Our Shared Home

The Russell Family Foundation values integrity, mutual trust, constructive communication, life-long learning, and courage. We seek to demonstrate these values in all of our activities.

As an organization committed to life-long learning, we apply what we learn from our actions, the work of our grantees, and our community partnerships to improve upon the past. By sharing what we learn, we hope to help others do the same. 

Our place of focus is the Puget Sound region, with a particular emphasis on the south Puget Sound and Pierce County. Our programs reflect this commitment to place. Our local leadership program (Jane's Fellowship Program) works with grassroots leaders who live and work in Pierce County. 

Our regional Puget Sound portfolio focuses in the 12 counties of: Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Thurston, Pierce, King, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, and San Juan. 

Our regional Environmental Education program focuses in the 4 counties of: King, Pierce, Kitsap and Thurston. We recently made a long-term commitment to work in the Puyallup watershed as part of our environmental work. 

Puget Sound Region



Foundation At-A-Glance
Strategy
Actions
Goals
Collective Impact
Puyallup Watershed Initiative
Innovation, partnership, regional impact
Strategic Partnerships, Public Policy
Puget Sound Portfolio
Larger impact, public policy
Internal Program, Hands-On
Jane's Fellowship
Grassroots leadership
Responsive: Scholarships & Services
Jane's Fund
Self-sufficiency, personal growth
Responsive: Programs Focus
Enviro. Ed, GFR, Jr. Fund, Collaboration Fund
Programs, capacity, diversity, equity, inclusion
Impact Investing
Canopy, PRI, MRI, divest, invest, loan guarantees
Innovation, field leadership, economic development
Direct Deposits
CDs, jumbo CDs
Self-sufficiency, family stability
Our Values

We value families as unique communities of individuals.
We value integrity in an environment of mutual trust and respect.
We value honest and constructive communications.
We believe in life-long learning.
We accept our responsibilities as humble stewards.
We value courage in our programs and we are satisfied with quiet impact.


Mission

Investing resources and relationships in grassroots leaders, environmental sustainability, and peace.


History

In 1999, the Russell family sold Frank Russell Company to Northwestern Mutual Life. The company was renamed the Russell Investment Group. Jane and George Russell then created The Russell Family Foundation with part of the sale proceeds, providing a way for their extended family to make a quiet, positive impact in the community. The Russell Family Foundation values integrity, mutual trust, constructive communication, life-long learning, and courage. We seek to demonstrate these values in all of our activities.