Funder Briefing


Harnessing Broadband Access for Community Change

March 22, 2016,
9:30am to 11:00am
Seattle + Telephone

How can extending affordable, ubiquitous broadband access to Northwestern communities help your grantees and partners better achieve their goals? What are the particular connectivity needs of rural, geographically remote, and tribal communities? What are the barriers to better Internet access for different communities? Please join Philanthropy Northwest as we host Next Century Cities for a briefing about strategies for engaging community leaders and city government in the national broadband conversation. 


Advocacy in an Election Year: A Workshop for Funders

February 23, 2016,
9:00am to 10:30am
Seattle + Webinar/Conference Call

Election years provide an important opportunity to influence the agendas of our policymakers by educating candidates about issues that affect your mission and community. Advocacy can be a powerful tool for foundations and grantees to advance their missions. Not sure whether or how to make the case for funding advocacy? Uncertain whether you can fund grantees that lobby? Wondering whether your public or private foundation can speak out on a particular issue? Join Philanthropy Northwest and Alliance for Justice for a workshop about advocacy considerations for funders.


Endowment Management in Our Current Economic Environment: A Conversation with Verne O. Sedlacek

October 13, 2015,
9:30am to 11:00am
Seattle + Webinar/Conference Call
Please join Philanthropy Northwest, in partnership with M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, for an intimate conversation about our current economic environment and long-term management of endowments with Verne O. Sedlacek, former president and chief executive officer of Commonfund and current M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust visiting fellow.

The Status of Women in Washington: How Far Have We Come Towards Achieving Equity?

October 6, 2015,
10:00am to 11:30am
Seattle + Webinar/Conference Call
A recent study commissioned by Women's Funding Alliance found that women ino ur region continue to face persistent inequities. Significant differences in earning power, educational attainment and occupational representation still exist between women and men in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Women's Funding Alliance Executive Director Liz Vivian shares key findings from the report and opportunities to create and sustain equitable outcomes for women and girls.

Trends and Implications for Community College Participation

July 15, 2015,
12:00pm to 1:30pm
The Seattle Foundation
SkillUp Washington would like to invite you to join them for a thoughtful Lunch and Learn from 12 to 1:30pm on July 15th. Jan Yoshiwara, Deputy Executive Director of Education from the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, will be leading the discussion on the newly released Washington population and employment data for 2010-2030. She will be specifically discussing population trends, projections and implications for community and technical college participation.

Bipartisan Policy Center Briefing: Improving our Nation's Political Discourse

June 10, 2015,
10:00am to 12:00pm
Seattle or Teleconference
Many believe that the current partisan tone in government is impeding progress on critical issues such as immigration, health, housing, financial reform, national security, energy and the economy. Philanthropy Northwest is pleased to welcome Senator Olympia Snowe and Jason Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC, for a discussion on the causes and consequences of America's political divide and reforms that could help improve the overall process of political discourse, public policy and civic engagement.

Restorative Finance: A Conversation With Richard Woo and Andrea Armeni

May 28, 2015,
12:00pm to 1:30pm
UPDATE:We were able to find a larger space at the Pacific Tower to invite everyone who've expressed interest in attending. Email Shiho Fuyuki or call 206-535-2941 to register or if you have any questions. Join Philanthropy Northwest, Mission Investors Exchange and The Russell Family Foundation for an engaging lunch conversation about impact investments, community engagement and social justice with Andrea Armeni, cofounder and executive director of Transform Finance.