Momentum around the 2020 Census has led to an increased philanthropic focus on supporting communities' ability to engage in public discourse and shape reflective political participation at all levels of government. Guest speaker Karen Narasaki and other invited speakers join Philanthropy Northwest for a discussion that will highlight efforts underway around the issue of redistricting, as well as explore more broadly how strengthening our muscles around civic engagement can move philanthropy toward our common goal of a reflective democracy.
Upwards of 80% of new funds come to community foundations through referrals from professional advisors. Join us for this conversation on how smaller community foundations cultivate and sustain relationships with professional advisors to become the go-to trusted philanthropic advisor. We'll hear from Elena Pullen Venema, Director of Gift Planning at the Community Foundation of Snohomish County, who has developed and stewards relationships with 300+ professional advisors in Snohomish County.
Join us for the first of three virtual exchanges built for Community Foundation staff, trustees and board members. This call will be led by Maddy Metzger-Utt, Philanthropy Northwest Community Foundation Advisor and former CEO of Community Foundation of Snohomish County. In this series, we'll tackle the most pressing issues as identified by you, our Community Foundation network.
Cyber attacks are becoming more common for community foundations. Hear stories from CF peers who have had cyber attacks, and learn how to protect your organization.
Join Philanthropy Northwest and the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA) for a conversation about immigrant integration strategies in rural and non-urban places in the Northwest. We will hear from experts in the field about how funders can work cross-sector to ensure that our health systems, education systems, legal systems and naturalization processes work to integrate and reflect the needs and experiences of immigrant and refugee communities. Further, we'll consider how these efforts look and operate in places outside of our region's cities, hearing from movement leaders from Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Utah.
As rural and urban communities grapple with how to respond and tackle the epidemic of opioid use and substance use disorders, philanthropy is learning, leveraging, supporting, and leading in different ways to respond to the crisis. Join Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, Philanthropy West Virginia, and Philanthropy Ohio as they share the work underway in their respective states with philanthropic leaders working with local partners making progress in advancing solutions.
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.
Join activist and author Sayu Bhojwani, for a conversation on representation, diversity in politics and her new book: People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy's Door. We'll host an intimate conversation between Kiran Ahuja and Sayu, and include time for small-group discussion. This is a unique opportunity to talk intimately with one of the nation's leading democratic visionaries. Available with virtual call-in option for those outside of Seattle.
Please join the first Alaska Funders Group meeting of 2019. For the first hour we will be joined by Larry Persily who will discuss the proposed FY2020 budget cuts in Alaska. We will also hear updates on recovery efforts and Census 2020.
How can you diversify your investments to further support local communities? How are Northwest funders leveraging their impact through creative investment platforms? Join us for an informal session that covers the nuts and bolts of foundations investing in Local Impact Bonds.
States get about one-third of their revenue from the federal government — funds that help pay for health care, schools, housing, roads, child care, job training and a range of other programs. How will changes to the budget and tax policy impact our work as funders, and most importantly, our grantees? Join us for a watch party and discussion of federal budget implications at a state level.
Muslim, Arab and South Asian (MASA) communities are on the rise in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, one of 12 metro areas seeing significant percentage growth across the country. Join the Proteus Fund for lunch as we learn more about how philanthropy can better support MASA communities, and connect with other funders interested in learning more.
What can we learn about poverty reduction strategies when we listen to those most impacted by impoverishment? Join us for this virtual member briefing to learn about Governor Inslee's Poverty Reduction Workgroup, and how it is elevating the expertise of those most affected by poverty. While the findings of the Workgroup are based in Washington, we invite members from across the region to share ideas and experiences from your own states and places.
Philanthropy Northwest and the Puget Sound Asset Funders Network invite you to a learning exchange with Salin Geevarghese from the Mixed-Income Strategic Alliance and other regional efforts to examine a set of ideas and strategies designed to build thriving communities. We’ll learn about the Alliance’s national work and research as well as discuss their emerging efforts within King County and Seattle housing communities.
The Families Belong Together - Washington coalition and the Social Justice Fund Northwest are hosting an online funders briefing entitled, Demanding Freedom for Immigrants: NW Groups Fight Detention Policy. The online briefing will discuss the U.S. Government's current immigration and detention policies and how they are impacting immigrants individually, as families and as a community. The briefing will also discuss what grassroots, immigrant-led organizations are doing to deal with those policies and how funders can support these efforts.
New immigration policies and enforcement efforts are directly, and rapidly, affecting the lives of immigrants and refugees in our own communities. In this member briefing, gather with funders and frontline communities as we strategize about actionable, measurable steps we can take to better support immigrant and refugee communities in the Northwest. *We especially encourage funders concerned with education, health, community organizing and democracy to attend. This briefing will be offered in person and as a webinar.
In the past 18 months. philanthropy has had to reflect on how our sector can and should be able to “rapidly respond” to quickly emerging circumstances that impact our communities. Join us at this cross-sector member briefing to see how rapid responsiveness looks through the lens of social, political, and ecological disaster responsiveness.
Society is becoming increasingly divisive. What roles can family foundations play in finding ways to support meaningful dialogue across “party lines” within their community? What are the biggest mistakes that funders make when trying to provide a forum for these types of conversations? Join National Center for Family Philanthropy as we discuss these and other questions about how to support bettering society and communities. This event is available free to Philanthropy Northwest members as a member benefit.