PLEASE NOTE: Cedarmere Foundation has recently made changes to our grant making process and timeline. If your organization has been invited to submit a proposal this year, please review our revised application process and submission deadlines outlined on the "How to Apply" page. Please be aware that Cedarmere Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.
The Cedarmere Foundation supports the development and sustainability of effective governance and leadership in small nonprofit organizations that focus on education, health or human services in the Puget Sound region of Washington State.
Through the Cedarmere Foundation, our family legacy is strong, effective nonprofit organizations that enable communities and families to thrive in the Puget Sound region.
About the Cedarmere Foundation:
The Cedarmere Foundation is a family foundation that was established in Seattle, Washington in 2006.
The Cedarmere Foundation was created in order to provide opportunities for multiple branches and generations of our family to work together toward a common goal that benefits the communities in which we live, work and play.
Collectively, our Board has more than 100 years of experience working with and/or for nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and beyond. Click on the link below to meet our trustees and staff. As employees, volunteers, trustees and consultants, we have supported scores of nonprofit organizations. Individually, we have also supported them financially. The creation of the Cedarmere Foundation now provides us with the opportunity to pool our collective knowledge, resources and passion in order to help enhance our community by strengthening the nonprofit organizations that work so hard to serve it.
After 10 years of grant making on an all-volunteer basis, the Cedarmere Foundation hired its first staff member in March 2016.
Click HERE to learn more about our board and staff.
Important Announcement about the Cedarmere Foundation’s Future Plans
The Cedarmere Foundation is proud of the work we have done over the past 15 years, providing funding for small nonprofits in the Puget Sound region to build their capacity and increase their sustainability. The Foundation has been privileged to partner with 48 nonprofit organizations by providing them with capacity building grants over multiple years during that time. We have also partnered with many capacity building funders to strengthen the nonprofit sector and inspire other funders to support capacity building.
The events of 2020 have made it crystal clear that our nonprofits face immense challenges as they seek to support and empower our community. In order to invest heavily in the capacity building organizations and initiatives that sustain and strengthen the nonprofit sector in Washington State, the Trustees of the Cedarmere Foundation have made the decision to spend down our endowment over the next three years. It is our plan to cease grantmaking and operations by mid-2024. We believe this is the right decision for our foundation, both from the perspective of Cedarmere’s founding family and because of the urgent need to sustain and strengthen the organizations so many depend on in our community.
We want to use our endowment to support and strengthen the organizations dedicated to building the capacity of nonprofits that work directly to address community needs, and the leaders who will carry that work forward. By doing so, it is our hope that the impact of our capacity building investments in the nonprofit sector will endure long after we have made our last grant.