Annual Conference 2019

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The Philanthropy Northwest Annual Conference: November 18-19 at The Westin Seattle 

 

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Our annual conference is the largest convening of grantmakers in the Northwest! We believe philanthropy is at its best when it is collaborative, transparent and equitable. Our conference provides space to convene together to learn from peers how philanthropy can build capacity in the social sector, commit to racial equity and DEI, and advocate for issues and organizations. Our 2018 conference was the best yet, highlighting the power of philanthropy and community in Boise, Idaho. We're excited to welcome our network to our backyard of Seattle. Want to learn more about our conference art and our collaboration with Eighth Generation? You can read more on our blog. Early bird registration opens May 22, 2019, and runs through July 15.

Please contact Anjana Pandey if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities. PNW19 registration button

The Call for Sessions is extended through June 12! Submit a session proposal here.

Philanthropy Northwest is proud to partner with CHANGE Philanthropy for our annual conference. Philanthropy Northwest members will receive a discount on the UNITY Summit if they choose to register for both events. 

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Questions? Contact Elyse Gordon for more information.

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Agenda at a Glance: 

Monday November 18

Please note: This is our working agenda. All times are subject to change.

8:00 am – Registration Opens

9:00 am – 10:30 am – Welcome and Opening Plenary + Community Foundation Breakfast
(Throughout the conference, we are hosting concurrent content specific to Community Foundation staff and trustees. While all CF track participants are welcome to attend any/all PNW19 content, you will always have an option for CF-specific content and networking opportunities. Not sure which one is right for you? Check in with Mares Asfaha)

10:45 am – 11:45 am – Lightning Talks
(New this year! Lightning talks are 8-12 minute talks designed to keep the energy going and hear from an array of people in the field. These are stories of transformation, sharing learnings from failures, highlighting collaborations, or a historical look-back of how a community has changed. All talks will be clustered based on thematic interests, such as rural philanthropy, issues facing emerging practitioners, approaches to housing and homelessness, workforce development and the new economy, etc).   

12:00 – 1:30 – Lunch and Plenary: Transforming Philanthropy from the Inside Out
(Join Jeff Raikes and friends as we think about transforming foundations from the inside to lead with equity.)

1:30 - 2:00 pm - Networking Break 

2:00 – 4:30 – Deepening our Equity Lens: 5 workshops designed to meet you where you are
(Whether you are just beginning to think about diversity, equity and inclusion or you have been advancing this work for years, we will have something for you. With dedicated, trained facilitators for each training, we want people to find their most appropriate workshop and dive in for 2.5 hours of deep, peer learning. There will be five different workshops aimed at helping you name your biggest learning edges and work with your peers to leave with greater skills and adeptness at advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in your work.)

4:30 – 5:00 – Closing 

5:30 – 8:00 – Reception (Wing Luke Museum) + Community Foundation Reception
(We will offer transportation vouchers and encourage you to take public transportation to the Wing Luke, in the International District. We will have a few shuttles run between the Westin and the Wing Luke). 

Tuesday November 19:

8:30 – 10:00 – Membership Meeting and Morning Power Speaker
(Join us for the Philanthropy Northwest annual Membership Meeting and a 20-minute power speaker!) 

9:30 - 11:30 - The Blanket Exercise (presented by Native Americans in Philanthropy)
(Please pre-register for The Blanket Exercise through the Unity Summit website. You will miss the PNW morning power speaker but are encouraged to come at 8:30 for breakfast)

10:15 – 11:45 – Breakout Sessions
For anyone NOT participating in The Blanket Exercise, please select one of five concurrent sessions. 

12:00 – 1:30 – UNITY Summit Opening Luncheon
(Anyone attending PNW19 And Unity Summit transitions to Unity Summit – PNW19 attendees are invited to stay for lunch for a modest fee)

2:00 – 5:00 – Optional: PNW CEO Summit
(Only available to those NOT participating in the Unity Summit) 

7:00 – 9:00 – Joint Welcome Reception (open for all PNW or Unity attendees) 

Early bird registration opens May 22 and runs through July 15.

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Early bird registration opens May 22, 2019, and runs through July 15.

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Members:

Full Conference (Early Bird): $345 (thru July 15)

Full Conference: $395 

Community Foundation Track: $295 

CEO track (optional add-on): $150

Non-members:

Full Conference: $695

Community Foundation Track: $350

CEO track (optional add-on): $250

All:

Unity Summit Opening Lunch Only (no summit access): $45 

NOTES:

All participants will receive $100 off of their registration if they register for the CHANGE Philanthropy Unity Summit as well. Discount code will be sent in your registration confirmation email. 

While we encourage members to register for the Unity Summit, we know this might not be feasible. We encourage you to stay for lunch on November 19 as we transition from PNW19 to the Unity Summit. All PNW participants are welcome to join the joint welcome reception on Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m. 

The CEO track option is only available to CEOs or Executive Directors of foundations or grantmaking organizations who are already attending the Annual Conference. It will run Tuesday afternoon November 19, and will only take place if 20+ individuals register. 

There is no extra fee for conference participants who sign up for the Community Foundation Track. The rates above are inclusive of all Philanthropy Northwest Conference content. 

Questions? Contact Elyse Gordon at 206-267-9955 or egordon@philanthropynw.org

 

The conference program takes place at the Westin Seattle
1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101.

Lodging 

The Westin Seattle is located in the heart of downtown Seattle, two blocks from the light rail to SeaTac Airport. . Conference participants will receive a discounted rate of $189.00 per night. Conference attendees will receive a significantly discounted rate on overnight parking of $20.00.  

To book your reservation, please visit this link.

The Westin Seattle offers many amenities, including a pool, Peleton bikes, self-guided running tours of the city and more! ​

Parking

Please note the Westin Valet and Self-Parking garage are located IN the Westin hotel.  The entrance for both is off of Westlake Ave off the corner of 6th Avenue.  There is a public parking garage labeled “Westin Parking” on 5th Avenue.  This garage is not affiliated with the Westin Hotel, but is a public garage with easy access to the Westin Hotel via a sky bridge. 

Airfare

We recommend flying with our longtime member and partner Alaska Airlines. There is a convenient light rail that goes from the airport to about 3 blocks from the Westin. 

Getting to the Westin

From Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Hotel direction: 13.3 miles N

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Alternate transportation: Limousine/Town Car Service;on request
  • Estimated taxi fare: 45 USD (one way)
  • Bus service, fee: 18 USD (one way)
  • Subway service, fee: 3 USD (one way)

Visit SEA airport website

Driving directions

From Sea-Tac Airport, get on WA-518 E from Airport Expressway.From WA-518 E, take the exit for I-5 N and travel north on I-5 for 12.4 miles.Take the Seneca Street exit #165. The exit will be on the left.Turn right on 6th Ave and proceed north for six blocks.Cross over Stewart Street.The hotel will be on the left.

From North:
Take I-5 S. Take the Union Street exit #165B. Continue onto Union Street. Turn right onto 6th Ave. Take a left onto Stewart Street (pass the Bank of America Financial Center on the left). The hotel will be on the right.

Public Transit

The Link Light Rail runs directly from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Westlake Station, 2 blocks from The Westin. Fares are $3 each way. There are also ample bus lines that serve the downtown area. If you want to plan your trip via public transit, visit https://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/

 

Interested in supporting the Philanthropy Northwest Annual Conference as a sponsor? Please contact Anjana Pandey or Elyse Gordon. You can also provide joint sponsorship to Philanthropy Northwest and CHANGE Philanthropy for double the sponsor benefits!

 

Interested in supporting the Philanthropy Northwest Annual Conference as a sponsor? Please contact Anjana Pandey or Elyse Gordon. You can also provide joint sponsorship to Philanthropy Northwest and CHANGE Philanthropy for double the sponsor benefits!

Who should go to the Philanthropy Northwest Annual Conference?
Participants include corporate giving offices, private and public foundations, community foundations, tribal grantmaking entities, nonprofit grantmaking organizations, government grantmaking offices and impact investors. Because this is a peer-to-peer learning opportunity for funders, it is not appropriate for nonprofit organizations to participate. Please contact Elyse Gordon if you are uncertain of your eligibility. 

What time does the conference begin and end? The conference begins Monday, November 18 at 9 a.m. ends Tuesday, November 19 at 12 p.m.

What’s going on with CHANGE Philanthropy? Philanthropy Northwest is excited to partner with CHANGE Philanthropy for their 2019 Unity Summit. Philanthropy Northwest attendees are invited to attend both PNW19 as well as the Unity Summit. Guests who sign-up for both PNW19 and Unity Summit will receive $100 off their Unity Summit registration. More information about the Unity Summit can be found here.

CHANGE Philanthropy is a coalition of philanthropic networks working together to strengthen bridges across funders and communities. They are transforming philanthropy from within by building knowledge, fostering diversity, and creating connections.

I don’t want to attend the full Unity Summit, but are there still ways to engage? Absolutely. We invite participants to join us for the opening Unity Summit luncheon for an additional $45 (which covers the cost of lunch). If you don’t want to stay for lunch, you’re still welcome to join us for a joint reception on the evening of November 19 at the Museum of Pop Culture, from 7-9 p.m.

I am at a community foundation in the Northwest. Should I attend? Yes! We will have community-foundation specific content throughout the conference, though you are welcome to attend any and all parts of the Philanthropy Northwest conference as well. The cost is the same.

Who is on the conference committee? Co-chairs include Antoinette Malveaux (Casey Family Programs), Aleesha Towns-Bain (Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation) and Kim Vu (Bank of America). Committee members include: Ami Patel (Women’s Foundation of Oregon); Claire Oatey (Community Foundation of North Central Washington); Leslie Silverman (The Giving Practice); Kendra Witt-Doyle (Blue Cross Idaho Foundation for Health); Darion Jones (Meyer Memorial Trust); Kat Healy (First Interstate Bank); Rebecca Wisotsky (Funders for LGBT Issues) and Carly Hare (CHANGE Philanthropy).

What does it mean that Philanthropy Northwest members need to be in good standing to get the member rates? We are delighted to offer member rates and early bird discounts to current members of Philanthropy Northwest. To be in good standing, your 2019 membership dues should be up to date. A non-member rate will apply if dues are not paid by June 15. Danielle Crystal can help you with dues and membership questions and payment.

Is there an early bird price for the Annual Conference? Yes! An early purchase price is available for Philanthropy Northwest members starting May 22 and runs through July 15. It offers a $50 discount off our Member pricing of $395. This pricing option is in effect until 6 p.m. July 15, 2019.

Are there early bird discounts for non-members? No, early bird discounts are a benefit of Philanthropy Northwest membership. PNW19 Register Button

Are there group discounts? No, group discounts are not available but as a Philanthropy Northwest member, we encourage you to register by July 15 to get $50 off your registration.

Can I pay by check? Sorry, no checks, please. We are using an online registration system which only accepts credit card payments.

Can I update my registration information? Yes, you can edit your registration information very easily.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable? Yes, you can transfer your ticket to another person at your organization. Please make all transfers by 1 p.m. November 8, 2019.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? Please make all transfers by 1 p.m. November 8, 2019.

Are there sponsorship opportunities? Yes! Please contact Anjana Pandey for more details or see the Sponsorship tab on this page.

Will there be a Request for Proposals for conference sessions? Yes! The Request for Proposals will be open from May 6 through June 12.  

When do you expect to have the full agenda available? We expect to have the full agenda available by early September, with information about keynotes and plenaries as they become available.

Is there a cancellation policy? 

Please notify us of cancellation by email at info@philanthropynw.org.

  • On or before October 21 - Full Refund minus $50 processing fee
  • On or before October 28 - Refund of 50% of the registration fee
  • On or before November 4 - Refund of 25% of the registration fee
  • On or after November 11 - No refund available

Forfeited registration fees may not be applied to future Philanthropy Northwest programming. Individuals who need to cancel are encouraged to transfer their registration to another eligible attendee.