Valerie Sivinski Fund

Preservation is Local

The Valerie Sivinski Fund is an annual grant program that provides grants up to $2,000 or pro bono building assessment services to organizations engaged in historic preservation around our state. Awards are given in the name of Valerie Sivinski, a dedicated preservationist who was killed while performing preservation-related work. Valerie was a longtime and beloved Board Member of the Washington Trust and served as president in the early 1990s.

The mission of the program is to provide small, yet meaningful, grants to bricks and mortar preservation projects around the state. The grant program truly embodies the mission of the Washington Trust to help make local preservation possible by supporting projects at the community level.

Pro-bono building assessments are provided by Artifacts Consulting, where Valerie was a founding partner. Building assessments a prioritized schedule of capital needs while outlining preferred treatments that meet historic standards. Information provided in a building assessment is intended to provide a clear path toward rehabilitation. Building assessments will be conducted by Artifacts Consulting, a Tacoma historic preservation consulting firm generously providing these services pro bono in honor of Valerie Sivinski, a former principal.

How to Apply

Support the Fund

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation currently provides grants through targeted donations to the Valerie Sivinski Fund supplemented by general operating income. The Washington Trust has established an endowment to provide a permanent source of funding. The goal is to generate enough income from the endowment to fund the program at increasingly higher levels.

You can also support the Fund or Endowment through a tax deductible gift of stock or other securities whether they have appreciated or declined in value. The Washington Trust is able to work directly with your broker or financial adviser to facilitate the gift. As always, we suggest that you consult with your independent financial, tax, or legal adviser for specific help with your particular situation before you proceed with such a donation. Contact Julianne Patterson, Development and Events Coordinator for more information.

Support the Fund

NEW! Crowdfunding for the Sivinski Endowment! Check out our project on 100 Extraordinary Women!

A BIG thank you to all who have contributed to the Sivinski Endowment campaign to raise $10,000 by the end of 2017:

  • Anonymous | Seattle, WA
  • In memory of Anna Lee Rosenthal | Seattle, WA
  • Nancy Finegood | Eaton Rapids, MI
  • Jodi Sweeney | Madison, WI
  • In memory of Barbara Krohn | Vancouver, WA