About Us

mission & history

The Bollinger Foundation raises funds for the education and support of children who have lost one or both parents. Priority is given toward families in which either the deceased parent worked — or the surviving parent continues to work — in the field of public or affordable housing, or community and economic development.

The Foundation — established in 1989 — is named after Steve Bollinger, former Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), from 1981 until his death in 1984. After his death, Steve's wife Lin and their four young children were left to cope with the emotional and financial devastation that only the loss of a spouse and parent can bring.

Before his death, Steve had created an annual golf tournament. For three years, HUD staff, business associates, friends, and families would gather for a day of golf, sunshine, and companionship. After 1984, the Bollinger Open continued. But now the tournament had an additional goal: to raise funds for the Bollinger children's education. To date, the Bollinger Foundation has given away over $1 Million in grants.

In 1989, the Labor Department awarded worker compensation benefits to the Bollinger family. This allowed the golf tournament to serve other families in need who suffered a similar loss of a parent. It was that year that the Foundation was launched, with Lin Bollinger herself providing a generous donation.

Board of Directors

Lin Bollinger
Honorary Chair

Jeffrey Finkle
Chair (retired)


Heather Bollinger

Steve Bollinger

Thrive Companies, Principal and EVP of Development

Joe Schuler
General Counsel and Secretary

Jackson Lewis PC, Principal

Kim Estep
NAHMA, Executive Director

Rich Lerner
Vice President
Housing & Healthcare, Director

Denise Muha
Vice President

National Leased Housing Association, Executive Director

Bill Garber
Appraisal Institute
Director of Government and External Relations
Chris Boesen
Tiber Creek Associates of Capitol Hill, Inc.
Founder & President
Jeff Schummer
Financial Independence, Inc. - Real Estate Finance Consulting & Coaching
Jim Fram
Community Growth Strategies
Consultant & Economic Development Leader
Joe Accurso
Jeffries LLC
Managing Director
Ken Markison
Weiner Brodsky Kider PC
Vice President
Kim Estep
Branig Capital Markets
Kris Cook
Executive Director
Leslie Gooch
Lisa Blackwell
National Multi Housing Council
Vice President, Housing Policy
Mary Martell
Martell & Associates
Moutray McLaren
Vice President
Nathan Ohle
President & CEO
Parker Bollinger
Senior Director
Rob Camoin
Camoin & Associates
President & CEO
Rob Rotach
Walker & Dunlop
Ronnie Bryant
Roy Williams
Wells Fargo
Managing Director
Russell Riggs
Senior Policy Representative, Environmental and Administrative Regulatory Reform
Tim Kaiser
Public Housing Authority Directors Association
Executive Director
Trevor Tolbert
Senior Vice President
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Washington, D.C. 20005

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