Catherine was serving on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of Western Washington when WA Women’s Foundation awarded GSWW a $100,000 grant. Seeing the Foundation’s collective giving model in action inspired Catherine to become a member. It also inspired her to organize a group of older Girls Scouts who pooled money from their cookie sales and made a grant together! Participating herself in grant making at the Foundation transformed Catherine’s personal philanthropy. Catherine notes, “The site visits especially influenced my philanthropy – I am more likely to visit the organizations that I support now.” Like many members, Catherine balances work, family and many community commitments beyond WA Women’s Foundation. “I have a pretty jam packed schedule, but I never begrudge my time at WA Women’s Foundation. I can’t over-emphasize the impact of working with such a talented and engaged group of women.”
Participate in an educational forum or skill-building workshop. Visit a community nonprofit. Attend an informal gathering or a community celebration of our grantees.