Past Events

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.

Feb
8

Communication Matters: Advocacy & Public Policy

February 8, 2017,
8:30am to 10:00am
PST
Seattle, WA

Communication Matters is Philanthropy Northwest's community of practice for philanthropy communications professionals. At our February and April 2016 meetings, we discussed and practiced using data and graphics to tell our stories. At our February 2017 meeting, we'll discuss communications tools and storytelling strategies for advocating for our organization's missions. This group is for Philanthropy Northwest members. Registration is required. If you are interested in joining Philanthropy Northwest, contact Paul Kim. If you are interested in joining Communication Matters, contact Nicole Neroulias Gupte.

Jan
24

Democracy Northwest: Raising Philanthropy's Voice

January 24, 2017,
12:00pm to 1:30pm
PST
Seattle, WA + Online

Philanthropy Northwest is moving its new Democracy Northwest initiative from an exploratory phase into a broader community-wide action agenda, and we hope you will participate!

One of the most unsettling election seasons in our history is now behind us. But the work of strengthening democracy is really just getting started. We’ve been asking ourselves some key questions these past few months and here is where we landed: we believe foundations have an important role to play in confronting and overcoming the deep challenges facing democracy today. We hope you will join us in a conversation about this, that you will lend your voice and experience in developing and sharing strategies to strengthen democracy, and that you will help us reflect on what responsibilities we have as a field in these critical times.

Jan
24

Advocacy in a New Administration: A Workshop for Funders

January 24, 2017,
9:00am to 11:00am
PST
Seattle, WA + Online

With a new administration and Congress and many changes in the states, foundations and their grantees need to be engaged more than ever. Advocacy is often the most effective strategy in the philanthropy toolbox…and will be needed more than ever. This training will explore how private and public foundations can support grantees’ advocacy efforts and engage in advocacy themselves. Specifically, this session will provide an overview of activities that constitute advocacy and public policy work; various advocacy roles for foundations; definitions of lobbying; and rules for private and public foundation grants to nonprofits that lobby, including general support, specific projects and multi-year grants.

Jan
17

The Landscape of Health Policy and System Change Advocacy in Washington State: Responding to the New Reality

January 17, 2017,
9:30am to 11:00am
PST
Seattle, WA + Online

In this session funders will have a better understanding of healthy policy and systems change in the rapidly shifting landscape in Washington and implications of policy change at the Federal level. Washington Community Action Network and Northwest Health Law Advocates are consumer advocacy organizations working to ensure access to affordable, accessible, quality health care for all Washington residents. As a partnership, they strategically combine grassroots organizing with policy advocacy. Hear about their impact on the state's health system transformation efforts as they seek to ensure that the proposed changes are responsive to the needs and concerns of consumers, especially the most vulnerable. Learn about the links between this work and issues of racial equity and the "social determinants of health" - factors that affect health status such as homelessness, substandard housing, unemployment, adverse childhood experiences, and environmental factors. 

Dec
8

OneOregon: Shifting the Conversation about Immigrant Rights

December 8, 2016,
10:00am to 11:00am
PST
Online

This election cycle, we saw an unprecedented wave of extremist anti-immigrant rhetoric and ballot measures. We know the short-term strategies to keep bad laws from happening, but Oregon is also building a long-term effort to stop the legal attacks—and the xenophobia behind them—for good. Join OneOregon briefing on this effort on this effort. 

Oct
13

Changing the Political Discourse: Working Class Communities on the Frontlines

October 13, 2016,
10:00am to 11:30am
PDT
Webinar


During this current election cycle, the climate of political vitriol towards people of color, immigrants, and individuals of different faiths has been stoked by economic insecurity, trickle down intimidation tactics, and ‘blame others’ hate speech. No doubt, the impact of this current tone of political rhetoric will extend beyond the immediate election. What can Foundations do to move working class constituents from the side lines to the front lines of policy change that will improve their economic well-being and not work against them? Join our distinguished panel for a discussion to explore ways that funders can and are using advocacy communications to provide leadership on shaping a narrative of possibility and supporting their grantees in embracing new approaches to engaging in advocacy across issues, populations and communities.

May
24

Threats to Tax Exemptions

May 24, 2016,
2:00pm to 3:15pm
EDT
Online
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

Tax exemptions are under attack by legislatures, tax assessors and the courts. This webinar will explore the rationale for exemption of nonprofits and foundations, review current threats to tax exemption including challenges to property tax exemption and payments in lieu of taxes (PILOTS) — and explore what state associations and regional associations can do to protect exemptions. 

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