Celebrating Our History

The Fulcrum Foundation was founded in March 2002 to support Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle. Its mission is to increase access to Catholic education throughout Western Washington. For more than 20 years, Fulcrum has leveraged financial support to aid the students and schools that have needed it most.

Fulcrum continues to serve the Catholic schools, educators, and students in Western Washington, helping them achieve a better, brighter future, and will strive to make a quality Catholic education more accessible to any family who wants it.



Fulcrum establishes the Innovative Housing Project at St. Alphonsus Parish in Ballard. The parish’s repurposed convent provides affordable housing to Catholic school teachers in an increasingly high cost of living area.


Fulcrum celebrates its 20th anniversary with the unforgettable “Banquet at the Ballpark” Celebration of Light at T-Mobile Park. This incredible event raised a record-breaking $2.9 million in support of Catholic schools and students.


In partnership with the Ferry Family Charitable Foundation, Fulcrum launches the Becraft Scholars Program, an equity-based scholarship program designed to serve the students furthest from educational justice. The program supports students and families through their educational journey from grades K-8 through scholarship funding and community building.


Fulcrum approves the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to aid archdiocesan schools during the pandemic. From August to December, Fulcrum distributes nearly $3 million in grants to 50 schools, allowing them to provide tuition assistance to families and purchase much-needed technology upgrades, cleaning supplies, and personal and workspace protective equipment.


The Fulcrum Early Childhood Education Fund is established through the Seattle Foundation by generous donors Dick and Sharon Abrams. This endowment supports Catholic early childhood education programs in the archdiocese in a variety of ways including tuition assistance, facilities grants, assessments and curriculum.


Fulcrum launches an ambassador program, designed to increase brand awareness and build relationships with the western Washington Catholic schools. The ambassadors engage in school tours and serve as a foundation representative at Fulcrum events.


Fulcrum, in partnership with the Office for Catholic Schools, launches two teacher leadership programs: GRACE (Guiding Regionally Advancing Catholic Education) for elementary school teachers and the High School Instructional Leadership Program for high school department chairs.


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


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.


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


Fulcrum partners with 2 schools to create first of their kind programs in the Archdiocese, St. Therese Catholic Academy’s (Seattle) blended learning program and two-way language immersion at Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy (Tacoma).


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


Fulcrum receives its largest donation from a single donor, over $11 million dollars from the estate of Ted and Connie Hossfeld.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Under the leadership of Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett and Father Stephen Rowan, the Fulcrum Foundation is established in Seattle as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.