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October 2, 2015

We are all stunned and saddened by the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon on October 1, 2015. In the aftermath of this tragic event, many of you have reached out for advice on how to help. more »

September 29, 2015

Local Matters: Alaska + Indigenous Communities is just 12 days away! We're pleased to confirm that leaders from these organizations will be joining us in Anchorage, October 11 to 14: more »

September 29, 2015

Nicole Neroulias Gupte, Communications Manager | Our staff retreat last month at Islandwood on Bainbridge Island required only a carry-on bag, but mentally, I'm still unpacking it all. At other places I've worked — mainly newspapers and small nonprofits — conventional wisdom was that we had neither the time, budget nor need for an annual retreat. Now that I've finally experienced one, I'm wholeheartedly convinced that getting out of the office and out of our comfort zones, even for just a day and a half once a year, gives us the renewed energy and refreshed perspective we need to move forward individually and as a team. To inspire other organizations to design or rethink your staff retreats, here are some notes. more »

September 28, 2015

"Philanthropy Is... Convening." That's the theme of Local Matters: Washington, an opportunity for funders, nonprofits and community leaders to discuss how we initiate and facilitate conversations about our work together. We're pleased to confirm that leaders from these organizations will be joining us in Bellingham, November 3-4: more »

September 23, 2015

Sindhu Knotz, Partner, The Giving Practice | Nine accomplished individuals from incredibly diverse backgrounds are coming together at Philanthropy Northwest this week for the first cohort meeting of our Momentum Fellowship. What began as a conversation in one of our peer learning cohorts on diversity, equity and inclusion is now becoming reality: a program that prepares professionals from underrepresented communities, particularly communities of color, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector through mentoring, networking and professional development opportunities. more »

September 22, 2015

Paul Shoemaker, founder of Social Venture Partners and the Microsoft Alumni Foundation's 2015 Integral Fellow, argues that funders need to fundamentally change the way they have traditionally worked with nonprofits, communities and each other. "If we want to produce more of the change our resources are capable of achieving," he writes, "we need to reconstruct our underlying practices." Citing examples ranging from the Ford Foundation to the Road Map Project, he offers five recommendations: more »

September 22, 2015

At its September program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded 40 grants and one program-related investment (PRI), totaling just over $6.1 million for organizations working across Oregon and southwest Washington. more »