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Northwest Washington Igniting Philanthropy Luncheon - Beyond Development: Growing an Organization-Wide Culture of Philanthropy
Bellingham Golf & Country Club
3729 Meridian Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
United States
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM PDT
Category: Northwest WA Igniting Philanthropy

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


11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Registration and Networking
12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
– Program 


Member: $40
Non-member: $50
On-site: $60 

Program Summary

We all succeed when everyone at a nonprofit works in harmony. But when schedules are tight, workloads overwhelming, communication siloed, and staff and board are in their separate corners, internal issues are sure to impede effectiveness. Join a panel of local nonprofit peers from executive, finance, program, and development staff to learn tips for increasing communication and engaging all departments in an organization-wide culture of philanthropy.

Learning objectives:

  • Leave with a stronger understanding of the challenges facing different nonprofit departments
  • Gain tips to strengthen interdepartmental communication and connection
  • Takeaway tangible ideas for strengthening or changing the internal culture of your nonprofit


Janet Ott, Owner, Janet Ott and Associates

Bio: Janet is an executive and organizational coach, facilitator and workshop leader with her own business, Ottand Associates, in Whatcom County. For over 30 years she has facilitated the first two programs in the Excellence Series for Excellence Northwest. A Vietnam veteran, Janet is a Lieutenant Colonel (retired) with a 22-year Army career. Her passion is being a catalyst for individuals and organizations to create extraordinary results, and to create thriving, authentic, collaborative relationships through provocative conversation. She is equally passionate about cycling, kayaking, hiking, skiing gardening, and adventure travel.


Dianne Bradshaw
, Finance/HR Manager, United Way of Whatcom County

Bio: Dianne was born and raised in Whatcom County. She has been working for a non-profit entity for 15 years in the Finance and Human Resources department. Dianne is married and has five grandchildren and two Siberian Huskies that keep her busy. Her hobbies also include fishing, crabbing, and gardening.

Jenn Mackey
, Stewardship Director, Whatcom Land Trust

Bio: As Stewardship Director of Whatcom Land Trust Jenn engages hundreds of volunteers every year in hands-on stewardship and land protection activities on Land Trust properties and parks. She also serves as a key liaison with partner organizations, public agencies and private land owners the Land Trust collaborates with to fulfill its mission.

Emily O'Connor
, Executive Director, Lydia Place

Bio: Emily O’Connor has served as Executive Director of Lydia Place since 2012 and prior to that served as Executive Director of Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services. She earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington. Emily has dedicated her professional career to working on issues of poverty, inequality, and child wellbeing. Established in 1989, the mission of Lydia Place is to break the cycle of homelessness by promoting sustained independence for current and future generations. In addition to her work to with Lydia Place, Emily serves on various local committees and is currently the President of Whatcom Women in Business.

Jennifer Rick
, Director of Development, Whatcom County Library Foundation

Bio: Jennifer Rick is the Director of Development for the Whatcom County Library Foundation. She has worked in the development profession for more than 30 years, serving in various staff roles in large organizations (WWU), to small, start-up foundations.



This program is eligible for 1.5 CFRE credit hours. Please note that you are required to self track your own credit hours.




Northwest Washington Igniting Philanthropy Series - All Levels

This series is for fundraising professionals in Whatcom County, Skagit County, and the surrounding area to showcase engaging programs and resources for fundraising leadership in the Northwest.

Contact: Advancement Northwest Office - [email protected] or (206) 971-3605