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October 8, 2015

Nicole Neroulias Gupte, Communications Manager | I recently had the pleasure of meeting the inaugural cohort of our Momentum Fellowship, Philanthropy Northwest's program aimed at preparing professionals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy. These nine fellows bring a tremendous set of skills and experiences to the table, in addition to their diverse backgrounds. An initiative like this can't solve philanthropy's diversity, equity and inclusion "pipeline problem" all by itself, but as our board member Luz Vega-Marquis of Marguerite Casey Foundation says: "We have to start somewhere." From a communications perspective, the Momentum Fellowship also gives us fresh eyes on the art and business of philanthropy at six Pacific Northwest foundations: Meyer Memorial Trust, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Northwest Health Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Pride Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation. more »

October 7, 2015

Erin Thomas, Talent Partner and Board Liaison | After seven years working at EarthCorps, developing a new generation of global environmental leaders, I decided to move into the talent partner and board liaison position at Philanthropy Northwest to continue growing my skills and exploring the social sector from a new lens. In my new role, I hope to strengthen Philanthropy Northwest’s organizational culture, leadership development and the teams that ultimately impact our members and the sector as a whole. Two weeks into this position and I have already found myself in a high-level board meeting strategizing our next three-to-five years, and at the launch of our three-state Momentum Fellowship to empower and encourage diversity and equity in philanthropy. I look forward to working with our network and meeting more of you at our upcoming events. more »

October 6, 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. Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations on the ground in Roseburg are actively seeking ways to assist, including assessing community needs in the wake of this event, evaluating resources across sectors — including strengths and gaps — so that they can most quickly and effectively coordinate and provide support to a community that will need help in healing the wounds from this tragedy for many years to come. more »

October 5, 2015

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Pacific Northwest team has made 27 grants this year, mostly within Washington state, totaling $15.1 million. Here are the 10 largest awards: more »

October 5, 2015

Lauren Sato, Canopy | Six months ago, Canopy launched in the Pacific Northwest with a grand vision to build the infrastructure necessary to create a thriving ecosystem for place-based impact investing. Half a year later, our commitment to this vision has led to many exciting changes. Based on interest and feedback from the field, Canopy has evolved from its early work of conducting field-building research to include robust technical infrastructure building and educational programming, all aimed at creating equitable prosperity in our region — from northern California to Alaska, from the Pacific Ocean to Wyoming — and ultimately across the United States. more »

October 4, 2015

Local Matters: Alaska + Indigenous Communities is just six 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 »