About Jennifer Rhoads, CFP

Former President
Jennifer Rhoads, CFP

Jennifer Rhoads served as President of the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington for nearly a decade before stepping down in April 2022. Under her leadership, the Community Foundation distributed over $100 million in grants, launched Give More 24! and grew its total charitable assets more than fivefold, becoming the second-largest Community Foundation in Washington state.

She now serves as the Executive Director of the Firstenburg Foundation. Before joining the philanthropic sector, Jennifer Rhoads spent 15 years working extensively in financial planning and wealth management. She has experience with a variety of professional financial planning services for affluent clients, including charitable planning, trust and estate services.

Jennifer graduated from Washington State University, Pullman with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications.

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Recent Posts by Jennifer Rhoads, CFP

Making Way for New Leadership

July 21st, 2021

After nearly a decade of inspiring local philanthropy, I’ve decided it is time to make way for a new leader to guide the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington.

This was a very difficult decision to make. The work of this organization is pivotal and this community is my lifelong home. However, being a leader also means …

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Centering Community to Triumph Over Hate

March 24th, 2021

The pandemic has intensified many or our nation’s greatest faults, and last week we watched as Atlanta, Georgia became the latest epicenter of violence.

A mass shooting killed eight people, injured one, and devastated entire families and communities. Our team mourns for everyone victimized by this hateful act.

Six of the lives taken were women of Asian …

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COVID-19 Highlights A Threat to Community and Philanthropy

July 20th, 2020

I’ve heard the phrase, “We’re all in this together.” many times over the last few months.  

Without a doubt, this time has been difficult for all Americans. Yet, the circumstances we are facing have made it glaringly obvious that race has a dramatic impact on our life experiences. 

As a steward of local relief funds, the Community Foundation …

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A Call to Stand Against Racism

June 16th, 2020


To our Black and Brown neighbors, colleagues and friends: We hear you; we see you; we’re grieving with you.
We also stand with you.

The Community Foundation is rising up and taking action, alongside our community partners, who are calling for racial justice in southwest Washington and across the nation. We stand because of George Floyd, Breonna …

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