Philanthropy Northwest, the grantmakers association for this region, defines the Northwest as Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.  

The funding scene in these states is changing rapidly as new foundations emerge, some piloted by deep-pocketed individual donors. Corporate grantmaking has also increased in recent years. Overall, there are growing opportunities for nonprofits seeking support—but also much competition for funding.

This guide profiles top funders in the region and we are regularly adding new Northwest grantmakers to the guide. Click on the links below to explore the profiles.   

TOP FUNDERS

ALASKA AIRLINES FOUNDATION

This funder mostly supports youth and education in the states of Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington. Online applications are accepted throughout the year.

ALASKA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This community funder supports groups throughout the state mostly in the areas of the great outdoors, community development, children and education, health and wellness, and arts and culture.

ALASKA CONSERVATION FOUNDATION

This funder supports environmental conservation throughout Alaska. Specific topics of interest are wildlife protection, leadership development and capacity building for Alaska Native groups, climate and energy, and the Tongass Rainforest.

J.A. AND KATHRYN ALBERTSON FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder mostly supports education causes within the state of Idaho. Some local community groups in Idaho receive support as well. Unsolicited grant requests are not accepted.

PAUL G. ALLEN FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder’s Northwest giving is centered on education, arts and culture, and libraries. Unsolicited applications are not accepted, but interested local groups can get in touch via online form.

ARTSFUND

This funder supports many arts and culture groups in the Washington counties of King and Pierce. Grants are typically made by invitation only.

ATWOOD FOUNDATION

This funder supports nonprofits based in the Anchorage area of Alaska in the fields of the arts, journalism, history, and civic events. Special priority is given to youth causes, and unsolicited applications are accepted.

AUTZEN FOUNDATION

This funder supports a broad range of social services, education, youth, and arts and culture causes in the state of Oregon. Much of the funding stays in the Portland area, and grant applications are accepted three times per year.

BALLMER GROUP

This funder supports anti-poverty efforts to boost the economic mobility for children and families in Washington state, as well as Los Angeles County, California. Unsolicited applications are not accepted.

BENTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder exclusively supports Benton County, Oregon through grantmaking areas like basic needs, youth employment, civic engagement, music, counseling, and childcare. Each year, BCF reevaluates local needs and what causes will be funded.

BETHEL COMMUNITY SERVICES FOUNDATION

This funder supports community-based programs in Southwest Alaska in the form of bridge, capital, general operating, and business/enterprise grants. There are several different funds held by BCSF.

BILLINGS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

BCF supports the Greater Yellowstone region of Montana regarding education, basic human needs, arts and culture, natural resources and conservation, economic development, endowment marketing support, animal welfare, and bricks and mortar projects. Grant applications are accepted annually.

BOZEMAN AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

BACF supports issues areas like environment, education, health, basic needs, housing, and arts and culture in the Bozeman, Montana area.

BLUE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This community funder supports nonprofits in the Washington counties of Columbia, Garfield, and Walla Walla in the areas of arts and culture, basic needs, economy, education, environment, health and wellness, and neighborhoods and communities.

BRAINERD FOUNDATION

This funder supports environmental groups in the Northwest states of Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska. Letters of inquiry can be submitted online at any time of the year.

BULLITT FOUNDATION

This Seattle-based funder focuses on environmental issues within the Emerald Corridor of the Pacific Northwest. Letters of inquiry are accepted twice per year.

THE BURNING FOUNDATION

This funder supports environmental causes and teen pregnancy prevention in Oregon and Washington. There are spring and fall grant cycles each year.

CAMPION FOUNDATION

This funder gives to wilderness protection, homelessness, and nonprofit capacity building causes in the Northwest. There is strong support for nonprofits in Washington state.

CARPENTER FOUNDATION

This funder focuses its giving on Jackson and Josephine Counties in Oregon. Grant applications are accepted in the areas of human services, art, education, and public interest.

CHAMBERS FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder supports arts, education, medical, health, and human needs in Lane, Benton, and Deschutes counties in Oregon. Grant proposals are reviewed twice per year.

CHC FOUNDATION

This funder supports the arts, science, education, social services, environment, culture, and community needs in 10 counties of Eastern Idaho. Grants are awarded in the spring and fall of each year.

CINNABAR FOUNDATION

This funder supports environmental conservation efforts in Montana and within the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Special project and general operating support grants are awarded annually.

CIRI FOUNDATION

This funder supports education and career development for Alaska Natives in the form of grants, scholarships, and fellowships. There are four grant deadlines each year.

MAYBELLE CLARK MACDONALD FUND

This funder supports Oregon nonprofits in the areas of arts and culture, human services, education, and medicine. Unsolicited applications are not accepted, as MCMF only funds pre-selected groups.

COLLINS FOUNDATION

This family foundation supports a wide variety of issue areas, as long as they are within the state of Oregon. The foundation has an overarching equity focus, and unsolicited proposals are accepted.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF JACKSON HOLE

CFJH has three grantmaking programs—competitive grants, micro-grants, and youth philanthropy for high school students. Areas of interest are arts, civic involvement, education, environment, health and human services, and recreation.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON

This funder supports the Washington counties of Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment and animal protection, health and human services, and public/social benefit.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SAN JUAN ISLAND

This funder supports local San Juan Island nonprofits in the areas of education, arts and culture, human services, health, seniors, youth. Grant applications are reviewed quarterly.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON

This funder supports basic needs, healthy living, education, environment, arts and culture, and neighborhood improvements in the region. Nonprofits in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties may apply for grants.

LAURA MOORE CUNNINGHAM FOUNDATION

This family funder supports a wide range of Idaho nonprofits and prioritizes rural healthcare, education, and underserved communities. Letters of inquiry are accepted once per year.

JOHN P. ELLBOGEN FOUNDATION

This Wyoming-focused funder supports basic needs, community, health, education, and the environment throughout the state. Letters of inquiry are accepted twice per year.

FIRST ALASKANS INSTITUTE

This Anchorage-based funder supports community efforts related to early childhood education, high school graduation rates, connecting elders and youth, and youth leadership. Unsolicited applications are accepted.

FIRST INTERSTATE BANCSYSTEM FOUNDATION

This Billings, Montana-based corporate funder supports community development and leadership through grantmaking in its service areas: Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and South Dakota.

THE FORD FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder supports nonprofit efforts related to children, education, arts, community, and the economy in communities throughout Oregon and also in Siskiyou County, California. Rural efforts are strongly emphasized, and the application process is always open.

LYNN AND FOSTER FRIESS FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder doesn’t have a website, but is the charitable giving vehicle for Wyoming millionaire Foster Friess. The foundation mostly gives to Republican, Christian, and mentoring programs for youth.

FOUR WAY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports groups in Josephine and western Jackson counties of Oregon. Areas of interest are people with disabilities, education, the arts, animal welfare, historic sites, healthcare, social services, and community projects.

GIANFORTE FAMILY FOUNDATION

This family foundation primarily supports Bozeman and other communities in Montana in the areas of jobs, education, entrepreneurship, Christian outreach and discipleship, needy families, and arts and culture.

GRAY FAMILY FOUNDATION

This Portland-based funder supports environmental education, geography education, an outdoor school program, and camp facility maintenance in the state of Oregon. There have been two competitive grant cycles per year.

GRAYS HARBOR COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports education, health and wellness, arts, culture, history, and basic needs in Grays Harbor County, Washington. Unsolicited applications are accepted.

GREATER TACOMA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports a variety of causes in Pierce County, Washington. Major topics of interest are local youth, women and girls, and nonprofit capacity building.

GROUP HEALTH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports health and wellbeing in the state of Washington. The root causes of health inequities and innovative approaches to healthcare delivery are of particular interest to this funder.

THE BILL HEALY FOUNDATION

This funder supports environmental and children-focused nonprofits in the states of Oregon and Hawaii. Unsolicited grant applications are accepted once per year in each location.

HELENA AREA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports the following issues in Helena, Montana, and the surrounding areas: arts and culture, basic community needs, economic development, education, health services, historic preservation, land and environmental conservation, and youth.

THE HOMER FOUNDATION

This funder supports a variety of community needs in Homer, Alaska. There are several grant programs that accept applications.

IDAHO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports a wide range of causes throughout all 44 counties of Idaho. Grants are awarded up to $5,000 and applications are accepted during select months by region.

INLAND NORTHWEST COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports the following issue areas in 20 counties of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho: community development and environment, health and human services, education, arts and culture. About $1 million in competitive grants is awarded annually.

INTERMOUNTAIN INDUSTRIES PETROGLYPH ENERGY FOUNDATION

This corporate funder supports Southern Idaho nonprofits in the areas of health and human services, education, civic and community causes, and arts and culture.

JACKSON FOUNDATION

This funder supports a broad range of interests in the Greater Portland area and occasionally elsewhere in Oregon. Nearly any type of charitable causes here could be considered.

JUBITZ FAMILY FOUNDATION

This Portland funder is interested in causes related to children, peace, and the environment. The geographic focus is the state of Oregon, and environmental opportunities are open to applications.

KITSAP COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports Kitsap County nonprofits and the immediately surrounding areas in the fields of health and human services, arts and culture, education, children and youth development, and environment and animal welfare.

JAMES R. KUSE FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder awards grants in Oregon and especially the Greater Portland area in the fields of children, education, medical research, and community. Unsolicited requests for grants are not accepted.

LAIRD NORTON FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder supports arts in education, climate change, global fundamentals, youth in philanthropy, and watershed stewardship in the Pacific Northwest.

THE LAZAR FOUNDATION

This funder supports very specific environmental causes in the Pacific Northwest. It accepts letters of inquiry via email and has two yearly grant cycles.

LEMELSON FOUNDATION

This Portland funder is all about supporting inventions that improve lives and the economy. Its local support focuses on helping underserved youth in the community become inventors.

CHARLOTTE MARTIN FOUNDATION

This Seattle-based funder supports youth athletics, education, and culture, as well as wildlife habitats in an era of climate change. Grants are made in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska.

MAT-SU HEALTH FOUNDATION

This Alaska funder mostly focuses on health needs of the elderly, children, and behavioral health. Grants must benefit the people of Mat-Su, and unsolicited applications are accepted online.

JAMES F. AND MARION L. MILLER FOUNDATION

This Portland-based family funder supports education and the arts in the state of Oregon. There are four grant application deadlines per year.

MCMURRY FOUNDATION

This funder mostly supports Natrona County Wyoming groups in the areas of education, religion, children and advocacy for children, health and human services, arts and humanities, and favorable business environments.

MEDINA FOUNDATION

This funder supports a variety of human service causes in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. Letters of inquiry are welcome at any time.

MENTOR GRAPHICS FOUNDATION

This corporate funder supports education, arts and culture, and health and human services in the areas its employees live and work. The company is based in Wilsonville, Oregon.

MEYER MEMORIAL TRUST

This funder supports community development, education, the environment, and housing efforts for a more equitable Oregon. Grant applications are accepted each spring and through occasional RFPs.

MICRON FOUNDATION

This Boise-based corporate funder supports STEM education at the high school and university levels. It also supports community causes around Boise related to education, health, and the arts.

MISSOULA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports Missoula, Montana-area nonprofits in the areas of animal welfare, arts and culture, community/economic development, education, environment, health and human services, kids and youth, and organizational development and capacity building.

MONTANA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder provides support to a wide range of nonprofits in the state of Montana. Unsolicited applications are not accepted, as funding is provided only through MCF’s 900+ charitable funds.

MONTANA HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION

This health legacy funder supports public health, American Indian health, and behavioral health in the state of Montana. Open calls for proposals are announced on the funder’s website.

MORRISON KNUDSEN FOUNDATION

This corporate funder supports individuals in the Boise, Idaho, community with funding for basic needs. It also supports nonprofits in Treasure Valley in the areas of health and human services, civic and community, education, and culture and arts.

MRG FOUNDATION

This funder supports social justice and equity-focused groups based in Oregon. There are several grant programs, so it is necessary to contact the staff prior to submitting a grant application.

M.J. MURDOCK CHARITABLE TRUST

This funder mostly supports science research and education, but also health, human services, and arts and culture in the Pacific Northwest. Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year.

NAGEL FOUNDATION

This funder supports Southwest Idaho nonprofits in the areas of basic needs, education, and youth. The annual grant application deadline is October 31.

NESHOLM FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder supports nonprofits in the city of Seattle in the areas of health and human services, education, and the performing arts. New applications are considered at winter and spring board meetings.

NORCLIFFE FOUNDATION

This funder focuses on the Puget Sound area of Washington and awards grants in the areas of education, health, social services, civic improvement, religion, culture and the arts, the environment, historic preservation, and youth programs.

NORTHWEST AREA FOUNDATION

This funder supports poverty-fighting nonprofits in the Northwest states of Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho. Unsolicited proposals aren’t accepted, but the staff welcomes email introductions to share your organization’s work.

NORTHWEST HEALTH FOUNDATION

This funder supports a range of preventative health topics in Oregon and Southwest Washington. There are several different grant programs here, each with their own guidelines and opportunities.

NYE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

 NCF supports charitable causes in and around Nye, Montana.  Areas of interest are education, youth, community, and fire and rescue groups. Grants are awarded annually.

O.P. AND W.E. EDWARDS FOUNDATION

This Montana-based funder prioritizes early childhood education and Native American youth. Unsolicited grant applications are not accepted, and the foundation is run by family members.

OREGON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports the arts, education, the environment, and health throughout the state of Oregon. Grants are made through an open application process and through donor-advised funds.

OREGON JEWISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports Jewish and secular groups in Washington and Southwest Oregon. Areas of interest for the funds here include education, arts and culture, housing, and healthcare.

PACCAR FOUNDATION

This corporate funder gives to education, social services, and the arts in the state of Washington and other locations of business operations. Online applications are accepted with no letter of inquiry process or deadlines.

PARK COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports nonprofits in Park County, Montana, in broad issue areas, including community development, education, health, human services, arts and culture, environment, youth, seniors, and mental health. Annual applications are accepted.

PGE FOUNDATION

This corporate funder supports education, youth, and arts and culture programs in Oregon. It also supports basic needs services for local families, such as housing and food.

POTLATCH FUND

This funder supports tribes and Native-led and tribal nonprofits in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Certain grantmaking priorities have open grant cycles that you can apply for.

PRIDE FOUNDATION

This funder supports LGBTQ advancement and equality efforts in Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Annual grant applications are accepted online.

RASMUSON FOUNDATION

This funder supports Alaska-based nonprofits, individual artists and nonprofit leaders in the areas of arts and culture, health, social services, housing, and the promotion of philanthropy.

RED LODGE AREA FOUNDATION

Based in Red Lodge, Montana, this funder supports local efforts related to youth, arts and culture, nonprofit capacity, and building a resilient community. Applications for funding are provided on the foundation’s website.

THE ROUNDHOUSE FOUNDATION

This funder awards grants mostly in Central Oregon in the fields of art, environment, social services, education, community leadership. Unsolicited grant requests are typically accepted each year.

THE RUSSELL FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder gives to the Puget Sound region and Pierce County in the state of Washington. It mostly supports environmental education and preservation here, but other more general causes are supported through RFF’s funds.

SALEM FOUNDATION

This funder supports projects in the Salem, Oregon area related to youth, human services, and arts and culture. Grant requests are accepted twice per year from local groups.

SAMIS FOUNDATION

This funder mostly gives to Jewish K-12 education in Seattle, but also has supported social services, wildlife preservation, and archaeology.

SATTERBERG FOUNDATION

This funder's support primarily stays in Washington State but also goes to California organizations that promote a just society and a sustainable environment. Unsolicited applications are accepted for its core grants program.

SEATTLE FOUNDATION

This funder supports many “healthy community framework elements,” including the environment, health and wellness, education, economy, basic needs, community building, and arts and culture. Seattle and King County are the geographic focus areas.

JORDAN SCHNITZER FAMILY FOUNDATION

This funder supports museums that want to expand their exhibitions and diversify their audiences with foundation collections. Schnitzer awards grants to museums for education and outreach activities, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

SHERWOOD TRUST

This family funder supports nonprofits from Dayton, Washington to Milton-Freewater, Oregon. Topics of interest are economic, community, organizational, and leadership development.

STEWARDSHIP FOUNDATION

This funder supports mostly Christian-based organizations in the Puget Sound region of Washington, as well as globally. Letters of inquiry are accepted with no deadlines.

GEORGE B. STORER FOUNDATION

This Jackson, Wyoming-based funder supports early childhood education, conservation economies, and local communities and landscapes. Unsolicited grant proposals are not accepted.

UNITED WAY OF KING COUNTY

This Seattle-based funder provides grants in the areas of homelessness, youth, early learning, and financial stability in King County, Washington. UWKC solicits grant applications and posts current opportunities. 

DENNIS AND PHYLLIS WASHINGTON FOUNDATION

This Montana funder supports education, health and human services, community service, arts and culture. Unsolicited applications are accepted from nonprofits in the state via online submission.

WESTERN LANE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports nonprofits in the Oregon communities of Florence, Mapleton, Dunes City, and Deadwood. Unsolicited grant requests are accepted. 

WHITEFISH COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports the Whitefish, Montana, region in the areas of health, human services, education, sports and recreation, environment, civic, animals and wildlife, and arts and culture. Some applications can be accessed via their website.

WHITTENBERGER FOUNDATION

This funder supports Southwest Idaho nonprofits that serve children and youth in a wide variety of ways. Grant applications are accepted once per year.

WILBURFORCE FOUNDATION

This is an environmental funder based in Seattle that funds wildlife-related organizations and programs in the Northwest region and in Canada as well. Biological diversity and environmental policies are important to Wilburforce.

WINDERMERE FOUNDATION

This Seattle-based corporate funder supports low-income and homeless families, as well as causes for children and youth in the Western U.S. Unsolicited grant applications are typically accepted by the local real estate offices.

THE WOMEN'S FOUNDATION OF MONTANA

This funder supports projects in Montana that focus on systems change and economic empowerment for women and girls in the state. Letters of intent area accepted during annual grant cycles.

WOMEN'S FUNDING ALLIANCE

This funder supports the advancement of women and girls through equal opportunities and leadership in Washington State. Grants are made through open RFP processes and by invitation.

WYNCOTE FOUNDATION NORTHWEST

This funder has a Northwest presence in Seattle and supports the environment, low-income housing, and health and human services here. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted.

WYOMING COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

This funder supports the standard array of nonprofit causes in the state of Wyoming. Most funding is for program support, and there’s a competitive grantmaking process that takes applications two times per year.

WYOMING WOMEN'S FOUNDATION

This funder is based in Laramie, Wyoming and supports causes for women and girls throughout the state. It is mostly concerned with boosting self-sufficiency and closing the wage gap.

JUAN YOUNG TRUST

This funder supports the areas of health, education, and welfare of children in the state of Oregon. Most grants stay in the Portland area.