Grantmaking LIVE!

Congratulations to North Cascade Institute for winning this year's Grant Competition and to Pushing Boundaries for winning this year's Audience Choice Award!

PSGA Panorama
12:45 - 2:15 pm, Oct. 17, 2018 

Four prominent grantmakers reveal their decision-making techniques as they review 6 finalist applications for the $2,000 PSGA Grant and pick the 2018 winner in front of their eyes 

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David Jackson, CEO and Managing Partner of Altruist Partners

Panelists (bios below)

Cristina González, Program Manager with Communities of Opportunity (COO)
Erin KahnExecutive Director of Raikes Foundation
Dale Kaku, Board Member, Kawabe Memorial Fund
Carla Moreira Strickland, Corporate Responsibility Specialist at JPMorgan Chase's Office of Nonprofit Engagement

David Jackson is the CEO and Managing Partner of Altruist Partners, a strategy and technical advisory firm that offers nonprofit, corporate, grantmaking clients proven and practical solutions to help solve their greatest strategic, revenue, and organizational challenges.  David’s leadership experience encompasses over two decades of directing large global human resource and business growth efforts at Microsoft, Scholastic Publishing and WebMD.  He also holds numerous leadership positions on nonprofit boards—the Board of Regents for Seattle University, the University of Washington’s Meany Center for the Performing Arts, the HR Certification Institute (Secretary/Treasurer), and the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (Past President).  A proud graduate of Howard University, David holds both an Ed.D. and an MBA from Seattle University, where he also teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Business.  

Cristina González is a Program Manager with Communities of Opportunity (COO), a collaborative initiative created through a partnership between King County and Seattle Foundation. COO is driven by community-led strategies to create greater health, social, economic, and racial equity in King County so that everyone thrives regardless of race or place. In her role with COO, Cristina oversees grant funding processes that support community partnerships, systems and policy change, and shared learning. Previously, Cristina was the Regional Program Manager of the Fund for Santa Barbara. During her tenure, she created and managed a teen grant-making program, Youth Making Change. She also managed the capacity-building program and supported grant-making for community organizations in Northern Santa Barbara County.

Since 2007, Erin Kahn has served as executive director of Raikes Foundation, created by Trish Raikes and her husband Jeff Raikes, a former Microsoft executive who later led the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Erin works closely with the co-founders to advance the foundation’s vision for a more just and inclusive society where all young people have the support they need to reach their full potential. Previously, Erin was associate director at Social Venture Partners Seattle. During her eight-year tenure, she managed the nonprofit capacity-building program and helped lead the grantmaking programs. Erin holds a Master's degree in public administration from the Evans School of Public Policy at UW and a Bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California at San Diego. She serves on the Boards of Directors for the League of Education Voters Foundation and Philanthropy Northwest.

Dale Kaku is a longtime member of the Kawabe Memorial Fund board and Kawabe House, both founded by Harry S. Kawabe, a sucessful businessman and philanthropist who was born in Japan and moved to Seattle in 1906.  Dale serves as the chairman of the Foundation’s grant committee which decides the allocation of funds.  Dale has also served for more than a decade on the board of the Seattle Nisei Veterans group which promotes veterans activities as well as community supporting events.  He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University in 1963. He received commission in US Army through ROTC at WSU and served two years in the US Army.  Mr. Kaku worked at the Boeing Company from 1966-1972 and at Morgan Stanley from 1972-2006. 

Carla Moreira Strickland is the Corporate Responsibility Specialist at JPMorgan Chase’s Office of Nonprofit Engagement (ONE), which is dedicated to fostering strong relationships with nonprofit organizations involved in advocacy, though leadership and services to low- to moderate-income communities, communities of color, and people with disabilities.  Carla previously was the Director of Communications and Development at Catalyst Miami, an anti-poverty nonprofit organization based in Miami. Carla is a Social Venture Partners Brainerd Fellow and is part of Leadership Tomorrow Class of 2019. She serves on the Board of Directors of Community Vision, Inc.


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