About Our Foundations

How it started

Gary and Carol were lifelong residents of Lakewood and Tacoma Washington. They shared a passion for giving back to the community in which they worked, lived in, and raised their children. Through the Milgard Business, they first created a community action giving program as a way for employees to give back and service the community. This program set the philanthropic tone to later establish the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation in 2000.

Gary Milgard

The foundation's goal is to support a wide variety of non-profit organizations that serve the community and impact positive change.

Although Gary Milgard was the founder of Milgard Manufacturing and while the foundations share the values of the window company, we are no longer affiliated.

The Milgard Family Legacy

The legacy of Gary and Carol lives on through the family members, including their three children, Cari, Lori and Mark and their grandchildren, Kasey, Kirby, Scott and Lindsay. The family shares a deep interest in and commitment to philanthropy and are devoted to honoring the legacy of their parents and their grandparents.

Gary and Carol

Gary and Carol believed that establishing the family foundation was a way to give back to the community and educate their descendants in the value of community service.

The Milgard Family Legacy Foundations

In 2016, the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation reorganized into four new legacy foundations that represent the individual passions and interests of the board members, while preserving the values of the Milgard family. The foundation names are the Ruth Foundation, Skylight Foundation, Whisper Foundation and Windows of Hope Foundation. Each one of the foundations continues to support non-profit organizations that enhance the quality of life and work to transform the community with positive change.

Gary and Carol

Gary provided the drive and the vision for the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundations.

Carol provided the heart and the enthusiasm for the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundations.

Take a look at our giving through the years.

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