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Ben B. Cheney Foundation


Last profile update: 04/15/2018
Last grant data update: 03/19/2018

At A Glance

Ben B. Cheney Foundation

3110 Ruston Way, Ste. A

Tacoma, WA United States 98402-5308

Telephone: (253) 572-2442


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation






Incorporated in 1955 in WA - Ben B. Cheney founded the Cheney Lumber Company in 1936 and was active in the lumber industry throughout his lifetime. After his death in 1971, the Ben B. Cheney Foundation was endowed by his estate. The foundation began active grantmaking in 1975

Purpose and Activities

The foundation makes grants to improve the quality of life in communities where Mr. Cheney's lumber company was active. Within those communities the foundation prefers to fund projects that develop new and innovative approaches to community problems, facilitate the improvement of services or programs, and invest in equipment or facilities that will have a long-lasting impact on community needs. The foundation organizes its grantmaking into eight categories: 1) Charity: Programs providing for basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing; 2) Civic: Programs improving the quality of life in a community as a whole such as museums and recreation facilities; 3) Culture: Programs encompassing the arts; 4) Education: Programs supporting capital projects and scholarships, primarily for fourteen pre-selected colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest; 5) Elderly: Programs serving the social, health, recreational, and other needs of older people; 6) Health: Programs related to providing health care; 7) Social Services: Programs serving people with physical or mental disabilities or other special needs; and 8) Youth: Programs helping young people to gain the skills needed to become responsible and productive adults.