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About Us

Together, we're a growing group of local, engaged, and strategic givers. We build community, fund solutions, support scholars, and produce data and research.

Collective giving for collective impact.

Giving circles help democratize philanthropy, welcoming people of all giving levels to the power of giving. Through the process, donors build strong connections and increase their engagement in the community.

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Our approach is proven and powerful.

We know that poverty and childhood adversity often cycle across generations. In collaboration with Spokane Regional Health District, we provide synthesized data that shines a light on areas of greatest need, allowing us to proactively confront challenges and track need over time to determine whether or not we’re making a difference.

We believe we can. With your help, we believe we will.

Founded on passion and experience.

Amazing things happen when women support each other! We owe it all to these six founders: Mari Clack, Marcy Drummond, Vicki McNeill, Shirley Rector, Janet Skaden, and Vivian Winston. What started out as an idea to host one fundraising Luncheon has since evolved into a 501(c)(3) that has raised and awarded more than $6 million to support women and children.

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Learn, grow, and give together.

Each month, we'll provide opportunities for you to expand your knowledge. Whether it's a donation drive, site tour, podcast episode or volunteer shift- you're sure to feel more connected to your community.

WHWF is a “No Guilt” organization. There aren’t time requirements, meetings, or mandatory events. Collective giving is about pooling resources together to make the strongest impact.

Current Leadership

2022-23 Board of Directors



Nicole Stewart

Director of Marketing, Providence

Jennifer O'Callaghan

SVP Marketing and Analytics, Numerica Credit Union

Jennifer Koenig

Vice President & Branch Director, Robert Half

Besse Bailey

SVP Commercial Lending, Mountain West Bank

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Gwen Cash-James

Dean of Arts and Sciences,

Spokane Community College

Nicole Diedrich

Owner, Diedrich Marketing Strategies

Kendel Froese

Owner, Froese Law PLLC

Megan Hulsey

VP Business Lender, Craft3

Brittany Lockwood

Head of Account Based Marketing, Affinity Co.

Alison Mallahan

Head of Global Corporate Communications, Itron

Pam Murray

Chief Human Resource Manager, Providence

Dr. Anne Oakley

Community Volunteer

Tara Pendleton, CPA

Professional Practice Director,


Carol Plischke

CEO, Partners with Families & Children

Kelly Selby

VP, Bank of America Private Bank

Robin Toth

Governor’s Sector Lead Director of Aerospace, Washington State Department of Commerce

Kim Watkins

Human Resources Manager, McVay Brothers & The Coeur d'Alene Window Co

Beth Winter, CPA

Corporate Controller, Pyrotek

WHWF Staff

Heather Hamlin

Executive Director

Geneva Johns

Operations Director

Katie Parsons

Development Director

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