Windermere Foundation Surpasses $35 Million In Giving

Windermere Foundation 2018

A portion of the money raised last year is thanks to agents who make a donation to the Windermere Foundation from every commission they earn. Additional donations from Windermere agents, the community, and fundraisers made up 66% of the money collected in 2017. These funds enable offices to support local non-profits that provide much-needed services to low-income and homeless families in their communities.



  • Organizations served: 472
  • Number of individual grants fulfilled: 644
  • Average grant amount: $2,964.04
  • Average donation to the Windermere Foundation: $116.08


  • Total amount disbursed in 2017:               $2,249,357.14
  • Total disbursed through grants:                 $1,908,843.54
  • Scholarships:                                                    5%
  • Youth/Child Programs:                                33%
  • Emergency Assistance:                                 24%
  • Shelter:                                                             11%
  • School Assistance:                                          5%
  • Education/Counseling:                                 12%
  • Administrative Expenses:                              2%
  • Fundraising Expenses:                                  8%

So how are Windermere Foundation funds used? Windermere offices decide for themselves how to distribute the money in their local community. Our offices have helped support school lunch and afterschool programs, housing assistance for homeless families, food banks, homeless shelters, and non-profits that provide basic necessities, such as shoes, clothing, toiletries, and blankets to families in need.

A very notable day in 2017 for the Windermere Foundation was November 15, when a record-breaking $253,782 was given in a single day. A total of 35 non-profit organizations benefitted from that day’s donations, including Attain Housing in Kirkland, WA, which received $56,000 from the Windermere Real Estate East, Inc. group of offices. Other organizations that received donations were Boys and Girls Club of Contra Costa in Walnut Creek, CA, and the Shady Cove School in Shady Cove, Oregon.

2017 also marked the second year of our #tacklehomelessness campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, in which Windermere committed to donating $100 for every Seahawks home game defensive tackle to YouthCare, a non-profit organization that provides critical services to homeless youth. While the Seahawks didn’t make it to the playoffs this year, they did help us raise $31,800. When added to last year’s $35,000, that’s a total donation of $66,800. We are grateful for the opportunity to provide additional support to homeless youth thanks to the Seahawks, YouthCare, and the #tacklehomelessness campaign.

Thanks to our agents, offices, and everyone who supports the Windermere Foundation, we are able to continue to make a difference in the lives of many families in our local communities.

This post originally appeared on the Windermere Foundation Blog.

Posted on February 23, 2018 at 7:06 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, seahawks

Windermere Foundation Reports Record Day of Giving

Every week, the Windermere Foundation disburses grants to support non-profit agencies dedicated to helping low-income and homeless families. On a given day, thousands of dollars’ worth of grants can be issued. However, on one particular day, November 15 to be exact, an amazing thing happened…the Windermere Foundation disbursed nearly $254,000. This was a record day of giving for the Windermere Foundation!

A total of 35 non-profit organizations benefited from the record-breaking $253,782 in donations that day. The largest beneficiary was Attain Housing in Kirkland, WA, which received $56,000. Their grant was funded by the Windermere Real Estate East, Inc. group of offices which are located east of Seattle in Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, and Kirkland. The funds will provide affordable housing to homeless families with children, as well as case management for setting financial and social goals.

Attain Housing helps homeless and at-risk families with children in King County to become stable and self-sufficient. Here’s a story of one of their recent clients:

When Jeremy and Lisa entered into Attain Housing’s program just five months ago, they had a lot of hurdles ahead of them. They were both only nineteen, had a newborn, had been homeless since they were fourteen, and had never experienced stability. As soon as they moved into one of Attain’s transitional housing apartments and began working with their case manager, Jeremy started attending a skills training program. He has since earned his GED, acquired his driver’s license, obtained a vehicle, and started full-time employment. Jeremy’s family is on track to successfully complete the program by the end of their first year, but they already have plans to move into market rate housing within the next two to three months. This is success!

According to Kathy Fleming, Executive Director at Attain Housing, “The $56,000 gift from Windermere ensures that five families (including 15 children) will have safe housing and supportive services for an entire year. This is a significant gift and the largest grant that Attain Housing has received from any organization or company. Thank you!”

The Windermere Foundation is fortunate to have generous owners, agents and staff that contribute to their offices’ Foundation fund pool. This pool of funds, combined with Windermere transaction donations, monies raised through Windermere office fundraising events, and donations from the public, allows the Windermere Foundation to disburse much-needed funding to local non-profits in the areas that our Windermere Real Estate offices serve.

If you’d like to help to help non-profits that provide services to low-income and homeless families in your area, please consider donating to the Windermere Foundation.

To learn more about the Windermere Foundation, visit

Original posting in Windermere Foundation Blog

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 11:50 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, community, giving back

Do Good While Dining Out

This month Windermere Real Estate Co. has teamed up with neighboring restaurants to Dine Well – Do Good.  Each Monday night in the month of June, Windermere Real Estate Co. is matching tips made to servers – up to $3,000 per night – and 100% of these funds will be donated to Food Lifeline, via the Windermere Foundation.

Food Lifeline is the food bank to food banks. They rescue millions of pounds of surplus food from farmers, manufacturers, grocery stores, and restaurants; then deliver this healthy and nutritious food to 275 food banks, shelters, and meal programs across Western Washington. Through their own ingenuity and clever practices, a single $1 donation can provide the equivalent of four complete meals.

Please join us in supporting local restaurant businesses while also supporting Food Lifeline and the crucial work they do. Browse through the list of participating restaurants and set your Monday night menu for the month of June!
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Posted on June 5, 2017 at 12:30 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, events, giving back, seattle

Community Service Day 2017

Every year Windermere closes its offices for one day to help make a positive difference in our local communities. It all started in 1984 when a handful of Windermere owners and agents came together to make repairs at a local elementary school. Thirty years and more than one million hours of community service later, we’ve continued this tradition through neighborhood-enhancing projects in the areas where our Windermere teams live, work, and play.

Windermere Bellevue South brokers and will be working at the safe houses in North Bend with repairs around the houses, general yard work, painting, and building decks.

Want to learn more about Mamma’s Hands? Visit their website here or follow them on Facebook.

Community Service Day will take place on June 9th, 2017

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 11:07 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back

Give Big 2017 is Today!

My career as a real estate agent allows me to connect people to homes where memories are made.  But that opportunity doesn’t come easily for everyone.  I believe in giving back to organizations that are helping people get back on their feet and get one step closer to their dream of home sweet home.

Here are some of the organizations I support with help from you and every sale made.

Windermere Foundation supports low income and homeless families with food, shelter and emergency services right here in our community.

Bellevue Schools Foundation supports students in need across the district and programs that make our schools some of the top in the nation.

Jubilee Reach affirms the value of our Bellevue youth with afterschool activities that promote leadership and teamwork.

Youth Eastside Services (YES) provides support and mental health counseling for our eastside youth.

Plymouth Housing Group provides supportive housing as the formerly homeless make the transition to independent living.

Now more than ever, we are called to support the nonprofits that shape our community and uphold the values that make the Seattle area so special.   So today… skip the latte and stretch your donation today and #GIVEBIG

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 10:03 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, events, giving back, seattle

It’s Windermere Cup Week 2017!

Windermere Welcomes China to 31st Windermere Cup This Saturday

For the past 31 years, Windermere Real Estate and the University of Washington have joined together to host the annual Windermere Cup rowing regatta, which brings the world’s best crews to Seattle to compete against the nationally acclaimed UW men’s and women’s teams. Held annually on the first Saturday in May, the Windermere Cup is both an international sporting event and opening day party, followed by the world’s largest boat parade.

This year’s event will see the Huskies take on the Shanghai men’s and women’s High-Performance Rowing teams from China on Saturday, May 6. This matchup will mark the third time that a team from China has travelled to Seattle to compete in the Windermere Cup. Their first appearance came 27 years ago when the People’s Republic of China took home the Windermere Cup ahead of Navy, Washington, and Cambridge. Twelve years later the Chinese men’s rowing team returned for the 2002 Windermere Cup.

In addition to the crew races, the family-friendly Windermere Cup event also includes food vendors, booths to purchase UW and Windermere Cup apparel and commemorative gear, as well as a bouncy house for the kids.

Windermere Cup App:



The crew races start at 10am and end around noon. Following the final Windermere Cup race is the Seattle Yacht Club’s Opening Day Boat Parade. Download the Windermere Cup App to access schedule and team information, and for live race results:



Windermere Cut Cinco de Mayo Party:


A new addition to this year’s event is the Windermere Cut Cinco de Mayo party down along the north shore of the Montlake Cut. Twenty dollars gets you into the beer/margarita garden where you can listen to Spike and the Impalers while munching on food from one of three Mexican food trucks. For more information and to buy tickets go to Brown Paper Tickets.


Windermere Cup Book: 

This book is about the athletes, colorful characters, and brilliant people the Windermere Cup rowing regatta has featured every first Saturday in May since 1987. Through interviews, original documents and pages upon pages of breathtaking photographs, author Gregg Bell captures this event’s more than 30 remarkable years, its spirit and its soul.

The Windermere Cup is a touchstone for our company, our family of offices and agents, and the University of Washington. Not only is this an international sporting event, it’s a celebration of camaraderie, teamwork, and community – and truly great tradition that we are honored to be a part of.


For more information please visit and follow us at and @WindermereCup on Twitter.


Originally posted in Windermere by Shelley Rossi

Posted on May 3, 2017 at 7:19 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, seattle

2017 Annual Shredding Event

Taxes done? Boxes of  old documents? Join us at our annual shredding event at Windermere Bellevue South.

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 9:59 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, community

Commitment to Service

One of my favorite podcasts is Happier by Gretchen Rubin.  In her weekly podcast, she focuses on the little things, the actionable items we can do on a daily basis to bring joy and happiness to our world and those around us.  In a recent episode they featured the Five Love Languages, a book by Gary Chapman which talks about the way we show our love to others.

My “aha” moment  came when I realized my love language is Acts of Service.  Nothing brings me greater pleasure than helping others.  It is the foundation of my relationships with family, friends, community and my business. I truly enjoy doing things for others which explains why I enjoy selling real estate so much.  It is not a sales position, but a service position.

Working in real estate is the opportunity to serve others in one of the biggest decisions they make.  By listening to my clients and understanding their goals, I am able to use my years of experience to help them from beginning to end.  I love be able make the whole process easier for them.

I also feel very fortunate to be part of a larger community that cares.  The opportunity to spend time with people working to end homelessness, improve our schools, or make a difference with our area youth is inspiring.

Thank you to everyone that takes the time for service.  I believe we are all in a better place when we ask the question, ‘How can I help?’

Posted on January 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, words to live by

Local Holiday Light Shows


Ready to lift your spirits? Shimmering light shows are a brilliant way to celebrate the winter holiday season. Grab a warm coat and go exploring in gardens, zoos and even on the water.  Here are five local venues that are worth braving the cold to see…
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Posted on November 23, 2016 at 12:34 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, community, seattle

Happy Veterans Day

“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” (1)

On this day and everyday THANK YOU to all the Veterans who have answered the call.

Posted on November 11, 2016 at 4:28 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, words to live by