Montana, Idaho and Wyoming Funders Group Call: Q4 2017

Tue, December 12, 2017,
9:30am to 11:00am PST

Focus on Federal Policies: What is at stake for funders in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming?

Please join us for the Philanthropy Northwest Q4 2017 Montana-Idaho-Wyoming Funders Group call. Now in its ninth 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 quarterly series is supported by Philanthropy Northwest members as a way to extend and deepen our involvement with grantmakers in these three states and representatives from statewide nonprofit associations. Please keep in mind that it is not appropriate to solicit donations in these conversations, but collaborative grantmaking and information sharing are encouraged.

The agenda for each teleconference is created by participants, for participants. Please help us co-create the agenda for our calls in 2018. You can contact Paul Kim with any questions, suggestions or to discuss potential topics.


Tax Reform - Tax reform is moving through Congress, with strong implications for the charitable sector. In November, the House passed its tax plan, and the Senate continues working through its own bill. Lawmakers are aiming to send a reconciled bill to the president by Christmas.

Several proposals in the tax reform debate would have a dramatic and troubling impact on philanthropy, including by weakening both the charitable deduction and protections against partisan campaign activities by charities. Meredith Higashi of Philanthropy Northwest will provide an update on the legislation and what is at stake for the sector. She will be joined by Amy Little, President/CEO of Idaho Nonprofit Center, and Alejandra Cerna Rios, Policy Analyst at Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy, who will discuss the state impacts of the tax proposals.

Census 2020 - Taking place every 10 years, the census is a vital tool in our democracy–producing data to ensure that all communities are visible when it comes to equitable distribution of public funds, political representation, and services, resources and investments from community organizations and funders. While Census 2020 is more than two years from now, critical work is well underway to ensure there is a complete count.

Historically, many demographic groups have been undercounted in the census, including low-income, rural, and tribal communities. Pockets in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are among those with low census self-response rates in 2010. With shortfalls in the census budget, a transition to a digital census in 2020 and the challenges in reaching hard-to-count communities, philanthropy has an important and growing role in supporting a full census count. Meredith Higashi will lead a discussion the importance of the census, how funders are participating in Census 2020 efforts, and what opportunities there are to engage in our own communities. 

Together we will address several questions, including:

  • What can funders in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming do to support a complete census count, particularly for hard-to-count populations in these states?
  • How can we collectively strategize and share information around census developments and impacts on local communities?

Meeting Details:

  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MST (09:30 – 11:00 a.m. PST)
  • Dial-in/log-in information will be provided upon registration.
  • This program is appropriate for Philanthropy Northwest members, including state nonprofit associations. Non-member philanthropic institutions are also invited. This event is not open to public.

10:30 – 11:00 am                   Introduction

  • Round robin – who is on the call?
  • Peer updates

Discussion on Federal Policies - Meredith Higashi, Senior Manager, Public Policy and Advocacy

11:00 – 11:30 am                   Tax Reform + Q/A

11:30 am – 12:00 pm             Census 2020 + Q/A

    We hope you can join us. For more information about the Funders Group call, volunteer to lead a conversation or to propose a topic, please contact Paul Kim at or 206-443-8437.