Kristen Corning Bedford is the founder and president of Philanthro∙be, a consulting company that helps individuals, businesses and foundations create sustainable and strategic giving plans. Through retreats, speaking engagements and seminars, philanthro·be encourages people to clarify their legacies in order to align their philanthropy with their actions and become intentional about what and how they give.
Kristen is a thought leader, facilitator and writer who loves bringing people together to create change. She is the co-founder of The Ruby Room, for which she received the NW Girls Coalition’s Outstanding Community Leadership Award. She served as the President of the Board of Directors of ArtsEd Washington, 2012-2014, and is a founding member of the investment club Women Investing in Tacoma. She was nominated for Antioch University’s Horace Mann Award in 2003, and recognized as a South Sound 40 under 40 Leader in 2009. In her position as Vice President of Community Philanthropy at The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, she had the pleasure of developing and managing the Youth Against Violence Initiative, which resulted in the formation of a Youth Philanthropy Board and earned the Foundation a Leadership Legacy Award from the Center for Ethical Leadership. Kristen is a founding board member of the Urban Homestead Foundation, and is currently a member of the Fairhaven College Advisory Council at Western Washington University and the Equity Team at Genesee Hill Elementary. She is at work on her first book, Philanthro∙be / The Design and Practice of Philanthropy.
Kristen received her MA from Antioch University in Whole Systems Design and her BA from Western Washington University in Film Studies and Production. She is a Seattle native currently living in West Seattle with her husband and two young sons, who keep her ever mindful of legacy and generosity.
“Kristen is an amazing, inspirational, eloquent speaker and leader. She does an awesome job of directing discussions and adding humor and insight.”
~ Amy, 2013 retreat participant