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Saturday, May 4 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Ask a Funder: Advice from Local and National Education Champions

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Hear directly from a panel of local and national supporters of education and get your most burning fundraising questions answered at the Ask a Funder session. You will learn from funding leaders about how they approach philanthropy and funding, what a day in the life of a funder looks like, and what you can do to partner with mission-aligned supporters. Come with questions - we will be gathering audience queries via notecard during a Q+A portion of the session. (Please note, pitches of projects or programs are not appropriate for this session.)

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Elaine Chu

Philanthropic Advisor, Seattle Foundation
Elaine advises families and individuals on achieving their philanthropic goals by providing strategic consulting that enhances their giving and community impact.Elaine has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, with a particular focus in youth development and education... Read More →
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Telca Porras

Senior Program Officer, PNW, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Telca Karen Porras is a Senior Program Officer on the Pacific Northwest team and currently works to support the creation of high-quality public charter schools in Washington State. Telca has over 24 years of experience in the public education, not-for-profit, and philanthropic sectors... Read More →
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Amanda Sanchez

Director, Pacific Northwest Region, Raza Development Fund
Amanda Sanchez, Director of RDF’s Pacific Northwest Region, joined RDF in 2011 and in 2017, under her leadership, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, RDF opened its Pacific Northwest regional office, becoming one of the first CDFIs to provide charter school... Read More →
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Ian Connell

Principal, Charter School Growth Fund
Ian leads CSGF investment in next generation schools. Prior to joining CSGF, he was an associate for Techstars and Kapor Capital. At Kapor Capital, he focused on the education sector and provided strategic support for a competency-based education startup, UniversityNow. Ian also cofounded... Read More →
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Gillia Bakie

Director of Development, Washington State Charter Schools Association
Gillia works as WA Charters’ Director of Development. In her role, she directs all fundraising activities at the organization. Before WA Charters, Gillia worked at Washington STEM, where she held increasingly responsible fundraising roles specializing in institutional giving and... Read More →