Local Matters: Washington "Philanthropy Is... Convening"

Local Matters: Washington
Tue, November 3, 2015, 5:00pm to Wed, November 4, 2015, 3:00pm PST
Bellingham, Wash.
Hotel Bellwether, 1 Bellwether Way, Bellingham, WA 98225

More philanthropists, nonprofits and impact investors are understanding how important it is to be trusted conveners in their communities.

How can ­­­­­we better initiate and nurture conversations across institutional boundaries that engage communities in creating their own solutions and futures? What practices do individual and institutional philanthropists and other community builders need to deepen in order to be skillful conveners? What are the challenges, risks and rewards of entering into open, authentic community conversations that generate shared understanding and joint action?

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At Local Matters: Washington, we’ll explore:

  • What are the challenges around convening?
  • How do we build shared ownership of community well-being?
  • How do our communities self-organize?
  • What does it mean to host and how can we become better facilitators?
  • How can community investors develop the skills and practices to become trusted conveners of community dialogues?
  • How does listening allow us to connect to others and different ways of listening?
  • How does implicit bias impact our work with communities?

Together we’ll develop ideas and share concrete steps that extend and integrate your existing knowledge, networks and relationships to support your efforts in building vibrant communities.


Nov. 3: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Local Matters opening reception and dinner

Nov. 4: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Local Matters programming

Philanthropy Northwest's 2015 Annual Membership Meeting will be held during Local Matters: Washington on Nov. 4 at 8 a.m. Please join your Philanthropy Northwest peers, national funders and nonprofit partners.

Who Should Attend?

Foundation and family office staff and trustees • Donor-advised fund holders • Policymakers • Federal, state and local government officials • Tribal organizations • Investment and wealth advisors • Nonprofit leaders

Local Matters: Washington is an opportunity for funders, nonprofits and community builders to meet in a collegial atmosphere. The event is open to all community builders, regardless of location. Your organization does not need to be based in Washington to attend. Local Matters: Washington is a pitch-free zone.

Updated list of who's coming


  • Early-bird pricing for Philanthropy Northwest members: $199 (ends Sept. 28)
  • Philanthropy Northwest members: $215 (after Sept. 28)
  • Standard registration: $325


The last day to reserve overnight rooms at the Hotel Bellwether at the reduced rate is Sept. 28, 2015.

Registration is now closed. Please contact Gloris Estrella if you would like to register or have any questions.


Contact Gloris Estrella, program associate.

Local Matters: Washington Sponsors


Local Matters Series Sponsors



To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Anjana Pandey, donor & member relations director, at 206-673-3629 or apandey@philanthropynw.org.