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
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
Shelly O’Quinn, CEO, Innovia Foundation
Please contact Mares Asfaha with any questions.