Past Events


Advocacy in Action #3 - Preparing for Impact: Defining Success and Making the Case to Boards/Trustees

July 8, 2019,
10:00am to 11:30am

Join Philanthropy Northwest for the second year of our virtual policy advocacy workshop series. This four-part series is designed for foundation staff and trustees who want to build their knowledge and capacity to fund and implement policy advocacy. In this session we will look at ways funders can prepare to measure the impact of policy advocacy investments, and build a case for their trustees and boards from a success mindset. 


Get a B.E.E.R. (Beverage to Enhance Equity in Relationships) and Undo Nonprofit Power Dynamics Day!

June 21, 2019,
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Hill City Tap House and Bottle Shop

Rainier Valley Corps is hosting B.E.E.R. (Beverage to Enhance Equity in Relationships), which is a day where funders and nonprofits can get together to break down power dynamics one drink or doughnut at a time.


Cosponsored by United Way of King County, Medina Foundation, and Philanthropy Northwest.


Racial Equity, Economic Security and Taxes: Fitting the Puzzle Pieces Together

June 11, 2019,
1:30pm to 4:30pm
The Seattle Public Library

Join the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Funders Network, Puget Sound Asset Funders Network and Philanthropy Northwest for an engaging funder discussion exploring the intersection of racial equity, taxes and the role of philanthropy in the Pacific Northwest. **This meeting is free of charge and open to foundation representatives and philanthropic advisors only.


Board 101: The Basics

May 30, 2019,
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Wenatchee, WA
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Are you new to a board or interested in serving on one, but not quite sure what that involves? Board 101 can help! Board 101 is a 90-minute presentation by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington to help new and prospective board members better understand the roles and responsibilities expected in serving an organization as a volunteer board member.


Washington State Nonprofit Conference 2019

May 20, 2019 (All day) to May 21, 2019 (All day)
Bellevue, WA

Join Washington Nonprofits for their annual state-wide conference in Bellevue, Washington on May 21, 2019. The pre-conference sessions will be on May 20, 2019, with deep-dive tracks that will focus on volunteer management, fundraising strategy and risk strategy. Meet with nonprofit leaders from across Washington state.


Opportunity Zones in Rural and Native Communities – A Funder to Funder Virtual Exchange

May 7, 2019,
1:00pm to 2:30pm

There are 328 Opportunity Zones (OZ) in the Northwest. Check out this map or this list of Qualified Designated Opportunity Zones by County. Is your community within an Opportunity Zone and you're not quite sure what it means for your foundation or your community? You're not alone. With all the news and hype that's surrounding OZs, it's hard to understand whether philanthropy has a role. This call will be particularly useful for place-focused foundations including community foundations, family foundations and issue-focused funders who support the vitality of our Northwest places that we call home particularly in rural and Native communities. 


Powerhouse Convenings

April 30, 2019,
10:00am to 11:00am

From 100 person convenings to a 10-person meeting, we could all use more skills to make our meetings more effective and delightful. Join Ted Lord, convening maestro, for a one-hour webinar that will help you move your in-person meetings from good to POWERHOUSE! 


Seattle Equity Summit

April 26, 2019 (All day)
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Join civic, business and philanthropy leaders, practitioners and advocates to develop best practices contributing to systemic change in Seattle and Washington, for a future where prosperity is broadly shared. Share your stories, insights and advice. Take learnings, turn them into action and inspire real solutions in real time.


Philanthropy Institute: Skills for Emerging Practitioners (Spring 2019)

April 23, 2019, 9:00am PDT to April 24, 2019, 5:00pm PDT
Seattle, WA

[SOLD OUT!] Please email Elyse Gordon to be put on the waitlist. This comprehensive, two-day educational program was developed by experts in the philanthropic sector, and facilitated by seasoned practitioners. Philanthropy Institute: Practical Skills & Strategies for Emerging Practitioners (formerly known as Best Practices): is the field’s standardized orientation for individual members who have recently joined the philanthropic sector. The curriculum is designed to provide a historical overview of the sector, a sense of the philanthropic landscape in the Pacific Northwest and nationally, and an overview of foundation governance and grantmaking.


Advocacy in Action #2 - Funding & Engaging in Policy Advocacy: Rules & Regs

April 22, 2019,
10:00am to 11:30am

Join Philanthropy Northwest for the second year of our virtual policy advocacy workshop series. This four-part series is designed for foundation staff and trustees who want to build their knowledge and capacity to fund and implement policy advocacy. In this session we will review the legal rules of funding and doing policy advocacy work, and how these activities can leverage your foundations’ impact.


Crime and Punishment in Black America, A Conversation with James Forman Jr.

April 18, 2019, 6:00pm PDT
Tacoma, WA

Join Philanthropy Northwest, other funders and community members for this conversation with James Forman Jr. In his memorable keynote, Forman shares his life journey as a child of a civil rights leader, a public defender, a founder of a charter school for incarcerated teens, and a law professor. He outlines America’s criminal justice crisis with both data and human stories. He leaves the audience inspired and armed with concrete ideas for how they themselves can contribute to change.