When a Crystal Ball Isn't Enough
No one knows what the future holds. Yes, the economy is getting better. And yet, many families and organizations in the Puget Sound area continue to struggle. This means we face some critical questions about our region’s future: Will the homeless have food and shelter? Will the arts survive? Can we eradicate abuse and neglect? Can we provide every child with a meaningful education? Can we protect our wildlife, rivers, and forests?
RCF thinks so. That’s why we’re here. To help provide the resources to leave a lasting positive impact. However, it won’t be easy, and it won’t happen by itself.
We need your help.
Together, we can kick-start and expand philanthropy and bring new resources to the table. Let’s create a vibrant and healthy future for everyone!
Why Choose RCF?
Like most people, you probably already support charities in your community with annual gifts or donations for specific projects. So why should you consider creating a fund with the Renton Community Foundation? Consider this:
Mission & Vision
To strengthen and expand philanthropy to improve the quality of life in our community.
To stimulate charitable giving for educational, artistic, and humanitarian purposes in the region.
FROM HUMBLE ROOTS TO MAKING HISTORY
WE COME FROM HUMBLE ROOTS
The Renton Community Foundation is the result of a grassroots effort organized by local community leaders with one goal in mind—to create a long-lasting funding source that can meet emerging community needs.
In 1999, members of the Renton Chamber of Commerce Board voted to change the name of the chamber foundation to the Renton Community Foundation, thereby transferring approximately $257,000 in chamber funds to the new community foundation.
New foundation board members recruited five major stakeholders to their cause: president/CEOs from the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Valley Medical Center and Renton Technical College, the superintendent of Renton schools and an elected City of Renton official. Collectively, these individuals made a commitment to serve on the new community foundation board for a minimum of five years. These original stakeholders still play a major role in the future of the Foundation.
Today, RCF manages $10 million and more than 50 individual charitable funds. As these numbers continue to grow, we aim to provide an enduring impact on our regional community through the power of philanthropy.
A REGIONAL IMPACT
Since 1999, RCF has disbursed more than $5 million back to the Puget Sound area to support worthy causes, such as:
“The issues of homelessness, poverty, addiction, and mental illness know no boundaries”
While we are headquartered in Renton, issues such as homelessness, poverty, addiction, and mental illness know no boundaries. That is why RCF operates as a regional foundation. We have made grants as far north as Bellingham, as far south as Olympia, and as far east as Spokane. While the bulk of our fund-holders reside in South King County, we have several fund-holders who reside in Seattle, SeaTac, Poulsbo, Everett, and other cities around the Puget Sound area.
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