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Gates Volunteer Service Award

Maggie and Doug Walker, 2016 Gates Volunteer Service Award Recipients

Maggie and Doug Walker are well-known for their decades of visionary philanthropy, passionate advocacy and transformative leadership at the University of Washington. In recognition of their tremendous impact, the UW Foundation has chosen to honor them with the 2016 Gates Volunteer Service Award.


Jerry and Lyn Grinstein, 2015 Gates Volunteer Service Award recipients

Jerry and Lyn Grinstein

Jerry and Lyn Grinstein, unwavering supporters of the University of Washington for decades, have attended countless graduation ceremonies, but Lyn says she gets a lump in her throat every time. “I think about what a transformational mission this is for so many individuals, but the bigger mission is not for the individual,” she says. “The bigger mission is what it does for the community.”

It is the University’s impact on the community that has inspired the Grinsteins to be such passionate advocates. In recognition of their deep and long-standing commitment to the University, the UW Foundation has honored them with the 2015 Gates Volunteer Service Award.

Jerry, whose remarkable career has spanned politics, law and business, has proved an invaluable UW leader in many capacities. A co-chair of the University’s first campaign and a former UW Regent, he has served — and continues to serve — on a host of UW boards and committees. He and Lyn both bring their passion and leadership to the UW Medicine Campaign Initiatives Committee. Lyn, a former chair and current director of the UW Foundation Board, also leads campaign fundraising efforts for the Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, and she puts her love of the arts to work as a member of the Henry Art Gallery Advisory Council.

In her tenure as chair of the UW Foundation Board, Lyn created the Deep Dive program, which gives volunteer leaders the chance to experience the remarkable things that happen across the University every day.

“Don’t forget the development of these young minds that’s going on all around — you can’t walk through this campus without feeling it,” says Lyn. “Don’t forget the everyday magic.”

Watch the GVSA video

This video is a profile of the Grinsteins and highlights their many contributions over the years to the University of Washington.

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View the GVSA artwork

This image is a close-up of the artwork presented to Jerry and Lyn Grinstein at UW’s Fourteenth Annual Recognition Gala. Their portrait is surrounded by images that represent some of the areas of their UW involvement.

Portrait by Michael Reagan, artist and UW retiree.

More about the Gates Volunteer Service Award

The Gates Volunteer Service Award is presented annually by the University of Washington and the UW Foundation to recognize and honor individuals whose long-term volunteer efforts of time, service and philanthropy have encouraged others to similarly support the University of Washington.

Recipients of the Gates Volunteer Service Award exemplify the highest standards of service to the University of Washington modeled by the singular vision and generosity of the William H. Gates family, whose volunteer service, commitment of time and philanthropy continues to advance the work of the UW in profound and enduring ways. Read more about the Gates family’s support of the University of Washington.

First presented in 2002, the award follows the tradition of the long-standing UW Recognition Award, initiated in 1976. It is one of the most distinguished accolades bestowed by the UW.

View previous Gates Volunteer Service Award recipients

View the UW Recognition Award recipients