Add your name to WAC history

Support Club improvement projects with a tax-deductible donation

It’s been a wild ride these past 18 months, and we’re ready to write the next chapter of Club history together! More than 100 WAC members already have donated to the Washington Athletic Club Foundation. All funds raised go directly to capital improvement projects around the Clubhouse and help support projects that might otherwise require member dues.

Much to our delight, we also have heard from many more of you who want to support the Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose sole purpose is to preserve and enhance the WAC Clubhouse, a National Historic Landmark.

Because of your enthusiasm, the Foundation has extended its early donor giving deadline to December 31, 2021. Donate or pledge by then to join our “Founding Donor” group at the $50,000 level or become a “Builder” at $1,000. You’ll go down in Club history with your name permanently displayed on the lobby-level recognition wall.

Opened in 1930 and once the third-tallest building in the city, the WAC Clubhouse plays a significant role in Seattle’s early architectural history. “The Washington Athletic Club never fails to impress and inspire,” says well-known Seattle historian Jean Sherrard.

But like all buildings, work and money are required to keep the Clubhouse looking and functioning its best. Member dues help, but capital improvement projects often require additional funding.

“The Clubhouse is key to fulfilling the mission of the WAC to enrich the quality of our lives,” says Tammy Young, Chair of the WAC Foundation board. “It’s a home away from home for each of us as members. And like any home, it needs care and attention.”

In addition to the Founding Donor and Builder levels, WAC members may also donate to the Foundation at the Bronze ($10,000), Silver ($25,000), and Platinum ($100,000) levels. Donations of all sizes are accepted and may be pledged or made in cash, securities, or other property.

Donate to the WAC Foundation online at

As published in the September/October 2021 issue of WAC Magazine

—Posted August 30, 2021

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