Wood Carving Artwork

A short history of the Foundation

The Ben B. Cheney Foundation began grant making as a private foundation in 1975. At the end of 2022, after 47 years of making grants, the Foundation has made approximately 6,050 grants to more than 1,500 different organizations, for a total distribution of $113,864,766.

Perhaps Mr. Cheney’s story, and the story of the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, is best told through this 20 minute video. Produced in 2010, you will hear from some of the people closest to his work, and about his influence on Pierce County and the communities where Cheney Lumber Company operated.

Video: A Dream Shared

Ben B. Cheney Foundation Scholarship
How it all began

The man behind the legacy

About Ben B. Cheney