History

Celebrating Our History

In March 2002, the Fulcrum Foundation (501 (c) 3) was incorporated with the purpose of providing financial assistance for all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle through annual fund raising and a significantly increased endowment. We celebrate the leadership of Archbishop Alex J. Brunett for establishing the Fulcrum Foundation and we give thanks for the vision of Father Stephen Rowan, whose passion and dedication gave shape to the organization from the beginning.

Milestones

2016

Fulcrum partners with Turnstyle Studio to launch its new brand and visual identity.

2015

Fulcrum launches its Building Diversity & Inclusion Program to assist schools in welcoming students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or class by increasing accessibility, promoting academic excellence and increasing cultural competency of teachers and staff.

2014

Fulcrum partners with Visitation school in Tacoma to create the first Catholic STEM Academy in the Archdiocese.

2013

Fulcrum partners with 2 schools to create first of their kind programs in the Archdiocese, St. Therese Catholic Academy’s blended learning program and two-way language immersion at Holy Rosary Regional School/Juan Diego Academy.

2012

Fulcrum surpasses more than $1 million awarded in general tuition assistance grants.

2011

Fulcrum receives it largest donation from a single donor, over $11 million dollars from the estate of Ted and Connie Hossfeld. Fulcrum’s tuition assistance program has since been named in their honor.

2010

Fulcrum distributes over $2.5M in assistance to schools, teachers and families, making it the largest distribution of funds in a single year to schools in Archdiocesan history and a 310% increase since Fulcrum’s inception.

2009

The Embracing Our Legacy capital campaign soundly surpasses its goal, raising nearly $43 million for Catholic education.

2008

Fulcrum’s sixth annual Celebration of Light gala reaches a record-breaking $1 million in donations.

2007

Fulcrum’s young professional group, Amici, is founded.

2006

Fulcrum’s Legacy Society is formed to recognize donors who have included Fulcrum in their estate plans.

2005

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donates $7.5 million to Fulcrum.

2004

Fulcrum begins its five-year Embracing Our Legacy capital campaign, with a goal of raising $40 million to benefit Catholic education.

2003

Fulcrum hosts its inaugural Celebration of Light gala, raising over $500,000.

2002

The Fulcrum Foundation is established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.