Who We Are



Until May 3rd you can be a part of the Washington Foundation for the Environment (WFFE) donation community by participating in Give Big. Please see our events page for more detail. Your generosity in any amount shortens the distance between our fabulous grantee work  and the money they need to complete their projects,  programs and events that deliver.


WFFE helps to facilitate effective environmental education and environmental literacy  in Washington State.  Founded in 1979, WFFE provides small grants to environmental non-profits operating in Washington State for action-oriented and focused local environmental programs. We also encourage middle and high school students to engage in environmental projects through juried and well publicized stewardship awards.

WFFE builds environmental literacy, planning, and action and connects environmental issues with its human health, economic and community context capacity. We accomplish this by supporting and building capacity in non-profits and growing minds and encouraging our grantees to make these same contextual connections between environmental issues and their human health and community envelope.

WFFE also sponsors Roundtable Discussions that bring together civic leaders and scientific experts to discuss pressing environmental issues. In October 2014, for example, we co-sponsored with the South Sound Estuary Association, a WFFE grantee, a presentation on “Global climate change from a local perspective.” In spring 2015 WFFE hosted our Fourth Annual Environmental Issues Slam, this time featuring students from Puget Sound area middle and high schools with a strong environmental instruction program in their curriculum. Ron Sims was our moderator and spirits soared.

WFFE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered in Washington State (Tax ID: 91-1086269).

Your charitable donation is tax-deductible. We have an all-volunteer board, no paid staff, and very low overhead. Over 90% of the funds we receive each year from our generous donors goes back into communities throughout Washington to support environmental education and on-the-ground-action.

Pink cloud 1                  Skagit River morning

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