Discovery Days: Human Services, Arts & Culture, Environment

Wed, November 4, 2015,
9:00am to 2:00pm PST
2100 24th Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98144

Washington Women's Foundation invites you to attend Discovery Days, its signature annual educational program that connects our members and guests with other leaders and experts to learn more about the needs of our community and how our individual and collective philanthropy can make the most impact in our five funding areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Health and Human Services. This year’s 20th Anniversary Edition of Discovery Days focuses forward on urgent issues that demand innovative solutions.  

Please register for each day you will attend — feel free to come for the whole day or just the sessions that fit with your schedule. We hope to see you there!   


Wednesday, November 4
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. with buffet lunch

HUMAN SERVICES: Listening to the People - How Can Philanthropy Fund What Communities Need?
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
This panel will explore the idea that creating successful and lasting systemic change requires two things of nonprofit leaders: (1) To build adaptive, human-centered and culturally competent organizations that are more responsive to the people they serve; and (2) To empower members of the community (including communities of color) to lead. How can our personal and collective philanthropy support nonprofits, leaders and constituents to reach these goals?
Vu Le, Executive Director, Rainier Valley Corps
Mijo Lee, Associate Director, Social Justice Fund Northwest

ARTS & CULTURE: Seattle 3.0: Ensuring Universal Access to the Arts
10:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.
This session explores how the arts are adapting and responding to our region’s explosive growth, shifting demographics and new populations. How can the arts ensure that the best of Seattle's cultural identity is not only retained but enriched, city-wide and in our neighborhoods, as the region's “3.0” identity matures? How does philanthropy reinforce strategies and initiatives underway that foster greater equity, inclusion and access to the arts?
Diana Falchuk, Deputy Manager, City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative, Seattle Office for Civil Rights
Tim Lennon, Executive Director, The Vera Project

ENVIRONMENT: Environmental Justice
12:45 p.m. - 2 p.m.
The EPA defines environmental justice as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.” This session examines what environmental justice looks like, provides examples of local approaches to attaining environmental justice and describes how philanthropy can support these efforts.
Jill Mangaliman, Executive Director, Got Green
Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., President, Seattle University

Discovery Day 2 will be held November 10.

Register for Discovery Days