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.



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