The C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust, managed by the Seattle Foundation, awarded a $57,000 grant to the Quilcene Historical Museum. The award completed the capital campaign to purchase Worthington Park.

The Museum Board with Claire Bishop

The Museum Board with Claire Bishop

Mr. Birkenfeld passed away in 2005 leaving his substantial estate to be distributed through grants made annually to deserving non-profit organizations for the purpose of building a lasting impact on the communities they serve. The Trust is designed to make grants annually, expending all funds within a twenty-year period. 2013 marks the eighth year of funding with a total of $7.7 million in grants made to date.

The trail system in Worthington Park will be named in Mr. Birkenfeld’s honor. Plans are being made to conduct an outdoor “lab” along the Little Quilcene River trail where students can learn about the ecology of the area, the marine life of the river, and other subjects to be developed.

The Quilcene Historical Museum’s Worthington Park project was one of 4 non-profit organizations to receive funding in Jefferson and Kitsap Counties.

Find out more (PDF link) about the remarkable C. Keith Birkenfeld

More about the Seattle Foundation

The Seattle Foundation is one of the nation’s largest community foundations, with total assets of nearly $600 million. It is governed by a board of respected community leaders and has an unwavering reputation among donors and the community at large. Currently The Seattle Foundation is leading a countywide philanthropic agenda – A Healthy Community – which supports a complex fabric of issues including arts and culture, basic needs, economy, education, environment, health and wellness, and neighborhoods and communities.

US Bank employees and QHM Board members Jim Christiansen and Mari Phillips

QHM Board members Jim Christiansen and Mari Phillips at
the US Bank in Quilcene