About Us


Just before Christmas 1999, at the age of 52, Janet Smith traveled to China to become a first-time mother to a little girl from Hunan Province. Nine years later, in the spring of 2008, she established The Mother House Fund to inspire the work of creating local and global life-sustaining connections to mothers and their children throughout the world in the name of compassion, healing and hope.

The Mother House Fund supports thoughtful programs about how to better mother the earth, our country, our children and each other. We select timely issues and change our focus to respond to emergent needs that make a significant difference in the lives of mothers and children.

Our current focus is on building partnerships and supporting organizations working to protect the Southern Resident Orca population struggling to survive in the Salish Sea and the Puget Sound. We accept inquiries from nonprofits anytime throughout the year via our contact us form.

Mission & Values

Our Vision

  • To sustain, nurture and improve the lives of mothers and children, and in the process create local and global connections that strengthen the notion of One Earth, One Family.

Our Mission

  • To support local and international programs and initiatives that demonstrate acts of compassion and effect positive change now and in the future.

Our Values

  • Compassion and Reason - We seek to bring both compassion and reason to bear in working with those we serve.

  • Spirit of Cooperation - We value the importance of creating networks, local and global, to work in community and in partnership to create solutions toward positive change.

  • Inclusion - We affirm and value the diversity in our communities and our family including but not limited to: race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and faith and family structures.