Kim Wright

Executive Director, Stolte Family Foundation

Kim Wright is the founding Executive Director of the Stolte Family Foundation (SFF), an impact-driven philanthropy in Seattle, Washington. She has advised the Stolte family throughout their earliest years of giving and helped frame the Foundation’s priorities and mission. Prior to joining SFF, she spent nearly a decade as Director of Family Philanthropy and Philanthropic Services at Seattle Foundation, where she managed a team of philanthropic advisors and served as the primary advisor for 60+ highly engaged individuals and families.  She adapted and strengthened the Foundation’s nationally recognized Giving with Goals curriculum and brought the curriculum to life by defining the Seattle Foundation’s approach for use with impact-driven philanthropists and multiple generation families.

Kim has both skillful expertise and a decade of applied methodology in helping people develop personalized giving plans that drive community impact while providing meaningful philanthropic engagement. She is often called upon to train peers across the country in the community foundation field. As a certified trainer and early adapter of 21/64 advising tools, Kim helped the 21/64 network deepen their practice to support family meetings across the country. She served on the Community Foundation’s Advancement Network Board and was on the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s inaugural Community Foundation Advisory Council.

Born and raised in Seattle, Kim has worked in the local philanthropic sector for more than twenty-three years and is known both locally and nationally for elevating and innovating the philanthropic advising field. Through her decade-long work in youth philanthropy leadership at the City of Mercer Island, Kim activated over 1000 Millennials, igniting their skills and passion for community, social justice, and environmental service. As a former Executive Director of a direct service organization and Program Officer, she brings nonprofit management experience and trusted community relationships to her work with philanthropic partners.

Kim holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees (in Sociology and Humanities) and most recently served as a board member of Bolder Giving, where she focused on expanding and advancing progressive initiatives. She is currently an active member of the board of advocates for Planned Parenthood (Great Northwest and Hawaiian Islands). In her spare time, she enjoys the vibrant arts & culture scene in Seattle, walks her dog Wyatt, travels the globe, and advocates for a healthy Puget Sound.


Non-Family Staff Peer Network: The Impact of the Great Reshuffle on Work Culture

Posted on March 18, 2022 by Denise Porche, Kim Wright

In this time of shift and transition, how is the great reshuffle and resignation impacting your work culture? Network co-chairs Denise Porche and Kim Wright and your non-family senior staff colleagues will connect in small groups around two self-selected topics including: professional development to grow and retain staff, succession planning, transitions, and culture. If there is a specific topic that you’d like… Read More

Non-family Staff Peer Network: Discussion with Leading Executive Directors

Posted on August 12, 2021 by Rachel Leon, Jamie Allison, Denise Porche, Kim Wright, Lukas Haynes, Steve Toben

Join your peers to engage in small-group dialogue with three accomplished executive directors: Jamie Allison, Walter and Elise Haas Fund; Rachel Leon, Park Foundation; and Lukas Haynes, The David Rockefeller Fund. We will begin with a brief panel to get to know each speaker. Then we will split into three small groups, facilitated by one of this network’s co-chairs, to… Read More

Non-family Staff Peer Network Event: What Questions Keep You up at Night?

Posted on December 19, 2019 by Denise Porche, Kim Wright, Steve Toben

During the NCFP 2019 National Forum on Family Philanthropy, the Non-family Staff Peer Network had great success meeting about what keeps you up at night—the most pressing challenges and questions in your role. Join the group again to continue this conversation and share your biggest current challenges. Connect with your peers to find community, solutions, and resources. NCFP’s Non-family Staff… Read More

All Peer Network: Responding to COVID-19 in our Communities

Posted on December 19, 2019 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, Denise Porche, Kim Wright

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Please note: We have postponed our conversation “Connecting Families Across Distance” and will use this time to share and discuss our initial responses and strategies to COVID-19. This All Peer Network event, hosted by the Non-family Staff Peer Network, is open to senior leaders and board members of NCFP Friends of the Family organizations. With the sudden spread of COVID-19,… Read More

Community Foundation Spark Session: Community Foundation Business Models for Family Philanthropy

Posted on August 24, 2017 by Joanne Cohen, Kim Wright, Tony Macklin

Your community foundation wants to provide more intensive services to philanthropic families. But how will you define your customer segments and their goals? What unique value proposition will you deliver? What will be your goals for revenues and costs? And how will you define external and internal success measures? The community foundation field is experimenting with a variety of answers… Read More

Community Foundation Spark Session: The Role of Community in Family Philanthropy Values, Mission, and Strategy

Posted on July 22, 2015 by Elizabeth Sullivan, Jennie Zioncheck, Katie Donnelly, Kim Wright

Community foundations are trusted, professional advisors to philanthropic families and a valuable source of local knowledge and insights. This webinar will focus on how community foundations work with family donors to clarify their values and motivations, shape their philanthropic strategy and identify their philanthropic objectives – in a way that supports the community and place-based efforts… Read More