Jacquee Kurdas joined Ventures as the Corporate and Foundations Relations Manager in February 2017.

Jacquee works to diversify Ventures’ fundraising streams by designing and implementing strategies to engage foundations and corporations. She is responsible for submitting grant applications, workplace giving engagement, managing volunteers, soliciting in-kind donations, and representing Ventures at events.

Jacquee discovered Ventures while she was at Pike Place one sunny afternoon. After buying gifts for her family for the holidays, she discovered the retail store was more than a store – it was an innovative program to lift people out of poverty. As a strong supporter of small businesses with a background in social work and anti-poverty programs, she was quickly excited by the mission and values of Ventures.

Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s of Social Work, Jacquee committed to two years of national service. As an AmeriCorps VISTA at United Way of Madison County, she independently managed a countywide free tax program that refunded $686,000 back into the community and increased tax filing rates by 130%. She was promoted to AmeriCorps VISTA Leader, where she supported United Way of King County‘s National Service team and managed the fourth largest team in the nation of more than 150 AmeriCorps members. As the Community Engagement Coordinator at Mary’s Place, she single-handedly coordinated 5,000+ volunteers, in-kind donations totaling $2 million annually, and meal service for 40% of Seattle’s families experiencing homelessness.

In addition to her professional experience, Jacquee has extensive leadership and volunteer experience. In the past, she has organized philanthropic events that have raised over $20,000. She is the Board Chair of the Seattle AmeriCorps Collaborative, where she supports the civic engagement of more than 700 young professionals. Additionally, she currently serves as a Commissioner on the Seattle Women’s Commission, recommending policies to the Mayor and City Council.

Jacquee would love to start a freelance business that would support nonprofits and companies alike with their grant and social content.