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Fueling positive youth development & academic success through Mentoring

Mentoring Champions

Collaborating with our partners on projects and initiatives is one of the most important ways MWW supports the statewide mentoring community.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Representing the public part of the public/private partnership that makes up Mentoring Works Washington is Washington State's Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). DSHS provides the majority of MWW's operational funding.  Our partnership with DSHS and Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen allows MWW to effectively advocate for mentoring among the state agencies and legislators. Tom Pennella, Deputy Director of MWW is an executive-on-loan from DSHS and serves on MWW’s Board of Directors.




Mentoring Works Washington is a public/private partnership between Washington State's Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and private funders, the largest of which is Costco. Costco’s Charitable Contributions Committee provides essential annual operations support to MWW.  Pat Callans, Senior Vice President, HR & Risk Management serves as Vice Chair of MWW’s Board of Directors.


Bank of America

Since 2006 Bank of America has sponsored the Bank of America Mentoring Initiative. The initiative is designed to support mentoring programs that emphasize workforce development and/or college readiness and access for youth living in low-to-moderate income households through a competitive grant process. Through the Bank of America Mentoring Initiative, Mentoring Works Washington has made 126 grants totaling $662,000 to high-quality mentoring partners all across Washington State.



MENTOR The National Mentoring Partnership

MENTOR is widely acknowledged as the nation's premier advocate and resource for the expansion of mentoring initiatives nationwide. As such, MENTOR works with a strong network of state and local Mentoring Partnerships to leverage resources and provide the support and tools that mentoring organizations need to effectively serve young people in their communities.  Mentoring Works Washington is one of 26 mentoring partners working on a local level to close the mentoring gap.


Washington State Department of Licensing and Seattle Sounders FC

In 2013, at the request of Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen, Washington State’s Department of Licensing created special license plates for the Seattle Sounders FC. The majority of the funds generated from the sale of Sounders FC license plates support MWW’s efforts to increase the number of youth paired with a mentor in Washington State. To that end, MWW introduced the Chair’s Initiative for a Sounder Future, a grant opportunity for MWW mentoring partners who demonstrate capacity to increase the number of mentor and mentee pairs served by their programs. For more information on the Chair’s Initiative grants click here.




BECU has partnered with MWW on a number of events since 2012. As a Gold Sponsor of the first annual Hoops for Hope: The Jim Marsh Classic BECU’s support was critical in making the 3 on 3 basketball tournament a success. Additionally, BECU has partnered with MWW to bring financial literacy curriculum to mentoring programs through our mutual partner Financial Beginnings. Mike Quamma, Vice President of Treasury serves on MWW’s Board of Directors.


jimwalkerseattle – The Art of Business

jimwalkerseattle donated their time and expertise to lead the rebranding of Washington State Mentors to Mentoring Works Washington and drove the development of the new MWW brand identity. MWW and jimwalkerseattle continue to work on strategies to promote the MWW brand and the power of mentoring statewide through partnerships with key businesses, leaders and brands.





The Satterberg Foundation

The Satterberg Foundation has helped fund MWW’s board development strategic process, allowing us to take a thoughtful and intentional approach toward how we build our board of the future, what the roles and responsibilities are of the board, and how we support their success.




The Seattle Foundation

Mentoring Works Washington is a proud recipient of The Seattle Foundation’s GiveTogether grant.  The GiveTogether specifically supports the operational needs of our organization, allowing us to focus on growth opportunities and providing resources for mentoring providers statewide.




Tulalip Tribes

 The Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund funds MWW’s efforts to expand mentoring opportunities for Native American youth in Snohomish County.  Funding from the Tulalip Tribes enables MWW to provide workshops and training specifically catered to the needs of the mentoring programs serving Snohomish County.  The support of the Tulalip Tribes also funds a basketball clinic.  Basketball clinics have proven to be an effective means at building trust and engaging youth in mentoring in MWW’s work with other Washington State Tribes. 




Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Dorsey & Whitney LLP partners with MWW by providing both in-kind services and financial grants to support general operations and special events. Walter Impert, Partner in Dorsey's Tax, Trusts and Estates practice group, serves on MWW’s Board of Directors.



Nisqually Indian Tribe

Nisqually Indian Tribe is proud to promote and support mentoring services for Native American youth in Thurston County.  By partnering with the Interurban Tribal League, MWW and Nisqually Indian Tribe aim to increase the number of Native American youth in Thurston County who are introduced to mentoring opportunities.  MWW and Nisqually Indian Tribe have partnered to hold free basketball clinics at the Nisqually Youth and Community Center since 2013 and in 2015 our partners BECU provided financial literacy training at the 2015 Native Youth Summit. 


College Success Foundation

College Success Foundation (CSF) was critical to the launch of Mentoring Works Washington in 2004 and remains one of our strongest partners.  The mission of CSF to provide college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students aligns closely with the mission of MWW.  We work closely to provide the mentoring support needed for the CSF scholarship recipients to be successful.  Juliette Schindler Kelly, Director of Government Relations and Advocacy serves on MWW’s Board of Directors


The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Mentoring Works Washington partners with OSPI to create opportunities for school-based mentoring to impact our state’s youth.  MWW is currently piloting the Check and Connect program in a handful of Washington State public schools as part of an effort to increase school attendance and grow our state’s high school graduation pipeline.

Hoops for Hope: The Jim Marsh Classic Sponsors

In 2015 Mentoring Works Washington partnered with Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation to hold the first annual Hoops for Hope: The Jim Marsh Classic a three-on-three basketball tournament for players 8 years old and up of all skill levels.  The inaugural event was held on August 29th and 30th on Airport Way South through the heart of Georgetown and was a big success thanks in large part to the financial support of our premier sponsors.



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