Dan and Cindy Brettler, Winners of The Beacon Award for Visionary Philanthropic Leadership
It all started when Dan Brettler read an op-ed by another successful businessperson who wondered why a region packed with so much innovation and entrepreneurial spirt, so much compassion and idealism couldn’t cure homelessness. Egged on by Cindy, Dan took up the challenge. They formed the Brettler Family Foundation. At the time, Cindy was volunteering at First Place School, Children’s Hospital and Bailey-Boushay House. Dan adjusted his work schedule (he’s owner and CEO of Car Toys) and soon joined United Way’s board and the King County Committee to End Homelessness, now known as All Home.
For nearly twenty years, the Brettlers have embodied visionary philanthropic leadership and inspired Champions. Their legacy includes the Brettler Family Place at Magnuson Park—achieved with Solid Ground and Gordon McHenry, Jr., and Belltown’s A.L. Humphrey House and Scargo Apartments that rent apartments and wraparound services for people trying to escape homelessness. The Brettlers have generously supported United Way, Plymouth Housing and Solid Ground, and worked as advisors and advocates for ending homelessness.
The Beacon Award for Visionary Philanthropic Leadership recognizes extraordinary dedication to serving our community and supporting United Way of King County in its efforts to make our community a place where people have homes, kids graduate and families are financially stable. Past honorees include William H. Gates Sr., The Nordstrom Family, Jeff Brotman, and William H. Neukom.