Investing in People to Improve the Quality of their Lives.
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation strives to better the human condition by supporting programs and services that give people the tools to enhance the quality of their lives and to benefit society as a whole.
Promoting a Culture of Philanthropy and Selfless Contribution
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation supports a broad spectrum of worthy organizations benefiting at-risk youth, economically and socially disadvantaged individuals and families, and those with special needs.
Areas of Focus
Providing higher education scholarships and funding two and four year as well as graduate scholarship programs helps build a strong educational foundation for future leaders.
Arts & Culture
Through cultural endeavors we help bring people together to share their creative talents, intellects, passions, customs and bold initiatives to explore new ways of doing things.
Health & Human Services
Health and Human Services ensures the vitality of the human body and spirit. We target programs that ensure access to basic health care services to the most vulnerable members of our communities.
Community Service touches the lives of everyone where they work, play and live. When everyone is involved in community improvement, the community progresses in a positive direction.
The Roots of a Dream
The values of The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation were defined long before the growth of the Washington Companies.
In 1964, with encouragement and loan from a friend, Dennis Washington started his own construction business. Dennis’ work ethic and entrepreneurial vision drew others to him and his enterprises flourished. As success grew, so did the desire to give back. The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation was created in 1988 as a means to share good fortune and help others realize their dreams.
It is our long-standing belief that education is the single most powerful determinant in the future of our society. The Foundation funds scholarship programs to support higher education, and our offerings run the gamut from two-year programs to the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dennis Washington Leadership Graduate Scholarship
Horatio Alger Montana Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Horatio Alger Career and Technical Scholarship Program
Dennis and Phyllis Washington Native American Graduate Fellowship
Helen B. Miller Horatio Alger Scholarship
Dennis and Phyllis Washington University of Montana Presidential Leadership
Feb 14, 2023
15th annual Pay It Forward employees selected
The U.S.-based Washington Companies awarded $125,000 to 250 randomly selected employees for donation to charities of their choice. An annual Washington…
Nov 14, 2022
Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation gives $350,000 to 100 basic needs organizations across Montana
The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation has selected 100 food banks, food pantries, rescue missions, homeless shelters, and Salvation Army organizations…
Sep 27, 2022
Meet Celina Gray, Native American Graduate Scholar
Oki Nitsiitapi Nidaniko Natoyiipoka, Nistoo Amskapipikuniaki and Métis. Celina is Blackfeet & Métis, although she grew up as part of the…