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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 »

November 18, 2015

Katherine Porras, Momentum Fellow | When I moved to Oregon in 2013, I found myself captivated by the beauty of its green valleys and blue rivers. A few months ago, I was thrilled to be accepted to the Momentum Fellowship's investment position at Meyer Memorial Trust. This is a unique opportunity to help serve marginalized communities, while growing professionally with an amazing cohort dedicated to the field of philanthropy. We are fortunate to have this opportunity and we all recognized its potential, not only forging our own career paths, but also for the magnitude of possible contribution when a group of nine diverse professionals striving for excellence work together towards a common goal: making the future of philanthropy more diverse, equitable and inclusive. more »

November 18, 2015

Montana Healthcare Foundation announced more than $1.3 million in new grants to 34 Montana-based organizations focusing on key health challenges in behavioral health (including mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse), American Indian health and new programs that seek to improve health outcomes and control rising healthcare costs, particularly in communities struggling with a lack of resources and personnel. more »

November 17, 2015

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 26 grants worth $4.3 million in the third quarter of 2015, focused on access to capital, enterprise development, financial inclusion and work opportunity. Programs within these portfolios advance good jobs and financial capability for low-income communities across the foundation’s region, with a special focus on those that are Native, communities of color or immigrant. more »

November 17, 2015

The board of directors of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers has announced the appointment of longtime philanthropy executive David Biemesderfer as the organization’s next president and CEO. David is currently the president and CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network, and a valued colleague and friend to us here at Philanthropy Northwest. We are tremendously excited to continue working with him in this new role, which he will begin in mid-January 2016. more »