Phillips 66 and Mike Hammes Honored for Outstanding Philanthropy

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Each November the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Washington Chapter joins national and international colleagues to honor and support the efforts and passions of philanthropic leaders and the organizations they serve. Selected from nominees located throughout Washington, two of this year’s group of honorees came from Whatcom County: Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery for Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation, and Mike Hammes / RAM Construction for Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business. More than 80 people from Whatcom County attended the event along with more than 900 other donors, volunteers, leaders and other supporters of nonprofit organizations, making it one of the largest National Philanthropy Day celebrations in the nation. 

Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery – Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation
For nearly 60 years the Ferndale Refinery, owned and operated by Phillips 66, has provided
millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours to support communities throughout Whatcom
County. With a focus on education, the environment and health and safety, Phillips 66 supports a variety of nonprofit organizations with direct donations and generous employee volunteer and
matching gift programs. Among the organizations benefiting from the company’s contributions are the United Way of Whatcom County, Whatcom Land Trust, Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative, Bellingham Technical College, the Ferndale School District, Ferndale Chamber of Commerce, and Ferndale Boys & Girls Club. Phillips 66 also supports nonprofits in other Washington cities where it does business, such as Tacoma and Spokane.

Phillips 66 encourages employee participation and leverages its employees’ efforts by matching
employee donations to any eligible nonprofit organization or school, up to $15,000 per employee, per year. In addition, employees and their spouses can earn company donations for qualifying nonprofit organizations by volunteering their personal time for those organizations.

“Phillips 66 is an outstanding philanthropic leader that takes great pride in being a good neighbor and in helping make this a wonderful place to live and work,” wrote Mauri Ingram, president and Chief Executive of the Whatcom Community Foundation in nominating Phillips 66 for this honor. 

While accepting the award, Karen Tripp, Phillips 66 Vice President of Communications & Public
Affairs, stated, “I plan to take the story of this day back to our corporate office and share this award as a benchmark for our other sites across the country.” See more of her remarks here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFQcdQf9UVY.

RAM Construction and Mike Hammes – Outstanding Small Company
Mike Hammes, owner of RAM Construction of Bellingham, is known not only for what he
and his company give to the community, but for initiating philanthropic causes. When a
specific need arises in the community, Mike and RAM are first to step up and issue a
challenge for others to make their donations to fill the need. “There are not too many
community needs that get met without the hands, hammer or gentle encouragement of
Mike Hammes and his team at RAM Construction,” noted Sue Sharpe, executive director of
the Chuckanut Health Foundation in nominating RAM for this honor.

Hammes and RAM have worked to help local organizations from the Bellingham Food Bank to the
Whatcom Hospice Foundation and St. Luke’s Foundation to children in Honduras through Rotary. When nominating RAM, Dr. David A. Lynch, Vice President of  Chuckanut Health Foundation, wrote, “Mike compounds his volunteering by inspiring others to get involved. He’s a catalyst for good that sparks light and vision in other people. Whether he is coordinating construction of Hospice House, promoting the Rotary International Water Quality Project, or sponsoring a school in rural Honduras, he draws others to his side.”

While receiving his award, Mike shared a little bit about his philosophy about giving, saying,
“Philanthropy is a choice, based in empathy. Everybody can make a difference.” See Mike’s entire acceptance speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mZl4xyYIwI.

The other National Philanthropy Day honorees included the Lenny Wilkens Foundation for
Outstanding Philanthropic Organization; the Ackerley Family for Outstanding Philanthropic Family; the Students in Boo Schneider’s 3rd grade class at Ordway Elementary School for Outstanding Young Philanthropists; and John and Mary “Buzz” Folsom who were recognized as Outstanding Philanthropists.