What We Do

About the Washington Trust

Mission Statement

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the places that matter in Washington State and to promoting sustainable and economically viable communities through historic preservation. We are Washington’s only statewide nonprofit advocacy organization working to build a collective ethic that preserves historic places through education, collaboration, and stewardship.

Values Statement

We Are People-Centered.

As we approach our work we will listen to the needs of local communities and adapt our work to the moment.

We commit to being:


  • Amplify the many voices of preservation and heritage in Washington.
  • Assess preservation’s historic complicity/biases and make change.


  • Be bold, creative, and solutions-oriented.
  • Lead the charge in preservation advocacy.


  • Offer tools that enable local community builders to effect change.
  • Connect preservation resources to economic recovery.


  • Be the organization you turn to to help save places that matter.
  • Bring inspiration, hope, and (dare we say) fun to preservation.

Land Acknowledgment Statement

We acknowledge that the State of Washington represents the usual and accustomed lands of many tribes who play a major role in the history of our state. We honor and pay our respect to our indigenous neighbors who protect and preserve these lands and waterways and who have done so since time immemorial.

Join Us

To become a member or make a donation, visit our donation page.

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The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

2021 Annual Report

The 2021 Washington Trust Annual Report demonstrates what can be accomplished when the preservation community comes together in defense of the places that matter. While 2021 was not quite the end of the pandemic and the full return to normalcy for which we had hoped, it was a landmark year for our organization and for preservation in Washington State.

We hope that you will take a moment to peruse our Annual Report. If you’re heartened by what you see, if it renews in you the passion for preservation that informs our work every day, consider making a donation to the Washington Trust. We’re here fighting for the places that matter, so that in good times and in bad, our historic and cultural spaces are there for our communities.