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Resilient Philanthropy Through Collaborative Programs

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Impact through scholarship management can be a tricky goal to achieve. Finding just the right student for the right scholarship or enabling student success outside of traditional funding are not easy tasks. Hear from three presenters doing this work with Northwest Education Access (NWEA) in King County and Pierce County, WA. Learn from Nicollette, Dulce, and Katy on how their unique and collaborative model has enabled them to support students outside of the "traditional" scholarship program.

You'll hear about:

  • Their College Prep + College Success program structure and the success of this model.
  • The impacts COVID has had on their programs and overall organization.
  • What collaboration through partnerships with other area organizations looks like.
  • How this collaboration has been mutually beneficial for all stakeholders.
  • As well as learnings around shared values, trade-offs, and protecting against mission drift.


Katy Childers | Development & Finance Director, NWEA
Katy has been with NWEA since 2015 and now heads the organization’s finance and fundraising efforts. She holds a bachelor’s in International Studies, and Master’s in Public Administration specializing in Nonprofit Management, both from the University of Washington. Prior to NWEA, she has worked with Jubilee Women’s Center, Conservation International, Global Partnerships, and the Bainbridge-Ometepe Sister Islands Association in Nicaragua. Outside of work, Katy enjoys cooking and growing food, circus arts, and running. 

Nicollette Roe | Education Advocate, NWEA
Nicollette has been with NWEA since 2016 as an Education Advocate. After her family immigrated from Samoa to Tacoma, her grandfather, Laupula Roe, instilled in her and her cousins the value of higher education. That message stuck with her as she became a first-generation college graduate to earn her AA from Highline College then her BA from the University of Washington. Much of her work has been done in the K-12 system serving young people and their families. She enjoys karaoke, seafood boils, astrology, and spending time with her family! 

Dulce Sigüenza | Student Engagement & Events Manager, NWEA
Dulce focuses on coordinating and managing NWEA’s fundraising events and community outreach opportunities. She is a University of Washington and NWEA alumna. She served on NWEA’s Student Advisory Board, after graduating, on NWEA’s Board of Directors. She joined NWEA’s staff in 2017. Dulce is an immigrant from Mexico and is passionate about advocating for human rights.

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About the Author

Born and raised in Bakersfield, California, Alyse has deep roots and strong connections to the nonprofit sector. Having worked in the field of college access and scholarships for over 10 years, with a focus on students residing in California’s Central Valley, she believes in the power of scholarships to uplift students, families, and communities. Before joining Foundant, Alyse spent three years with the Kern Community Foundation managing their grant and scholarship giving, as well as nonprofit relationships. Alyse joined the Foundant team in 2017 as a Client Success Manager (trainer, consultant, and emergency support provider) for Grants and Scholarships. After training and advising hundreds of clients, she led the Community Foundation Grant/Scholarship Client Services Team. Her passion for community building, professional development, and real-world impact has helped form the service philosophy for Foundant’s Client Success team. Areas of expertise: scholarship and grant process best practices, team building, remote work, and demystifying complex systems to foster accessibility.

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