Serving Our Community
Jim Hopper, Executive Director
Jim joined the Foundation as the first executive director in 2011 after a career in nonprofit management and consulting. His approach is to build on the incredible legacy of philanthropy on Bainbridge Island while incorporating industry best-practices and a national perspective to the foundation’s work. He serves on the board of directors of Leave 10, an organization committed to encouraging people to include charitable giving in their will and estate plans. Jim lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife Sarah, their three children, and two terrific dogs.
Debbie Kuffel, Program & Finance Officer
In addition to managing BCF's finances, Debbie applies her grantmaking expertise to the foundation's various grants programs. She also assists fund advisors with their grantmaking. Her career spans the private sector, nonprofits, education, and the arts. She leverages technology to streamline the grant process and reduce overhead for donors and grantees. Since moving to Bainbridge in 1990, Debbie, her husband Tom, and their three adult children have been actively involved in the Bainbridge community.
Brigette Yates, Development Officer
Brigette joined BCF after working as Associate Director of Advancement for the Haring Center (a University of Washington school and educational research facility). Prior to that, she spent more than 10 years in advancement at UW 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 daughters, and her husband Jeremy is an estate-planning attorney in private practice.
Dana Binnendijk, Community Impact Officer
Dana brings over a decade of program management and communications experience to the foundation. She has worked primarily on international projects for nonprofits and the federal government based in Washington, DC. More recently, as a civics teacher, she taught middle school students how to be more engaged in their local communities. She has a graduate degree in international development with a focus on nonprofit management and also has an M.Ed. in secondary education. Dana moved to Bainbridge in 2019 with her husband, who grew up on the island, and daughter.
Jessica Henshaw, Office Administrator
A native of Bainbridge Island, Jessica and her husband Thomas recently moved back to Bainbridge with their two children. Jessica spent the early part of her professional career working in administrative and bookkeeping roles in the tourism and insurance industries. She brings to BCF broad experience in administrative systems, particularly in regulatory environments. She is excited to join the team and looks forward to reconnecting with the Bainbridge community and getting to know new neighbors and friends.