Funder Briefing


Women Powering Philanthropy: Exploring Giving to Women’s Foundations and Funds

February 12, 2020,
10:00am to 11:30am
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There are multiple women's foundations and women's giving circles here in the Northwest. Come to this Conversations in Philanthropy event to share your perspective and hear from the leading researchers in this field to understand the trends, opportunities and growth areas for this subset of our sector! We are delighted to partner with the Women's Philanthropy Institute for this webinar. 


Becoming the Trusted Advisor: Professional Advisors and Community Foundations

December 4, 2019,
10:00am to 11:30am

Upwards of 80% of new funds come to community foundations through referrals from professional advisors. Join us for this conversation on how smaller community foundations cultivate and sustain relationships with professional advisors to become the go-to trusted philanthropic advisor. We'll hear from Elena Pullen Venema, Director of Gift Planning at the Community Foundation of Snohomish County, who has developed and stewards relationships with 300+ professional advisors in Snohomish County. 


Community Foundation Series: Cybersecurity and Your Foundation

September 25, 2019,
10:00am to 11:30am

Join us for the first of three virtual exchanges built for Community Foundation staff, trustees and board members. This call will be led by Maddy Metzger-Utt, Philanthropy Northwest Community Foundation Advisor and former CEO of Community Foundation of Snohomish County. In this series, we'll tackle the most pressing issues as identified by you, our Community Foundation network. 

Cyber attacks are becoming more common for community foundations. Hear stories from CF peers who have had cyber attacks, and learn how to protect your organization.


New American Dreams: Immigrant Integration in Rural Communities

September 16, 2019,
10:00am to 11:30am

Join Philanthropy Northwest and the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) for a conversation about immigrant integration strategies in rural and non-urban places in the Northwest. We will hear from experts in the field about how funders can work cross-sector to ensure that our health systems, education systems, legal systems and naturalization processes work to integrate and reflect the needs and experiences of immigrant and refugee communities. Further, we'll consider how these efforts look and operate in places outside of our region's cities, hearing from movement leaders from Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Utah.


Entry Points: Philanthropy’s Response to the Opioid Use Disorder Crisis

September 5, 2019,
10:00am to 11:30am

As rural and urban communities grapple with how to respond and tackle the epidemic of opioid use and substance use disorders, philanthropy is learning, leveraging, supporting, and leading in different ways to respond to the crisis.  Join Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Philanthropy West Virginia, and Philanthropy Ohio as they share the work underway in their respective states with philanthropic leaders working with local partners making progress in advancing solutions.


Q3 Corporate Member Luncheon

July 24, 2019,
12:00pm to 1:30pm
Seattle, WA

Philanthropy Northwest is thrilled to be continuing our Corporate Member Luncheons in 2019 and we hope that you will join us to hear more on emerging themes from our soon to be published Native giving report. 


Opportunity Zones in Rural and Native Communities – A Funder to Funder Virtual Exchange

May 7, 2019,
1:00pm to 2:30pm

There are 328 Opportunity Zones (OZ) in the Northwest. Check out this map or this list of Qualified Designated Opportunity Zones by County. Is your community within an Opportunity Zone and you're not quite sure what it means for your foundation or your community? You're not alone. With all the news and hype that's surrounding OZs, it's hard to understand whether philanthropy has a role. This call will be particularly useful for place-focused foundations including community foundations, family foundations and issue-focused funders who support the vitality of our Northwest places that we call home particularly in rural and Native communities. 


Philanthropy's Role in Building an Inclusive Democracy: Conversation with Sayu Bhojwani

April 11, 2019,
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Philanthropy Northwest and Online

Join activist and author Sayu Bhojwani, for a conversation on representation, diversity in politics and her new book: People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy's Door. We'll host an intimate conversation between Kiran Ahuja and Sayu, and include time for small-group discussion. This is a unique opportunity to talk intimately with one of the nation's leading democratic visionaries. Available with virtual call-in option for those outside of Seattle.