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COVID-19 Weekly Northwest Funders Call - August 14

COVID-19 Weekly Northwest Funders Call - August 14

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Event details

Friday, August 14, 2020
10:00am to 11:30am PDT
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About this event

Philanthropy has an important role to play in supporting community response to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak. This week's topic will focus on broadband.

Because of COVID-19, a reliable, high-speed internet connection has become an essential need for everyday life, and yet more than 42 million Americans do not have broadband access. The pandemic has sadly exacerbated the digital divide, particularly in tribal and rural communities. An estimated seven of 10 residents on rural tribal lands remain without access to fixed high-capacity broadband. Making matters worse, massive swaths of tribal land don’t even have a cellphone signal.

Join us to hear from experts in the different facets of the broadband issue. We’ll learn about: a sovereign nation that is developing their community broadband network; a foundation that has engaged at the local, state and federal levels to support rural access; the latest federal resources that are available; and the role that philanthropy can play in supporting broadband.


  • Bernadine Joselyn, Blandin Foundation
  • Russ Elliott, WA State Broadband Director
  • Brandon Makawa’awa’a, Deputy Head of State for Nation of Hawaii
  • Burt Lum, State of Hawaii's Strategy Officer for the Hawaii Broadband Initiative
  • Federal partner (pending)


Participation in this meeting is open to philanthropic organizations that currently make grants. This includes corporate giving offices, private and public foundations, community foundations, government grantmakers and CDFI institutions with a philanthropic focus. You do not need to be a Philanthropy Northwest member to participate, but do need to represent an organizational philanthropic institution. Please do not join this call if you are a nonprofit organization. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact Nancy Sanabria