Peter R. Marsh Foundation

About the Peter R. Marsh Foundation

The Peter R. Marsh Foundation, established in 2002, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in Camas, Washington. The Foundation initiatives have included teaching Servant Leadership management principles to small private and public institutions, and to recognize and award private citizens who instinctively and voluntarily serve others within their communities.


The idea of Servant Leadership was introduced by Robert Greenleaf (1904-1990) from his reading of Herman Hesse’s Journey to the East. Greenleaf was captivated by the idea of a servant actually being the leader and subsequently wrote the essay The Servant as Leader (1970) through which he introduced the term “Servant Leadership” and the Servant Leadership movement was born. The Peter R. Marsh Foundation taught and promoted the principles of Servant Leadership to leaders of small institutions throughout the Northwest and has funded Servant Leadership curriculum in higher education.


The Peter R, Marsh Foundation recognizes that students who unselfishly provide voluntary service in their communities possess above average social/emotional intelligence, are more empathetic towards others, live more-peaceful lives, achieve greater-than-average academic success, graduate HS and typically attend college.  In adult life these students often become competent parents and valuable members of their communities.

The objective of the Student Silent Servant Award (“SSSA”) initiative is to support high schools in their efforts to embed emotional/social intelligence in all their students.  The goals of the Silent Service award are to: 1. Teach all students that public service is a key element of a successful life. 2. Utilize the award ceremony to encourage all students to be of service to others in need. 3. Cultivate empathy and self-worth throughout the student body annually. 4. Enhance the civic profile of the school within its community each year.

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