The Foundation makes grants in communities where the Cheney Lumber Company was active. The Foundation's goal is to improve the quality of life in those communities by making grants to a wide range of activities. 

The Foundation strives to communicate openly with grant seekers and grant recipients. This web site is intended to increase the useful information for grant seekers and grantees. If you need further information please email us at or call our office at (253) 572-2442.

Mr. Cheney formed the Cheney Lumber Company in 1936 and was involved with the lumber industry until his death in 1971.

The Ben B. Cheney Foundation was established in the State of Washington in 1955, and was funded by gifts from the estates of Ben B. Cheney and Marian Cheney Olrogg.

In 1975 the Foundation established offices in Tacoma, Washington and began actively making grants.

At the end of 2013 the Foundation completed 39 years of active grant making, which represents:

  • 4,873 total grants
  • 1,275 grantees
  • $86,447,700 granted

Contact Us

3110 Ruston Way, Ste A
Tacoma, WA 98402

(253) 572-2442


Bradbury F. Cheney, Executive Director

Carol Lewis, Grants Manager & Executive Assistant

Ken Ristine, Senior Program Officer