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December 1, 2015

Pride Foundation has awarded more than $7.5 million this year to expand opportunities and advance full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and families throughout the Northwest, including a 23 percent increase in its community grant awards. more »

December 1, 2015

Philanthropy Northwest's board of directors, representing the range of foundation, family and corporate giving in our six-state region, welcomes two new members today, chosen through the first open nomination process in our 39-year history: C'Ardiss "CC" Gardner Gleser of the Charlotte Martin Foundation and Mary Rutherford of the Montana Community Foundation. more »

November 30, 2015

Nicole Neroulias Gupte, Communications Manager | Seattle-based retailer REI made national news this fall by announcing it would remain closed on Black Friday — one of the biggest shopping days of the year — while paying the co-op's 12,000 employees and encouraging its 5.5 million members to spend quality time outdoors instead. The #OptOutside campaign drew more than a million followers on social media, especially in Northwest, and inspired several other retailers to follow suit. The campaign also confirmed what Philanthropy Northwest has observed this year: REI is taking a more visible and innovative approach in its community engagement and corporate giving. more »

November 30, 2015

At its November program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded 13 grants, totaling just over $1 million, for organizations working in Oregon. more »

November 25, 2015

Jeff Clarke, CEO | How can ­­­­­we better initiate, nurture and participate in conversations that engage communities in creating their own solutions? What are the challenges, risks and rewards of entering into open, authentic conversations that generate shared understanding and joint action? Which practices do philanthropists need to hold space for these conversations? How do we determine whether it’s more appropriate to talk or listen? The fifth stop on our Local Matters 2015 conversation series found us exploring these questions in Bellingham, Washington, with leaders from more than 100 organizations across the state. more »

November 23, 2015

David Wertheimer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Americans have slowly become accustomed to what was once a shocking presence: people who are homeless settling into library chairs during the day, sleeping on buses and subways at night, setting up urban camp sites within the shadows of office towers and luxury condominiums. While we may be momentarily shocked that 40 percent of the homeless children sleeping in Seattle shelters are infants and toddlers under age 4, that shock seems to dissipate quickly when we hear the same news, over and over again. Over the past several months, Los Angeles, Portland, Hawaii and Seattle have declared homelessness emergencies. What impact can an emergency declaration have when the crisis is a long-standing, slow motion disaster which is far easier to ignore? more »

November 20, 2015

Craig Muska, Canopy | They say every place is unique, a complex melting pot of people, beliefs, history and politics. I’ve been thinking a lot about this “uniqueness” in recent weeks, especially given that earlier this year I launched Canopy, a new place-based investment collaborative. What brought about my latest fixation were recent trips to Anchorage to participate in Philanthropy Northwest's Local Matters 2015 and to New York City. more »