Montana, Idaho, Wyoming Funders Group Call: February 2016

Thu, February 25, 2016,
10:30am to 12:00pm MST

Please join us for the next Philanthropy Northwest Montana-Idaho-Wyoming Funders Group call. Now in its eighth year, the goal of each teleconference is to share information about critical issues and opportunities in each state and to promote, facilitate and build relationships that inspire collaboration and change in the region.

This bimonthly series is supported by Philanthropy Northwest members as a way to extend and deepen our involvement with funders in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. You are invited because you represent a grantmaking organization that makes competitive grants in these three states or you are a leader representing a state nonprofit association. Please bear in mind that it is not appropriate to solicit donations, but collaborative grantmaking and information sharing are encouraged. Please review the tentative schedule for 2016:

  • February 25
  • April 28
  • June 23
  • August 25
  • October 27
  • November 17

Lastly, the agenda for each teleconference is created by participants, for participants. Since this is our first meeting of 2016, we hope to use this time to check in with everyone, seek your feedback on 2016 Funders call schedule and map out the agenda items for future calls. The suggestions below have been made by your peers or are themes that emerged during our previous calls.

We would like know if you would be interested in diving in and discussing any of the following topics:

  • Exploration of funder collaborations in the region
  • Indian country and native nonprofit leadership
  • Health and health services
  • Youth programs and education
  • Impact investing
  • Early childhood education models and examples of successful after school programs
  • Homelessness, housing, and community development
  • Collective impact
  • Measuring the impact of grantmaking and adjustment of grantmaking strategies

Please help us co-create the agenda for our calls in 2016 and use this opportunity to (1) finalize the dates (2) map out the agenda for our 2016 calls (3) provide feedback on improving the funders calls.

Contact Paul Kim with any questions, suggestions or to discuss potential topics.

Agenda for February 2016 Call:

10:30 – 10:50 a.m.  Introduction

  • MT ID WY Funders Call overview
  • 2015 Funders Call survey summary
  • Round Robin – Who is on the call?

10:50 – 11:20 a.m.  Peer Updates

  • Are there any new or promising initiatives you’re exploring?
  • What is exciting in your work right now?
  • Looking ahead – what are you excited about in 2016?
  • Are you struggling with any strategic or operational questions that you’d like peer feedback on?

11:20 – 11:40 a.m.  Discussion on Promise Zones - Valerie Piper, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Description: Promise Zones are high poverty communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health and address other priorities identified by the community. Through the Promise Zone designation, communities will work directly with federal, state and local agencies to give local leaders proven tools to improve the quality of life in some of the country’s most vulnerable areas.

Urban, rural, and tribal communities nationwide are invited to put forward plans to address multiple community revitalization challenges in a collaborative way. Communities that are designated will also demonstrate strong capacity to implement, accountability to clear goals, and a commitment to results.

Together we’ll learn about Promise Zones and discuss ideas and concrete steps in response to questions such as:

  • What are Promise Zones?
  • Who can apply for Promise Zones, and who benefits?
  • When are Promise Zones applications due, and when are they awarded?
  • Where are the existing Promise Zones, and where will new ones be designated?
  • Why should grantmaking organizations be interested?
  • How long does a Promise Zones designation last?