Companis Connects

Double Up with Companis & GiveBig!

Today we’re launching our GiveBig campaign for 2014. And we have exciting news! A generous donor believes so much in the mission of Companis that he will match gifts up to the first $6,000 donated during GiveBig on May 6th!

It's a very cool thing to be part of this annual online giving event. We like the idea of all of us taking one day to contribute to the causes and community services we support. Last year, more than $11 million was raised in 24 hours for more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations!

Gary Davis named new Companis Executive Director

It’s a new role for Gary, but Gary is far from a newcomer to Companis. He began working with Companis 10 years ago, first as a Companis Worker, serving with two agencies addressing the needs of homeless families. He then took on a part-time role as an assistant to Executive Director Craig Darling – this during the years when Gary also was the Online News Manager and a news host for KPLU – NPR.  After obtaining his Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University, Gary was hired as the Associate Executive Director to work shoulder to shoulder with Craig and our board. 

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What kind of world do you want?

In this video, commemorating Companis’ 20th year of service in our community, you will hear how Companis Workers, executive leadership, donors, and placement agency leaders answer that question. Over the past 20 years, Companis has played an integral part in making our community a better place with more than 600 placements at more than 100 nonprofit agencies.

Eleanor & Charles Z. Smith are the 2013 Newell Award honorees

The Companis Board of Directors is pleased to announce that retired Supreme Court Justice Charles Z. Smith and his wife, Eleanor, are this year’s recipients of the Janet G. Newell Award for Community Service sponsored by the University of Washington School of Law.

Filling Nonprofit Agency Staffing Gaps: Companis Professionals Connect

Inside these walls, they are safe.

At Elizabeth Gregory Home’s day center, homeless women can cook a meal, clothe themselves, take a nap or clean up. They can use the computers for job and housing searches. They have an address for mail. As afternoon turns to night, they are only steps away from a shelter offering overnight lodging.

Companis Workers Offer "Life-Saving Support" to Women and Families


“Life-saving support, literally,” is how Mary’s Place executive director Marty Hartman describes her agency’s partnership with Companis.  

Hartman called on Companis in May 2012, just as Mary’s Place began to expand its services as day shelter for women and children to include safe and warm overnight facilities for families.  A hoped-for grant did not come through.  Companis responded quickly with the placements of workers Alyson Moon, MSW, and Betty Reid. 

Companis Board Honors Dr. Neil Elgee with 2012 Newell Award

Dr. Neil Elgee is passionate about helping people understand how the contemplation of death can help us break through societal and cultural barriers to a more fully realized life, one that strengthens communities. Indeed, Dr. Elgee is an example of tireless leadership, superior scholarship, loving friendship and a spirited commitment to serving his neighbors on so many fronts that the Companis Board bestowed the 2012 Janet G. Newell Award for Community Service to him with its deep gratitude and appreciation.