Past Events

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. 

Apr
26-28

Peace and Security Funders Group Annual Meeting

April 26, 2016 (All day) to April 28, 2016 (All day)
Portland, Oregon

The Peace and Security Funders Group is a network of public, private and family foundations, and individual philanthropists who make grants or expenditures that contribute to peace and global security. Its annual meetings are an opportunity for members to connect with new and existing partners, and engage in strategic discussions; learn about emerging issues; share best practices and lessons learned from their grantmaking and programs; and collaborate on projects.

Apr
12-13

Foundations on the Hill 2016

April 12, 2016 (All day) to April 13, 2016 (All day)
Washington, D.C.

Each year, Philanthropy Northwest members and staff travel to Washington, D.C. for Foundations on the Hill to connect and build relationships with federal elected officials, educate them about philanthropy’s impact in our region, encourage them to view foundations as resources on public policy issues and connect with other funders interested in public policy.

Apr
5

Conversation with Dedo: Investing in Fragile States

April 5, 2016,
12:00pm to 2:00pm
PDT
Seattle

Philanthropy Northwest, Pangea Giving and the Global Donors Exchange present: A stimulating discussion about investing in fragile states, the current situation in Burundi, and the Segal Foundation’s innovative programs to build capacity with grassroots community development organizations with Dedo Baranshamaje, Director of Special Projects for the Segal Family Foundation.

Mar
15

Our Roles in State Budget Debates

March 15, 2016,
2:00pm to 3:15pm
EDT
Webinar
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

Three-quarters of the states are focused on budget matters; many are facing deficits and considering spending cuts and reconsidering giving incentives. Illinois and Pennsylvania still have not finalized the budget process from last summer and several states are seeing revenue shortfalls force immediate spending cuts that affect programs performed and/or supported by nonprofits and foundations. In this webinar we will discuss state budget trends, explore why foundations and nonprofits have shown they care about this fundamental issue, and the solutions our colleagues are developing to prevent budget crises and government shutdowns in the future.

Mar
10

Washington Update LIVE: What's Happening in D.C.

March 10, 2016,
11:00am to 12:00pm
PST
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

Attending or interested in attending Foundations on the Hill in April? Curious about how the fast-paced, animated, and often complex political environment can trickle down to influence your work? Wondering about whether tax reform will ever happen and, when it does, how these changes will impact philanthropy? This webinar will explain how current debates here in our nation’s capital affect the work you do in your community. Experts will discuss what's happening on Capitol Hill that could impact foundations, along with what is and is not on the radar screen of policymakers in Washington, D.C.

Feb
23

Advocacy in an Election Year: A Workshop for Funders

February 23, 2016,
9:00am to 10:30am
PST
Seattle + Webinar/Conference Call

Election years provide an important opportunity to influence the agendas of our policymakers by educating candidates about issues that affect your mission and community. Advocacy can be a powerful tool for foundations and grantees to advance their missions. Not sure whether or how to make the case for funding advocacy? Uncertain whether you can fund grantees that lobby? Wondering whether your public or private foundation can speak out on a particular issue? Join Philanthropy Northwest and Alliance for Justice for a workshop about advocacy considerations for funders.

Dec
8

Looking into the Crystal Ball: What’s Ahead for State and Federal Policy Action in 2016

December 8, 2015,
11:00am to 12:00pm
PST
Webinar
Please join our network partners at the Forum and NCN for a brief webinar to explore the latest trends in state policy and hear about what’s on the horizon for action on the state and federal levels in the coming New Year. During this session you will hear about how your organization can engage more in policy work to strengthen the sector and the communities you serve.
Dec
2

Understanding Philanthropy’s Role in U.S. Democracy

December 2, 2015,
10:00am to 11:00am
PST
Webinar
Is your organization funding or working to strengthen American democracy? Join the Foundation Center for a look at how Foundation Funding for U.S. Democracy can help funders and grantseeking nonprofits broaden their knowledge of the funding landscape, identify additional funding sources, and understand where their philanthropic dollars can have the most impact.

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