About Janie Spurgeon

Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Janie Spurgeon

Janie brought more than 15 years of professional and volunteer fundraising experience to the Community Foundation in 2017 and leads the development and donor services team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Janie worked at both United Way of the Columbia-Willamette as the Vice President of Individual Philanthropy and the American Cancer Society, where she led multi-state major and planned giving programs.

Janie holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Utah. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, camping and all the wonderful adventures that come with raising two children. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, serves on the board of CASA for Children for Multnomah, Washington and Columbia Counties and with the Duniway Schools Foundation.

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Recent Posts by Janie Spurgeon

Bill and Catharine Byrd: First Donor Advised Fund

June 5th, 2024

Bill and Catharine Byrd were philanthropic trailblazers, establishing the first Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington in 1989.

Over the years, the couple unassumingly donated more than $200,000 through the Byrd Family Fund to support local organizations like Columbia Presbyterian Church, The Historic Trust and I Have a Dream of Southwest Washington. …

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Year-End Giving Tips to Calm the Chaos in 2023

December 7th, 2023

December is filled with travel, events and other to-dos, so year-end giving tips can help you rise above the chaos and keep the joy of giving alive.

Some people have professionals advising on tax planning matters, while others tackle all the technical details themselves. No matter how you approach year-end giving and tax planning, the details …

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5 Ways to Give During Uncertain Times

December 5th, 2022

None of us know what the future holds, but giving is one effective way to create certainty, even in the most uncertain of times.

We have seen this play out many times before; generous people giving when southwest Washington communities need it most. Most recently, hundreds of donors rallied to transform our SW Washington COVID Response …

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CARES Act Extensions and Charitable Giving in 2021

December 9th, 2021

This year has been one filled with both unexpected turns and invigorating surges of hope. I want to acknowledge our donors for being equal parts proactive and responsive to a range of emerging community needs. Thank you for making possible our region’s ability to adapt and overcome several challenges. As 2021 coming to an end, …

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