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July 7, 2015

Kristen Holway, Senior Manager, Learning Practice | Drought conditions have brought wildfire season early to the Pacific Northwest. With 30,000 acres engulfed in Idaho, Oregon and Washington over the weekend, and as we approach the first anniversary of the devastating Carlton Complex Fire, I'm reminded of the interdependence of the people, government and funders in our region's disaster preparedness, response and recovery — especially long-term recovery. more »

July 1, 2015

Allison Parker, The Seattle Foundation | Like Chambers Bay, our region's impact investing network is a complex course: alluring with breathtaking views, but filled with hidden bumps, tough climbs and other potential hazards. By mapping out this ecosystem, we see that our role is to build on our strengths as a community foundation: sharing place-based knowledge, building relationships and engaging donors. more »

June 30, 2015

Kris Hermanns, Pride Foundation | Last week’s historic ruling by the Supreme Court finally affirms the decades-long fight for marriage equality. My heart is filled with joy knowing that all couples nationwide will now enjoy the same right to marry under the law. Yet while the ruling represents a critical step forward for LGBTQ people and their families, our quest for full equality is far from complete. more »

June 23, 2015

Daniel Kemmis, Board Member | Last week’s Local Matters gathering in Big Sky, Montana felt like a most fitting way of closing a circle whose circumference I’ve been walking for the last nine years. What made the event so satisfying was the opportunity to feel unabashed pride in the good work and collective action taking place in Montana and in Philanthropy Northwest. more »

June 23, 2015

Caitlin Copple, Montana Correspondent | Against the backdrop of Lone Mountain on a patio with a river rock fireplace, nearly 100 philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit staff and government leaders spent a day and a half talking, thinking and planning next steps to advance issues that matter most to Montanans. Here's what we learned. more »