Events and Opportunities to Engage


Grantmaking with an Equity Lens Training - POSTPONED

September 20, 2018,
9:00am to 4:00pm
Seattle, WA

Considering diverse perspectives and experiences is critical to effective grantmaking and foundation programming. Practicing equity requires a slowing down to reflect on the ways we can facilitate a more equitable and inclusive grantmaking process. Join us for this hands-on training. This training is designed for mid- to senior-level foundation program staff who are at the beginning of their thinking about how to apply equity in the practice of grantmaking and program development.  The context is designed to focus on the individual role and the practice of equity in grantmaking.


Steve Phillips: Brown Is The New White

September 26, 2018, 7:30pm PDT
Seattle, WA
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We are pleased to co-sponsor an event featuring Steve Phillips, author of Brown is the New White: How the Democratic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority and founder of Democracy in Color. Phillips will bring to light the new political force made up of the growing population of people of color in combination with progressive whites. The evening promises to spark inspiration, conversation and actions that leverage the political power of these populations to collectively change our democratic futures for the good.


EPIP Briefing: "Dissonance and Disconnects" Report

September 27, 2018,
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Please join us for a briefing on EPIP's recent report: Dissonance & Disconnects: How entry- and mid-level foundation staff see their futures, their institutions, and their field. The report examines the thoughts and feelings of early- and mid- career practitioners on philanthropy, including participants’ experiences at work, the alignment between their institutions’ practices and their values, and how participants see their futures in the sector.


Annual Conference 2018

October 2, 2018, 12:00pm PDT to October 4, 2018, 2:00pm PDT
Boise, ID
2018 Annual Conference

Our annual conference is the largest convening of grantmakers in the Northwest! We believe philanthropy is at its best when it is collaborative, transparent and equitable. Our conference provides space to convene together to learn from peers how philanthropy can build capacity in the social sector, commit to racial equity and DEI, and advocate for issues and organizations. 


Advocacy in Action Workshop Series

October 2, 2018,
3:45pm to 5:15pm
Online & In-Person as an Annual Conference session

A special workshop series on policy advocacy designed for foundation staff and trustees who want to build their knowledge and capacity to fund and implement policy advocacy strategy. This is a six-session series happening bi-monthly beginning in February 2018 and running through December 2018. Registration is available for individual sessions.


2018 National Rural Gathering

October 20, 2018 (All day) to October 21, 2018 (All day)
Emigrant. MT

Please join us for the 2018 Rural Funders Gathering on October 20-21, 2018 at the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in stunning and rural Emigrant, Montana. Located in the heart of Paradise Valley, just 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park. We are very proud that this gathering has been designed by rural practitioners for rural practioners. Its purpose is to create space for people with deep experience and wisdom practicing rural philanthropy and community development to learn from one another. It is limited to 40 participants and is national in scope.


Member Briefing: Highlights from Governor Inslee’s Workgroup on Poverty Reduction

October 23, 2018,
10:00am to 11:30am

What can we learn about poverty reduction strategies when we listen to those most impacted by impoverishment? Join us for this virtual member briefing to learn about Governor Inslee's Poverty Reduction Workgroup, and how it is elevating the expertise of those most affected by poverty. While the findings of the Workgroup are based in Washington, we invite members from across the region to share ideas and experiences from your own states and places. 


Philanthropy Institute: Skills for Emerging Practitioners (Fall 2018)

November 6, 2018, 9:00am PST to November 7, 2018, 5:00pm PST
Seattle, WA

This comprehensive, two-day educational program was developed by experts in the philanthropic sector, and facilitated by seasoned practitioners. Philanthropy Institute: Practical Skills & Strategies for Emerging Practitioners (formerly known as Best Practices): is the field’s standardized orientation for individual members who have recently joined the philanthropic sector. The curriculum is designed to provide a historical overview of the sector, a sense of the philanthropic landscape in the Pacific Northwest and nationally, and an overview of foundation governance and grantmaking. Please register early: the last four workshops have sold out. 


Walla Walla Valley Funders' Tour

November 7, 2018 (All day) to November 9, 2018 (All day)
Walla Walla, WA
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Sherwood Trust and Blue Mountain Community Foundation are hosting their second annual tour for private foundations and corporate funders to learn about and explore the Walla Walla Valley, from Dayton, Washington to Walla Walla to Milton-Freewater, Oregon on November 7-9, 2017. This program will introduce some of the exciting and innovative collaborations in our rural communities and highlight opportunities for future philanthropic investment.