Past Events

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.
Nov
16

Stand For Your Mission

November 16, 2015,
1:00pm to 2:00pm
EST
Webinar
No matter what mission your organization and your members are committed to, we’re confident that more people standing up for your mission can help make the difference. Join this joint webinar hosted by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and the National Council of Nonprofits to learn about the Stand for Your Mission campaign and why board members can be the most influential advocates for the mission of your organization.
Sep
9

Reclaiming the American Dream: A Conversation with Hedrick Smith

September 9, 2015,
9:30am to 11:30am
PDT
Philanthropy Northwest Office or Webinar/Conference Call
Philanthropy Northwest and Seattle CityClub are pleased to invite you to an open discussion with Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter, Emmy award-winning documentary producer for PBS and PBS Frontline, and Executive Editor of Reclaim the American Dream – an informational website and movement committed to restoring democracy, reducing inequality, and rebuilding the power of the people. Join us in person in Seattle or via WebEx.
Sep
1

Investing in Economic, Family and Health Justice

September 1, 2015,
10:00am to 11:30am
PDT
Seattle + Webinar
Legal help can often mean the difference between shelter and homelessness, illness and health, and loss or opportunity. Yet everyday millions of Americans cannot access the legal assistance they need when facing life-changing situations such as domestic violence, unlawful evictions, or the loss of veterans’, health or disability benefits. Please join Philanthropy Northwest and leaders from the Montana Justice Foundation, The California Endowment, and the Public Welfare Foundation for a conversation exploring the role civil legal aid can play to complement your existing funding portfolio.
Jun
10

Bipartisan Policy Center Briefing: Improving our Nation's Political Discourse

June 10, 2015,
10:00am to 12:00pm
PDT
Seattle or Teleconference
Many believe that the current partisan tone in government is impeding progress on critical issues such as immigration, health, housing, financial reform, national security, energy and the economy. Philanthropy Northwest is pleased to welcome Senator Olympia Snowe and Jason Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC, for a discussion on the causes and consequences of America's political divide and reforms that could help improve the overall process of political discourse, public policy and civic engagement.
May
14

Stand for Your Mission - Creating Positive Change Through Advocacy

May 14, 2015,
9:30am to 11:00am
PDT
Seattle
Philanthropy Northwest and the Campion Foundation invite you to join us for a conversation around a new national campaign, Stand for Your Mission on how advocacy, particularly from nonprofit boards, can enhance the mission of organizations. Anne Wallestad, CEO of BoardSource, will lead a discussion for philanthropy and nonprofit advisors on how advocacy can expand nonprofit impact and what – as funders and advisors – we can do to support stronger advocacy amongst our nonprofit partners.
May
1

Communications Strategies that Fast Track Policy Change

May 1, 2015,
10:00am to 12:00pm
PDT
Wilburforce Foundation, Seattle
In recent years we've seen major progress on seemingly intractable social issues including juvenile justice reform and healthcare disparities among vulnerable populations. Strategic, coordinated media projects and campaigns are tipping the scales and helping to rapidly advance policy change across a wide-spectrum of issues. Join leaders from The California Endowment, Rasmuson Foundation and Media Impact Funders as they discuss communication strategies that are moving the needle, and how funders can incorporate lessons learned.
Apr
30

What's Next for the Internet

April 30, 2015,
2:00pm to 4:00pm
PDT
Seattle
Many funders have been supporting net neutrality protections and open Internet principles for over a decade. This February the Federal Communications Commission voted to reclassify the Internet and stop states from banning municipal broadband networks. Join former FCC Chair Michael Copps and leaders from the Media Impact Funders and Quixote Foundation for a conversation on the changing landscape of media policy.
Apr
22

Moving Affinity Groups to Policy Work

April 22, 2015,
11:00am to 12:00pm
PDT
Webinar
Based on interviews with members of regional association affinity groups, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers has created a self-assessment tool and planning checklist to help affinity groups engaging in policy work determine how well they’re set up for success. During this webinar, Mark Sedway from The Giving Practice will review the tools and we'll hear from members of regional associations that are engaging affinity group policy work.

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