John and Nancy Sabol

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FUNDING AREAS: Empathy, Childhood Development & Education, Community

OVERVIEW: John Sabol and his wife Nancy move their philanthropy through the John and Nancy Sabol Foundation. The family is very interested in fostering empathy, especially from an early age. The Northwest serves as an important region of giving.

BACKGROUND: John Sabol graduated from Harvard. He worked at IBM before joining Microsoft in 1984 where he was a senior executive. He keeps a low profile.


EMPATHY: Sabol is involved with Roots of Empathy, whose mission is to “build caring, peaceful, and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults” as well as Compassionate Action Network, a “Seattle-based nonprofit organization that nurtures and supports seeds and sprouts of compassion in support of the Pacific Northwest compassion ecosystem.” Sabol helped bring the Roots of Empathy program to Seattle-area schools and became interested in childhood development in part because of his granddaughter.

CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT & EDUCATION: Grantees have included Child Care Resources; Program for Early Parent Support; Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences; The Buckley School; Zeno Math; and Washington Early Learning Fund. Sabol is on the advisory board of The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at University of Washington, an interdisciplinary research center on early learning and brain development.

COMMUNITY: The Sabols support other outfits working in and around Seattle and Washington State. Grantees have included Fuse Innovation Fund, which “partners with local organizations to change the conversation on the state budget and identify solutions that strengthen our communities” ; Social Venture Partners; United Way of King County; Town Hall Seattle; Seattle Children’s Hospital; and Downtown Emergency Service Center.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the family to continue to focus on empathy and childhood development in particular.


John and Nancy Sabol Foundation
3100 W. Commodore Way, No 208
Seattle, WA 98199