$100,000 Awarded to Capital Campaign from Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation


Contact: Nikki Huang, Development Director
Denise Louie Education Center
(425) 533-0805

Denise Louie Education Center awarded $100,000 to Capital Campaign from Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation

SEATTLE, MAY 5, 2018 – To help expand early learning services to low income refugee and immigrant children and families, Denise Louie Education Center (DLEC) has received a $100,000 grant from the Sheng Yen Lu (SYL) Foundation for its capital campaign. This support brings the total amount raised to approximately $4.3 million toward the early learning center at Mercy Magnuson Place. “At DLEC, we believe that success starts with us, at the beginning stages of life and we are grateful to funders like SYL Foundation who believe in the work that we do and continues to share our vision for the future,” said Nikki Huang, DLEC’s Director of Major Giving. This site will serve as many as 300 children and their guardians at a time when the demand for childcare services are at its highest. “Investing in early learning for immigrant and refugee children is a priority for SYL Foundation,” said SYL Foundation President Fo-Ching Lu. “We are thrilled to support this effort of creating a place of learning alongside affordable housing and healthcare access, all of which are critical for building happy and healthy communities.”

The new space will be located in the Magnuson Park area and features 3 preschool classrooms, 2 infant classrooms, socialization and gross motor room, conference and training room, office space and an outdoor playground. This collaborative effort, also known as Mercy Magnuson Place will provide affordable housing units, a health care clinic and early learning site for the community. Construction has begun and doors will open in late 2019.

From left to right, DLEC’s Director of Major Giving Nikki L. Huang, DLEC’s Executive Director Susan Yang, DLEC’s Board President Kai Shih, and SYL Foundation President Fo-Ching Lu are pictured above

Denise Louie Education Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established to provide high-quality multicultural early learning and family support services for low income children and families in the King County area. To learn more about Denise Louie Education Center’s capital campaign visit, http://thefirstyears.org.


Nikki Huang, Development Director
(425) 533-0805