Colleen Willoughby | Founding President, Washington Women's Foundation
Colleen Willoughby is co-founder and President of the Washington Women’s Foundation, an organization 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 eleven years, the foundation has grown to 480 members and has invested over $7.4 million of their own money into the community. Since inception, WWF has touched over 700 organizations through pooled and individual grants.
WWF was honored as 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. WWF has been mentioned in national publications, including Town & Country magazine’s special annual editions of the Power of Philanthropy in 2005 and 2007.
She currently is an Emeritus Trustee of Whitman College and is Chair of the Visiting Committee 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’s University Club of Seattle and the National Mortar Board as a distinguished alumna.