Get excited for the Annual Luncheon!

The 2023 Annual Luncheon will take place at the Hilton Vancouver Washington on Tuesday, June 6 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. This annual celebration of philanthropy encourages a culture of giving and community engagement by honoring our region’s most generous and caring givers. From local nonprofits and donors to businesses and community leaders, hundreds gather to recognize the incredible impact community philanthropy creates in southwest Washington.

Watch the 2022 Annual Luncheon

Last year, we explored how to accomplish the impossible. Watch the recording to experience our program and learn how courage, commitment, confidence and community can create change.


Thanks to our Sponsors!

This generous group of sponsors makes this inspiring community event possible every year. Sponsorships are available for purchase. For more details about these opportunities, please contact [email protected].

Gold Sponsors

Sterling Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors


Philanthropist of the Year Award

The Community Foundation established the Philanthropist of the Year Award to recognize and celebrate individuals, couples, families or foundations that serve as exemplars of generosity in our community through outstanding charitable support, leadership and service.   

2022 – Ron and Terry Prill

2021 – Gary and Christine Rood

2019 – Jim and Judith Youde

2018 – Al and Sandee Kirkwood

2017 – Greg and Michele Goodwin

2016 – Bob and Pauline Kirchner

2015 – Bob and Sharon Lewis

2013 – Jim and Kay McClaskey

2012 – Steve and Jo Marie Hansen

2011 – Lee and Connie Kearney

2010 – Joe & Teresa Pauletto

2009 – Steve and Jan Oliva

2008 – Wes and Nancy Lematta

2007 – David and Patricia Nierenberg

2006 – Ed Firstenburg

2005 – Ed and Dollie Lynch

2004 – Leslie Durst

2004 – Ray Hickey Foundation

2004 – Margaret Pulliam

Friend Of The Foundation Award

The Community Foundation established the Friend of the Foundation Award to recognize individuals and organizations who provide both professional and personal support to the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and its mission.

2022 – Vaughn Lein

2019 – James Martin

2018 – Brett Bryant

2017 – Michael Burgoyne, CFP®

2015 – Pabst Holland & Reynolds, PLLC

2013 – Richard Melching

2012 – Scott and Jody Campbell

2011 – Max B. Kamp

2010 – Vernon F. Peterson, CPA

2009 – Brot Bishop, Jr.

2008 – Michael Minnick

2007 – T. Randall Grove

2006 – Jeanne Kojis

2005 – William C. Dudley

2004 – Rhona Sen Hoss

2003 – David Kenny

2002 – Ron Legg

2001 – Karen Sahlstrom

2000 – Jeanne Mack

2000  – Freeman Keller

2000 – Larry Smith

Community Champion Award

The Community Champion Award celebrates individuals or organizations that are deeply engaged in their communities and tackling the most pressing issues of our time.

2022 – Geri Hiller

2021 – Anna Cruz

2021 – Merril Firestone

2019 – Don and Margaret Fuesler

2019 – The Ryan Family

2015 – David and Diane Difford

2012 – Harris Dusenbery

2012 – Margaret Colf Hepola

Catalyst Award for Philanthropic Innovation

The Catalyst Award for Philanthropic Innovation is reserved for southwest Washington’s most influential changemakers to recognize individuals who have achieved lasting community improvement through innovative philanthropic approaches. These visionaries combine extensive amounts of time, talent, treasure, ties and testimony to advance original approaches that have transformed southwest Washington organizations, places and communities. 

2016 – Ed Lynch

2011 – Mary Granger