Past Events


2017 Annual Conference

October 3, 2017, 12:00pm PDT to October 5, 2017, 2:00pm PDT
Vancouver, WA

Philanthropy Northwest is proud to present “Now is the Time to Lead Through Change” the theme for our annual conference in Vancouver, Washington on October 3-5, 2017. Register now for the largest gathering of community foundations, corporate giving offices, family foundations and public foundations in the region.


Environmental Grantmakers Association 2017 Fall Retreat

September 24, 2017, 12:00pm MDT to September 27, 2017, 1:00pm MDT
Seattle, WA

The Environmental Grantmakers Association is delighted to invite you to join your colleagues in the Emerald City for the 2017 Fall Retreat, September 24-27, 2017 in downtown Seattle.  We will explore the relationships linking urban and rural areas. We will consider the role of cities in nurturing connections, fostering equity and sustainability, and leading the way to the world we want.


Grantmaking With an Equity Lens Training (Fall 2017)

September 18, 2017,
8:30am to 4:00pm
Seattle, WA

Considering diverse perspectives and experiences is critical to effective grantmaking and foundation programming. Practicing equity in grantmaking requires a slowing down to reflect on the ways we can facilitate a more equitable and inclusive grantmaking process. Join us for this hands-on training for mid- to senior-level funder program staff.


Welcome Back to School? How Funders Can Help Foster Safe and Inclusive Environments for All

September 8, 2017,
11:00am to 12:15pm

Students are back in school this month, nearly a year after the conclusion of an election season that prompted tensions to flare and fear to escalate in classrooms and on playgrounds nationwide, particularly for immigrant and refugee students. This call will consider the ways in which funders can support these efforts, and speakers will review trends and promising practices that are emerging at the local, state and national levels, in settings ranging from early childhood development centers to PreK-12 schools.

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

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. 


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

June 14, 2017,
9:00am to 10:30am
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.


MT ID WY Funders Group Call: May 2017

May 25, 2017,
9:30am to 11:00am

The effects of natural and manmade disasters have become more frequent, far-reaching and widespread. As a result, preserving the safety, security and prosperity of all parts of our society is becoming more challenging. Our nation’s traditional approach to managing the risks associated with these disasters relies heavily on the government. However, today’s changing reality is affecting all levels of government in their efforts to improve our resilience while grappling with the limitations of their capabilities. Even in small- and medium-sized disasters, which the government is generally effective at managing, significant access and service gaps still exist. In large-scale disasters or catastrophes, government resources and capabilities can be overwhelmed. In this call, Mike Riedy and Matt Cedar will provide an overview of the four phases of emergency management, differences between community recovery and individual recovery and suggest ways to support the long-term recovery group process, including why financial contributions are best.


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

May 23, 2017,
1:00pm to 3:00pm
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.


Corporate Responsibility Symposium

May 17, 2017,
2:00pm to 4:30pm
Seattle, WA

Join Philanthropy Northwest and Seattle Foundation for a discussion about corporate social responsiblity strategies in our current social and political climate. Speakers will include leaders from Seattle-area corporations engaging in innovative practices to address global health challenges and support underserved communities locally, including veterans, immigrants and refugees.

Space is limited, please register by May 8.


Grantmaking With an Equity Lens Training - SOLD OUT

May 11, 2017,
9:00am to 4:00pm
Seattle, WA

Considering diverse perspectives and experiences is critical to effective grantmaking and foundation programming. Practicing equity requires the activation of a specific set of soft skills and a slowing down to reflect on the ways we can facilitate a more equitable and inclusive grantmaking process. Join us for this hands-on training for mid- to senior-level foundation program staff. This event is at capacity. Email Gloris Estrella for information about the waitlist for future events.


Generation Indigenous: Northwest Regional Convening

April 28, 2017 (All day)
Seattle, WA

Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) will share progress on the Generation Indigenous national work, feature story presentations of Native youth, and discuss cross-sector alignment and goals on funding and programmatic outcomes. This program is for funders committed to communities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.


Intermountain West Funder Network 2017 Convening

April 26, 2017, 2:30pm PDT to April 28, 2017, 1:00pm PDT
Bozeman, MT

The Intermountain West Funder Network (IMWFN) is pleased to convene in 2017 on April 26 – 28 in Bozeman, Montana. We will explore a number of important strategies related to our theme, “Big Shifts: Local Solutions” on the transformative work happening at the local level to advance sustainable environmental and economic communities in the intermountain west. The agenda will reinforce the role that the our community plays to advance community-led solutions to social and ecological challenges, and to plan for the road ahead.


The Science of Hope

April 26, 2017, 8:00am PDT to April 27, 2017, 5:00pm PDT
Seattle, WA

The Foundation for Healthy Generations invites you to join them at the Science of Hope 2017, their annual two-day conference for those working to create enduring healthy equity.


Spending Up: A Discussion on Perpetuity

April 13, 2017,
9:00am to 10:30am
Online (see note in text about NCFP log in access)

In the 2015 Trends Study, NCFP found that nearly three-quarters of all family foundations are still considering whether they want to limit their philanthropic lifespans. In this webinar, we’ll host a roundtable discussion on questions to ask your organization, values and beliefs that play into the decision, and the benefits and costs of choosing to spend up your foundation, featuring the perspectives of two leaders from the Quixote Foundation, which completed its “spend up” process in December 2017.


Federal Budget Proposals and Arts & Humanities in the Northwest: A Regional Discussion

April 12, 2017,
12:30pm to 2:00pm
Audio Call Only

Join us for perspectives and Q&A from state Humanities and Arts organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Learn how and where federal dollars flow to states, the impact on local communities if this funding source is eliminated and advocacy efforts to date.


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Series, Session 1: Unconscious Bias

April 6, 2017,
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Raising philanthropy's awareness of unconscious bias allows us to rethink the ways in which we approach hiring, strategy, inclusion and organizational culture. As organizations, we talk a lot about the value of inclusion, but our unconscious beliefs can get in the way of us actually "being" and "doing" inclusivity and equity. This is a first in our four-part Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) web series.


The 2017 Foraker Leadership Summit

April 3, 2017 (All day) to April 4, 2017 (All day)
Anchorage, AK

Alaska nonprofits, like others around the country, face funding cuts from government and other threats to their sustainability. This year’s conference will take a fresh look at how organizations can increase their resiliency and take steps to assure they can successfully carry out their missions. The event takes place April 3-4, at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.