Saturna Capital's spirited ethic of philanthropy and community involvement has been a part of our corporate mission and culture since our founding in 1989.
Saturna endeavors to donate at least 5% of its pre-tax profits to local, community-based organizations each year. We also encourage employee donations through a charitable giving program. Our employees are encouraged to explore and evaluate many organizations, especially those in their local communities, in order to make the greatest impact. We also hope to inspire other companies to do the same. Although the main focus of our philanthropic efforts is on the local community, Saturna's charitable programs are also specifically designed to encourage its employees to undertake their own personal philanthropic campaigns.
Many of our employees serve on volunteer boards in the local community, such as the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA), YWCA Bellingham, the Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham Bay Rotary, Whatcom Humane Society, Bellingham Sister Cities, Mount Baker Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Bellingham Interfaith Coalition, Franklin Academy, among others.
Perhaps Saturna’s most significant community contribution thus far has been the completion of the Franklin Academy Upper School, completed in 2012. Saturna contributed significantly to Capital Campaign, both monetarily and with in-kind professional services. Saturna staff also volunteered many personal hours to the project.