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Washington Research Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-10

At A Glance

Washington Research Foundation

2815 Eastlake Ave. E., Ste. 300

Seattle, WA United States 98102-3086


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-06-30)

Assets: $317,841,464

Total giving: $7,762,120



Bridge Number



Established in 1981 in WA

Purpose and Activities

The foundation's mission is to capture and enhance the value of intellectual property, arising from Washington State research institutions, to support research and scholarship. The foundation supports groundbreaking technology in the life sciences, information technology, and physical sciences fields.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made PRIs in the form of charitable use assets. It subleases its office space. Precedence is given to start-up companies commercializing new technology. Historically, the foundation has made PRIs, in the form of early stage investment capital, to organizations that assist in the application of patents, discoveries, invention, and processes resulting from research, in keeping with the foundation's mission to support the commercialization of new technologies that are created at research institutions in WA.

Fields of Interest

  • Chemistry
  • Education
  • Higher education
  • Physical and earth sciences
  • Science
  • University education
Population Groups
  • Academics

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-06-30

Assets: $317,841,464 (market value)

Expenditures: $65,351,993

Total giving: $7,762,120

Qualifying distributions: $9,480,979

Giving activities include:

$7,762,120 for 34 grants (high: $1,000,000; low: $1,000)

$1,159,407 for foundation-administered programs