We discuss the trends, challenges and opportunities of corporate giving, cause-related marketing, sponsorships and employee engagement.


Learning@Lunch – Schedule

Learning@Lunch sessions are held at various locations in Seattle and the Eastside on the second Thursday of the month from 12:00pm – 1:30pm.

November 14, 2019 

Speaker: Kristen Ragain – REI CO-OP, Philanthropy & Community Partnerships Manager

Venue:  KCTS 9 Television Station  | 401 Mercer Street | Seattle, WA 98109

January 9, 2020

Speaker: TBA | Corporate Giving: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Venue: Goodwill Training & Education | 700 Dearborn Place South | Seattle, WA 98144

April 2, 2020 

Speaker: David Devine – COLUMBIA BANK, EVP Chief Marketing Officer | Corporate Giving – Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Venue: University of Puget Sound | 1500 N Warner Street | Tacoma, WA 98416

November 14, 2019

Thank you to our sponsor

Topic: REI Co-Op: A discussion about their commitment to community investment

Speaker: Kristen Ragain, Philanthropy & Community Partnerships Manager

Description: Participate in an open discussion with outdoor specialty retailer, REI Co-op, about their commitment to community investment and impact across the country.

The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 18 million members. REI’s HQ is based in Kent, WA (moving to Bellevue, WA 2020) and has 155 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia. The co-op’s annual revenue in 2018 was $2.78 billion with $8.4 million invested in 431 nonprofits.

REI’s philanthropic investments support efforts to create access to transformational experiences in the outdoors, leading to healthier people, healthier communities and a healthier planet. REI’s grants invest in rewilding cities and towns, stewarding wild places, connecting underrepresented groups to the outdoors, health and nature research, climate change, as well as state and federal policy supporting public lands and the outdoor recreation economy.

Kristen guides the majority of the co-op’s community investment efforts primarily through oversight of REI’s local grant program which spans over 65 U.S. regions. This program engages hundreds of REI employees across the country who help make locally relevant and impactful grantmaking decisions that fund over 350 nonprofits. We are very fortunate to have Kristen speak to us about the co-op’s approach to partnering with nonprofits across the country and how we engage REI members and employees in our philanthropic efforts.

This will be an interactive discussion, so please feel free to come with questions.

Details: Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

Date:  Thursday November 14, 2019 from noon until 1:30 pm

Location: KCTS 9 Television Station, 401 Mercer, Seattle, WA 98109

Sponsors: Thank you to our sponsor Greater Giving

Register: $20 per person. For those who attended the full day Corporate Giving Network conference on March 14, 2019 – this event is free.

Host: Thank you to our host Debi Naanes at KCTS 9

Contact: Joy Stephens (425.653.1575 or joy@o2joyent.com) for more information or for sponsorship opportunities.

Past Speakers

Thank you to our past Learning@Lunch speakers

Dwight Prevo

Wells Fargo

Sara Osborne


Gina Breukelman

The Boeing Company

Milt Doumit


Cassandra Mitchell


Shannon Boldizsar


Christopher Wiggins

Safeco Insurance

Paul Hollie


Premera Blue Cross

Diem Ly


Zach Stratton


Alice Shobe


Pamela Baade

Holland America Line

Erin Moyer

Laird Norton Wealth Management

Jennifer Butler

Zillow Group

Jane Broom

Microsoft Philanthropies

Katherine Cheng


Trip Switzer

Museum of Flight

Linda Peffer

Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant

Joe Filoseta


SigniaDocs, Inc., DepotPoint

Tim Heimerle

Northwest Kidney Centers

Kathy Parks


Mike Cheever

College Success Foundation

Ania B-Alyson

Seattle Animal Shelter

Jeannette Privat

Jeannette Privat

King County Library System

Debra Holland

Debra Holland

Pacific Continental Bank

Ryan Hicks

Ryan Hicks

Seattle Symphony

Holly Hoag

Holly Hoag


Alex Kyger

Alex Kyger

Seattle Opera

Join our network and receive updates.

© Copyright 2016 - Corporate Giving Network • Design by: Willow Bright Marketing and Design