The Art & Practice of Global Philanthropy Workshop

Thu, April 7, 2016,
9:00am to 4:00pm PDT
2101 Fourth Avenue Suite 650 Seattle, WA 98121
The Art & Practice of Global Philanthropy Workshop

Please join Philanthropy Northwest, Pangea Giving and the Northwest Global Donors Exchange on April 7 for a full-day, interactive workshop that will explore key issues and considerations related to international giving by U.S.-based philanthropy. 


Are you a grantmaker or funding or have interested in funding outside the US?

Do you have questions about the technical, legal and regulatory basics of global engagement?

Are you interested in knowing what the next best thing or the next great threat is, and how this trend will influence the dynamics of a grantor-grantee relationship in international settings?

Do you want to work towards building awareness and understanding of the diversity and challenges we face as global donors?

Navigating the field of global philanthropy can be challenging, especially when you are an individual donor or working with a small foundation. Barriers such as identifying partners, setting clear expectations, performing due diligence and reporting, transferring funds, geography, lack of on-the-ground relationships, unstable legal and governmental structures, and the U.S. regulatory environment can stymie even the most sophisticated donor. Despite this complexity, international giving from US-based foundations, corporations and individuals is on the rise, and it is having a significant impact in reducing poverty, securing human rights, empowering communities and providing humanitarian relief. This growth requires donors to rapidly develop new skills and knowledge in order to engage in global work in a relevant, well-informed and culturally sensitive way.

Participants will learn from internationally-known philanthropic leaders like John Harvey, Founder of Grantmakers Without Borders and former Managing Director of Global Philanthropy at the Council on Foundations, and Zanele Sibanda, Zimbabwean-born former Director of Programs at the Firelight Foundation.

In this workshop, participants will learn from philanthropic and nonprofit leaders alike and will come away with new connections with peers and a deeper understanding of the following:

  • The fascinating and fast-evolving landscape of global philanthropy
  • Pathways for developing global engagement and international giving plan that reflects your passions, your knowledge, your values and your resources
  • Strategies for identifying and vetting potential grantees and other philanthropic partners
  • Basic laws and regulations that govern international grantmaking
  • $125 for Philanthropy Northwest, Pangea Giving and Northwest Global Donors Exchange Members (please log-in to register or contact Paul Kim at if you need assistance)
  • $250 for non-members
  • Lunch and workbook included in registration fee
  • Registration

This program is appropriate for individual donors, corporations, wealth managers and foundations who are contemplating international giving or who have a nascent international giving portfolio. This event is not appropriate for nonprofit service providers.


Our address is 2101 Fourth Avenue Suite 650, Seattle 98121. Please use the elevators upon entering the building and hit #6 on the keypad outside of the elevator.

Public Transportation: Philanthropy Northwest is close to many major bus lines and is a few blocks from the Westlake Link Light Rail stop.

Parking: We recommend paid parking at the Warwick Hotel across the street or other smaller lots nearby.