COVID-19 Weekly Funders Calls

COVID-19 Weekly Funders Calls

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Pacific Northwest in early 2020, Philanthropy Northwest quickly took action by hosting weekly COVID-19 Northwest Funders calls where our network could come together to discuss the roles that philanthropy could play in supporting community preparedness and response to the crisis. 

See the topics and speakers from these informative calls below. If you are interested in seeing the notes from any of these calls, please contact Lyn Hunter.

Call Topic



COVID-19 Response

March 13, 2020

Kris Hermanns, Seattle Foundation
Alan Kwok, Northern California Grantmakers, Philanthropy California
Elizabeth Ripley, Mat-Su Health Foundation
Estakio Beltran, Yakima Community Foundation
Stephanie Swanson, Oregon Community Foundation
Supporting Nonprofits, Grantmaking to Individuals & Advocacy Efforts for COVID-19 Relief March 20, 2020 Liz Moore, Montana Nonprofit Association
Phil Percel, National Community Foundation Legal Help Desk
Meredith Higashi, Philanthropy Northwest
Laura Pierce, Washington Nonprofits 
COVID-19's Impact on Tribal Communities and Individuals Experiencing Homelessness & Information on the All-In Initiative March 27, 2020 Ernie Rassmussen, Washington State Department of Commerce
Katie Hong, Raikes Foundation, Funders Together to End Homelessness
Heather Redman, Flying Fish Ventures
Washington State's Response to COVID-19 April 3, 2020 Reed Schuler, Washington State Office of the Governor
Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State Office of the Governor
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, Washington's 7th District
Rural Perspectives on COVID-19, Food Insecurity & PPE Procurement April 10, 2020 Brenda Solorzano, Headwaters Foundation
Liz Medicine Crow, First Alaskans Institute
Jason Clark, Second Harvest
Anjana Pandey, Philanthropy Northwest
Michelle McCormick, Microsoft, State of Washington
Sarah Lee, Washington State Department of Commerce
Ellen Gardner, Schultz Family Foundation 
Racial Disparities in the Time of COVID-19 April 17, 2020 Nichole Maher, Group Health Foundation
Ami Patel, Women’s Foundation of Oregon
Kevin Walker, Northwest Area Foundation
Sharee Adkins, Northwest Union Foundation
Carolyn Cunningham, United Way of King County
Supporting Immigrants Impacted by COVID-19 April 24, 2020 Monserrat Padilla, Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network
Paúl Quiñonez Figueroa, Washington Dream Coalition
Rich Stolz, OneAmerica
Kevin Douglas, Director of National Programs, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees 
Convalescent Plasma's Role in COVID-19, Personal Protective Equipment & Domestic Abuse During the Pandemic May 1, 2020 Melissa Sebok, U.S. COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program
Dr. Ross Herron, U.S. COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program, Pacific Division
Steven Greimann, U.S. COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program, Northwest Region
The Impact of COVID-19 on American-Islamic Communities, Federal Grant Programs & Philanthropy's Role in Combatting Misinformation about the Virus May 8, 2020 Masih Fouladi, Council on American-Islamic Relations
John Demboski, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Vince Stehle, Media Impact Funders
Food Crisis in the Pacific Northwest May 15, 2020 Katie Rains, Washington State Department of Agriculture
JT Austin, Washington State Office of the Governor
Cara Durr, Food Bank of Alaska
Lisa Lee, Montana No Kid Hungry
Reyna Lopez, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste
Indigenous Communities & COVID-19 May 29, 2020 Theda  Newbreast , Blackfeet Nation 
Liz Medicine Crow, First Alaskans Institute
Iris Friday, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Native American Programs
Cleora Hill-Scott, Potlatch Fund 
Anti-Black Racism & Police Brutality June 12, 2020 Alex McKay, Rasmuson Foundation 
Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Borealis Philanthropy
Sakira Cook, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
COVID-19's Impact on Black and LGBTQ+ Communities, Resouces to Connect with Nonprofits & Legislation to Support Public Health Workers June 19, 2020 Angela Jones, Washington STEM
Kendall Clawson, Grantmakers of Oregon and SW Washington
Katie Carter, Pride Foundation
Amber Martin-Jahn, Serve Washington
Essential Workers & COVID-19 June 26, 2020 Giovanni Severino, Latino Community Fund
Maricela Molina, Farmworker Community in Yakima, Washington
Estakio Beltran, Yakima Valley Community Foundation
Haeyoung Yoon, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Sharon Block, Labor & Worklife Program at Harvard Law School 
Shaping State Revenue & Budgets for Communities

July 10, 2020

David Bley, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Wes Tharpe, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Tara Jensen, Montana Budget and Policy Center
Preston Parish, Montana Budget and Policy Center
State of the Nonprofit Sector July 17, 2020 Amy Little, Idaho Nonprofit Center
Liz Moore, Montana Nonprofit Association
Laura Pierce, Washington Nonprofits
Jody Shields, Wyoming Nonprofit Network
Jim White, Nonprofit Association of Oregon
Laurie Wolf, The Foraker Group
Philanthropy's Role in Supporting Education Systems During COVID-19 July 24, 2020 John King Jr., The Education Trust
Hatton Littman, Missoula County Public Schools
Elizabeth Whitford, School’s Out Washington
Food Insecurity in the Pacific Northwest & Beyond August 7, 2020 Rowena Paz Norman, Feeding America
Christina Wong, Northwest Harvest
Michelle DeWitt, Bethel Community Services Foundation  
Broadband Access & Availability August 14, 2020 Bernadine Joselyn, Blandin Foundation
Adrianne Furniss, Benton Institute for Broadband & Society
Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele, Nation of Hawai'i
Brandon Maka'awa'awa, Nation of Hawai'i
Burt Lum, State of Hawai'i
Russ Elliott, State Broadband Office at the Washington State Department of Commerce
Karen Hanson, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
COVID-19's Impact on Affordable Housing & Homelessness September 11, 2020 Ann Oliva, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Carol Gore, Cook Inlet Housing Authority
Lisa Hasegawa, NeighborWorks America
Katie Hong, Raikes Foundation
Pacific Northwest Wildfires & Recovery September 18, 2020 Chairman Rodney Cawston, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
Anne Kubisch, The Ford Family Foundation
Joan Rave, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Jessica Stewart-Kuntz, Montana Community Foundation
Regine Webster, Center for Disaster Philanthropy  
COVID-19's Impact on Youth October 16, 2020 Ron Murphy, Casey Family Programs
Annie Blackledge, The Mockingbird Society
Tawnya Rup, AMB West Philanthropies
Karla Gatgyedm Hana’ax Booth, First Alaskans Institute 
COVID-19's Impact on the Election October 23, 2020 Jesse Beason, Northwest Health Foundation
Dr. Keecha Harris, Keecha Harris and Associates
Judith LeBlanc, Native Organizers Alliance 
Post-Election Debrief November 6, 2020 Norma Wong, Institute of Zen Studies
Lisa Fisher, The Giving Practice
Democracy in the Longer Term November 13, 2020 Sayu Bhojwani, New American Leaders
Estevan Muñoz-Howard, The Piper Fund
Philanthropy & the New Administration January 29, 2021 Mike Berkowitz, Democracy Funders Network
Malou Chávez, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Eric K. Ward, Western States Center