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Meet The Team


James Hushagen, J.D.

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James Hushagen, J.D., James Hushagen, J.D., was a  partner at the Eisenhower Carlson law firm for nearly 40 years. As lead counsel, he advised and represented banks and businesses, for profit and nonprofit, in legal matters involving business, finance, real estate and employment.

Jim "retired" by co-founding The Philanthropy Collective to serve our community in new ways-- as a governance, executive and strategic planning guru called upon by organizations from around our region and across the country.

Jim maintains a small law practice representing nonprofits, serves as Chair of the Board of Franke Tobey Jones, Secretary of the Board of Mountain View - Edgewood Water Company; and as the senior Board Member of the national Thrivent Charitable Impact and Investing, a national community foundation.


Emily Happy

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Emily Happy is a Puget Sound native with deep roots in the community. For 20+ years, she has dedicated her career to service, leading projects to support people living in poverty, youth, seniors, refugees and immigrants, drug-affected communities, higher education, regional tourism, gardens, trails, individuals experiencing homelessness, and more.

As a nonprofit strategist and fundraising consultant for the past 9 years, Emily helps organizations thrive and build capacity for their world-changing work.

A past South Sound Business 40-Under-40 award winner and Bank of America Emerging Leader, Emily currently serves as Board President of Association of Fundraising Professionals South Sound; Co-Chair of the South Sound Philanthropy Summit; Chair of the Board of Trustees of Central Co-op; Member of the Board of Friends of the Children - Tacoma; and Development Committee Member at Charles Wright Academy.


We help you change the world.

The Philanthropy Collective offers the comprehensive capabilities and deep knowledge necessary to help you solve the most complex issues of your organization. Our doors have been open since 2018, and we're proud to bring a combined 60+ years of experience to the table.

As part of The Collective, we engage with other area experts and leaders, and are proud community collaborators. 

CLIENTS INCLUDE: Associated Ministries; Central Washington University; Communities in Schools Lakewood; Evergreen Recovery Centers; ForeverGreen Trails; Friends of the Children Tacoma; Homes First; Kingdom Story Ministries; Lakewold Gardens; Lakewood Partners For Parks; L'Arche Tahoma Hope; Lifeline Connections; Mountain View Community Center; Peace Community Center; Project Child Success; Puyallup Food Bank; Prison Pet Partnership; Showcase Magazine; Sound Outreach; South Sound Philanthropy Summit; TeamWRK Foundation; Travel Tacoma Mount Rainier; Valeo; and more. 

The Philanthropy Collective is a proud partner of Phoenix Risen Consulting for Capital Campaigns and other regional projects.

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