Fulcrum's History

Our Major Milestones

Celebrating Our Story

In March 2002, the Fulcrum Foundation (501 (c) 3) was incorporated with the purpose of providing financial assistance for all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle through annual fund raising and a significantly increased endowment. We celebrate the leadership of Archbishop Alex J. Brunett for establishing the Fulcrum Foundation as the plan for our Catholic schools in western Washington and we give thanks for the vision of Father Stephen Rowan, whose passion and dedication gave shape to the organization from the beginning.


2002 The Fulcrum Foundation is established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

2004 Fulcrum begins its five-year Embracing Our Legacy capital campaign, with a goal of raising $40 million to benefit Catholic education.

2005 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donates $7.5 million to Fulcrum.

2007 An Archdiocesan-wide campaign appeal results in 1,582 gifts for schools.

2008 Fulcrum’s sixth annual Celebration of Light gala reaches a record-breaking $1 million in donations in a single evening.

2009 The Embracing Our Legacy capital campaign soundly surpasses its goal, raising nearly $43 million for Catholic education.

2009 Fund-a-Student initiative is created and raises more than $380,000 in its first year.

2010 Celebration of Light surpasses $1 million in donations for the second time in its history.