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

We’ve Got You Covered

we've got you covered

Windermere and the Seattle Seahawks have partnered in our #tacklehomelessness campaign.  For every home game tackle made by the Seahawks, the Windermere Foundation is donating $100 to YouthCare, a non-profit that provides support services to homeless youth throughout the Puget Sound area.

Now we’re excited to announce Windermere’s “We’ve Got You Covered” winter clothing drive benefiting YouthCare.

Here’s what we are collecting:

  • Warm socks
  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves/mittens

Between now and November 14, feel free to stop by my office with donations or send me a message and I am happy to pick your donation up.

Gentle Giant Moving Company will pick up all of the donations from local Windermere offices. Donations can also be dropped off directly to YouthCare in South Lake Union at the James W. Ray Orion Center: 1828 Yale Avenue.

So please help our youth stay warm this winter and consider making a donation to our “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive.

Posted on October 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, seahawks, seattle



This year I am proud to be a part of something special.  Windermere Real Estate is the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks… and that is exciting in itself, but I’m even more proud of how this partnership is being used to help homeless youth in our community.

Since 1989, The Windermere Foundation has donated more than $30 million to programs and organizations that provide shelter, food, children’s programs, emergency assistance, and other services to those in need.  Every time I sell a home, a portion of my commission goes toward this important cause.  And now, for every Seahawks home game tackle, the Windermere Foundation will donate $100 to Youth Care, which provides much-needed services to homeless youth.  $3100 was donated after the season home opener and $2600 in game 3.

I hope you’ll join our network of agents and 12s as we cheer on the home team as only Seahawks fans can.  The #TackleHomelessness campaign can make a real difference in the lives of the people who need it most.

Here’s to a great season.  Go Hawks!


Posted on September 26, 2016 at 12:19 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: community, giving back, seahawks, seattle

Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest Winners 2015

I am thrilled to announce the winners of the 1st Annual Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest.  It was fun to see everyone’s humor and creativity on display. In appreciation for all who entered their creations, I am sending a special little surprise to you too.  So keep an eye on your mailbox.  And now for our winners!

Grand Prize Winner: Rhee Family with their salute to the 12s!

Kid Creation Winner: Julia – Cookie Monster

Randomized Winner: Nathan – Supersonic Salute

Finally a huge thanks to all who shared the contest.  Our random winner from those who shared is Emily Castle!

Thanks again for joining in on the fun!  ~ Stephanie


Posted on November 2, 2015 at 10:42 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: contest, marketing, seahawks, somerset

Two new listings in Somerset

Both homes open to today 1-4 pm.  So after you’re done cheering on the Seahawks, hop in the car and come checkout these hot new listings.

5423 134th Ave SE ~ Somerset ~ $980,000

Beautifully updated Somerset home. Skylights, wall of windows and vaulted cedar ceiling create a bright and spacious home in a private treed setting. Gourmet kitchen with slab granite, high-end stainless appliances. 5 bedrooms / 3.5 baths /3430 sq ft.  Get the details here.

5855 146th Pl SE ~ Somerset ~ $1,180,000

Seamlessly integrated indoor and outdoor spaces.  Traditional two story located on private cul-de-sac.  Southwest exposure fills the home with light offering privacy and territorial views from all angles. Gorgeous home with fantastic floor plan. 6 bedrm/ 4 bath/ 3910 sq ft. Check it out!

Posted on September 13, 2015 at 10:27 am
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, listings, real estate, seahawks, somerset

We have a Winner!

It's game day and we have selected our winners. Check it out!

Thanks to everyone for entering.  It was great to see all positive energy this brings to our community. 

Congratulations Irene and Chen!


Posted on February 1, 2015 at 5:31 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, contest, seahawks, seattle

Seahawks glassybaby giveaway!


To celebrate our Seahawks Super Bowl run I have created a fun little contest.  I have in my possession two of Seattle’s favorites.

1. A Seahawk glassybaby set: “we are 12” and “blue Friday” supporting the Seahawks Women’s Association to assist in the well-being and healthy development of women and children.

2. $50 Seahawk Starbucks gift card.

Here’s how to enter:

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Posted on January 24, 2015 at 3:54 pm
Stephanie Kristen | Category: bellevue, contest, real estate, seahawks, seattle