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June 2018 Luncheon: Community Foundations
Women's University Club
1105 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Monday, June 11, 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM EST
Category: Events

June 11th Luncheon

Pre-registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome.

The role of Community Foundations: a conversation with three local leaders, Jim Hopper of the Bainbridge Island Community foundation, Elena Pullen-Venema of the Community Foundation of Snohomish County, and Evelyn Ryberg of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. They will share their roles with the donor community, the advisor community, and the non-profit community. Community Foundations provide a meeting point for these three constituents to collaborate for the benefit of their community. Providing opportunities for education and collaboration to help donors create the impact that they wish to have.


Jim Hopper, CFRE, The Bainbridge Community Foundation

Bio: Jim is the Executive Director of the Bainbridge Community Foundation.  Jim has more than 20 years of experience working with nonprofit agencies - earning a reputation for innovative problem solving and sound organizational development strategies.

He incorporates industry best-practices and a national perspective to guide The Bainbridge Community Foundation through its service to the community.   Prior to joining the Foundation, Jim was a Principal with the Collins Group, where he counseled more than 40 nonprofit clients across many sectors, in the areas of capacity building, fundraising, and leadership development. 

Jim serves on the board of Leave10, a movement which aims to transform people into philanthropists by educating, inspiring & encouraging individuals to leave at least 10% of their estate to charity.

He lives on Bainbridge with his sons Nicolas (11), Chase (7) and daughter MaryKate (4) and his beautiful wife Sarah.

Elena Pullen-Venema, The Foundations of Snohomish County

Elena has been with the Community Foundation of Snohomish County since 2013. As Director of Gift Planning, she works closely with individuals, families, and their professional advisors to help build tax friendly charitable giving options that create meaningful legacies and grow philanthropy throughout Snohomish County. Elena currently serves as Board Vice President for the Snohomish County Estate Planning Council. With more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Elena also has her MBA in Finance. She is currently completing coursework for a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designation through the American College of Financial Services and expects to complete that program in 2018. Originally from Massachusetts, and after having spent time living and working in southern Africa, Elena now lives in Snohomish with her husband Jaymes and two children Thandi and JD. In her free time, Elena enjoys coaching for the Snohomish Youth Soccer Club, volunteering in her children’s schools, and is an avid runner.


Evelyn Ryberg, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation

Evelyn joined Greater Tacoma Community Foundation in July 2014.  As Director of Philanthropic Services, she helps clients articulate and advance their highest aspirations for self, family, and society through philanthropy.   She also serves as the principal liaison with professional advisors providing strategies for charitable giving in financial and estate plans for their clients.  

Evelyn holds the CAP® (Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®) designation from the American College of Financial Services which provides tools and knowledge to bring philanthropic vision to reality. Prior to joining GTCF, her career was in the financial services industry, including over eight years as a Vice President and Private Banker with the Wealth Management divisions of Fifth Third Bank, and JP Morgan Private Wealth Management.

Evelyn enjoys presenting to community groups and professional organizations about the power of philanthropy and often does seminars on legacy planning and charitable giving strategies.  She is 21/64 certified which enables her to serve as a facilitator for multigenerational family conversations.  She is a member of Rotary 8 Club in Tacoma, Tacoma Estate Planning Council, South Sound Planned Giving Council, and serves on the board of Leave10, a philanthropic organization promoting the concept of leaving ten percent of one’s estate as a charitable legacy to positively impact our communities for generations.


Members: $37.50 | No Lunch - Free
Non-members: $50 | No Lunch- $10
All walk-ins with lunch: $50

Additional Details:

*If you're driving to Women's University Club, please give yourself a few extra minutes. The small parking garage on-site is for Club members only.  Please take advantage of a number of nearby parking garages.  One suggestion is the WAC parking garage. If you care to search other options, visit the Seattle Parking Finder website.

Members who register a non-member guest for a lunch meeting can receive a $10 discount code for a future lunch. To receive the discount, the non-member guest must be registered for a luncheon with a meal. You will be contacted following the event with details.    

WPGC Late Registration Policy - Late registrants or walk-in participants are not guaranteed meal requests. To ensure your dietary needs are met, please register for luncheons in advance. Online registration closes at noon on the Thursday prior to our Monday luncheons. You will only be charged for a meal if you are served. WPGC and the Women's University Club will do their best to accommodate.


Contact: WPGC Office, 206-209-5276