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Norma Schuiteman Announces Plans to Retire in 2019

After fifteen years as President & CEO of the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, Norma Schuiteman has announced that she will retire on or before September 30, 2019. Schuiteman has led the foundation since 2004.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that builds permanent funds established by many separate donors to carry out their charitable interests and supports broad-based charitable activities benefitting Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties.

During Schuiteman’s tenure, the Community Foundation has grown from $2 million to $25 million in assets under management and earned the Council on Foundation’s National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations accreditation—a rigorous review of community foundation operations. In 2017, it launched Give Local, an effort to increase community philanthropy through online giving.

Norma Schuiteman stated, “It has been a highlight of my life to see the Community Foundation grow and prosper, and to witness the impact our growth has had on the communities we serve.” She continued, “It has been a special joy to get the chance to work with so many generous donors and nonprofit staff who care so deeply about our community.”

“On behalf of the Board of Directors we would like to thank Norma for her invaluable leadership and outstanding commitment to the mission of the Community Foundation,” said Mary Williams, chair of the Board of Directors. “We look to the future with optimism and enthusiasm as the organization builds on her many successes.”

The Board of Directors is forming a search committee and plans to conduct a nationwide search to identify its next leader. The Board will share more details about the transition process over the next several months.

About the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound
The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound inspires philanthropy throughout Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties and helps donors give back in ways that matter to them. The Community Foundation stewards $25 million in assets within more than 90 separate funds. Since its founding in 1989, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $13 million in grants and scholarships. Visit

May 13, 2019

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