Celebrate Giving!

Founded in 2000, South Sound Partners for Philanthropy (South Sound Partners) is a consortium of more than 40 South Sound non-profit organizations dedicated to the promotion of philanthropic efforts in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. The goal of the group is to work collaboratively to increase the awareness of local needs and the vital role that giving locally plays in the success and health of our community.

Residents of Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey, and rural Thurston County typically donate millions of dollars to local non-profit organizations that support the arts, health and human services, education, the environment, youth programs, senior services and much more. A recent community assessment reported more than half of Thurston County residents volunteer and more than two-thirds contribute financially to charities.

Members of South Sound Partners for Philanthropy hold each other accountable to a high standard of fundraising ethics so donors and volunteers in our community know that their time and money is being put to best use. Members collaborate on a variety of projects and communicate regularly to ensure that resources are used effectively and efficiently.

South Sound Partners provides regular education and training sessions to both members and the community at large so new and innovative ideas are brought to the forefront. In addition, education is provided to donors regarding planned giving and estate planning.

    Other Information:


      South Sound Partners for Philanthropy Meetings

      Meetings are usually on the First Wednesday of each month (some exceptions during holidays, and the summer) 

      Time:  8:30-9:30 a.m.

      Location: Thurston Community Media

      440 Yauger Way SW, Suite C

      Olympia WA, 98502

      Membership is open to any nonprofit organization.  


      Wednesday, November 6, 2019

      8:30-9:30 a.m.

      Fall Education Program

      Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully with Susan Howlett

      Wednesday, Oct. 23 | 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

      Norman Worthington Conference Center,
      Saint Martin's University,
      5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503

      Registration: $20 | Registration w/ Lunch: $35

      Susan will offer simple steps and practical solutions to get your board on fire about fundraising and will share tips from her years of experience working with thousands of boards across the country.

      In this lively and interactive session, you'll learn:

      • Why board members struggle with asking and how to get them excited about raising money
      • What board members need to be successful fundraisers
      • How to turn board members into compelling ambassadors

      Register Here

      Join Us for the Annual Leadership in Philanthropy Luncheon!

      South Sound Partners for Philanthropy recognizes caring individuals, businesses, and community organizations that generously support philanthropy in the South Sound. You're invited to celebrate local giving with us at the annual luncheon held on Nov. 14. 

      2019 Leadership in Philanthropy Luncheon

      Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 11:30 am

      Hotel RL

      Individual tickets: $45

      Tables of 8: $325

      South Sound Partners Member Individual tickets: $30

      South Sound Partners Member Tables of 8: $220

      Register Here

      We are pleased to announce the 2019 Award Recipients:

      Personal Philanthropy
      Thomas Henderson

      Business Philanthropy
      Panowicz Jewelers

      Community Organization
      Gateway Rotary Club of Thurston County

      Paul Grudis Inspiration Award
      Pat Hunter

      Next Generation Philanthropist Award
      BOLTS Keystone/Interact Club

      Upcoming Partner Events

      15 Oct 2019 5:30 PM • 201 Simmons St NW OLYMPIA, WA 98501 United States
      19 Oct 2019 10:00 AM • 222 Columbia ST NW Olympia, Washington 98501 United States
      19 Oct 2019 7:00 PM • 512 Washington St SE Olympia, Wa 98501 United States
      23 Oct 2019 10:30 AM • Norman Worthington Conference Center, Saint Martin's University, 5300 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503
      25 Oct 2019 6:00 PM • 222 Columbia ST NW Olympia, WA 98501 United States

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