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!
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.
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.
Since October 2017, the U.S. government has forcibly separated at least 2,400 children—including hundreds who are under four years old—from their parents as they arrive on our southern border seeking refuge. Attorneys and other humanitarian aid workers are reporting significant trauma and despair for separated families. Legal services organizations are working overtime at immigrant detention centers to identify parents who have been separated from their children, help locate their young ones, and support them in navigating complex asylum proceedings. Similarly, advocates for separated and unaccompanied children are working at capacity to provide trauma-informed legal orientation and supportive services, including to children as young as 11 months old. Join us for 1.5-hour call to hear from a panel of experts on the current situation, explore the impact of these policies on families and children, and learn about GCIR’s recommendations on how philanthropy can respond.
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.
What tools and skills help you navigate challenging situations at work? Are you interested in refreshing how you approach professional dilemmas that matter to you? Join Jan Jaffe, the author of Philanthropy's Reflective Practices, to explore methods that strengthen meaningful communication with grantees, partners, colleagues and trustees in philanthropy to advance a goal or solving a problem.
What does collaboration mean for family foundations? How can we best learn from and work with other donors, foundations and community partners to make a greater impact. Learn from Frey Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and others about the value of respectful collaboration.
Census 2020 is less than two years away; the time to act is now! Planning has started for a “Get Out The Count” campaign to reach hard-to-count populations in the communities you care about. What key information do you need to guide your investments in support of a fair and accurate count in 2020?
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.
Tacoma/Pierce County is one of 10 communities across the U.S. participating in the multi-year Supporting Partnerships for Anti-Racist Communities (SPARC) initiative. Please join the Pierce County Funders Group to learn about the SPARC initiative from guest speakers Pamela Duncan from the City of Tacoma and Tess Colby from Pierce County and continue our discussion about Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in Pierce County.
Please join us for the next Alaska Funders Group meeting. Topics include a discussion about Alaskan philanthropy, the 2020 Census where more than $2 billion of funding to Alaska or $2,959 per capita, through federal assistance could be in limbo, and the upcoming Journey into Indian Country report.
Note: this event has been postponed. Please stay tuned for future programming for family foundations and philanthropic advisors! Bridging and building relationships between generations is top of mind for so many of our region's family foundations. This special workshop for family foundation staff and trustees will guide us on how to set concrete steps into action to build engagement, growth and impact across generations.
SOLD OUT! Considering diverse perspectives and experiences is critical to effective grantmaking and foundation programming. Practicing equity requires a slowing down to reflect on the ways we can facilitate a more equitable and inclusive grantmaking process.
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.
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.
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.
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.