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About

The Russell Family Foundation seeks to contribute to a sustainable and peaceful world for people, places and communities. We serve as a partner for grassroots leaders and community organizations in Pierce County and the broader Puget Sound region.

Our Vision

A sustainable and peaceful world for people, places and communities.

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 Our Mission

Investing resources and relationships in grassroots leaders, environmental sustainability, and global peace.

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Our Philosophy

We seek to listen, learn, understand and support community vision.

Our Values

  • We value families as unique communities of individuals.
  • We value integrity in an environment of mutual trust and respect.
  • We value honest and constructive communications.
  • We believe in life-long learning.
  • We accept our responsibilities as humble stewards.
  • We value courage in our programs and we are satisfied with quiet impact.
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Our History

When the Russell family sold Frank Russell Company to Northwestern Mutual Life, Jane and George Russell created The Russell Family Foundation with part of the sale proceeds, providing a way for their extended family to make a quiet, positive impact in the community. Learn more about our history as a foundation below.

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George and Jane Russell form a private foundation with nominal funds.

Heart & Soul Magazine Cover - Jane & George Russell

First foundation headquarters opens in Seattle, Washington.

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The sale of Frank Russell Company to Northwestern Mutual Life Company enables the family to endow The Russell Family Foundation.

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Richard Woo hired as first non-family Executive Director.

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Environmental Sustainability Program is established.

With a focus on Puget Sound Waters, Environmental Education and Green Business; the program’s first grants are made.

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Foundation relocates headquarters to current office in Gig Harbor, Washington.

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Jane’s Fund and George F. Russll Jr. Fund are established to honor founders.

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Jane’s Fellowship Program launches in honor and memory of Jane Russell.

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Foundation commits first $1 million to mission-related investing.

First Class of Fellows graduates from Jane’s Fellowship Program (JFP); JFP Graduate Network is established.

Foundation is named one of Washington’s “Best Companies to Work For” by Washington CEO.

Foundation is named one of “Most Democratic Workplaces” by WorldBlu.

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The Puget Sound Program places an emphasis on Polluted Runoff (Stormwater).

Stakeholder interviews reveal Polluted Runoff as a primary threat to the health of Puget Sound waters raising it as a priority for Foundation investment.

The Puyallup Watershed Initiative is launched.

This represents a 10-year commitment to investing in community stewardship toward long-term, sustainable change.

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Foundation signs the DivestInvest Philanthropy Pledge and divests $10 million from fossil fuel-related investments.

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Jane’s Fellowship Program (JFP) graduates Class 7 and the Graduate Network hits milestone of 75 grassroots leaders making individual and collective impacts in Pierce County.

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The Puyallup Watershed Initiative becomes an independent nonprofit after 5 years as a program of TRFF.

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Inside the Foundation

Learn more about who we are, behind the scenes.

Media Inquiries

For all media and press inquiries please contact trff@feareygroup.com