Reimagining Community Philanthropy: East King County Community Fund


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Watch a recording of the East King County Community Fund webinar here.
Download the webinar slides here.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020
2 – 3 p.m.

East King County is a dynamic place with unique attributes and needs. The East King County Community Fund, launched in June, offers philanthropists an opportunity to join together to address the area’s particular local needs, including those amplified by the coronavirus pandemic. Join us for this webinar to learn how philanthropy and this fund can be a tool for addressing the most urgent issues facing East King County communities.


Tony Mestres, President & CEO, Seattle Foundation
Tony Mestres is President & CEO of Seattle Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country and one of the largest grantmakers in the Pacific Northwest. Under Tony’s leadership, Seattle Foundation has redefined its role as a civic leader, shining a light on community needs and developing cross-sector initiatives to drive racial and economic equity throughout the region. These efforts have been recognized with numerous awards; most recently, Tony was named The NonProfit Times’ 2019 Influencer of the Year. Prior to joining Seattle Foundation, Tony had a 22-year career in high technology, most of which at Microsoft, where he was the vice president responsible for worldwide sales and marketing of the Windows product line. He currently serves on the board.

Lynne Robinson, Mayor, City of Bellevue
Mayor Lynne Robinson joined the City Council in 2014, and she has a long history of civic involvement. She is a champion for startups and small business, and has encouraged startup and equity crowdfunding workshops at City Hall. Her colleagues voted her mayor in January 2020, after she previously served a term as deputy mayor. Before her election to the council, Lynne served on and chaired the Bellevue Network on Aging and the Parks & Community Services Board.

David Downing, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Eastside Services
David is both a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Child Mental Health Specialist, with over 25 years of leadership in the non-profit sector. David holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington, and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University. David serves on several boards including the Alliance of Eastside Agencies, and the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Washington State. In addition, he has been nationally recognized by the Child Welfare League of America for his work and advocacy for youth in the child welfare system (Outstanding Direct Service Worker Award for the Western United States)

Allison Parker, Managing Director, Philanthropy Strategies, Seattle Foundation
Allison has a passion for advising philanthropists on giving through their wills to ensure their investments are personally meaningful and address the needs of our community. As a former program officer and scholarship manager, Allison brings a breadth of knowledge to philanthropic advising. Allison previously worked for U.S. Senator Patty Murray and was a nonprofit fundraiser. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington. Her volunteer commitments include the Board of Seattle Rotary #4. In 2012, the Puget Sound Business Journal honored Allison with its “Forty Under 40” Award. She is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) and a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).


Sally Gillis, Managing Director, Strategic Impact & Partnerships, Seattle Foundation
With over ten years in the social sector, Sally brings a strong commitment to partnerships and social justice to the work of SeaFdn. Previously, Sally served as the Director of Collective Action at Social Venture Partners Seattle (SVP), where she guided the organization’s collective impact and funder collaborative work. Her background includes working in the government, nonprofit and foundation sectors in the fields of homelessness and youth development. Sally has a master’s in macro-level social work from Boston University and graduated from Lafayette College.

Watch a recording of the East King County Community Fund webinar hereDownload the webinar slides here.

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