I sought out the Pride Foundation as the place where I can establish an advised fund and where I will entrust our estate. I did this because alternatives I investigated spent no time with me to hear my goals, my current situation, or my health challenges. I believe that a foundation needs to know these issues about their contributors so that their subsequent actions can be put in alignment with their donors. This past year I had the privilege of attending their annual scholarship event during which $400K were distributed. I also celebrated with them the successes of marriage equality in WA. In every interaction I have found staff, CEO, and board extraordinary in their commitment and care.
I've been a donor for many years and volunteer. I have full faith and trust in the Pride Foundation and their vision/mission. They are an honest and trustworthy organization and have been serving the needs of our LGBTQ community in the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years. There is a reason they are still thriving in the philanthropy, they are leaders in giving.
The Pride Foundation is wasteful and dishonest. First, it wrongly categorizes what should be development/fundraising expenses as program expenses. Further, and more important, it has a history of stealing endowments and not giving first priority to donors' intentions. In one example, it has stolen $500,000+ of an organization's endowment.
The Pride Foundation markets itself as an efficient re-granter. However, it is not. Donors should NOT give to Pride, believing it will be a good pass-through organization for their gifts. Instead, give to an organization directly--the organization will get more of your money, and you won't be paying for the management and administration of an intermediary.
Pride Foundation is always open to answering questions from donors or potential donors, and are happy to share our annual financial audit and IRS Form 990. We are committed to achieving full LGBTQ equality by working with our valued donors and other stakeholders to reach their philanthropic goals. To learn more about our work and our mission please visit www.pridefoundation.org or call 1.800.735.7287.
Pride invests in, inspires, and supports social change through grants, scholaships, shareholder activism, regional outreach, and capacity building. They have a top-notch staff, a great board, and terrific value
Pride Foundation truly lives up to its mission of inspiring a culture of generosity that connects and strengthens Northwest organizations, leaders, and students who are creating LGBTQ equality.
Pride Foundation does an amazing job of making every volunteer, donor, scholarship recipient and grantee feel like a valued member of the family. It's a TRUE community foundation, led by a great bunch of staff and board members.
Both donating time and money to the Pride Foundation has been a great and rewarding experience. The Pride Foundation changes peoples lives though scholarships and stock activism. Moreover, the staff are wonderful!