Frequently Asked Questions

Pike Place Market Foundation
Pike Place Market Foundation info

Pike Place Market Foundation supports the heart and soul of the Market – its people.

By helping our neighbors who work, learn and live in and around the Market, the Foundation helps the Market we love remain a thriving, caring community. Established in 1982, The Market Foundation has granted more than $26 Million to provide housing, healthcare, healthy food, childcare and a community of support to our most vulnerable neighbors. Over the past 34 years, The Market Foundation has contributed to a neighborhood model that allows a diverse community to live and thrive here at Pike Place Market.

Dating as far back as 1985, nearly 55,000 tiles were laid on the Market floor to honor donors who helped “Care for the Market” during our renovation campaigns.

To find your tile by inscription, click here to open the Tile Catalog (use “CTRL + F”  to find your inscription). Based on your inscription, use this map to determine the exact location of your tile:

You can also visit the Info Booth located at the main entrance of the Market on the corner of Pike Place and Pike Street. Contact us at mktfoundation@pikeplacemarket.org if you have any questions!

After more than 30 years of carrying millions of visitors throughout the busy marketplace, some of these tiles are cracking and breaking from wear and tear on the Market. As needed, tiles are replaced with more durable flooring to improve safety and conditions in the Market. Therefore, we cannot guarantee named tiles will remain in the Market floor forever and we are unable to replace any missing tiles.

Thank you to the thousands of supporters who helped Care for the Market! Your gift lives on as a legacy in preserving the Pike Place Market and making it what it is today.

Back by popular demand for the first time in 30 years, Market supporters have the opportunity to write your name into Market history.

Add your name or the name of a loved one to a ribbon of Market Charms or a Bronze Hoofprint on the new MarketFront expansion. Leave your legacy in Pike Place Market and your donation helps us complete the new MarketFront. But hurry – this opportunity ends March 1st, 2017!

Learn more and see your Charm or Hoofprint come to life: www.pikeup.org

We love connecting with new partners. Your organization could sponsor an event, volunteer with us, host an info session, or choose us as the beneficiary of your product or event. Tell us what you’d like to do!

Please contact Christi Beckley, Fund Development Manager, to learn more about partnering with us: Christi.Beckley@pikeplacemarket.org or call (206) 774-5243.

We’d love to have you! Find the list of our events on our homepage. Please contact mktfoundation@pikeplacemarket.org or call (206) 774-5254 for more information about any of our events or to learn how to participate.

Contact us! Email mktfoundation@pikeplacemarket.org or call (206) 774-5255.

Please contact Lillian Sherman, Executive Director, if you’re interested in joining our Board of Directors: Lillian.sherman@pikeplacemarket.org or call (206) 774-5246.

Rachel and Billie the Piggy Banks are the mascots of Pike Place Market and our best PIG-lanthropists! Rachel has been “bringing home the bacon” for Pike Place Market Foundation since 1986 and Billie since 2011 to support our low-income neighbors who live in and around the Market. Legend has it that if you rub their snouts and make a donation, you’ll have good luck.

Rachel is a bronze cast piggy bank created by Georgia Gerber, a sculptor from Whidbey Island, Washington. Rachel weighs in at 550 pounds (250 kg) and was named after a real 750-pound pig who won the 1985 Island County Fair. She has been located since 1986 at the corner of Pike Place under the iconic “Public Market Center” sign and clock. Her cousin Billie the Piggy Bank arrived in the Market in 2011 and sits on Western Avenue at the bottom of the Hillclimb, but soon Billie will be moving to her new home on the new Pike Place MarketFront in December 2016!

Rachel was the inspiration behind the Pigs on Parade fundraiser throughout downtown Seattle in 2001 and again in 2007 for the Market’s centennial celebration.

Rights & Use: Rachel the Piggy Bank’s name and any graphic representations of the statue are registered trademarks. Commercial use of these properties requires a trademark licensing agreement. Please contact us at mktfoundation@pikeplacemarket.org or (206) 774-5249 for more information.

The Market Foundation has produced Pigs on Parade twice. The first time was in 2001 and featured 170 artist-adorned fiberglass replicas of Rachel the Piggybank. Originally, the purpose was to provide an engaging venue to tell the story of Rachel and her job as the Market’s piggy bank. We thought that would be the one-and-only Pigs on Parade. However, 2007 turned out to be an auspicious year – it was both the Market’s Centennial and the Chinese Year of the Pig – so we succumbed once again to the charm of pigs. In 2007, 100 pigs were decorated by local artists. Most pigs are in private homes and not viewable by the public. The ones that are publicly viewable can be found on this spreadsheet.

Currently, we are not able to reproduce pigs or commission any new pigs due to the production costs.

Usually, yes! But it’s best to contact us directly so we can confirm needs in our community. Please contact mktfoundation@pikeplacemarket.org or call (206) 682-7453 if you have in-kind items to donate.

Pike Place Market info

The Market is open daily from roughly 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, and is home to nearly 500 residents, 300 commercial tenants, 200 craftspeople, 100 farmers and 200 street performers. For specific information about any of those, please visit the Market’s website: www.pikeplacemarket.org or call (206) 682-7453.

Though Pike Place Market is a public market, it is owned by the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA) which does not receive any city or state funding to operate the Market. Revenues come from the Market’s tenants through rent, utilities, and other property management activities. The PDA is a nonprofit, public corporation chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973 to manage 80% of the properties in the nine-acre Market Historical District. Its mission is to preserve, rehabilitate and protect the Market’s buildings; increase opportunities for farm and food retailing in the Market; incubate and support small and marginal businesses; and provide services for low-income people, including supporting The Market Foundation.