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Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, most underrated agent of human change.

Pay it Forward

Dennis and Phyllis Washington have always valued grassroots philanthropy as a means of bringing about positive change in communities where their employees live and work. Since its inception in 2008, over $1.1 million has been donated to employee charitable causes.

Today, the Pay It Forward Charitable Giving Program distributes 175 giving cards, worth $500 each, to winners of a randomly selected drawing of U.S.-based employees of the Washington Companies. The winners may use the giving cards toward any charitable cause of their choice, whether that be a nonprofit organization or an individual or family in need.

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Who Can Enter

All U.S.-based employees from the following companies may participate in the Pay it Forward program, and share their stories with our community of readers:

Modern Machinery
Pipestone Quarry
Montana Resources
Washington Companies

Employee Stories

Employees who receive giving cards are required to submit a story and describe how they used their giving cards. However, employees have the option to have their stories published on the Foundation’s website or not, and recipients of the giving cards may remain anonymous. The Washington family enjoys hearing about all the good employees are doing in their communities with their Pay It Forward giving cards.