Frequently Asked Questions

Pike Place Market Foundation
Naming Opportunities & Donations

There is no current deadline for Market Charm donations. Charms donated for now will be installed during the summer of 2018 and we will announce another deadline as we near the summer.

Billie the Piggybank’s Hoofprint path is on the top of the new Market plaza where she has made her new home on the MarketFront. There are less than 30 Hoofprint opportunities remain on the plaza! In fall 2017, we will open up Hoofprint naming opportunities on Western Avenue.

Market Charms will hang from the railings surrounding the new MarketFront from the upper plaza down the staircase to the promenade leading to the future Central Waterfront Park.

The first installation of the Market Charms is now complete and more than 7,500 donors can finally come out to the MarketFront to meet their Charms!

Here is a simple ways to locate your Market Charm:

Multiple Charms ordered after January 15th will be placed together on the MarketFront for our next installation. All Charms donations under the same first name, last name and email address will be grouped together. If you have any questions about this don’t hesitate to email us at info@pikeplacemarketfoundation.org.

We are happy to help you find a tile in the Market. Tiles are searchable by inscription only. To look up your inscription:

  • Visit this webpage and click “How Do I locate my Market tile?”
  • Stop by the Info Booth located at the main entrance of the Market on the corner of Pike Place and Pike Street,
  • Or call us at (206) 774-5271

Automatic pledge payments by credit card are processed on the following schedule: monthly installments are processed on the 15th of the month immediately following the transaction date, quarterly installments are processed on the 1st of the calendar quarter immediately following the transaction date and annual installments are processed on the 1st of the month immediately following the transaction date. If you would like to pay off your pledge now, call us at 206-774-5271.

Yes! Send your check payable to “Pike Place Market Foundation” to:

Pike Place Market Foundation
85 Pike Street, Room 500
Seattle, WA 98101

Or call us at 206-774-5271. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards

Many companies match charitable donations made by their employees and retirees.  Contact your company’s human services department to submit your request for a matching gift today.  Completed matching gift forms can be faxed to (206) 682-7447 or mailed to the Pike Place Market Foundation at 85 Pike Street, Room 500 Seattle WA 98101.

Yes! A naming opportunity on the new MarketFront is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give the gift of the legacy of Pike Place Market. We’ve created gift-giving tools like e-Cards and print-at-home cards to share.

Yes! The Market Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of law. Our tax ID number is 91-1197625.

MarketFront History & Timeline

With the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and subsequent loss of parking under the Viaduct, Pike Place Market was given a unique opportunity to reclaim the site of the former Municipal Market Building. The site is within the Market Historic District and was part of Victor Steinbrueck’s original plan for the Market. Learn more about the history of the MarketFront on our Project Page

Construction began on June 24, 2015 and was complete in May 2017. We celebrated Grand Opening on June 29th, 2017! Learn more about construction of the MarketFront on our Project Page. Come out and visit the new MarketFront – see our MarketFront walking guide (http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/sites/default/files/MarketFront%20Walking%20Guide.pdf )

Pike Place Market is more than just fresh produce, seafood, and gorgeous bouquets of flowers. The Market is home to more than 400 low-income seniors and an array of social services that supports more than 11,000 vulnerable children, families and seniors every year.

The MarketFront offers the PDA and Pike Place Market Foundation the opportunity to honor and uphold one of the key purposes of the Market, “to preserve and expand the residential community, especially for low income people.”

Forty units of low-income senior housing are located on southern portion of the project. Seven of these apartments are designed to accommodate live-work space for low-income senior artists. Housing for low-income seniors has been identified as one of the most significant emerging needs in downtown and in the Market neighborhood. The Market Commons, a neighborhood center, opened on September 19, 2017 on the MarketFront.

MarketFront Funding

The Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) lead the project with oversight from the Market Historic Commission and with input from the Market community. Pike Place Market Foundation is managing the Pike Up! fundraising campaign to complete the final $6 million in construction costs and $3 million to create public art and expand social services on the MarketFront. The Miller Hull Partnership is the architecture firm selected to create the design. Project management is led by the Seattle-based firm SOJ. Sellen Construction is the general contractor and construction manager.

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 $29 Million to provide housing, healthcare, healthy food, childcare and a community of support to our most vulnerable neighbors. Over the past 35 years, The Market Foundation has contributed to a neighborhood model that allows a diverse community to live and thrive here at Pike Place Market.

Funding for the $75 million project comes from the PDA, parking mitigation funds from the City of Seattle and WSDOT, donations from the Pike Up! fundraising campaign, low income housing tax credits, grants, PDA equity and debt, new market tax credits and grant funds.  The PDA funded the initial exploratory design concepts along with support from the City of Seattle.

Visit this page to learn more: pikeplacemarket.org/marketfront-faq