Events and Opportunities to Engage


Investing in Economic, Family and Health Justice

Tue, September 1, 2015, 10:00am to 11:30am PDT
Seattle + Webinar

Legal help can often mean the difference between shelter and homelessness, illness and health, and loss or opportunity. Yet everyday millions of Americans cannot access the legal assistance they need when facing life-changing situations such as domestic violence, unlawful evictions, or the loss of veterans’, health or disability benefits. Please join Philanthropy Northwest and leaders from the Montana Justice Foundation, The California Endowment, and the Public Welfare Foundation for a conversation exploring the role civil legal aid can play to complement your existing funding portfolio.


Reclaiming the American Dream: A Conversation with Hedrick Smith

Wed, September 9, 2015, 9:30am to 11:30am PDT
Philanthropy Northwest Office or Webinar/Conference Call

Philanthropy Northwest and Seattle CityClub are pleased to invite you to an open discussion with Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter, Emmy award-winning documentary producer for PBS and PBS Frontline, and Executive Editor of Reclaim the American Dream – an informational website and movement committed to restoring democracy, reducing inequality, and rebuilding the power of the people. Join us in person in Seattle or via WebEx.


Mission Investing Institute for Community Foundations

Thu, September 10, 2015 (All day) to Fri, September 11, 2015 (All day)
Southfield, MI

The Mission Investing Institute for Community Foundations will provide community foundation professionals and trustees with an interactive learning environment facilitated by veteran mission investors, issue experts, and experienced foundation professionals. Participants will learn how to develop and implement place-based mission investing strategies and programs and how to address organizational issues and challenges.


Idaho Statewide Nonprofit Conference

Tue, September 15, 2015 (All day) to Wed, September 16, 2015 (All day)
Boise State University

Join our friends at the Idaho Nonprofit Center for the 12th annual Idaho Statewide Nonprofit Conference, a gathering of more than 400 CEOs, senior managers, board members and volunteers from nonprofits across the state.


September 2015 Montana, Wyoming, Idaho Funders Group Call

Wed, September 23, 2015, 10:30am to 12:00pm MDT

Philanthropy Northwest invites its members and non-member philanthropic institutions to join us for our September Montana-Wyoming-Idaho Funders Group call. Now in its seventh year, the agenda for each conversation in this monthly series is created by funders, for funders. These interactive discussions are opportunities for you to solicit feedback from your peers on your programmatic, operational or financial strategies; discuss lessons learned from successful or not-so successful investments; explore local opportunities and challenges; and discuss critical public policy issues that impact the broader sector.


The Skills to Pay the Bills: Boosting Nonprofits’ Financial Management

Wed, September 23, 2015, 2:00pm to 3:00pm EDT, a web-based toolkit of free resources is designed to help nonprofits understand and manage their financial health. Foundations and partners who work with nonprofits are invited to explore and freely use this website. Join the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and The Wallace Foundation for a guided tour.

Sep 30 -
Oct 2

Montana Nonprofit Association Conference

Wed, September 30, 2015, 8:30am MDT to Fri, October 2, 2015, 3:00pm MDT
Crowne Plaza Hotel Billings

Join the 2015 Montana Nonprofit Association Conference to explore the POWER of Story. Learn to illuminate your core narrative, translate your cause into a compelling story, and share that story to motivate others to engage with your mission.


Local Matters: Alaska + Indigenous Communities "Philanthropy Is... Indigenous Ways of Knowing"

Sun, October 11, 2015, 6:00pm AKDT to Wed, October 14, 2015, 9:00pm AKDT
Anchorage, Alaska
Local Matters: Alaska + Indigenous Communities

We're invited into an indigenous-led space and more deeply understand what it means for philanthropy to build authentic partnerships with self-determined peoples, cultures and communities. We are honored to offer you this unprecedented opportunity for experiential learning grounded in community, reflection and co-learning.


KIDS COUNT: A Tool for Funders to Improve the Lives of Children and Families

Wed, October 14, 2015, 11:30am to 1:30pm PDT
Grand Hyatt Hotel

Understanding where to invest limited resources that have the greatest impact on child well-being requires high-quality data. For 25 years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has invested in KIDS COUNT, a national and state-by-state effort to collect, analyze, disseminate and use data to advocate on the well-being of children. Please join the Annie E. Casey Foundation for a free pre-conference session at the National Forum on Family Philanthropy to hear about major trends in child well-being since the recession, and have an opportunity to explore the KIDS COUNT Data Center with more than 4 million data points on kids and families, searchable by state and locality. National Forum on Family Philanthropy registration is not required.


2015 Washington Community Foundations Convening

Mon, November 2, 2015, 8:30am PST to Tue, November 3, 2015, 4:30pm PST
Bellingham, Wash

Philanthropy Northwest is supporting a network of community foundations in Washington state, through the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of this work, we are helping to plan the annual Community Foundations Convening, which brings together the leadership of community foundations and other community investors across the state.


Local Matters: Washington "Philanthropy Is... Convening"

Tue, November 3, 2015, 5:00pm PST to Wed, November 4, 2015, 3:00pm PST
Bellingham, Wash.
Local Matters: Washington

More philanthropists, nonprofits and impact investors are understanding how important it is to be trusted conveners in their communities. At Local Matters: Washington, we will discuss how can ­­­­­we better initiate and nurture conversations across institutional boundaries that engage communities in creating their own solutions and futures, practices that community builders need to build be skillful conveners, and the challenges, risks and rewards of entering into open, authentic community conversations that generate shared understanding and joint action.