Wyncote Foundation Northwest

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

FUNDING AREAS: Environment, low-income housing, health and human services

IP TAKE:  This is a funder of ongoing program support in the Seattle area. Wyncote usually makes recurring grants to established area groups, guided by one local staff member.

PROFILE: The Wyncote Foundation’s main office is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but Wyncote Foundation Northwest operates in Seattle, Washington. This funder can reach a much broader contingent of nonprofits with its Pacific Northwest and East Coast presence. Although its work in the Northwest isn’t as extensive as in the Philadelphia area, it has a few areas of particular interest.

The environment, low-income housing, and health and human services are Wyncote's primary concerns in the Northwest. Its goal is to promote viability in natural ecosystems and communities in the region.

In the past, it has supported Friends of KEXP, the Low-Income Housing Institute, Northwest Harvest and Northwest Sustainable Energy for Economic Development. It has awarded grants to the Rails to Trails Conservancy, the Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project, Town Hall Association, and the Washington Environmental Council. The bulk of Northwest grants fund ongoing program support. The foundation has also backed policy work and voter education. Wyncote contributed funds to restore and preserve Town Hall Seattle.

The Wyncote Foundation was established in 2009 from the Otto and Phoebe Haas Charitable Trust under the direction of John C. Haas. Much of the funder’s grantmaking is centered on Philadelphia in the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment, health and human services, historic building preservation, historic organ preservation, performance arts, and public media and journalism.

According to Philanthropy Northwest, the regional grantmakers association, the Wyncote Foundation gave over $1 million in Northwest grants in a recent year. The funder does not accept unsolicited requests; it initiates grants.

The key staff member to know for Northwest nonprofits is Kate Holdsworth. She is the Northwest grants and operations manager and is based in Seattle. Holdsworth is the sole Northwest staff member and has been with the Wyncote Foundation since 2009. The general foundation email address is info@wyncotefoundation.org, phone 215-557-9577. Holdsworth's email address is kholdsworth@wyncotefoundation.org. 

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