By Ken Gordon, Potlatch Fund, Executive Director
Potlatch Fund announced today that it would be working over the next year to find a new Executive Director to take over from existing ED Ken Gordon when his contract concludes in August 2011.
This transition is supported both by the Potlatch Fund Board and Mr Gordon. When Mr Gordon was initially hired he stated “my goals are to stabilize the organization; enable it to grow in a planned and thoughtful way and prepare Potlatch Fund so it is strong and growing for a Native American leader who can take the organization to the next stage”.
Initially the Potlatch Fund Board had thought that this transition could take place in 2009, however the changes in the broader economy meant that stability became a more important goal during this difficult time. Mr Gordon’s contract was therefore extended to 2011 to ensure this stability.
Potlatch Fund President Jim Thomas said “we are now in a position where we feel confident that we can manage this important transition. The Board and Mr Gordon are both committed to making this a seamless process, and by doing that, positioning Potlatch Fund to continue its growth and the significant impact that it is making in Indian Country.”
The formal announcement of this transition process is being made now, so that prospective candidates can contact the organization and factor this potential role into their own plans.
“Ideally, our new American Indian or Alaskan Native ED will commence in June 2011, and Mr Gordon will remain on board to help with the orientation of the new person through to August 2011” Mr Thomas said.
Potlatch Fund is a Native American led foundation and leadership development organization that works to both build upon and inspire philanthropy towards and for Native American and Indian communities in the broad Northwest region. It has an annual budget of approximately $800,000 per year and a staff of five. It provides grants and technical assistance of about $600,000 per year to small and emerging Native projects in its region. The technical assistance program provides capacity building services to approximately 500 – 600 people a year. Finally it works with mainstream funders to educate them about the assets, needs, issues and structures in Indian Country.
Mr Gordon came to Potlatch Fund following a career in public service and philanthropy in New Zealand. Following his transition from the ED’s role, he has offered to become a Board Member and has a long term desire to remain in philanthropy with a focus on communities such as those that he has worked with successfully with Potlatch Fund.
For comments please contact:
Jim Thomas, President, 306 961 4429
or Ken Gordon, Executive Director, 206 624 6076.