Calendar of Events


Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho Funders Teleconference April 2015

Wed, April 29, 2015, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

Please join us for our April Montana-Wyoming-Idaho Funders Teleconference. Now in its seventh year, the agenda for each teleconference in this monthly series is created by participants, for participants. These funder-driven conversations are opportunities for you to solicit feedback from your peers on foundation strategies, share information on public policy initiatives, and explore opportunities for collaboration.


What's Next for the Internet

Thu, April 30, 2015, 2:00pm to 4:00pm PDT

Many funders have been supporting efforts to solidify net neutrality protections and open Internet principles for over a decade. Last year, four million people commented on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) proposed Internet rules, and the President called for true open Internet protections, including reclassification of the Internet under Title II jurisdiction. This February the FCC voted to reclassify the Internet and stop states from banning municipal broadband networks. Join former FCC Chair Michael Copps and leaders from the Media Impact Funders and Quixote Foundation for a conversation on the changing landscape of media policy.


Communications Strategies that Fast Track Policy Change

Fri, May 1, 2015, 10:00am to 12:00pm PDT

In recent years we've seen major progress on seemingly intractable social issues including juvenile justice reform and healthcare disparities among vulnerable populations. Strategic, coordinated media projects and campaigns are tipping the scales and helping to rapidly advance policy change across a wide-spectrum of issues. Join leaders from The California Endowment, Rasmuson Foundation and Media Impact Funders as they discuss communication strategies that are moving the needle, and how funders can incorporate lessons learned.


First Tuesday: Reducing the Fear, Bringing Information and Experience to the Disaster Response Conversation

Tue, May 5, 2015, 11:00am to 12:00pm PDT

Please join the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and Philanthropy Northwest for a webinar that explores the trends associated with domestic and international disasters and their impact on vulnerable populations. We will explore recent trends in the philanthropic response to disasters and learn about promising, place-based disaster grantmaking models.


Stand for Your Mission - Creating Positive Change Through Advocacy

Thu, May 14, 2015, 9:30am to 11:00am PDT

Philanthropy Northwest and the Campion Foundation invite you to join us for a conversation around a new national campaign entitled, Stand for Your Mission on how advocacy, particularly from nonprofit boards, can enhance the mission of organizations. Anne Wallestad, CEO of BoardSource, will lead a discussion for philanthropy and nonprofit advisors on how advocacy can expand nonprofit impact and what – as funders and advisors – we can do to support stronger advocacy amongst our nonprofit partners. The conversation will touch on big myths around nonprofit advocacy, how foundations can signal support of advocacy as a key strategy for their grantees, and what resources are available to support stronger engagement in advocacy from boards and other leaders.


Boston College Corporate Citizenship 101

Thu, May 21, 2015, 8:00am to 5:00pm PDT
Bellevue, Wash.

There is growing recognition that good corporate citizenship encompasses more than good community involvement. Whether it's called corporate social responsibility or sustainability, companies need formal, comprehensive and integrated approaches to corporate citizenship management. Join the Corporate Volunteer Council of United Way of King County and their partner, Boston College, for a full day workshop that will translate the complex concepts, ideas and language of corporate citizenship into practical and useful models and tools.


Community Risks, Assets and Adverse Childhood Experiences: Funder Workshop Exploring the Impact on Education

Thu, May 21, 2015, 10:30am to 2:30pm PDT
Red Lion Hotel, SeaTac

A new report led by Dr. Christopher Blodgett of Washington State University shows that the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in a community can significantly impact the overall academic outcomes of children and youth. Join Philanthropy Northwest and Foundation for Healthy Generations for a rare, half-day briefing and discussion with the report's authors. We will explore the ramifications of the findings and discuss potential roles for the philanthropic community. This event is for funders only and is not open to the public.


Getting to Transformative Philanthropy: Problem Solving Through the Use of Community Democracy Practices

Tue, June 23, 2015 (All day)
Olympia, Wash.

In this June workshop with Peter Pennekamp and Garland Yates of Community Democracy Workshop, participating community foundations will identify where they currently are on the community engagement continuum, and what they aspire to for their organizations and home communities.


Essential Skills and Strategies for New Grantmakers

Wed, July 15, 2015, 9:00am PDT to Thu, July 16, 2015, 5:00pm PDT

Essential Skills and Strategies is a comprehensive, two-day educational program to help familiarize new and up-and-coming grantmakers to the foundation world and the field of philanthropy. Developed by experts in the philanthropic sector, Essential Skills and Strategies 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.