C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust Application
If you have any questions about eligibility or the application process, please contact Claire Bishop at (206) 799-8563 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following thirteen years of grant-making the Trust will complete its work after the 2019 funding cycle.
The C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust was established in 2006 as an Area of Interest Fund of Seattle Foundation. We award capital campaign grants with priority given to projects in Kitsap, Mason, Thurston and Jefferson Counties in Washington and Columbia County in Oregon. The Trust continues Mr. Birkenfeld's philanthropy and his desire to inspire others to give.
Keith Birkenfeld was an educator, world traveler and philanthropist who died September 7, 2005. He retired from the Bellevue School District, where he spent 20 years as a high school teacher of international relations and U.S. history, and later as an administrator. He spent his last 25 years living on Bainbridge Island and traveling the world. He was raised in Bremerton, one of three children of a pioneer family with members going back eight generations in Washington Territory. Five generations of his mother’s family worked at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton.
Mr. Birkenfeld valued greatly the work done by non-profit organizations and generously supported the arts, education, maritime history and other important community endeavors during his lifetime; he established the Trust to continue his philanthropy and in doing so, to inspire others to give.
What We Fund
For 2019, the Fund will show a preference for organizations from Kitsap, Mason, Thurston and Jefferson Counties in Washington and Columbia County in Oregon. The Trust has awarded capital campaign grants up to $1,000,000. The average grant size is $250,000.
- Applicant organizations that have current status as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public charity, as determined by the IRS.
- Organizations working in the arts, horticulture, wildlife, maritime and human service sectors, particularly agencies serving residents in Kitsap, Mason, Thurston and Jefferson Counties in Washington and Columbia County in Oregon.
- The Trust is interested in projects providing significant naming opportunities, such as buildings and capital improvements; applicant organizations must have reached the point in their planning that they have site control, final construction documents and budget, all necessary permits, and have made substantial progress in fundraising prior to being considered for a grant.
- Organizations with religious affiliations will be considered for grants only if their activities address the needs of the wider community without regard to religious belief; proposed projects may not contain any content or activity intended to proselytize, even when participation in such activities is voluntary
- In general, the entirety of a project’s costs will not be awarded and only one grant will be made by the Trust over the course of the project
We Do Not Fund:
- Tax-supported schools or universities
- Agencies receiving more than 20 percent of their operating income from governmental sources
- Medical or hospital causes
- Development or improvement projects for sports fields
- Salaries or administrative expenses
- Organizations that discriminate on the basis or age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation or religious belief
The Trust is interested in funding organizations that have:
- A mission statement that clearly defines the organization’s purpose and reflects its understanding of the communities they serve
- A clear articulation of why it believes what it is doing is important and that it will be effective and produce desired results
- Clearly defined priorities, goals and measurable outcomes
- Experienced and highly qualified staff and volunteer leadership
- A skilled governing board whose knowledge includes management, fundraising and the community served
- A funding plan appropriate to agency size and development efforts
- Sound financial management practices
- Support in the community and constituent involvement
- Proven ability to mobilize financial and in-kind support, including volunteers
How to Apply
The first step is to contact us to ensure that your organization is a strong fit for our funding strategies. Please contact Claire Bishop at email@example.com call (206) 799-8563. If your organization is a strong fit, we will provide instructions for submitting an application.
Reporting Requirements (for grant recipients only)
Grant recipients must submit a Progress Report at six-month intervals until the project is complete, followed by a Final Report within three months of project completion.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-799-8563.