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February 11, 2016

Gloris Estrella, Program Associate | When the opportunity to join First Alaskans Institute's “Partners for the Next 10,000 … A Racial Equity Summit” earlier this month, I literally jumped out of my swivel chair with excitement! After gathering 200 people together in a room, all of us passionate about empowering communities and dismantling hundreds of years of oppression, we were bound to walk away with something like a solution, right? Well, not quite. We need to think more about restructuring the current system that is failing so many. More philanthropists should get their hands on the ground, side by side with the communities they so deeply care about. Join the marches, attend town hall meetings, convene your grantees and local businesses around racial tensions they face, write to your local representatives, audit internal policies and ensure they are equitable and inclusive. In an election year, it's even more imperative that philanthropists be at the forefront of the issues we care about. more »

February 11, 2016

Community and nonprofit leaders from western Washington came together this month, in person and online, to celebrate Boeing's announcement of nearly $10 million in local grants for 2016. The grants will go to more than 100 local nonprofit groups in the Puget Sound region. more »

February 11, 2016

Northwest Area Foundation, a Minnesota-based Philanthropy Northwest member with a grantmaking footprint that includes Montana, Oregon, Washington and 75 Native nations, awarded $13.4 million through 120 grants in 2015. The awards made in late 2015, announced this month, totaled nearly $5 million to 43 organizations in its region, including six organizations in Oregon and Washington. more »

February 9, 2016

Jeff Clarke, CEO | Each new year is a time for reflection and celebration. Looking back, we ask: what went well and what didn’t? Why or why not? Looking forward, we ask: what did we learn that we can apply to the opportunities and challenges we see on the horizon? This year marks Philanthropy Northwest’s 40th opportunity to reflect and celebrate. The Pacific Northwest is a special place, defined by diverse cultures that share a set of values including generosity, humility and integrity. I’m excited about sharing your stories throughout 2016 and distilling our collective learning of 40 years, together with your good thinking, to frame and inform what the next 10 years of philanthropy in this place might look like. more »

February 8, 2016

We're excited to kick off a new series of "virtual roundtable" interviews with philanthropic leaders. Each will feature a group of leaders from across our network who work on a common issue area, illuminating the diversity of place-based approaches to the topic at hand. For our first outing, we're talking with the CEOs of five Northwest healthcare conversion foundations: Chuckanut Health Foundation, Empire Health Foundation, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Montana Healthcare Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation. more »

February 8, 2016

Audrey Haberman, The Giving Practice | Over the course of four years, the Building Community Philanthropy (BCP) initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Pacific Northwest team has brought together 20 partners — United Ways, identity-based funds, tribal governments and community foundations — to learn together, challenge each other and shift the way they see their role in their communities. In short, to participate in a peer network that rewards honesty and authenticity while also receiving funding to test new ways of working, and transform their work in positive and meaningful ways. Ted Lord and I recently facilitated a two-day convening for this learning cohort.  We’ve noticed three key shifts that BCP has helped unlock: more »

February 5, 2016

Jennifer Teunon, Medina Foundation | If we make a grant, it’s because we believe in the organization and we want to see the same outcomes they want to see. But we always need to remember that we are investing in their work, not ours. If every funder only pays for a specific program or a specific line item, a nonprofit becomes fragmented and unstable. Without general operating support, an organization doesn’t have the money for staffing, rent, technology, training, or even the phone bill. And, without a strong infrastructure, programs that improve our communities can’t happen. more »

February 3, 2016

The Satterberg Foundation has named Sarah Walczyk as its new executive director, effective February 1. She succeeds Mary Pigott, the Seattle-based family foundation's founding executive director for more than 20 years. more »