Mike and Molly Hanlon: Tech Grants

NET WORTH: Unknown


FUNDING AREAS: Seattle Community

OVERVIEW: Mike Hanlon and his wife Molly move their philanthropy through the Hanlon Foundation, which makes investments in organizations that add value to communities to which they belong. Annual grantmaking has been modest of late.

BACKGROUND: Mike Hanlon graduated with a B.S. in general science from Oregon State University and received his master’s and Ph.D. from University of Washington. He joined Amazon as its seventh employee in 1995. He was later a professor of Global Health at the University of Washington. He went on to cofound Abett, which helps self-insured employers track and reduce healthcare expenditure.


SEATTLE COMMUNITY: Molly chairs the board of Zeno, which “builds confidence and skills in math by getting mathy games and resources into the homes of families in Seattle and beyond.” Molly once taught high school math. The couple support the organization via their foundation. Other grantees have included College Success Foundation, where Molly once worked; Villa Academy; Woodland Park Zoo; Washington Women’s Foundation, where Molly was on the board for more than a decade and a half; and Technology Access Foundation.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect the Hanlons’ steady regional giving to continue. Molly, who’s been active in the nonprofit arena for decades, should be watched carefully. She’s also a principal of Hanlon Consulting, which helps non-profit organizations use their data more effectively.


Hanlon Foundation
4052 NE 56th St.
Seattle, WA 98105