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May 4, 2016

Nicole Neroulias Gupte, Communications Manager | May 3 was supposed to be the biggest fundraising day of the year across the country, with dozens of community foundations partnering with the national Give Local America campaign to drive individual giving to local nonprofits. In the Puget Sound area alone, Seattle Foundation's sixth annual #GiveBIG campaign had a $20 million goal, fueled by confidence in a new fundraising platform that allowed for scheduling donations in advance and making multiple gifts in a single checkout process. It's kind of like the Super Bowl, for individual philanthropy. But remember that power failure during the Super Bowl XLVII — after Beyoncé's halftime show performance? Imagine if the Superdome had stayed dark for hours. That's what ended up happening to Give Local America, as a hardware malfunction at Kimbia, the national donation platform, caused major outages starting at 7 a.m. Pacific time. more »

May 4, 2016

The Juneau Community Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants and utility waivers to 23 organizations addressing the community's highest priority social service needs. more »

May 3, 2016

Gloris Estrella, Program Associate | Every spring, philanthropic organizations from across the country converge on our nation's capital for Foundations on the Hill, a 48-hour opportunity to educate Congress and encourage national policymakers to see philanthropy as a close partners in their communities — as advocates, both for policies important to our representatives and for their constituents. This year's FOTH delegation included staff and board members from the Arctic Slope Community Foundation, Casey Family Programs, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Rasmuson Foundation and Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation. We met with U.S. senators and congressmen from five states, across party lines, and had an exclusive conversation with Doug O'Brien, White House senior policy advisor for rural affairs, and Raina Thiele, associate director of intergovernmental affairs and public engagement. Our friends at Casey Family Programs also arranged meetings for us with the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means and with members of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee. more »

May 2, 2016

Anjana Pandey, Donor & Member Relations Director | As Philanthropy Northwest celebrates our 40th anniversary in 2016, we're excited to be working with more than 180 foundations, funds and corporate giving programs committed to Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Through shared experiences, learning and action across sectors, we help each other become more skillful in our work, advance our missions and build vibrant, equitable and inclusive communities. Strengthening existing connections among our people, places and missions — and forging new opportunities every day — makes us stronger partners regionally and nationally. We are thankful for the support and partnership of our longtime members, along with eight organizations joining us this year from four states. more »

April 29, 2016

Seven months after we first met our inaugural cohort of Momentum Fellows, a group of emerging leaders working to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy, we continue to be blown away by their insights on our blog and in the field. Leaders at their host foundations — Marguerite Casey Foundation, Northwest Health Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, Pride Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation — have also expressed great excitement with this work, which developed out of our first CEO cohort on diversity, equity and inclusion. Before their April meeting at Marguerite Casey Foundation, we asked each of the nine Momentum Fellows to share their thoughts on this prompt: What have you learned about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in philanthropy since becoming a Momentum Fellow — and what do you hope to learn/achieve in the rest of our time together? more »

April 28, 2016

Sindhu Knotz, The Giving Practice | When The Giving Practice at Philanthropy Northwest partnered with the D5 Coalition in 2012 to study and report on the ways philanthropic leaders were advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, one of our most significant findings was that leaders need support from peer networks to advance this work. Four years later, we continue to witness how peer learning can be one of the most powerful ways to influence leadership and cultural change within organizations. In confidential, trust-based environments, leaders serve as co-consultants to one another, offering advice, knowledge and sympathetic ears. Again and again, we have seen leaders come together to gather the courage to make meaningful advances in policy, practice and organizational change. We use six key principles to create and facilitate these groups, particularly for cohorts designed around diversity, equity and inclusion. While much of this may read as basic facilitation strategies, we have learned that this is more of an art than a science — and it often takes a few meetings before groups begin to develop their own rhythm and cohesion. more »

April 27, 2016

Ten months after launching a coalition pledging to train and hire 100,000 American youths who face systemic barriers to jobs and education, Starbucks, Alaska Airlines, Microsoft and other major companies will hold interviews at Seattle's CenturyLink Field on May 5. more »

April 21, 2016

Jennifer Teunon, Medina Foundation | In 2011, a King County, Washington nonprofit turned away 25 domestic violence survivors for every 1 who could be housed in its shelter. Those numbers painted a heartbreaking image. I imagined a survivor suffering years of abuse before secretly researching ways to escape, waiting for the right time to risk everything and finally finding the courage to drive away in the middle of the night to the safety of emergency shelter — but instead facing a daunting waiting list. While shelter access has been fundamental to supporting survivors of domestic violence, the Medina Foundation wondered if there could be additional options.  Shelter may still be the safest solution in some cases, but the ability to have a choice — which we learn by really listening to what each survivor needs — is critical. More often than not, they are the ones who can best identify the right solution. more »