Bainbridge Community Foundation

About Us

From Port Madison to Restoration Point, our board members and staff have strong ties to the Bainbridge Island community and are deeply committed to maintaining its unique character for generations to come.

Board of Trustees

Bainbridge Community Foundation is governed by a seventeen-member Board of Trustees. For 2017, our board members include:

President: Barbara Swartling, Community Volunteer

Vice President: Marcia Hastings, Community Volunteer

Treasurer: Jason Taylor, Verus

Secretary: Wendy O’Connor, O’Connor Architects

• Cris Beattie, Community Volunteer

• David Harrison, Community Volunteer

• Marcia Hastings, Community Volunteer

• Theona Jundanian, Community Volunteer

• Judy Karr, Community Volunteer

• Mary Kerr, Community Volunteer

• Omie Kerr, Community Volunteer

• Shel Klasky, Community Volunteer

• Paul Merriman, Community Volunteer

• David Moen, Community Volunteer

• Proctor Schenk, ACA Associates

• Chris Snow, Community Volunteer

• Alex Torres, Starbucks


hopperJim Hopper, Executive Director
Jim incorporates industry best-practices and a national perspective to guide the Foundation through economic shifts and philanthropic trends. His leadership strategy is based on extensive experience serving nonprofits through the Pacific Northwest, particularly in the areas of operations and donor services. He lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife Sarah and their three young children.



kuffelDebbie Kuffel, Program & Finance Officer
Debbie manages the Foundation’s finances. With expertise in grant making best-practices, she also oversees our grant programs. As a long-time Islander, her career spans the private sector, nonprofits, education and the arts. Her work with donors and grantees leverages online tools and technologies to streamline the grant process and reduce overhead costs. Debbie and her husband Tom have been actively involved in community service since moving to Bainbridge Island in the spring of 1990.


yatesBrigette Yates, Development Officer
Brigette Yates joined BCF after working as the Associate Director of Advancement for the Haring Center (a school and educational research facility for the University of Washington). Prior to that, she spent more than ten years in Advancement at the University of Washington in different capacities, including at the School of Nursing and Regional Advancement. Brigette earned her MPA from UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs in 2010.  She is the mother of three young daughters, her husband Jeremy is an estate planning attorney in private practice.

Contact Information

Physical Address
Bainbridge Community Foundation
149 Finch Place SW Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Telephone: 206.842.0433 Email:

Mailing Address
Bainbridge Community Foundation
221 Winslow Way West #305 Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Bainbridge Community Foundation’s EIN is 91-2155208