"Nothing in this world happens except at the initiative of a single person."
- Robert Greenleaf
About the Peter R. Marsh Foundation
The Peter R. Marsh Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, was established in 2004. The current Foundation initiatives include the promotion of Servant Leadership management principles in small private and public institutions, and to recognize and award private citizens of Washington and Oregon who instinctively and voluntarily serve others who are in need within their communities.
SERVANT LEADERSHIP The idea of Servant Leadership was introduced by Robert Greenleaf (1904-1990) from his reading of Herman Hesse’s Journey to the East. Greenleaf was captivated by the idea of a servant actually being the leader and subsequently wrote the essay The Servant as Leader (1970) through which he introduced the term “servant leadership” and the Servant Leadership movement was born. The Peter R. Marsh Foundation taught and promoted the principles of servant leadership to leaders of small institutions throughout the Northwest and funded the Servant Leadership curriculum at Marylhurst University, Portland, Oregon.
SILENT SERVANT AWARD PROGRAM The Peter R. Marsh Foundation recognizes that private citizens who selflessly and quietly serve others in need in their neighborhoods are indeed the most valuable citizens of the communities of Washington and Oregon. The Foundation established the Silent Servant Award program to encourage selfless service to others by identifying these silent servants, to recognize and award them for their service, to encourage them to continue their important community role and to inspire others to experience the personal fulfillment of living as a Silent Servant. Nominations for the Silent Servant Award can be submitted through the Foundations website.
BOARD MEMBERS The Foundation is governed by the the Board of Directors who include: Peter R. Marsh, founder of Adair Homes, Inc.; Barbara Marsh; Jack B. Schwartz, Esq., Miller Nash Graham and Dunn, LLP; Cindy Robert, Rainmakers, LLP; Tom Reese, Pacific Continental Bank; John Upton, KMS Financial Services, Patrick Fuches, Online Northwest; and Matt Wetzel, AltruVentures.
LOGO MEANING The PRMF logo illustrates an earlobe pierced by an awl (sharp pointed object used for piercing leather). In Biblical Times, a person could publicly make a voluntary commitment of long-term service by inserting an awl through their earlobe and into the doorpost of the home in which they have chosen to serve. The logo exemplifies a commitment to service.
DONATIONS As the Foundation qualifies as a tax exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, donations to the foundation to support these and future initiatives are deductible for federal income tax purposes as provided in Title 26, US Code Section 170.