Past Events

Nov
6-7

Philanthropy Institute: Skills for Emerging Practitioners (Fall 2018)

November 6, 2018, 9:00am PST to November 7, 2018, 5:00pm PST
Seattle, WA

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.

The November program is full but please join our waitlist! Email Elyse Gordon or Mares Asfaha (egordon@philanthropynw.org; masfaha@philanthropynw.org) to reserve your spot. We hope to be able to open up more spaces in the coming weeks. 

Oct
31

Opportunity Zones: Can Foundations Help Communities Get Ready?

October 31, 2018,
1:45pm to 3:15pm
EDT
Online

With the passage of last year’s tax code overhaul, Congress created Opportunity Zones—areas in low-income census tracks designated by governors, where private equity investors can invest capital gains in new development ventures in exchange for tax forgiveness after 10 years. However, now that proposed regulations have been released, speculation remains as to whether Opportunity Zones will catalyze needed community infrastructure and economic development opportunities for the people who are residents and small business owners who live in these Zones.  

Sep
26

Steve Phillips: Brown Is The New White

September 26, 2018, 7:30pm PDT
Seattle, WA
Book cover image

We are pleased to co-sponsor an event featuring Steve Phillips, author of Brown is the New White: How the Democratic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority and founder of Democracy in Color. Phillips will bring to light the new political force made up of the growing population of people of color in combination with progressive whites. The evening promises to spark inspiration, conversation and actions that leverage the political power of these populations to collectively change our democratic futures for the good.

Sep
11-13

Regional Community Foundations Convening

September 11, 2018, 6:00pm PDT to September 13, 2018, 1:00pm PDT
Port Townsend, WA

Philanthropy Northwest supports a network of community foundations throughout the Northwest in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. As part of this work, we are coordinating a regional convening to bring together the leadership of community foundations. We believe there is a unique richness when we learn and activate as a collective of community foundations. We hope to leave this gathering with a clear sense of our strategy as a network for 2019 and beyond. Please join us!

Jul
12

Philanthropy’s Response to the Addition of a Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

July 12, 2018,
12:00pm to 1:00pm
PDT
Online
Census form image

In co-sponsorship with many organizations including Philanthropy Northwest, the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP) is hosting a webinar centered on making public comments about citizenship question planned for the 2020 census. On June 8, the Commerce Department (which oversees the Census Bureau) invited the public to comment on the paperwork associated with the 2020 census. The public has 60 days – until August 7 – to submit comments. This is one of the few opportunities for philanthropy to make its case that the citizenship question should be removed from the census questionnaire. Regardless of whether public comments will move the Trump administration to reverse its decision, this establishes an important record for the public, Congress and the courts to consider.

Jun
25

The Money in Politics Implications of a Johnson Amendment Repeal

June 25, 2018,
12:00pm to 1:00pm
PDT
Online

A repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits charitable organizations, including religious institutions, from intervening in political campaigns, could have a damaging impact on the integrity of the sector and further infuse money into our political process. Join us to learn more about where the repeal stands now and what philanthropy can do to protect the Johnson Amendment.

Apr
19-20

Philanthropy Institute: Skills for Emerging Practitioners (Spring 2018)

April 19, 2018, 9:00am PDT to April 20, 2018, 5:00pm PDT
Seattle, WA

April's Philanthropy Institute is SOLD OUT. Please consider the August or November Institute. This comprehensive, two-day educational program was developed by experts in the philanthropic sector and is 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. 

Apr
9

Webinar Briefing: "Participate, Convene and Invest: A Call to Action for the 2020 Census"

April 9, 2018,
11:00am to 12:00pm
PDT
Webinar

We are now less than two years away from “Census Day,” April 1st, 2020! Join a conversation about why the census matters and the role that philanthropy can play in ensuring a fair and accurate count. Data from the census drive key decisions made by government, business, nonprofits and philanthropy. Although philanthropy cannot and should not supplant the government’s responsibility to ensure a fair and accurate census, funder engagement in support of the census is more important than ever.

Mar
12-14

Foundations on the Hill 2018

March 12, 2018 (All day) to March 14, 2018 (All day)
Washington, DC
Capitol Dome

Join Philanthropy Northwest March 12-14 in Washington, DC, for Foundations on the Hill 2018! Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) is an annual convening that brings together foundation leaders from across the country for meetings with Congress about key issues of importance to foundations and philanthropy. FOTH is presented by United Philanthropy Forum in partnership with the Alliance for Charitable Reform and Council on Foundations. Each year, Philanthropy Northwest leads a delegation from our six-state region.

Jan
16

Member Briefing: Tax Reform and Your Foundation. What it Means for Your Work

January 16, 2018,
10:00am to 11:30am
PST
Philanthropy Northwest Office

With sweeping changes to the tax system pushed through in 2017, how do you sift through the noise? In this webinar, we'll hear from regional nonprofit leaders who can paint a picture of how this will impact our foundations, statewide capacity, and localized nonprofit efforts. 

Nov
1-2

Philanthropy Institute: Skills for Emerging Practitioners (Fall 2017)

November 1, 2017, 9:00am AKDT to November 2, 2017, 5:00pm AKDT
Anchorage, AK

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. Please register early: the last four workshops have sold out. 

Jul 31 -
Aug 1

Philanthropy Institute: Skills for Emerging Practitioners (Summer 2017)

July 31, 2017, 9:00am PDT to August 1, 2017, 5:00pm PDT
Seattle

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. Please register early: the last four workshops have sold out. 

Jun
14

The President’s 2018 Proposed Budget: Implications for the Northwest

June 14, 2017,
9:00am to 10:30am
PDT
Webinar + Seattle, WA

The President’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal, released yesterday, includes significant cuts to safety net programs. Please join us on Wednesday, June 14 from 09:00 to 10:30 a.m. PDT to discuss the implications and how the proposed policy initiatives may impact communities across the Pacific Northwest.

May
23

Immigration: What’s at Stake for Families and Implications for Washington State Funders

May 23, 2017,
1:00pm to 3:00pm
PDT
Seattle, WA and Online

Immigrant and refugee children and families across Washington state — both newcomers and longtime residents —are afraid and are experiencing the direct impact of new federal immigration policies. This has created a domino effect as nonprofits are facing skyrocketing calls for assistance and services. With an expansion of detention, deportation and priorities for enforcement, limits on refugee admissions, attempts to create a travel ban, and more, the stakes have never been higher for Washington communities. Organizations throughout the state have been working on rapid responses with a diverse range of stakeholders in the face of critical needs in the community. Philanthropy is at a critical juncture as it considers the impact on communities it supports and funding strategies moving forward.

Mar
8

Preparing for the Census 2020

March 8, 2017,
9:00am to 11:00am
PST
Seattle, WA + Online

The 10-year census is three years away, which is a huge opportunity. The data is used to allocate resources, political power and plan for the future. The success or failure of this important civic project will impact grantmaking and the communities that continue to be at risk. Join Democracy Northwest, Funders' Committee for Civic Participation and Win/Win in this workshop where we will explore philanthropy’s role in ensuring accuracy, and using the process to empower communities and develop new leaders.  

Mar
7

Changing How We Talk About Government, Taxes and the Economy

March 7, 2017,
9:00am to 11:00am
PST
Seattle, WA + Online

Washington has the most upside-down tax system in the nation where low and moderate income households pay a far higher share of their income in state taxes compared to the richest households. All In For Washington is an innovative statewide effort to change this reality and strengthen the foundations that make Washington a great state to call home. In this member briefing, foundations will learn the key takeaways from this innovative research, hear how All In partners are implementing these lessons in their day to day communications, organizing, and policy work, and have an opportunity to discuss how these lessons can be integrated into the world of philanthropy.

Feb
17

Protecting Marginalized Communities During the Next Four Years

February 17, 2017,
1:00pm to 4:00pm
PST
Seattle, WA

Please join us for this urgent conversation about protecting marginalized communities over the next four years. We are inviting nonprofits, funders, community leader and governmental offices to an urgent meeting featuring organizations at the forefront to discuss their work, what they need to be effective and how all of us can help.

Feb
16

Perspectives on Sanctuary Policies - Monthly Immigration Policy Call hosted by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)

February 16, 2017,
1:00pm to 2:00pm
PST
Online

Sanctuary policies have garnered heightened media attention since the president signed an executive order on January 25 to withhold federal funding from cities that adopt such policies.  Join us for a discussion hosted by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) in partnership with Philanthropy Northwest.

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