Washington State Mentors would like to thank our Partners for their ongoing support. Collaborating with our partners on projects and initiatives is one of the most important ways WSM supports the mentoring community.

  • Bank of America

    For the past ten years Bank of America has sponsored the Bank of America Mentoring Initiative. The initiative is designed to support high-quality mentoring programs that are serving youth living in low to moderate income households with emphasis in reaching small and rural communities. One hundred and nineteen grants totaling more than $600,000 have been made since 2006 through a competitive grant process administered by Washington State Mentors.

  • BECU

    Gold Sponsor of Hoops for Hope: The Jim Marsh Classic. BECU is committed to your financial well-being. BECU is a member-owned, not-for-profit credit union that works for you, not Wall Street. With better rates, fewer fees, and financial guidance you can trust. 

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    Propelling WSM forward is a gift of $4.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for our Mentoring At-Risk Youth (MaRY) project. The center piece of this project is a set of seven grants to mentoring providers that will serve up to 3,000 youth over the course of five years. For a complete list of MaRY grantees click here.

  • College Success Foundation

    The College Success Foundation (CSF) was established in the spring of 2000 by Bob Craves and Ann Ramsay-Jenkins. In a climate where one-third of the state's 900,000 K-12 students are on free or reduced lunches, and where 17% of public high school students do not graduate, the founders wished to encourage scholarship philanthropy, and to significantly change the opportunity structure for disadvantaged students and their families.  Their mission is to provide college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students.  Washington State Mentors (WSM) was initiated in 1999 by the Department of Social and Health Services. In 2004, WSM expanded with the support of Costco Wholesale and the College Success Foundation.


  • Costco

    Washington State Mentors 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 provides annual operations support, sponsors WSM fundraisers and WSM's President & COO, Jim Marsh is an executive on loan from Costco.

  • Department of Social and Health Services

    Washington State Mentors is a public/private partnership between Washington State's Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and private funders including Costco. DSHS provides the majority of WSM's operational funding. Our partnership with DSHS and Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen allows WSM to effectively advocate for mentoring among the state agencies and legislators. Tom Pennella, Deputy Director of Government Relations for WSM is an executive on loan from DSHS.

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLC

    Dorsey & Whitney LLC partners with WSM by providing both in-kind services and grants to support general operations and special events. Walter Impert serves as a member of the WSM Board of Directors.

  • Emerald City School

    A personalized learning community in the heart of Seattle, nestled between the vibrant Seattle Center and South Lake Union neighborhoods. We offer a comprehensive, inclusive, and nurturing instructional setting for students with learning disabilities in grades 1 through 8. Our students experience daily success and the joy of building new foundational skills and exploring new vistas in a safe, contemporary, and caring educational environment. Mentoring Works Washington is thrilled to count the Emerald City School as a sponsor of Hoops for Hope: The Jim Marsh Classic.

  • Matisia Consultants

    2012 Conversations on Mentoring Corporate Sponsor

  • MENTOR/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.  Washington State Mentors is one of 25 states who are working on a local level to close the mentoring gap.

  • Muckleshoot Charity Fund

    The Muckleshoot Charity Fund supports Washington State Mentors' efforts to increase the number of Native American children served by mentoring programs.

  • Nisqually Indian Tribe

    Nisqually Indian Tribe is proud to support mentoring services for Native American Youth in Thurston County including a free basketball clinic for youth from the Interurban Tribal League in Summer 2013.

  • Puyallup Tribe of Indians

    The Puyallup Tribe of Indians supports Washington State Mentors efforts to increase mentoring opportunities for tribal youth in Pierce County.

  • Snoqualmie Tribe

    The Snoqualmie Tribe supports Washington State Mentors efforts to increase the number of Native American youth in Washington State and Snoqualmie Valley who have high-quality, caring adult mentors.

  • Tulalip Tribes

    The Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund generously sponsors WSM's mission to promote and support quality mentoring that fosters positive youth development and academic success.