Cate Anderson Receives Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership Award Recognized by the Skagit Community Foundation


Mount Vernon, WA – At the Skagit Community Foundation’s Annual Social and Report to the Community October 17, 2019, the Board of Directors honored Cate Anderson, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Skagit County with the Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership Award.

About the Award

The Skagit Community Foundation receives grant requests from many of the nonprofits serving Skagit County. Each year, one person stands out as a leader in the field. The Skagit Community Foundation Board of Directors chose Cate Anderson, the Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of Skagit County. Cate, her staff and volunteers moved the entire museum from the Cascade Mall, when they were asked to leave, to the Outlet Mall over a four month period and started fundraising the $950,000 needed for remodeling costs, while keeping all the programs and services at the museum open. “Only Cate could have rallied this community to save the children’s museum,” said Mary J. McGoffin, Executive Director of the Skagit Community Foundation. “We were so impressed with her tenacity and conviction.” Tracy Levine, a founding board member said “Cate made the Board members feel like The Little Engine that Could. And we did. This last month, we opened the new museum, all 16,000 square feet.”

About the Skagit Community Foundation

The Skagit Community Foundation funds many programs and projects throughout Skagit County from endowments established by donors over the last thirty years. The grantmaking program enables the Skagit Community Foundation to learn about extraordinary work done by local non-profit leaders. In 2019, the Skagit Community Foundation awarded over $350,000 in grants. Most funds come from bequests and estate plans. For more information about how to include the Skagit Community Foundation in your planned giving, contact Mary J. McGoffin at director@skagitcf.org.

About The Children’s Museum of Skagit County

The Museum’s new facility includes a larger museum store area, larger art studio and reading room, refreshed and new exhibits, Family Resource Room, party/classroom space, preschool, breast-feeding room, family restrooms, and community meeting space. The museum has hosted birthday parties for homeless children from Friendship House. It has a special low sensory space for children from the Skagit Preschool and Resource Center. The museum provide space for supervised visits for non-custodial parents. Plans include enhanced exhibits and learning opportunities, improved spaces for STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) to encourage critical thinking skills, imagination, creativity, and social-emotional development. In addition, the Museum’s successful preschool program has a larger classroom space. The Museum’s scholarship program will continue to serve the needs of children and families, and their partnership with more than 35 organizations and institutions will continue to flourish in this new space.

The Children’s Museum of Skagit County is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that opened in Mount Vernon in 2003. The mission of the Museum is to provide an interactive learning environment to promote, encourage and increase an understanding of the arts, science and culture among children, youth, families and educators in Skagit County. The Museum is open seven days a week. To learn more about its hours of operations, membership, scholarships, events, camps, classes, parties, volunteering, supporting and more visit the Museum website at SkagitChildrensMuseum.net or call (360) 757 8888.


(Left) Mary J. McGoffin, Executive Director, Skagit Community Foundation (Right) Cate Anderson, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Skagit County Date: October 17, 2019


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