Our Commitment To Others

Being good neighbors means getting actively involved. At Laird Norton Company, we support local communities and improve the lives of others through volunteerism and philanthropy.

Each year, the company and our employees donate time and money to causes focused on education and children at risk. We support a variety of outreach programs, including StolenYouth, a Seattle non-profit that supports the rescue and recovery of our community’s trafficked children, Treehouse, a non-profit pursuing equity for youth in foster care, and First Place, an organization serving children in poverty and crisis.

In addition to corporate donations, we also incorporate a member-directed matching program that allows employees to contribute to charities of their choice. Laird Norton Company not only matches dollars donated by employees, but we also match volunteer hours with a dollar equivalent. Why? Because we’re serious about giving back.

The Laird Norton family’s collective philanthropy began in 1940 with the establishment of the Briarcombe Fund. In 2006, the company donated additional funds to form what is now known as The Laird Norton Family Foundation. This independent organization focuses on five distinct areas of philanthropy: arts in education, climate change, watershed stewardship, clean water and sanitation efforts in developing countries, and the Sapling Fund, a youth-focused charity organization.

Enriching the communities where we live and work not only helps others, but also gives our team a greater sense of purpose, passion, and pride.


As a Laird Norton Family member and a founding member of Stolen Youth, I am proud that our legacy of community commitment extends to helping trafficked children so desperately in need here in our community.

Paula Clapp