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Charities Advisory Council

The Charities Advisory Council was created to advise the Secretary in determining training and educational needs of charitable organizations and model policies related to governance and administration of charitable organizations in accordance with fiduciary principles, assist the Secretary in identifying emerging issues and trends affecting charitable organizations, and advise the Secretary on other related issues at the request of the Secretary.

Council members are appointed by the Secretary and represents a broad range of charities by size, purpose, geographic region of the state, and general expertise in the management and leadership of charitable organizations.  Members of the council represent types of professions such as fundraisers, attorneys, C.P.A.s’, consultants, educators, university faculty, board members, authors, executive directors and philanthropists.

Below is Washington’s Charitable Advisory Council for 2019.

  • Patty Belmonte, Olympia
  • Darin Christensen, Spokane
  • Howard Donkin, Seattle
  • Mike Forness, Spokane
  • Stuart Grover, Tacoma
  • Mary Kay Gugerty, Seattle
  • Moonwater, Bellingham
  • Jennifer O’Bannan, Spokane
  • Mike Plymale, Vancouver
  • Peter Smith, Seattle
  • Steve Wilmes, Yakima

The Council meets twice a year, but additional meetings may be called by the Secretary or the Council.  Minutes from the first council meeting of 2019 and the last meeting in 2018 are available below.

Minutes from the June 7, 2019 meeting will be posted soon.

The next Council meeting will be held on January 10, 2020, 10:00 a.m., at the Coast Gateway Hotel, SeaTac, Washington.

For more details about the Charitable Advisory Council, contact our Washington State Charities Division at, [email protected], or by telephone, (360) 725-0378.