Sunbridge Foundation: Northwest Funders

OVERVIEW: The Sunbridge Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to education, conservation, health, human services, the arts, and global causes.

IP TAKE: The foundation lacks transparency, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities.

PROFILE: Established in 2002, the Sunbridge Foundation was founded by computer scientist Jim Allchin and his wife Catherine, a freelance writer. Jim joined Microsoft in 1990, and served as Group Vice President of Platforms Group. The foundation does not maintain a website, which limits information available on its grantmaking priorities and activities. According to tax records, the Sunbridge Foundation primarily funds grantmaking related to education, conservation, health, human services, the arts, and global causes.

The couple steadily support Catherine’s alma mater Brown University, where she sits on the advisory council of Institute at Brown for Environment and Society. The Allchins support scholarships at the school as well as the Allchin Family Research Fund in Environmental Studies and Science. It’s worth noting that Jim was diagnosed with cancer in the early 2000s and more recently with melanoma. He’s also a blues guitarist and has written, performed, and recorded throughout his life.

Grants range from $500 to $318,190. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away around $1.1 million. Past grantees include Lakeside School, Rainier Scholars, Nature Conservancy, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and United Way of King County.

The foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals.

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CONTACT:

Sunbridge Foundation
c/o 10885 NE 4th St., 320
Bellevue, WA 98004