Our Giving Focus

Seattle Milk Fund provides child care grants and family support to low-income, full-time students at approved King, Pierce and Snohomish County colleges and universities. While parents are in school, their children receive a valuable learning opportunity in a licensed, quality child care facility or preschool. Seattle Milk Fund helps parents realize their higher education potential, which can create a brighter and more stable financial future for their families.

As one of Washington’s longest-running charitable organizations, Seattle Milk Fund has been fueling families’ futures since 1907. Parents can receive up to $2000.00 each quarter/per child, depending on the age of your child(ren) and the cost of your child care, and family support throughout the year.

In 2016, Seattle Milk Fund presented 280 child care and family support grants, with a total of $256,777 awarded to grantees. Since changing its giving focus in 1965 to provide higher education and family support grants, and in 1990 to include child care grants, Seattle Milk Fund has awarded more than $17M to local families.

Today, Seattle Milk Fund is an organization comprised of 150 volunteers, some of whom are 3rd generation supporters. As our services and goals change over the years, the spirit of our founding women remains. Seattle Milk Fund builds stronger communities through access to child care and family support.


Member Resources

Seattle Milk Fund would not be here today without the dedication of its volunteers and supporters. Seattle Milk Fund, up until 2009, was a completely volunteer-run organization.

Our supporters and volunteers are a crucial part of the Seattle Milk Fund family, and we are very proud of their longstanding commitment to our mission. Since its inception in 1907, many of our supporters and volunteers have belonged to heritage giving circles to help support Seattle Milk Fund. Our heritage giving circles continue to fundraise and volunteer for Seattle Milk Fund events and committees throughout the year.

Heritage Giving Circles

Caroline Denny Bamford Circle, organized 1962
Everett W. Nordstrom Circle, organized 1979
Georgia Willis Circle, organized 1967
Jean H. Shields Circle, organized 1988
Joy Goodenough Circle, organized 2008
Katherine B. Friele Circle, organized  1959
Norene Boyd Circle, organized 1942; 2009
Terese Smith Howard Circle, organized 1970