Take a look below to learn more about these important local organizations.

This non-profit creates lasting life changes for homeless moms and their kids. Acres of Diamonds provides a safe place to recover, rebuild, and break the cycles of addiction, poverty and abuse. Their structured living plan, on-site counseling, parenting support and life-skill training helps moms to re-establish their lives with purpose, confidence, and support.

The Windermere Foundation’s grant will help provide women and children transitional housing and support programs to rebuild lives from domestic and/or substance abuse.

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This community-based, philanthropic program make a positive difference in the lives of children and adults touched by hardship or violence. The Assistance League of the Eastside is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that puts caring and commitment into action through several impactful programs.

This grant will go to the Operation School Bell program that provides basic items of clothing to low-income students, grades K-12.

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This highly regarded organization is devoted to helping families on the Eastside. Attain Housing offers opportunities for self-sufficiency and a strong support network in addition to affordable and stable housing. Since 1989, they have helped countless families in Eastside communities move away from homelessness and toward a stable and comfortable lifestyle.

This grant will help provide affordable housing to homeless families with children as well as case management for setting financial and social goals.

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This impactful organization provides free, easy-to-make meals each Friday for low-income children so they have food to eat over the weekend. Backpack Meals for Kids serves the nearly 200 homeless children in Bellevue. For too many children in the Bellevue Public Schools, the only meals available to them are during the week while attending school. On the weekends, they go hungry. Backpack Meals for Kids is working to fill that gap.

This grant will provide weekend meals and backpacks to Bellevue School District students who would otherwise go hungry.

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Since 1911, this incredible organization mission has been to foster stability and self-sufficiency for Bellevue’s children and their families through programs that provide food, clothing, education and emergency assistance. By addressing a child’s basic needs, Bellevue LifeSpring helps students focus on their education and break the cycle of poverty.

This grant supports the Breaktime-Mealtime Program which provides 80,000 meals to children during school breaks.

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This important organization provides training to businesses and leaders to help identify victims of human trafficking, prevent exploitation, and provide safe employment for survivors. Since their launch, BEST has provided awareness, consultation, and training to employers in a variety of sectors and as result, has seen an increase in the amount of trafficking victims able escape their exploiters and increased prevention effort.

This grant will go to help human trafficking survivors and at-risk individuals to find safe employment so they can afford housing.

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This fantastic organization runs-after school, sports and recreational programs for kids and teens. The Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue can be found throughout the city providing positive, safe places where local youth can have fun, make friends and learn. Their goal is to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

This grant will support Project Learn, Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue’s after school and summer camp programs at three low-income housing Clubhouses.

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This great organization inspires change in the lives of at-risk youth through alternative high school education, counseling, recovery, housing, and life skills programs. The Eastside Academy is like no other school in the state. Their unique model offers a place where youth can receive an education, recover from addiction, receive mental health counseling, build relationships with mentors, find housing, and leverage alumni services all under one roof.

This grant will help pay food expenses for homeless and poverty-level students while they attend this alternative high school.

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This wonderful organization helps kids thrive by leveraging direct service providers to deliver basic necessities to families in need. For 50 weeks each year, volunteers and staff at Eastside Baby Corner collect community donations, purchase and distribute children’s and maternity items to families in collaboration with organizations helping families in their area.

This grant will help provide essentials like diapers and formula to economically disadvantaged children.

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This wonderful organization acts as a go-between for local farmers to distribute fresh produce to people who don’t have access to healthy food. Farms for Life is a local organization mobilized to bridge the gap between local farms, who often have surplus crops and those in need of fresh food by reimbursing the farmer for the harvesting and processing costs.

This grant will help buy fresh and surplus produce from local farms using sustainable growing practices and provides healthy produce to families in need.

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This amazing nonprofit teaches individuals how to play an active role in their financial well-being. Financial Beginningsprovides accessible and unbiased financial education to youth and adults and educates over 40,000 individuals annually.

This grant will help fund the teaching of personal financial concepts to youth and adults of economically-vulnerable populations.

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Since 1951, this inspiring organization has been helping young people in challenging circumstances get their lives back on track. Today, Friends of Youth positively impacts over 6,500 children, youth and their families each year by offering youth overnight shelters, championing development initiatives, providing in-home family support for young parents and guardians, parent education, youth and family counseling, substance abuse counseling, transitional housing for homeless youth and much more.

This grant will help fund emergency response and shelter, then long-term housing, to children (ages 7-17) experiencing trauma or abuse in East King County.

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This impactful nonprofit helps more than 65,000 people yearly through programs that provide the stability, skills and knowledge needed to exit poverty. Hopelink’s services help people achieve stability through the provision of basic needs, such as shelter and food. They believe that with the stresses of homelessness or hunger removed from the situation, family members are more able to focus on the next phase of their journey out of poverty.

This grant will go to support the End Summer Hunger Program which ensures local schoolchildren in low-income families have enough to eat during summer break.

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This helpful organization’s mission is to develop affordable housing, build welcoming communities, and foster vibrant futures. Imagine Housing develops permanent affordable rental homes in East King County to provide individuals and families a place to live near their jobs, good schools, transportation, and health services.

This grant will target under-18-year-olds in their Support Services Program to provide affordable housing and life skill case management in East King County.

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For over 46 years, this caring organization has provided financial aid to local families when an emergency arises. Issaquah Community Services (ICS) helps families with aid to prevent homelessness, reimburse lost wages due to an emergency event, prevent utility shut offs and much more.

This grant will provide emergency aid in the form of utility payments to low-income families in the Issaquah School District.

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This important organization works with the Issaquah School District to drive resources and help all students achieve the promise of their academic potential. The Issaquah Schools Foundation’s vision is to be the unifying organization that enables the Issaquah School District to provide access to exceptional opportunities district-wide that ignite learning, improve educational outcomes and prepare all students to be confident, competent and engaged citizens. They do this by bridging the gap between funds the state provides for basic education and the dollars our schools need to prepare students for success in school and life.

This grant will support students who are homeless, at-risk, or living with a disability, for vital targeted academic intervention in math, reading, and writing.

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This important organization’s mission is to provide basic needs to community member and to promote self-sufficiency. The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is committed to providing quality food, clothing and other items as well as offering one-on-one personalized attention to help families navigate the complex maze of available resources.

This grant will help to maintain a refrigerated box truck utilized as a mobile food bank to remote Eastside communities that have difficulty accessing food bank services.

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This incredible organization embraces children of diverse abilities and their families by providing the finest education and therapies to nurture hope, courage and the skills to soar. Kindering provides early intervention services to infants and children who have special needs or are at-risk, and to their families as well. The non-profit offers a full range of services to support the entire family, including parent education courses, specialized support groups for parents and siblings, specialized programming for foster parents, and a true sense of community for those facing the unexpected journey of raising a child with special needs.

This grant will help to provide developmental support, screening, and early intervention therapies to the very young children of homeless families.

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Since 1982, this amazing organization has partnered with more than 145,000 domestic violence survivors on their courageous journeys towards safety, stability, and healing. LifeWire is on a mission to end domestic violence and create a world where every person lives in a safe environment free from oppression with the opportunity to thrive. By offering one-on-one advocacy and support, they work each day to ensure the safety and enduring independence of every survivor who walks through their doors.

This grant will support the Hotel-Motel Voucher Program, which provides emergency short-term stays in hotels and motels for victim of domestic violence.

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With the help of countless volunteers and donors, this non-profit has grown into a powerful force for good in our local community. Mamma’s Hands was founded to provide hope and support to those in crisis. Their mission is to help those in crisis regain their self-respect, and to provide them the support and direction they need to become productive members of society. Their vision: Hope in Every Individual.

This grant will help support three Houses of Hope that house mothers and children from abuse and homelessness to help them develop plans to bring change to their lives.

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This wonderful community-driven program provides healthy food for hungry kids to take home over the weekend and school breaks. Through charitable donations and volunteer support, Pantry Packs is able to feed more than 800 Lake Washington School District children who are identified by counselors as being “food insecure” and often come to school hungry on Mondays.

This grant will go towards providing weekend, child-friendly food packs to children of qualified low-income families.

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This Issaquah based non-profit was created to provide support and services to at risk youth with an emphasis on foster children and their families. Royal Family Kids’ Camp’s vision is to make a difference in the lives of children who have suffered abandonment, abuse and neglect, and to give them hope for their future. Their goal is to help foster children in King County, ages 7 – 15, attend a summer camp filled with life changing experiences and love that focuses on meeting the special needs of abused and neglected children.

This grant will help support their summer camp and help build positive experiences for abused, neglected and abandoned foster children.

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This fantastic nonprofit provides formal attire to teens from low-income families across the state, enabling them to participate in high school milestone events. Ruby Room F-Factor utilizes fashion as a tool to build self-confidence and promote inclusion among foster children, homeless youth and teens in financial need.

This grant will help to provide formal wear at no cost to teens in financial need so they may participate in landmark life events.

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This organization provides life-changing services to those experiencing homelessness by working within our communities to provide emergency shelter, social services, and connections to permanent housing. Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services is made up of community members who have a passion for helping our homeless population connect with the care and services they need.

This grant will help provide a safe overnight environment for homeless men and women and for families struggling with homelessness.

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This impactful organization is dedicated to closing the achievement gap between youth in foster care and their peers forever. Treehouse provides students in foster care with academic and other essential support that all kids need to succeed.

This grant will help to support the Little Wishes Program which allows foster care youth to participate in extracurricular arts, athletics, and other educational experiences.

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This dedicated organization is the leading behavioral health services provider for children and youth, up to age 22, and their families in East King County. Youth Eastside Services (YES) provides evidence-based mental health counseling, substance use and co-occurring disorders counseling and treatment, early childhood behavioral health services, psychiatric services, and education and prevention programs.

This grant will support YES Lifeline, which provides free mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment to low-income youth and families.

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Posted on January 9, 2020 at 3:07 am
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The Windermere Foundation’s recent contribution to Seattle Children’s Hospital‘s Homelessness Prevention Fund and Children’s Emergency Patient Fund will help 40 families secure stable housing and retain ownership of their homes this holiday season.

“No parent should have to choose between having a place to live and having a healthy child,” said Christine Wood, Executive Director of the Windermere Foundation. “Our goal is to help take on some of the financial burden of housing and
living expenses so they can focus on their child’s health.”

The Homelessness Prevention Fund provides low-income families with financial support to help cover imminent expenses, repairs, and other needed services. The one-time payment can spare a family from eviction or other hardships triggered by shelter insecurity.

“There are 104 children and 74 parents and guardians who will be able to stay in their homes during the holidays thanks to the Windermere Foundation’s generous donation,” said Roosevelt Travis, Director of the Department of Social Work at Seattle Children’s. “It is truly life changing.”

Additionally, a portion of the donation was directed to the Children’s Emergency Patient Fund which provides modest sums to cover food, utilities, transportation and other essentials to more than 2,000 families each year.

Over the years, Windermere donations to this fund have been used to pay for hotel vouchers, gas cards, and, in the saddest cases, funeral expenses.

“When I am contacted by Children’s seeking funding, I know not every situation is going to have a happy ending,” said Christine Wood. “We’re just grateful that we have the opportunity to relieve some of the burden for these families during what is a very difficult time in their lives.”

Since its establishment 30 years ago, the Windermere Foundation has raised over $40 million to support local low-income and homeless families, and Windermere has donated a total of $318,000 directly to Seattle Children’s Hospital since 2006. The Foundation is currently the 17th largest corporate philanthropist in the Puget Sound, as ranged by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

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Posted on December 29, 2019 at 3:02 am
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Windermere’s Winter Drive Collects Nearly 6,000 Items for Mary’s Place

It’s another fall season and the fourth year of Windermere’s #TackleHomelessness campaign with the Seattle Seahawks. As a part of this campaign, Windermere hosts an annual “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive. This year, 33 Windermere offices in in the greater Seattle area* participated in the drive, collecting new hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, socks, and other warm winter items for Mary’s Place.

Mary’s Place is a non-profit that provides safe, inclusive shelter and services to support women, children and families on their journey out of homelessness. Since 1999, Mary’s Place has helped hundreds of women and families move out of homelessness into more stable situations. But shelter capacity is limited and there are still hundreds of families sleeping outside in cars and tents each night, so Windermere collected items to help them stay warm this winter.

During the four-week drive, our offices collected donations from agents, staff, and the community, which included over 630 hats, 680 pairs of gloves, over 200 scarves, over 2,000 pairs of socks, and an assortment of coats, jackets, sweaters, blankets, toiletries and other items, bringing our grand total to nearly 6,000 items collected for Mary’s Place.

One office made the drive extra special by partnering with a local knitting group. The Windermere Mercer Island office partnered once again with the Mercer Island Tuesday Knitters, to make cozy hats and scarves. This year the knitting group contributed 67 hand-knitted hats and scarves to the winter drive.

The staff at the Mary’s Place donation center in South Seattle were grateful to receive the bins full of donated items that were delivered by Gentle Giant Moving Company. “We are so incredibly grateful to our Windermere family for all that they do for our families!” said Marty Hartman, Mary’s Place Executive Director. “These gifts of warm winter gear will keep our kids and families warm and loved this winter!”


Windermere is also grateful to partner with Gentle Giant Moving Company on our winter drive. For the past four years, they have generously given their time, muscle, and trucks to pick up and deliver all of the donations.

And this drive would not be possible each year without the support of the Seattle Seahawks, our offices, and all those who donated. From all of us at Windermere, thank you for making our fourth annual winter drive a success and for supporting families experiencing homelessness in the greater Seattle area!

*Participating Windermere offices:

Bellevue, Bellevue Commons, Bellevue West, Federal Way, Federal Way-West Campus, Kent, Kirkland, Kirkland Yarrow Bay, Lynnwood, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Property Management – Bellevue, Property Management – Edmonds, Property Management-Everett, Property Management – Seattle North, Property Management – South, Redmond, Seattle-Eastlake, Seattle-Green Lake, Seattle-Greenwood, Seattle-Lakeview, Seattle-Madison Park, Seattle-Mount Baker, Seattle-Northgate, Seattle-Northwest, Seattle-Pike/Pine, Seattle-Queen Anne, Seattle-Sand Point, Seattle-Wall Street, Seattle-West Seattle, Services Company, Shoreline, Snohomish

Posted on November 20, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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Windermere Teams Up with the Seahawks to #TackleHomelessness

Windermere is proud to partner with the Seattle Seahawks for the fourth season to help #TackleHomelessness. For every Seahawks home game defensive tackle, Windermere will donate $100 to Mary’s Place, whose mission is to help families on their journey out of homelessness. To date we’ve raised nearly $100,000 through our #TackleHomelessness campaign and we’re looking forward to raising even more for our friends at Mary’s Place!

Posted on September 5, 2019 at 11:16 pm
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Windermere Foundation Surpasses $38 Million In Total Donations Raised

Posted in Windermere Foundation by Marilou Ubungen 


2018 concluded with another great year of fundraising and giving for the Windermere Foundation, thanks to the continued support of Windermere franchise owners, agents, staff, and the community. Nearly $2.5 million was raised in 2018, bringing our grand total to over $38 million raised since the Foundation’s inception in 1989! During the past year, nearly $1.9 million was donated to non-profit organizations throughout the Western U.S. that provide much-needed services to low-income and homeless families. In 2018, the Windermere Foundation fulfilled 689 grant requests and served 507 non-profit organizations.


A portion of the money raised every year is due in part to our agents who each make a donation to the Windermere Foundation from every commission they earn. Additional donations from Windermere agents, the community, and fundraisers made up 68% of the money collected in 2018. Each Windermere office has their own Foundation funds, which enable them to support local non-profits in their communities.


One organization that received Windermere Foundation donations from several Windermere Real Estate offices in the Seattle area is Treehouse. Treehouse’s mission is to give foster kids a childhood and a future. Their goal that they have set to achieve by 2022, is to see youth in foster care graduate from high school at the same rate as their peers across Washington State. And to provide them with support and a plan to launch successfully into adulthood. Donations from the Windermere Foundation have helped Treehouse clients like Ashley, get the support she needed to turn her life around.


“I didn’t have a childhood that all kids should have–like making friends my age or playing sports. I changed the path that I was on because I wanted to give people a reason to believe in me. You have to want to change and speak your truth, but you can’t do it without people believing in you. You can get through the darkest situations, you just gotta look for a little crack of light. Treehouse is that crack of light for me,” ~Ashley



2018 also marked the third year of our #tacklehomelessness campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, in which Windermere committed to donating $100 for every Seahawks home game defensive tackle to YouthCare, a non-profit organization that provides critical services to homeless youth. While the Seahawks didn’t make it past the first round of the playoffs, they did help us raise $31,900. When added to previous seasons, the total donation for the past three years is $98,700! We are grateful for the opportunity to provide additional support to homeless youth thanks to the Seahawks, YouthCare, and the #tacklehomelessnesscampaign.


Thanks to our agents, offices, and everyone who supports the Windermere Foundation, we have been able to make a difference in the lives of many families in our local communities over the past 30 years. If you’d like to help support programs in your community, please click the Donate button.

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Posted on January 23, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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