VANCOUVER — The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington recently added a position and hired two employees. Janie Spurgeon will occupy the new role of vice president of development, while Ursula Arlauskas brings her expertise to the development coordinator position.
Spurgeon will join the senior management team and head up the development and donor services efforts at the local grantmaking organization. Her primary responsibility will be to create, implement and manage the organization’s development plan. Most recently, she worked as the vice president of individual philanthropy at the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, where she led all major and planned giving strategies and initiatives.
Spurgeon grew up in Salt Lake City where she earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah. She is an active volunteer with the American Cancer Society, the Women United Advisory Council, CASA for Children for Multnomah, Washington and Columbia Counties, and her children’s schools.
As development coordinator, Arlauskas will support development, stewardship and community relations efforts. She brings nearly a decade of experience in the financial industry to her role, and most recently worked as a client service manager with First Republic Private Wealth Management. In this role, she oversaw a wide range of sales, service, administrative and relationship management. Arlauskas was born in Nebraska and raised in Oregon, where she graduated from Portland State University.
“We are excited to welcome these two outstanding individuals to our team,” Jennifer Rhoads, president of the Community Foundation, said. “Their contributions will be vital to our mission of inspiring local philanthropy and they will certainly strengthen our direction for the future.”
Established in 1984, the Community Foundation helps southwest Washingtonians build a more vibrant community by inspiring investments in local philanthropy. The Foundation holds more than 300 distinct funds, which are actively invested to generate growth and income for granting purposes. Governed by an esteemed volunteer Board, the Community Foundation offers benefits and services to donors, nonprofits and the community at large. Learn more at www.cfsww.org.