About Us

The Satterberg Foundation was named to honor Elmer and Ruth Satterberg, longtime residents of the Pacific Northwest. Their legacy to their family is a strong commitment to positive involvement in the community.

Mission: The Satterberg Foundation strengthens our communities by promoting a just society and a sustainable environment. Doing this work deepens the interconnections of our family.

Vision: The Satterberg Foundation envisions a world in balance with vibrant communities in which all people enjoy the opportunity to grow and thrive.

In order to thrive, individuals need a safe place to sleep at night, adequate food to eat, access to health care, access to education, and the opportunity for economic stability. We need to have our voices heard, and to have hope. A just society aims to ensure, through programs, or through advocacy and policy change, that all individuals have these elements in their lives.

The Satterberg Foundation envisions a sustainable environment where humanity and the natural world are in balance, with each supporting the other. We express this balance by conserving and protecting natural resources, by avoiding practices and activities which pollute, and by educating and advocating for environmental stewardship.

For added clarity, please consider what a Just Society and Sustainable Environment means to the Satterberg Foundation:

Elements of a Just Society

Access to housing

Access to food

Access to healthcare

Access to education

Access to employment

Empowerment to have one’s voice heard

Advocacy and policy/systems change

Elements of a Sustainable Environment

Environmental resilience

Environmental conservation

Nature preservation and protection

Pollution reduction and abatement, clean policies

Education about environmental stewardship

Advocacy and policy/systems change 

Values: In order to be transparent, trustworthy stewards of the Satterberg Foundation's resources we state and affirm the following values: Integrity, Community, Joy, Compassion, Respect and Responsibility.  

  • Integrity in action is alignment of principles and deeds.
  • Community in action is collaboration and mutual support.
  • Joy in action is including humor and a light hearted spirit in one's work.
  • Compassion in action is treating oneself and others with caring, acceptance, and fairness.
  • Respect in action is trusting each person and community to discover and use their own tools and inner wisdom.
  • Responsibility in action is doing one's best at all times, thereby supporting the common good.

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Organizations To Which We Belong:


Mission: Committed to thoughtful and strategic philanthropy that strengthens communities and improves the quality of life for all.

Philanthropy Northwest is an association of community, private and public foundations, corporations and individuals committed to improving the quality of life in our five-state region. Promoting effectiveness in the practice of philanthropy, we offer technical assistance, information, consulting and networking to both established and emerging grantmaking institutions and philanthropists. Services include conferences, professional development workshops, gatherings of grantmakers who share funding interests and meetings focused on special societal issues. Philanthropy Northwest members reflect a diversity of philanthropic interests and a wide range of grantmaking experiences and capabilities.


Mission: The Council on Foundations provides the opportunity, leadership and tools needed by philanthropic organizations to expand, enhance and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

The Council on Foundations (COF) is a membership organization of more than 2,000 grantmaking foundations and giving programs worldwide. We provide leadership expertise, legal services and networking opportunities - among other services - to our members and to the general public.


Board Source is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations by strengthening their boards of directors;their work is grounded in a fundamental belief that boards are critical to organizational success; they are the organization's governing body and mission keepers.


Mission of the San Diego Grantmakers is to connect, educate, develop, and inspire a diverse group of foundations and corporations to stimulate effective philanthropy in the San Diego region. Their vision is of a vibrant, effective and growing philanthropic community that improves the quality of life in the San Diego region.


Media Impact Funders (formerly Grantmakers in Film + Electronic Media) is a network of funders, working broadly on media and technology issues, in order to create social change. We serve as a learning resource for grantmakers interested in using media to further their missions; a catalyst for philanthropic partnership and networking; and a convener to advance media and technology focused philanthropy. Media Impact Funders is an affinity group, with members representing foundations, government agencies, donor affinity groups, philanthropic advisors, and individual donors.

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