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May 27, 2022: A Note from Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro — I invite you to tune in for this week’s episode of my podcast and video show, Margaritas with Marguerita, where for 15 minutes each Friday at 5:15 pm EST, we learn from industry experts how to flex our financial muscles live on Facebook. 

Meet our guest: Elaine Chu, Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Seattle Foundation

Today’s Topic: Community foundations and collective impact

Rita asks:

  • How did you get involved in Seattle Foundation, and how did you become interested in philanthropy?
  • What does the Seattle Foundation do?
  • Are there benefits to someone opening a fund at a community foundation than just giving individually?
  • How has COVID impacted the foundation? The community?

About Elaine Chu: As Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Seattle Foundation, Elaine leads with a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens. She provides strategic consulting to  100+ impact-driven individuals and families to achieve their philanthropic goals, align their giving priorities, and develop trusted community relationships between nonprofits and donors.  She also manages the Foundation’s Scholarships Program and Youth Grantmaking Board.

Elaine started her career in nonprofit at a grassroots housing organization focused on providing workshops to educate tenants on their rights around evictions.  She has over 20 years of nonprofit experience in relationship building and development, focusing on youth development and education.  Before Seattle Foundation, she held positions with YouthCare, Seattle Housing Authority, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Casey Family Programs.

Elaine holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees (Business and Political Science) and a Master in Public Administration, both from the University of Washington.  Her volunteer and community work includes serving as Board of Trustees Chair for Green River College, a Governor appointed position and being on the executive leadership committee for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. She also is the winner of the National Women’s Political Caucus Heroine Award and Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation’s Community Award. Click here to connect with Elaine on LinkedIn!

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