Feature Story

Karen Moyer

Co-founder of The Moyer Foundation

Karen Moyer is co-founder of The Moyer Foundation, a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in distress, both locally and nationwide, through Camp Erin™ – a nationwide network of bereavement camps for grieving children. She is a mother of seven children, a board member for numerous health and children’s organizations, the owner of “Go Legs,” a cycling studio in Seattle, and the manager of Magnolia Baseball, a youth baseball organization. In this 1:1 she offers insight into how she maintains the balance and achieves success in so many different realms.

Q: As a mom of seven, how did you find the time and energy to pursue significant business and philanthropic endeavors?

Karen: A Notre Dame education provided me with the solid foundation for setting personal goals, leading me to pursue my dream of a career in the TV/news industry. However, I realized that being married to a professional athlete made it difficult to have both a demanding career and happy marriage. Getting involved in philanthropy and creating The Moyer Foundation to help children in distress became my new passion for purpose.

Q: What are the most important factors to establishing a work/life balance?


  • Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Look at the tasks for the next day the night before and figure out a plan and a way to get through tomorrow’s agenda. Take one day at a time.
  • Strive to live each day with purpose and meaning. Every day I set a goal of getting the most out of that day because I realize tomorrow is not guaranteed.
  • Take time to re-focus and think about what is important. I occasionally step back and look at the faces of the children we help every day at The Moyer Foundation…that alone becomes motivation and inspiration for a work/life balance.

Q: What tips do you have for other women who wish to focus more time and energy on charitable causes?

Karen: Find your passion. Anything fueled by passion can be achieved. Everyone has the time, talent and/or treasure to share. Make it part of your purpose.

Q: For women who don’t think they can afford to donate cash or time right now, what words of encouragement can you provide?

Karen: If you are passionate about something, you can find the time. Don’t worry about quantity- you can give as much or as little as you can, but recognize that even one hour does make a difference. Volunteer to help stuff envelopes or do some research online at home for you favorite charity. Think about how to involve your kids in charitable efforts, and do something together with your children. Nothing is more motivating than kids helping kids.

Q: Was taking ownership of Go Legs an opportunity to include physical fitness into your life?

Karen: Physical fitness has always been a part of my life. Two things I love about opening a business at age 40: 1) It is something that I created 100% on my own 2) I love that Go Legs is a place where people come to work hard because they are concerned about their physical being, and they leave feeling more spiritually, physically and mentally fit.

Q: You have a variety of roles. What’s your favorite everyday task?

Karen: Being a mom. I have children ages 18-3 – no teenage problem becomes too big in our house when you have toddlers making you smile from their extreme innocence and outlook on life.