Grant Making

 

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.


Eligibility

The Mother House Fund makes grants to organizations qualified under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) that meet the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Geography: Our funding is directed towards non-profits residing in Washington, with most of our donations targeting the Greater Puget Sound area.

  • Population: Priority is given to efforts supporting mothers and their children in all forms.

  • Types of Support: We typically provide project or program support to organizations doing work relevant to our current focus areas and mission. General operating funds are considered for agencies whose missions closely align with the mission of The Mother House Fund.

  • Restrictions: The Mother House Fund does not provide philanthropic support for: individuals, organizations requesting funds for sectarian activities, or organizations that have received funding within the past 12 months.


Areas of Focus

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 around the world. We are always interested in finding partners to help increase support and community engagement for our selected focus areas or non-profit partners. Please contact us if you or others you know are interested in joining us.

Our current focus is on building partnerships and supporting organizations working to protect the Southern Resident Orca population that inhabit the Salish Sea.