Journal of the San Juan Islands


Matthews takes the reins at Community Foundation

July 13, 2013 · Updated 9:52 AM

Susan Matthews / Contributed photo

After seven years as program coordinator and operations manager, Susan Matthews has a new role at the San Juan Island Community Foundation — executive director.

Matthews' appointment as the Community Foundation's first-ever executive director was announced July 12 by the foundation board of directors. As executive director, she will take a leadership role in all aspects of the foundation operations and, together with the board of directors, an all-volunteer 13-person panel, will expand  the array of services the foundation provides to its donors and to local non-profit groups.

“My heart and soul has been in the work of the Community Foundation since the day I arrived here on the island almost seven years ago,” Matthews said.  “It is an honor and a privilege to be able to continue that work on the community’s behalf.”

A former 15-year veteran of the broadcasting industry, Matthews moved from Portland, Ore. to San Juan Island in 2007 along with husband Stan, communications manager for San Juan County. She was the foundation's first-ever paid staff person when took on the program coordinator position nearly seven years ago.

Founded in 1994, the foundation has distributed $3 million to more than 100 local non-profits over the past 10 years.

In addition to its support of local non-profits, the foundation has channeled scholarships on behalf of 75 local students to more than 30 educational institutions and, via its hospital steering committee, raised $10.5 million in donations for construction of Peace Island Medical Center, which opened in November, 2012.

"We have seen unprecedented growth over the last ten years in both the level of community need and in the Community Foundation’s ability to match our generous local donors to those critical opportunities," said Charles Anderson, chairman of the board of directors. "We take great care to help many of our local nonprofits adopt a business planning approach to their projects, and to be able to reflect those methods in our reports to donors.”

For more info about the Community Foundation, visit www.sjicf.org, or, call 378-1001.


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