Regional Community Foundation Network Annual Summit

Regional Community Foundation Network Annual Summit

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021
12:00pm to 3:00pm PDT
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About this event

Please join the  Regional Community Foundation Network  and Philanthropy Northwest for the second annual Regional Community Foundation Network Summit. During our time together, we’ll celebrate our network’s accomplishments, give feedback on how the network can support you in 2022 and share how you can get involved with exciting opportunities that are on the horizon. 

To open this summit, we are hosting a panel titled “What Keeps Community Foundations Up at Night: Are We Inadvertently Funding Hate Groups?” The rise of the racist fringe subculture that led to the U.S. capitol insurrection, surges in domestic terrorism and race-based hate crimes that has led many in philanthropy to ask how the growth of these groups are being funded. In this discussion, we will ask ourselves what the role of philanthropy is in stopping the growth of hate groups and how we might be inadvertently funding them. This conversation will bring a Northwest perspective to many of the topics generated in Council on Foundation’s Values-Aligned Philanthropy: Foundations Resisting Hate and Extremism resource.

David Bley from Seattle Foundation and Shelly O’Quinn from Innovia Foundation will talk about their experiences with challenging investments and donors, how they worked with their board during these times and how they weathered the media storms that followed. Abbas Barzegar from Horizon Forum, who is a national resource for grantmakers on assessing and identifying hate groups, will also join this session to share his expertise. These leaders will give specific advice for you, your board and your staff on this issue.


We highly encourage your board and staff to attend the opening panel even they cannot participate in the rest of the summit. This free event is open to all community foundations, community philanthropy and identity-based staff and board.  You do not need to be a Regional CF Network member to participate in the opening panel.


Abbas Barzegar, Ph.D., Director, Horizon Forum

Abbas  Barzegar, Ph.D. , serves as the director of the Horizon Forum where he stewards its collaborative and stakeholder-centered research programming. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and maintains research and teaching affiliations with Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Emory University’s Masters in Development Program and George Mason’s Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies. He has years of applied research experience covering transnational Muslim civil society at the intersection of global Islamic revival and geopolitical conflict. 

Recent projects he has led include the European Union funded “Bridging Transatlantic Voices” initiative at the British Council USA, the digital archive, “After Malcolm" at George Mason, and the  Hijacked by Hate  study on U.S. philanthropy and anti-Muslim special interest groups.  

David Bley, Interim CEO, Seattle Foundation  

David Bley assumed the role of Interim president & CEO of Seattle Foundation on April 23, 2021, after serving on the foundation’s board of trustees since 2014. He served as chair of the Impact Investing Committee. From 2006 to 2020, Bley served as director of the Pacific Northwest Initiative in the United States Program at The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he oversaw strategies focused on stable families, public education, high-quality early learning and strong communities in Washington State and metropolitan Portland, Oregon.


Shelly O’Quinn, CEO, Innovia Foundation 

A local leader in government and community development, Shelly joined Innovia Foundation as CEO in 2017. As a former Spokane County Commissioner, Shelly earned a reputation as a team builder and agent of change, representing Spokane County interests on 20 regional and statewide boards and commissions. In her role as Innovia’s CEO, she has energized the board, staff, volunteers and community partners to work together to make our part of the world better and to find innovative solutions to our region’s biggest issues. 


Please contact Mares Asfaha with any questions.

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