University of Puget Sound event connects nonprofits, grantmakers

Would you like to meet the people who could make your nonprofit venture a success? A rare opportunity to meet representatives from up to 15 of Washington’s major grantmaking foundations and organizations will take place at University of Puget Sound on Thurs., Jan. 26.

Grantwriters and other officials from nonprofit groups are invited to come to the 7:30–10:30 a.m. session, where they will be able to meet funders including The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The Russell Family Foundation, The Sequoia Foundation, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, Bank of America, Century Link, and others. The forum will take place in Wheelock Student Center on campus.

“We’re pleased to be able to host this compelling event that could make such a difference in so many peoples’ lives, through the generosity of Pacific Northwest grantmakers,” said Jane Kenyon, corporate and foundation relations director. “It should be a fruitful morning for all, and a chance for some of the participants to meet face-to-face, perhaps for the first time.”

Those attending the forum will choose the four funders they would most like to meet. They will then meet one funder as part of a small group and switch tables every 20 minutes, until they have met all four. Participants will learn about the grantmakers’ giving priorities, deadlines, application processes, and contact information, and they will have a chance to ask questions.

Space for the event is limited to the first 135 participants. Grantwriters and others interested in corporate and foundation funding can register at . The event is $50 for members of the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association and $64 for nonmembers.

The event is organized by the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association, South Sound branch and by University of Puget Sound’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations and the Business Services office, led by John Hickey, executive director of community engagement and associate vice president for business services. To register and get details, visit and click on “upcoming events.”