In 2016, Philanthropy Northwest continued to advance our mission of supporting vibrant futures for the region’s communities that honor our past, our people and our cultures. I’m thrilled to report the following highlights, including:
- Growing our Member Network: Our learning network grew to 164 foundations and corporate giving programs, with 845 people attending at least one of our programs, briefings, trainings and workshops.
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: We launched a second cohort of our Momentum Fellows in order to increase the number of untapped talented individuals from other sectors foundation positions in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to Meyer Memorial Trust, Marguerite Casey Foundation and the Quixote Foundation for their continued support and investment in this program.
- Customized Support: The Giving Practice, our national consulting arm, continues to grow and worked with 51 foundations in the Northwest and 35 foundations around the country.
- Contributions to the Field: The Giving Practice developed tools based on work with clients including: “Reality Checklist,” “Champion Checklist,” “Collaboration Readiness Assessment” and “DIY Strategy Improvements.”
- Building Community Philanthropy: Continuing their support, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation made a grant to Philanthropy Northwest to lead a learning cohort of community foundations, United Ways and identity funds that are working in partnership to increase equity through community engagement and philanthropy.
I was honored to serve as interim CEO and am thrilled to officially pass the mantle to Kiran Ahuja. Kiran brings a wealth of experience as former executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She’s the past chief of staff at the Office of Budget and Personnel Management and a former civil rights litigator. Thanks for supporting Kiran as she takes the helm and brings her powerful voice, leadership skills and deep compassion to our sector.
— Audrey Haberman