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January 2019 Seattle Lunchtime Program and Annual Meeting
Panoramic Center - 8th Fl. Pacific Tower
1200 12th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98144

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Thursday, January 17, 2019, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM PDT
Category: Seattle Meetings

Seattle Lunchtime Program
and Annual Meeting 

Is Change Possible in the Funding World?
An Honest Discussion

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

It’s 2019 and we’re looking for a reboot of the nonprofit-funder relationship! Blogger and nonprofit changemaker Vu Le and Seattle Foundation President & CEO Tony Mestres promise the conversation will be candid, lively (and possibly even irreverent at times) when they join us to discuss:

  • Why we keep having the same conversations over and over again
  • The frustrations of funding in the nonprofit world
  • The pitfalls of power dynamics
  • Why there aren’t more general operating grants
  • Passive aggressive competition versus cooperation
  • What YOU can do in 2019 to be a changemaker!

And so much more - because we have a lot to talk about. Find out how we can have the hard conversations and partner in the year ahead to increase investment in the social justice and equity-driven initiatives that strengthen our communities.

Vu Le is the Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, author of the nationally known blog Nonprofit AF, and co-author of the book “Unicorns Unite: How Nonprofits & Foundations Can Build Epic Partnerships.” Vu’s humorous yet straightforward and honest critiques of how funding relationships work and don’t work for marginalized communities are catalyzing new conversations and challenging long-standing assumptions in the funding environment.

Tony Mestres is the president and CEO of Seattle Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in the country, with more than $1 billion in assets. His extensive experience includes 22 years in high technology sales and marketing. Under Tony’s leadership, the Seattle Foundation has redefined its role as a voice for community needs and developed impact-driven strategies to drive greater equity and opportunity across the region.

This program will also include the 2019 PSGA Annual Membership meeting and presentation of the 2018 PSGA Goodwin Deacon Star Award. 

There will be delicious holiday treats, both naughty and nice, so come early to network with peers. 


11:30 AM to 12 PM - Registration, Special Treats & Networking
12 to 1:30 PM - Program 


Members: Free!
Non-members: $15 


  • Your help is needed to set up the room prior to the event.  If you can join other volunteers at 11:15 to help set up chairs and tables, please send an email to [email protected].
  • Current members may continue to bring a friend to one lunch program this year at the member rate (FREE).  When guests register, enter the name of the member who sent the invitation.
  • Although we will offer free sweet treats and limited beverages at this program, PSGA does not serve lunch. You are welcome to bring your own food and eat while you listen. FareStart Café, located on the 2nd floor of the building, offers takeout beverages and food.
  • For more information about the lunchtime programs, please visit the programs page
  • Join the PSGA Listserv! After logging in on the PSGA website, you can sign up for the listserv from the members' welcome page. It is a forum where PSGA members exchange information and seek answers to grant-related questions.
  • For the health and comfort of all event participants, we ask that you refrain from wearing strong fragrances while attending PSGA events. Many people are allergic and/or sensitive to fragrances. Please use in moderation when wearing perfume, cologne, or scented lotions. 

About our lunchtime programs:

Lunchtime meetings offer a special guest presenter or panel discussion, with Q&A. Come at 11:30 to chat with others in the nonprofit world. Online registration is normally available no less than 3 weeks before the event date.