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Microsoft to the recipient’s school’s Financial Aid Office. Learn more and apply on their website.

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Nora Stone Smith Scholarship Fund

Providing financial support to deserving immigrant students, regardless of their citizenship status

The purpose of the Nora Stone Smith Scholarship is to honor and to give financial support to deserving immigrant high school seniors and students who have graduated in the past year and have participated in an ESL/ELL program at some point in their lives. This scholarship is available for all ESL/ELL students, regardless of their citizenship status. Undocumented students are encouraged to apply. Nora Stone Smith was an avid reader and self-educated woman. Education was so important to her that she returned to school to get her B.A. in her late 50s and went on to complete her M.A. in Literature. This scholarship was created by her daughter to honor her memory.

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Poncho Fund

Enriching the quality of life in this region through increasing resources and community support for the arts

For 50 years, Patrons of Northwest Civic, Cultural and Charitable Organizations (PONCHO) provided critical financial support of $35,000,000 to 238 deserving organizations in the Puget Sound region. In the Spring of 2013, PONCHO ceased its day to day operations. Now the legacy of PONCHO will continue in the form of the PONCHO Legacy Fund at The Seattle Foundation. 

Puget Sound’s first true endowment to help secure the financial future of six of our greatest community arts & cultural treasures: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Children's Theatre, Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, a portion of the Fund will support K-12 arts education initiatives as determined by Seattle Foundation. Each of the six organizations and the arts education initiative will be supported equally each year.

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The School of Life Project

Empowering kids to unleash the potential of their own stories into their own lives

The School of Life Project consists of two parts: A Video Journal Kiosk that captures children’s views of themselves and their world annually as they grow, resulting in a time capsule of themselves growing up and the Ambassador’s Film Project made up of 250 kids in ten countries across the world. Its aim is to develop media curriculum to let other kids know that they are not alone on the road to growing up. Learn more on their website.

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The 101 Club Foundation

Encouraging amateur athletics and promotion of fellowship among its members

The Foundation annually awards scholarships to ten college bound high school seniors based on a combination of academic achievement, athletic accomplishment and need. Additionally the Foundation periodically awards grants to individuals and organizations nominated by members of the 101 Club. Since 1933, the 101 Club has been responsible for everything from sending students to college to athletes to the Olympics.

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The Mother House Fund

Supporting thoughtful programs that build community while making a difference in the lives of children and families

The Fund strives to support unique initiatives that spark compassionate actions resulting in life-changing outcomes. It also seeks to provide grassroots organizations with resources to help them succeed, and build relationships with Puget Sound-area nonprofit organizations through their grant-making process.

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Skill Up

Connecting low-income individuals with living-wage jobs in high-demand fields in Washington state

Through collaborative partnerships, innovative funding programs and catalytic opportunities, SkillUp Washington creates pathways and opportunities for thousands of low-income individuals.

Since 2007, SkillUp Washington has partnered with employers, community colleges, government, and community organizations in Washington state, fostering cross-system collaboration and partnership through leveraging, incubating and short-term piloting grants. SkillUp focuses on the state’s highest demand fields: manufacturing, transportation, construction, business, healthcare, and technology. 

SkillUp Washington is always open to new funders to help provide new workforce opportunities for employers and low-income adults. Please contact to talk about funding opportunities.

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If you have any questions about these funds, please contact us at or call 206-515-2111.


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