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National Philanthropy Day Awards

Seattle celebration recognizes outstanding philanthropy in our region

November 06, 2017

Seattle celebrated National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 2 at the annual AFP Advancement Northwest luncheon, attended by hundreds.

This event recognized outstanding philanthropy by committed organizations and individuals who give back to our community in many ways. The honorees include a Seattle Foundation philanthropist and a local family foundation that has invested significantly in our racial and economic equity work.

Lara Littlefield, president of AFP Advancement Northwest, said the givers recognized represent “so much more than dollar amounts” with their kindness, caring and compassion for others.

Ann Ramsay Jenkins accepts the award for outstanding philanthropist

The awards were presented to:
• REI, for Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
• Ann Ramsay-Jenkins, Outstanding Philanthropist
• Satterberg Foundation, Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation
• Leadership Tomorrow, Outstanding Philanthropic Organization
• H. Martin Smith Family, for Outstanding Philanthropic Family
• Watershed Pub & Kitchen, Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business

Awardee Ann Ramsay-Jenkins is a long-time Seattle Foundation philanthropist who serves on the board of Seattle Repertory Theater and co-founded the College Success Foundation, which has helped 8,200 low-income students graduate from college. She described her personal motto as “Bloom where you are planted,” and said that her goal in supporting organizations is to help them bloom.

Board members and sisters Mary and Judy Pigott accepted the award on behalf of the Satterberg Foundation, which supports a just society and sustainable environment. They said their approach is the listen to the experts of community-led nonprofits and then to invest in them with significant, unrestricted, multi-year grants. Satterberg Foundation partners with Seattle Foundation on the work of our Center for Community Partnerships to increase racial equity and economic opportunities in our region.

Additionally, Leadership Tomorrow, which has provided leadership development opportunities to more than 2,000 regional professionals, uses Seattle Foundation’s Healthy Community framework as part of its training and curriculum.

Keynote speaker Dr. Ana Mari Cauce, president of the University of Washington, lauded the people in the room who do incredible work to better our community and make it a healthier, more prosperous and equitable place.

Cauce said she believes there’s no investment with a greater return than public higher education, where one philanthropic gift can be life-changing for the first member of a family to go to college.

“There’s no community that I’m prouder to be part of than this community, right here, right now in this room,” Cauce said. “I believe that what you care about truly changes the world.”




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