Events and Opportunities to Engage


Simplifying Strategy: Peer Learning Session for Corporate Philanthropy

February 10, 2016,
8:30am to 10:30am

Please join Philanthropy Northwest and FSG for a learning workshop on corporate social responsibility strategies. Corporate leaders will hear from FSG Managing Directors Greg Hills and Patty Russell about three tools for advancing societal engagement efforts. Hills and Russell will discuss their recent publication, "Simplifying Strategy: A Practical Toolkit for Corporate Societal Engagement" and lead participants through interactive exercises to uncover potential applications of the tools to your work.


Communication Matters: Data Storytelling

February 19, 2016,
8:30am to 10:00am
Seattle and Online

Communications staff from Philanthropy Northwest member organizations are invited to join our communications community of practice. Through our listserv and bimonthly meetings, members have the opportunity to learn from their peers, share communication tips and strategies, and promote each other's work. At our February 2016 meeting, we'll talk about using data and infographics to tell our stories, including examples from Erica Klinger of Seattle Foundation and Anne Martens of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This event is open to members only.


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.


February Montana, Idaho, Wyoming Funders Group Call

February 25, 2016,
9:30am to 11:00am

Please join us for the next Philanthropy Northwest Montana-Idaho-Wyoming Funders Group call. Now in its eighth year, the goal of each teleconference is to share information about critical issues and opportunities in each state and to promote, facilitate and build relationships that inspire collaboration and change in the region.

This bimonthly series is supported by Philanthropy Northwest members as a way to extend and deepen our involvement with funders in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. You are invited because you represent a grantmaking organization that makes competitive grants in these three states or you are a leader representing a state nonprofit association. Please bear in mind that it is not appropriate to solicit donations, but collaborative grantmaking and information sharing are encouraged


Livable Neighborhoods Civic Boot Camp

March 4, 2016 (All day)

Created in 2015, Seattle City Club's Livable Neighborhoods Civic Boot Camp addresses Seattle’s commitment to sustainable neighborhoods. We explore green space, food access, historical and cultural preservation, transit and walkability, and housing and development. The focus is on Seattle’s fastest growing neighborhood, Cascade-South Lake Union, and tackles issues of change in the area's economy, demographics, ecology and culture.


Philanthropy Institute: Skills for Emerging Practitioners

March 22, 2016, 9:00am PDT to March 23, 2016, 5:00pm PDT

This comprehensive, two-day educational program helps familiarize new and up-and-coming grantmakers to the foundation world and the field of philanthropy. Developed by experts in the philanthropic sector, Philanthropy Institute: Practical Skills & Strategies for Emerging Practitioners (formerly known as Best Practices: Essential Skills and Strategies for New Grantmakers) is the field’s standardized orientation for grantmakers. The curriculum is designed to provide new grantmakers with the knowledge, insight, skills and tools to be effective in their work. Please register early: the last four workshops have sold out. 


Foundations on the Hill 2016

April 12, 2016 (All day) to April 13, 2016 (All day)
Washington, D.C.

Each year, Philanthropy Northwest members and staff travel to Washington, D.C. for Foundations on the Hill to connect and build relationships with federal elected officials, educate them about philanthropy’s impact in our region, encourage them to view foundations as resources on public policy issues and connect with other funders interested in public policy.