Lucky Seven Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Lucky Seven Foundation supports the arts, education, health, welfare, environment, and social services in the Puget Sound region of Washington.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts, education, environment, health, welfare, and social services

IP TAKE: The descendants of this Lucky Seven's founders have been getting more involved with the local philanthropic community lately, so now is a good time to reach out for support.

PROFILE: Established in 1996, the Lucky Seven Foundation is based in Seattle, Washington. Manson and Frances Backus created this foundation to give back to give back to the community where they lived and prospered for many years. Manson Backus was a developer, insurance agent, real estate manager during his career and passed away in 2003. The couple’s descendants continue their parents’ legacy of giving. Grantmaking areas of interest have included health, welfare, education, arts, and the environment.

Occasionally, the foundation gives a few grants for emergency needs and hardship. The foundation rarely awards grants to organizations that have applied for funding and been either approved or denied in the past three years.

Lucky Seven Foundation grants are typically up to $5,000. However, some grants exceed $20,000 for nonprofits that are invited to apply for larger grants. Nonprofits can view a list of past grantees in the foundation’s recent tax records. Grantmaking is typically limited to organizations that work in the Puget Sound Basin of Washington.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant proposals for grants up to $5,000. It makes requests to organizations that it wishes to apply for larger amounts. Nonprofits must submit grant applications via online system. There are no deadlines to apply for grants, as the foundation reviews requests in the order they are received. Nonprofits should contact the foundation by phone at 800-839-1754 with general questions, as email contact is not encouraged.


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