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July 31, 2015

Jondou Chen, Ann Ishimaru and Joe Lott, University of Washington | Research consistently finds that strong parent–family–school relations is critical to student success. Traditional parent involvement efforts assume that schools are neutral places that treat everyone equally, but that ignores cultural context, and leads to a focus on changing the parents in order to match a preconceived notion of what a good parent should be. For parents who are struggling to make ends meet, who did not have positive experiences in school when they were students, or who are new Americans unfamiliar with how the system works, traditional efforts to engage them in their children's education may instead highlight barriers between the culture of the community and the culture of the school. more »

July 30, 2015

Lawson F. Knight, Intermountain Impact Investments | Some people crave security and predictability in their careers. Not me. I'm drawn to adventure and invention — doing things we don't know how to do yet. One of my mentors, Dr. Ellen Wolf, past president and board member of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation, recognized this and predicted that I would someday leave my comfortable position as the foundation's executive director to blaze new trails. She was right. With a colleague in Wyoming, I co-founded Intermountain Impact Investments last year. more »

July 28, 2015

Wells Fargo will donate $1 million to NeighborWorks America to help replace or rehabilitate owner-occupied homes in nine rural areas, including a southwest Oregon community. more »

July 28, 2015

Kristen Holway, Senior Manager, Learning Practice | Knowing that nearly half of all low-income Montanans experience at least one civil legal problem each year that goes unaddressed, the Montana Access to Justice Commission, with support from Philanthropy Northwest member Montana Justice Foundation, conducted a study to better understand the gaps and barriers to civil legal aid access. Their findings have implications for funders across all states and all sectors — and have us asking ourselves whether there is a need for broader conversation. more »

July 27, 2015

The Boeing Company has announced a $15 million grant, personally matched by the family of its founder, to create the Boeing Academy for STEM (science, technology, engineering and match) Learning at the Museum of Flight. more »

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July 21, 2015

Jon Stahl, Communications Director | In July 2015, we conducted a short survey of Philanthropy Northwest network members to get a sense of whether and what sort of policies they have requiring grantees to not discriminate when providing services. Here's what we learned. more »

July 21, 2015

Anjana Pandey, Director of Member & Donor Relations | After over a decade in New York, I never imagined living or working anywhere else. And then Amazon came knocking (for my husband) and our family of four packed up and moved cross-country to the Pacific Northwest. I’ve joined the Philanthropy Northwest team as our first director of member & donor relations and will be working closely with our extensive network of philanthropic organizations. I’m excited to learn about the unique, place-based approach for which the Pacific Northwest is so famous. more »