PHILANTHROPY AUSTRALIA AWARDS 2017
Colleen Willoughby is Founder, Past-President and Emeritus Board Member of the Washington Women’s Foundation, an organisation she helped to create in Seattle in 1995. The Foundation’s mission is to create a new fund of major money from women donors and provide education for those donors to become effective philanthropists. In nearly 18 years, the Washington Women's Foundation (WWF) has grown to over 500 members and has invested over $12 million to the community. Another one million dollars was granted in June 2013.
Colleen has been instrumental in the establishment of ‘Global Women – Partners in Philanthropy’, which assists women around the world to work together and become effective philanthropists in their own communities utilising the successful model of collective giving developed by the WWF. In April 2013 Colleen spent time in China working with organisations actively preparing to launch their own foundations and she recently hosted a Chinese delegation in Seattle.
As part of the Australian Women Donors Network’s International Speaker Series Colleen Willoughby will tour Australia during August 2013 presenting at more than fourteen events across four cities. She will engage with donors, senior managers of trusts and foundations, not-for-profits, fundraisers and professional business and community leaders about the power of collective giving. Colleen will inspire, educate and provide the practical tools to help leverage the combined value of multiple gifts to achieve greater social impact.
|Monday Aug 19||2-4PM||Fundraiser's Masterclass - PwC||Register here|
|Tuesday Aug 20||12-2PM||Philanthropy Masterclass - AMP||Register here|
|Wednesday Aug 21||9.30-11.30AM||Philanthropy Masterclass - McCullough Robertson||Register here|
|Wednesday Aug 21||3-5PM||Fundraiser's Masterclass - EY||Register here|
|Thursday Aug 22||12-2PM||Philanthropy Masterclass - Arnold Bloch Leibler||Register here|
|Friday Aug 23||9.30-11.30AM||Fundraiser's Masterclass - Allens||Register here|
|Monday Aug 26||1-3PM||Fundraiser's Masterclass - Bankwest||Register here|
|Monday Aug 26||5.30-8PM||Public Talk on Collective Social Impact and Giving Circles Bankwest||Register here|
|Tuesday Aug 27||12-2PM||CEDA 'Women In Leadership' Luncheon||Register here|
Colleen Willoughby's WA tour is proudly supported by Bankwest.
More about Colleen Willoughby
Colleen speaks of the incredible capacity of women and how many of their skills and abilities are not fully utilised. She set up the Foundation in Seattle ‘to capture the capacity of women in the region’, describing her mission as ‘to mobilise women’s interests and grow knowledge about the community’.
WWF’s seeks to step up to a bolder level of philanthropy, looking deeper into the needs of the community and demonstrating the positive impact that results from informed, focused philanthropy and to educate, inspire and increase the number of women committed to philanthropy in order to strengthen community. The Foundation’s objective is simple - to change the course of women’s philanthropy through the power of collective giving.
Since inception, WWF has touched over 700 organisations through pooled and individual grants. WWF was honoured as an Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives in 2000; by Childhaven with their annual Mark Mathews Service to Children award for outstanding support of Childhaven’s effort to end the cycle of abuse and neglect in 2006; and by LEAD of Thurston County as their first Statewide Distinguished Leader Award in 2007.
Colleen has served as President of the Junior League of Seattle and on the Board of the Association of Junior Leagues International as a Sustaining Director in 1992. Colleen was Board Chair of United Way of King County, CITYCLUB, Seattle Children’s Home, Leadership/Tomorrow and the Saul and Dayee Haas Foundation. She has served as a member of the Boards of Directors of The Seattle Foundation, YMCA, the Pacific Science Centre, Planned Parenthood of King County and Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Centre Foundation. She currently is an Emeritus Trustee of Whitman College and a member of the Advisory Board of the Daniel J. Evans Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.
In 2004 she received the first Women of Influence award for philanthropic leadership by the Puget Sound Business Journal and in 2005 she was recognized by the Women University Club of Seattle, and the National Mortar Board as a distinguished alumna. In May 2012 Colleen received an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters degree from her alma mater, Whitman College, recognising the value and importance of her career in public service and philanthropy.
Colleen Willoughby is described as the ‘mother of giving circles in America’!