Funders Panel: Picking the Winner of the 2016 PSGA Grant Competition

1:30–2:45 p.m.

Funders Panel:
Kristina Mayer, Ed.D., Owner, KLMayer Consulting Group; Dave Ferrero, Ed.D., Senior Program Officer for Education, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation; Kirsten Franklin-Temple, Grants Management Specialist, the Northwest Office of Native American Programs with the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Colette Ogle, Program Officer, Employees Community Fund of Boeing; John Olson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Everett Community College Foundation

Description:
Each year, PSGA invites grant proposals for up to $2,000 in funding for a nonprofit organization. Through a random lottery, six finalist proposals will be chosen to be publicly discussed at this session by a set of prominent funders. The result – a unique window on a grantmaking process – can be funny, brutal and educational all at the same time. The Funders Panel will award the money, on the spot. Then we'll reveal the "Audience Choice Award," earlier voted on by attendees.

Presenter Bios: 
Kristina Mayer, Ed.D., KLMayer Consulting Group: Kristina is a specialist in the fields of philanthropy and education. She leads the KLMayer Consulting Group, helping leaders build organizational capacity and focus on results. She also teaches leadership, management and fundraising in the Nonprofit Certificate Programs on two UW campuses. Before launching her consulting career, Dr. Mayer was a program officer for nearly a decade at both the Stuart Foundation and the Washington Mutual Foundation. Prior to that, she spent 20 years working in education as an advocate, teacher and principal.

Dave Ferrero, Ed.D., Senior Program Officer for Education, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation: Dave joined Vulcan in fall 2013 as Senior Program Officer for Education after working 13 years with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dave began his career as a high school English teacher in a school district near Chicago and night desk reporter for a Chicago-area chain of newspapers. He helped start up Achieve Inc., an organization created by the Business Roundtable and National Governor's Association to promote standards-based reform, and worked on special assignment to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education to create an alternative certification program designed to attract non-traditional candidates to teaching.

Kirsten Franklin-Temp, Grants Management Specialist, the Northwest Office of Native American Programs with the Department of Housing and Urban Development: Kirsten manages a portfolio of over $18M in grants to Tribes in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Prior to HUD, she served as the Alaska-Washington State Director for the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) from 2011 to 2016 where she oversaw $4.3M in annual grant funding. She also served as a Program Officer with CNCS from 2005-2011. Prior to working for CNCS, she worked as a recruiter for the Northwest Peace Corps Office in Seattle.

John Olson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Everett Community College Foundation: Since 2008, John has worked with the foundation's board of directors to secure funding for students and programs at the college. Each year the Foundation awards grants to faculty and staff for a variety of projects and professional development activities, and John is the administrator responsible for this process. He is a board member for several community organizations which also make funding decisions, including the Everett Rotary Club and the Everett Public Schools Foundation.

Colette Ogle, Program Officer, Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound: Colette has been the Program Officer for ECF since 1998. Working with and training a rotating board of trustees, she oversees the funding of $8.6 million dollars annually in direct grants to local Health & Human Service nonprofits and United Ways in the counties where Boeing employees live and work. She also manages the ECF website and helps lead the ECF Campaign to inspire a new generation of employees to give to the Fund.