Welcome to the Olympia Tumwater Foundation

What We Do

Founded in 1950, the non-profit Olympia Tumwater Foundation (OTF) honors both the history and future of Thurston County through its commitment to a wide range of community projects including student scholarships, historic preservation, and stewardship of Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls and the historic Schmidt House.

Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls

The most ambitious project undertaken by OTF was construction in 1962 of a 15-acre park along the falls of the Deschutes River. Today, it is a popular tourist destination with over 250,000 annual visitors!

Scholarships & Grants

Since awarding its first college scholarship in 1967, OTF has given more than $2.4 million in scholarships and grants and helped hundreds of students pursue undergraduate degrees.

The Schmidt House

Built by Olympia Brewing Co. founder Leopold Schmidt in 1904, the elegant Schmidt House contains the extensive Olympia Brewing Co. archives and history program offices. Take a guided tour with our Schmidt House curator, or rent the house for your event!

Support our programs

Created by the Olympia Brewing Company to conduct their philanthropic efforts, our organization aims to enrich our local community through a variety of programs. 

Latest Projects

We're Hiring!

OTF is looking for a Development Director

The Olympia Tumwater Foundation (“OTF”) seeks an experienced and highly motivated professional to take our donor engagement to the next level. OTF is looking to significantly increase our annual revenue, and this position will be ideal for a strategic development practitioner with a clear strategy to expand donor relations, grow a major donor program, execute a capital campaign, and increase engagement from organizations, corporations, and governments. Applicants with a demonstrated ability to develop and drive strategic fundraising and communications have a unique opportunity to build on the Foundation’s history and contribute to its continued legacy of philanthropy and community support within Thurston County. Salary range from $70k-90k commensurate with experience. 

Application Information

  • This is a full-time position with a base office located in beautiful Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls, Tumwater, WA
  • Work may be performed on-site and remotely as job requirements allow
  • The Development Director will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the OTF Board of Directors
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience
  • Join us in our mission to create positive change and help support our impactful work in the community
  • Please submit your resume, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to otf@olytumfoundation.org
  • In your cover letter, please explain why you are passionate about our mission and how your experience aligns with the responsibilities of this role
  • OTF is an equal-opportunity employer

Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls Video Project

Your support makes amazing projects, like this video series, possible!

This past year, working in conjunction with the City of Tumwater through their LTAC funding program, we have collaborated with local videography company, RAPT,  to produce a series of promotional videos of Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls. These videos took long hours of filming, editing, and producing to finally achieve what we envisioned. Now, we are incredibly excited to share them with you! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Resources & Announcements

February Newsletter

Read about the what we’ve been up to here at the foundation, and what’s coming next!

Coming Soon: Brewery Park History & Nature Center

The Olympia Tumwater Foundation is pleased to announce plans for a new History and Nature Center to enhance visitors’ appreciation of the rich cultural resources and spectacular natural beauty of Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls. We need our community’s help to fund this incredible project!

A Virtual Tour of the Schmidt House is Now Available

We now offer a 3D virtual video tour of the Schmidt House, so that anyone anywhere can tour the house, regardless of mobility issues!

In this 3D virtual tour of the Schmidt House, you’ll get to see and learn about the entire house (including all floors and rooms) and many of its artifacts—through your cursor!

Historic Photos of Tumwater

Explore the history of the Tumwater area through vintage photos. In 2020, OTF was awarded a grant from the Thurston County Historic Commission. This grant allowed OTF to digitize over 4,400 images from its collection. From time to time, more photos will be added to our website. Our expansive archives are in the process of being digitized. This means anyone curious about Tumwater’s past can browse through a catalogue of incredible photographs. 

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