Stronger Together
Led by the Laird Norton Family Foundation

The Laird Norton enterprise and their partners raised over $1,000,000 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and distributed funds nationally to the Seattle Foundation, Pierce County Connected, Washington Food Fund, and the Winona Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund.

“We understand our values of community outreach and partnership are even more important during these times, and we will continue to do what we can in support of our communities, partners, employees, and family members who have given so much to our enterprise over seven generations,” shares Katie Briggs, Managing Director of the Laird Norton Family Foundation.

The Laird and Norton families, related to each other from their pioneer origins in Pennsylvania, settled in Winona, Minnesota, in the mid-1850s. There, William Harris Laird and his cousins, Matthew G. Norton and James Laird Norton, formed the Laird Norton Company.

The pioneer logging and lumberyard operation was the first of several family-owned companies, first in the Midwest, later in the Pacific Northwest, and finally all over the West, including Alaska. Today, Laird Norton Company, LLC is still a privately owned and operated family business, committed to contributing value to its family and community.

The Laird Norton enterprise includes almost 500 Laird Norton family members, the Laird Norton Company, Laird Norton Properties, Laird Norton Wealth Management, Laird Norton Family Foundation and the Winona Foundation. Family members live throughout the world and occupy a wide array of professions. They come together every year to share skills and interests, and strengthen their connection to each other and their shared history.

“It is a privilege to give back to a community that has given us so much over the generations.,” comments Jeff Vincent, CEO of Laird Norton Company. “We are proud our Winona roots run deep.”

About Winona Foundation

The Winona Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization funded and administered by the family and heirs of the Laird Norton Co. which began operations in Winona, MN. in 1855. Though its center of operations long ago moved to Seattle, WA., the family created the Winona Foundation in 1982. The purpose being keeping the family history alive in the minds of new generations and as a way of giving back to the community where we can all trace our ancestors and the roots of the Laird Norton Company.

For more information, visit Winona Foundation’s website at 

About Laird Norton Family Foundation

Laird Norton Family Foundation, based in Seattle, WA, is a private foundation, created and governed by Laird Norton family members. The Foundation works to honor, support and reflect the values of the Laird Norton family through philanthropic giving.

For more information, visit LNFF’s website at 

About Laird Norton Company

Headquartered in Seattle, Laird Norton Company (LNC) is a seventh-generation family-owned enterprise that provides long-term capital and resources, empowering our partners to thrive. Over the past 160 years, LNC has grown into a diversified business with significant investments in real estate, consumer and financial companies. LNC wholly owns several entities such as Laird Norton Wealth Management (LNWM), and Laird Norton Properties, a Seattle-based real estate investment firm.

For more information, visit LNC’s website at

About the Winona Community Foundation

In 1987, the Winona Community Foundation, was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and received its first gift of $2,000 that same year. Today, the Winona Community Foundation has more than $14 million in assets under management in both Foundation controlled and donor advised funds. We connect donors with causes they love through wise giving vehicles and granting and support local non-profits through our Community Grant program.

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