Become A Host Foundation

Become A Host Foundation

Support Emerging Black, Indigenous and People of Color Leaders in Your Organization.

Luz Vega-Marquis standing with her four Momentum Fellows
Former CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, Luz Vega-Marquis,
with Momentum Fellows from three cohorts.

Host foundations are an important part of the Momentum Fellowship program. Hosts support professionals from historically underrepresented communities to participate in this program for 18 months. As a result, fellows gain valuable experience and skills in philanthropy, while your organization benefits from fellows’ perspectives and contributions. Fellows are also part of a cohort of peers and participate in learning and professional development opportunities together.

We're seeking foundations that are committed to diversity, racial equity and inclusion; invested in creating opportunities for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) professionals; and interested in supporting the leadership development of BIPOC staff.

Benefits to the Host Foundation:

  • Invest in your staff by supporting their authentic leadership skills aligned with professional goals.
  • Demonstrate your organization’s broader strategy on racial equity by investing in your BIPOC staff.
  • Momentum Fellows get free access to all Philanthropy Northwest-hosted member and non-member events.
  • Fellows and host foundations have the chance to expand their network and build relationships with peers from a variety of foundations and geographic locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.
  • Momentum Fellows will have an opportunity to present at Philanthropy Northwest events, contribute to blog posts and be featured in our newsletters. This creates the opportunity to lift up your foundation’s initiatives and commitment to racial equity.

How It Works

Host Foundations will: Philanthropy Northwest will:
  • Support the fellow’s participation in Momentum Fellowship networking, peer learning and professional development opportunities offered by Philanthropy Northwest. This also includes travel and accommodation expenses for in-person fellowship retreats.
  • Contribute financially to support Philanthropy Northwest’s fellowship programming and operations.
  • Provide ongoing management and professional development support for the fellow.
  • Announce the cohort of fellows and host sites at the onset of the program and promote news about the fellows via social media.
  • Organize networking, peer learning and professional development opportunities throughout the fellowship.
  • Provide fellows with a professional coach to support the fellow throughout the fellowship.
  • Conduct an evaluation of the fellowship to inform future programming.

Frequently Asked Questions

While these FAQs were designed for fellowship applicants, you may find some of the information useful to you as a potential host foundation.

Current and Past Hosts

Alaska Children's Trust Meyer Memorial Trust* The Collins Foundation
Artic Funder's Collaborative Microsoft Philanthropies* The Ford Family Foundation
Ballmer Group Northwest Children’s Foundation The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation
Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation Oregon Community Foundation* Tides Canada
Bezos Family Foundation Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority Whatcom Community Foundation
Empire Health Foundation Perigee Fund Women's Foundation of Oregon
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Progress Alliance of Washington *Momentum Fellowship Program Sponsors
Headwaters Foundation Rasmuson Foundation*  
Magic Cabinet Satterberg Foundation*  
Marguerite Casey Foundation* St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund  

Momentum Fellow Host Foundation Updates

Marguerite Casey Foundation Develops Future Philanthropy Leaders of Color
by Luz Vega-Marquis 

Luz Vega-Marquis, former president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, discusses how the most recent Philanthropy Northwest Momentum Fellow to join their staff reflects her dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion – and her leadership commitment to developing future philanthropy leaders of color.



Check out the latest updates from our Momentum Fellows and host foundations on our blog.

Interested in being a host foundation?

Contact Mares Asfaha to learn more.

“I think we all intuitively know and believe that creating intentional learning opportunities can have enormous impacts — for everyone, individually and organizationally. Hosting a Momentum Fellow proved just how tangibly accurate this intuition is.”