Heidi Stolte is a mother, former educator, community volunteer and emerging philanthropist. She and her husband, Chris, have been SVP partners since 2011.
Before moving to Seattle in 2003, Heidi was an elementary school teacher in Northern California where she grew up. She received her BA in Communication from UC San Diego and her Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. Heidi has remained active in education holding PTA positions in her children’s schools, serving on the design team for reopening Sand Point Elementary, and serving on an early childhood grant committee with SVP. Additional active grantmaking committees include Seattle Foundation’s Global GiveTogether, addressing the global needs of women and girls, and the Community Center for Education Result’s Roadmap Aligned Funders work group. Former volunteer roles include work with Planned Parenthood, Treehouse, and PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support). She helped organize volunteer projects for the Family Service Group with SVP and continues to volunteer with her children.
Currently, Heidi is President of Stolte Family Foundation, which focuses on three issues: narrowing the achievement and opportunity gaps in education, climate change and global issues affecting women and girls.
Heidi believes that effective philanthropy requires listening, relationship-building, and empowering communities to identify solutions. She is actively building the foundation for effective giving at the Stolte Family Foundation and meets regularly with community leaders. She is excited to support community organizations who demonstrate cultural competencies and build systems of support around families. She has built meaningful relationships and partnerships with the Parent Child Home Program, Zeno, Team Read, Neighborhood House, and Thrive Washington.
When she is not spending time learning in the community, Heidi enjoys travel, photography, outdoor sports and spending time with her family.