Since 1999 we have been fostering philanthropy in South and East King County and acting as a connector around people, place and purpose. Our mission is to ignite the power of philanthropy – by connecting people, ideas and resources – to support and engage our community.
We partner with individual philanthropists and non-profit organizations to provide solutions to today’s challenges, so that together we can work toward our vision of a vibrant, equitable region where communities flourish and everyone thrives.
The following core values drive both what we do and how we do our work:
- Equity, Dignity, & Belonging
- Courageous Leadership
- Inspired Giving
- Community Relationships
We live out our values, vision and mission by:
- Inspiring a Culture of Generosity
- Stewarding Resources to Harness Community Assets and Meet Community Needs
- Amplifying Community Voice and Deepening Community Engagement
- Advocating for the South King County Region
The Renton Regional Community Foundation is the result of a grassroots effort organized by local community leaders with one goal in mind—to create a long-lasting funding source that can meet emerging community needs.
In 1999, members of the Renton Chamber of Commerce Board voted to change the name of the chamber foundation to the Renton Regional Community Foundation, thereby transferring approximately $257,000 in chamber funds to the new community foundation.
New foundation board members recruited five major stakeholders to their cause: presidents/CEOs from the Renton Chamber of Commerce, Valley Medical Center and Renton Technical College, the superintendent of Renton schools and an elected City of Renton official. Collectively, these individuals made a commitment to serve on the new community foundation board for a minimum of five years. These original stakeholders still play a major role in the future of the Foundation.
Today, RRCF manages $16 million and more than 70 individual charitable funds. As these numbers continue to grow, we aim to provide an enduring impact on our regional community through the power of philanthropy.
Meet Our Team
The Renton Regional Community Foundation is led by two staff members and a board of directors comprised of various community leaders. These individuals are active in the community, bringing a high level of expertise and experience to further the Foundation’s mission.
Board of Directors
President: Judge Bob McBeth, Retired
Vice-President / Secretary: Peter Aiau, Retired, Washington Education Association
Treasurer: Bob Schroeder, Retired Controller
Immediate Past President: Dr. Damien Pattenaude Superintendent, Renton School District
Angelina Benedetti, Regional Manager for the King County Library System and City of Renton Councilmember
Representative Steve Bergquist, State Representative
Oneika Cassanova, Vice President, U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management
Crissa Cugini, Lawyer, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Antoinette Davis, Consultant, Optimum Professional Solutions, LLC
Mark Gropper, Executive Director, Renton Housing Authority
Benita Horn, Consultant, Benita R. Horn & Associates
Gordon Lam, Engineer
Katina Maier, Chief Human Resources Officer, UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center
Marilyn Milne, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
Hiroshi Nakano, VP of Value Based Initiatives at UW Medicine|Valley Medical Center