“We are profoundly grateful to benefactors through RRCF who share our passion and commitment to sport-horse aftercare and their ability to help people. Grant funds have helped us to make great strides.”
Katie Merwick, Second Chance Ranch
“We opened our fund at the end of 2016 which gave us time to consider the most productive places to make our donations throughout the year and in futures. Otherwise we might have scrambled at year end to make our decisions.”
Roger & Marlene Winter Fund
Renton Regional Community Foundation
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?
RRCF 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 RRCF?
Like most people, you probably already make a number of annual gifts to support charities in your community. So why should you consider creating a fund with the Renton Regional Community Foundation? Consider this. YOUR GOAL IS OUR GOAL. A fund with RRCF...
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 Regional 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 Regional 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, RRCF 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, RRCF 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 RRCF 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.
What People have to say about RRCF
“Without the help of grants from the Renton Regional Community Foundation, we would not be able to meet some of the needs of the poor in our community. We have received money for client transportation, new bedding, and helping people get into rehabilitation.”
Lani Cavit, St. Vincent de Paul at St. Anthony Church
“Meals provided to ARISE Shelter clients through funds from the Renton Regional Community Foundation have become more than nutritional support. Recently one client was overheard saying ‘I know every evening I can come here and get my belly full before I go to bed, and tomorrow I will be able to deal with finding a job.’”
Lisa Christen, Program Director, South King County Shelters and Day Centers
“I wanted help investing the funds and spreading the word about my scholarship. RRCF has been very helpful with simplifying my application and answering any questions or concerns. The foundation will provide visibility, professionalism, words of encouragement and help if you need it.”
Pam Gidlund, Jeremy Gidlund Memorial Fund
“When my wife and I began estate planning, we were concerned about how our scholarship fund would be administered after our deaths. RRCF is a perfect fit. We appreciate the professionalism and efficiency, and we enjoy being connected to other community members who have chosen to support Renton area youth and young adults."
Peter Aiau & Susan Ormbreck, Renton Graduate and Educator Fund
“We created a fund with the Renton Regional Community Foundation because we wanted to give back to our community and organizations we believe in. Starting a fund helped us navigate through the many organizations who contact us for contributions.”
Roger and Marlene Winter Fund
“How fortunate we are to have the Renton Foundation! When we find an organization in our community we’d like to contribute to, we make a phone call and they do the rest. They ensure the organization meets the necessary requirements and they help us when it comes to directing the funds. RRCF is both facilitator and conduit, going into the field to deliver the funds, adding the person touch.”
Pam and Paul Padgett, Paul Padgett Fund
“Under Renton Regional Community Foundation’s umbrella, we receive 501c3 tax-status which has given our small charity greater credibility. Having our money invested in a larger pool has also allowed for growth unattainable on our own. We leave the paperwork of running the charity to the experts and focus on our mission to provide emergency pet care for low income seniors.”
Chuck and Mij Charbonneau, The Budkis Fund for Senior Emergency Pet Care
“Our small board of dedicated volunteers had big dreams and a passion for promoting the arts in Renton. Raising the funds to make that happen however, was difficult. In 2004, we created a fund with the Renton Regional Community Foundation. Since then our fund has almost doubled. We have more visibility in the community and our dreams of making arts happen in Renton has come true big time!”
Allied Arts of Renton Fund
“We were thrilled to begin a relationship with the Renton Regional Community Foundation in 2016. RRCF is an important and valuable partner in our work to break the cycle of poverty in Snohomish County.”
Rachel Wilkinson Downes, Grants Manager, Housing Hope
“Second Chance Ranch (SCR) offers a non-riding, equine facilitated learning/coaching program called, ‘Leading With Horses.’ Our herd consists mostly of retired racehorses. These magnificent athletes have the ability to transform the lives of emotionally-challenged people, and grants from the Renton Regional Community Foundation have helped tremendously in our ability to continue to provide this program and take care of these beautiful animals at the same time.
Katie Merwick, Second Chance Ranch