Philanthropy Northwest and our members are carefully monitoring the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in the region. Consider donating to these local funds and to other community philanthropy organizations who may not yet have a COVID-19 specific fund listed. This list will be updated as we hear about them. more »
Erin Thomas | Due to sudden unforeseen circumstances, virtual offices have quickly become the new norm. The current pandemic has caused us to rethink how we work and communicate, and organizations are navigating similar challenges around this. These challenges include how to continue serving grantees, partners and beneficiaries while transitioning organizational operations to virtual systems, all in a way that is efficient and supportive of employees. This transition can be overwhelming if done all at once. Luckily, there are many resources and tools we can use to make this process a little less daunting. more »
Last month, Starbucks announced plans to expand its Community Store initiative, which supports economic opportunity in diverse, low- to medium-income urban neighborhoods across the country, by opening 100 new Community Stores by 2025. Starbucks has opened 14 of these stores since the program’s inception in 2015, in locations like White Center, WA; Queens, NY; Milwaukee, WI; and Ferguson, MI. Their success inspired this expansion, with new Community Stores planned in Los Angeles, CA; Anacostia, D.C.; and Prince George’s County, MD.
Starbucks founded the initiative as part of its goal of hiring 10,000 “Opportunity Youth” (young ages 16-24 who face systemic barriers to meaningful jobs and education). In select locations, the company focuses on factors like high youth unemployment, low median household income and economically distressed areas. more »