Supporting What’s Valuable
As one of the leading corporate philanthropists in the Puget Sound, Laird Norton Wealth Management works with a wide variety of nonprofits to make our region a better place to live for everyone. Among our initiatives, we partnered with King County Parks to launch a foundation that is enhancing regional parks and green corridors. As the initiator and sponsor of Pianos in the Parks, we worked with dozens of local non-profits to bring lavishly decorated pianos to parks and community spaces, inviting people to play and discover the great outdoors.
We foster these connections through partnerships, sponsorships, and direct participation with a broad range of other organizations, including:
LNWM’s pro bono services.
LNWM was honored with a 2019 Community Impact Award from Seattle Business Magazine for our pro bono services. Since 2017, we have been working with nearly a dozen major Seattle-area nonprofits to educate and inform their donors, boards and policy committees so they can implement new strategies that advance their missions and attract new partners to their cause. Our pro bono efforts are spearheaded by LNWM’s Jeanne Goussev, Kristi Mathisen and Erin Moyer.
Giving back to the community.
As wealth advisors since 1967, we have seen what a tremendous positive difference philanthropy can make in the lives of donors, as well as the recipient organizations. In 2018, LNWM partnered with Leave10 and public TV station KCTS to sponsor ads that inspire people to leave 10% of their estate to charity. Featured in the ads are people who have committed to Leave10, including LNWM CEO and President Bob Moser.
Our commitment to the environment.
Our parent company – Laird Norton Company – annually tracks the carbon output of our operations and actively seeks to mitigate that impact in various ways, including: (1) incentivizing LNWM employees to use public transportation and other energy saving strategies; (2) offsetting our annual carbon output by funding water and electricity conservation programs sponsored by utilities and other non-profits, such as the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
Laird Norton Wealth Management partnered with the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Clars Auction Gallery and KCTS 9 to host a unique event, The Collector’s Roadshow. In a museum setting, local owners of art, antiques and collectibles mingled with a panel of experts to get insights on valuation, options for insuring and tips for passing on to future generations through estate planning. Laird Norton Wealth Management is committed to the history and vibrancy of the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle Symphony partnership.
Symphonies are a vital part of arts communities worldwide, and especially here in Seattle. A partnership between Laird Norton Wealth Management (LNWM) and the Seattle Symphony works to ensure that the symphony continues to thrive now and for generations to come. The partnership aims to strengthen the Seattle Symphony by educating donors on financially-responsible ways to show their support while planning their estates. Read the press release about the partnership.
Creating vibrant public spaces.
We hosted Innovative Public Spaces: The NYC Highline to the Seattle Waterfront in partnership with Friends of Waterfront Seattle. Our speakers: James Corner, Landscape Architect for the NYC High Line and Seattle’s new Waterfront; and Robert Hammond, co-founder of Friends of the High Line. They focused on the rare opportunity Seattle has to transform its waterfront into a world-class, urban gathering place.
Pianos in the Parks.
In summers of 2014, 2015 and 2016, LNWM initiated and sponsored Pianos in the Parks, working closely with more than a dozen community partners to bring art and music to local parks and open spaces. Lavishly decorated pianos in select parks throughout Seattle and King County invited people to play, discover the great outdoors, and connect with their community.
The King County Parks Foundation.
In 2013, Laird Norton Wealth Management partnered with King County Parks to launch the King County Parks Foundation, in celebration of Parks’ 75 years of service. Seeded with a $75,000 gift from LNWM, the Foundation’s goal is to raise $7.5 million from private sources in the next 10 years. We can do it, with your help.
Key funding priorities for the Foundation are:
- To create new parks or expand existing ones through acquisitions of land and easements;
- To connect green spaces with trails, extending our area’s green corridors;
- To create more options for leisure and recreation at King County’s many parks.
Such forward-thinking projects will preserve and enhance our green spaces, protect our water and wildlife, and entice more people in our growing region to spend time outdoors.
Learn more about the Foundation.