Community Foundation of NCW Welcomes New Staff

The Community Foundation of NCW has seen significant growth over the last decade, and in response has hired new staff to better serve its generous donors, regional nonprofits, and college-bound students.

Erika Orsulak has joined the foundation as the Director of Education Programs. This position manages over 100 unique scholarship funds, connecting students across North Central Washington to scholarships that can ease the financial burden of a college education. Erika will also oversee the foundation’s education-focused grant programs, including the Stronger Schools Grant that supports public schools and school districts. Erika has worked in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors for over 17 years. Most recently, she worked for the National Scholarship Providers Association and Washington Women in Need.

Claire Oatey has joined the foundation as the Director of Community Grants. This position manages the foundation’s competitive grant programs, including the Regional Impact Grant and the Helping Hands Grant. Claire will also oversee the Nonprofit Practices Institute, a capacity-building program in partnership with the Icicle Fund that serves the region’s nonprofits. Claire has several years of experience working in various areas of the nonprofit sector, including Rebuilding Together Seattle, an animal welfare organization, and The Center for Early Childhood Programs in Colorado.

The Community Foundation has also created a new position, Director of Philanthropy, which will be assumed by Denise Sorom, the foundation’s former Director of Community Philanthropy. Denise will be stewarding current and interested foundation donors, and supporting the continued growth of community philanthropy in our region.

“We are committed to protecting our region’s charitable investments with a highly talented and dedicated team that can bridge people’s philanthropic dreams with our community’s needs,” said Beth Stipe, Executive Director. “Our region continues to support and expand community philanthropy with generous gifts, and we’re excited to be growing in the direction of continually improving our communities together.”

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