Olympia Tumwater Foundation
Mission: To offer educational opportunities, a historic home and a community park to honor our history and celebrate our future!
The Olympia Tumwater Foundation (OTF) is a local charitable organization that traces its roots to the Schmidt family of Tumwater and the famous Olympia Brewing Company. It was created in 1950 by Peter G. Schmidt, Sr., long-time president of Olympia Brewing Company and oldest son of brewery founder Leopold Schmidt.
The original mission of the Foundation was one of general philanthropy. Over the years OTF has supported a range of worthwhile activities, from regional medical research to preservation of Northwest history.
Today OTF is best known for the pair of properties it maintains for public use-Tumwater Falls Park and the historic Schmidt House. It is also well known for its Education Program awarding scholarships and grants. Numerous college scholarships are presented to local high school students and adults each year. Grants are awarded to local school districts and early childhood programs.
The Foundation is governed by a board of respected community leaders and has deep, longstanding ties to the South Puget Sound region.
The first project funded by OTF was the magnificent Tivoli Fountain at the state capitol in nearby Olympia. While traveling in Denmark in 1949, Peter Schmidt, Sr., and his wife Clara admired the they saw in
Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens and hatched the notion of donating a replica for the Washington State capitol campus. Schmidt, a tinkerer with a talent for mechanics and engineering, returned from Europe with essential copper fittings and plans for a new charity to underwrite the cost of building the fountain. Olympia Tumwater Foundation was born!