Nesholm Family Foundation



The Nesholm Family Foundation was established by the Will of Elmer J. Nesholm (1910-1986), a resident of Seattle and New York City who spent his working career as a key executive with United Parcel Service, which was founded in Seattle in 1907.  His concern for the welfare of others, his outlook as a future oriented problem solver, and his commitment to share his success with the community where he grew up led to the establishment of the Foundation in 1987.

Grants, which redound to the benefit of the people of the City of Seattle, will be made to qualifying organizations.  The Nesholm Family Foundation awards grants in health and human services,  education, and the performing arts.  Within the framework of these three categories, the Foundation favors investment in projects and programs that have the potential to:

  1. Develop human potential

  1. Enhance quality of life

  1. Deal with important community issues and problems

  1. Affect significant numbers of people in positive ways

  1. Encourage the involvement of others

  1. Leverage the use of Foundation assets to increase the project’s long-term impact.