Transition at the NW Fund for the Environment
Our long-time staff Pam Fujita-Yuhas and Zoe Rothchild are bidding farewell effective December 31st, 2022. Please read the letter from our Board President, Paul Kampmeier below for more information.
We will be making grants in 2023!
The NW Fund for the Environment will not be accepting applications for its standard or community response fund grants in 2023. All grants in 2023 will be foundation-directed and grantees who have ongoing multiyear grants or have recently received NW Fund grants will be contacted with status updates in the first quarter of the new year.
From Paul Kampmeier, President, Board of Directors
Grantees, Colleagues and Friends of the NW Fund for the Environment,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the NW Fund, I am writing to share the news that after over two decades of dedicated service to the Foundation, Pam Fujita-Yuhas and Zoe Rothchild have decided to resign as Foundation Directors to explore new paths and opportunities. They will be officially stepping down at the end of December. We are deeply indebted to them for the passion, commitment, skill and experience they brought to the grantmaking and operations of the NW Fund. As we look back over our time together, we know you share our gratitude for the long and deep partnerships they developed in their work with all of you and the Board is excited to continue to build on their wonderful legacy going forward.
With the upcoming departure of Pam and Zoe, we expect that many of you will have questions about the future of our grantmaking programs and our work in Washington State. I want to reassure you that the Board of Trustees is committed to continuing to make grants in 2023 and beyond. The Board is developing a grantmaking plan for the coming year and we plan to share more information on our website and via email in the coming months as we consider how best to meet our staffing, administration and programmatic needs. In the meantime, Pam and Zoe will be reaching out to our current grantees to complete final report evaluations due this year and to provide updates on reports due in 2023 and beyond. I encourage you to reach out to them directly to convey your questions and best wishes.
While this change represents a significant shift in staffing, the work and mission of the Fund – to protect and preserve the environment of Washington State and support the organizations and communities engaged in that work – will not change. We look forward to continuing on that journey with all of you.
Board of Trustees
NW Fund for the Environment