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February 9, 2016

Jeff Clarke, CEO | Each new year is a time for reflection and celebration. Looking back, we ask: what went well and what didn’t? Why or why not? Looking forward, we ask: what did we learn that we can apply to the opportunities and challenges we see on the horizon? This year marks Philanthropy Northwest’s 40th opportunity to reflect and celebrate. The Pacific Northwest is a special place, defined by diverse cultures that share a set of values including generosity, humility and integrity. I’m excited about sharing your stories throughout 2016 and distilling our collective learning of 40 years, together with your good thinking, to frame and inform what the next 10 years of philanthropy in this place might look like. more »

February 8, 2016

We're excited to kick off a new series of "virtual roundtable" interviews with philanthropic leaders. Each will feature a group of leaders from across our network who work on a common issue area, illuminating the diversity of place-based approaches to the topic at hand. For our first outing, we're talking with the CEOs of five Northwest healthcare conversion foundations: Chuckanut Health Foundation, Empire Health Foundation, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Montana Healthcare Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation. more »

February 8, 2016

Audrey Haberman, The Giving Practice | Over the course of four years, the Building Community Philanthropy (BCP) initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Pacific Northwest team has brought together 20 partners — United Ways, identity-based funds, tribal governments and community foundations — to learn together, challenge each other and shift the way they see their role in their communities. In short, to participate in a peer network that rewards honesty and authenticity while also receiving funding to test new ways of working, and transform their work in positive and meaningful ways. Ted Lord and I recently facilitated a two-day convening for this learning cohort.  We’ve noticed three key shifts that BCP has helped unlock: more »

February 5, 2016

Jennifer Teunon, Medina Foundation | If we make a grant, it’s because we believe in the organization and we want to see the same outcomes they want to see. But we always need to remember that we are investing in their work, not ours. If every funder only pays for a specific program or a specific line item, a nonprofit becomes fragmented and unstable. Without general operating support, an organization doesn’t have the money for staffing, rent, technology, training, or even the phone bill. And, without a strong infrastructure, programs that improve our communities can’t happen. more »

February 3, 2016

The Satterberg Foundation has named Sarah Walczyk as its new executive director, effective February 1. She succeeds Mary Pigott, the Seattle-based family foundation's founding executive director for more than 20 years. more »

February 3, 2016

Anne Yoon, The Giving Practice | Once an organization is more than a generation old, it can become paralyzing to decide which resources to keep, donate or toss. Like Philanthropy Northwest, many of our partners have also have amassed decades of artifacts, including Boeing (celebrating its centennial this year) and our founding members Ben B. Cheney Foundation, Medina Foundation, Seattle Foundation and Weyerhaeuser. With the start of the new year, and as we thought more about how to reflect on our 40th anniversary this fall, we decided it was time to go through everything and make an informed decision about which materials should be saved — to reference in upcoming programs and future publications — and which to let go. more »

February 2, 2016

Ballmer Family Giving, the youth-focused philanthropy organization representing former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie, has joined a funding partnership that aims to award $1 billion in grants to high-performing charities that serve low-income youth. The new collaborative, Blue Meridian Partners, is led by the New York-based Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. more »

January 29, 2016

Nicole Neroulias Gupte, Communications Manager | As the demographics of our communities shift and evolve, we see growing interest from philanthropy leaders in adopting multicultural approaches so that we can benefit from our differences, rather than assuming people will assimilate into an institutional set of norms, values and customs. Twenty executives from Seattle-area foundations joined us this week for a workshop on "Culturally Competent Leadership in the 21st Century," co-hosted by Pangea Giving, to discuss how we can collectively address systemic barriers to advance equity through philanthropy. more »