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.
Join us for a special event to kick-off Philanthropy Northwest's Grantmakers of Color Network in Seattle. Come network with fellow grantmakers of color, staff and trustees, from the Washington area and listen in on our chat with special guests and provocateurs: Peter Bloch Garcia of Latino Community Fund, Lili Liu of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and June Wilson of Quixote Foundation. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.
Adolescent brain development is a period of profound change and remodeling. Dr. Chamberlain and panelists will explore how this period of heightened brain plasticity influences an adolescent's emotions, learning, decision-making and behavior - and how parents, educators, care providers and others can use this knowledge to help youth cope with challenges and build resilience. Please join NW Children's Fund for a conversation about what neuroscience tells us about supporting youth to navigate adolescence and thrive.
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.
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.
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.
Uncertain about the future nonprofit funding and policy landscape? There are steps you can take to prepare your organization for whatever may be coming. For Funders: Understand the challenges facing nonprofit leaders, and how grantmaking can be aligned with adaptability and long-term stability.
The "Get on the Map" campaign — a partnership between Philanthropy Northwest, the Forum for Regional Association of Grantmakers and Foundation Center — is a data-sharing initiative dedicated to boosting the quality and availability of fresh, detailed grantmaking data across the Forum Network. Its mission: To improve the quality, timeliness and availability of rich grant data for and about funders in our region. This monthly webinar series is scheduled to help guide any funders interested in getting on the map. We will walk through instructions for sharing all the necessary grants data to make your regional map come to life.
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.
Civic participation and engagement of communities of color has enormous potential to lead to lasting changes in our communities across the sweep of issues of paramount concern – health, environment, economic justice, equitable access to jobs, housing and more. The stakes for the work of the next 6-8 years couldn’t be higher and the full participation of people of color will be critical.
This webinar will ground funders in the immediate concerns facing immigrant and refugee communities; provide early analyses of the policy and political landscape including the new Congress; and offer a preview of plans to protect due process and fundamental rights at the local, state, and federal level. Funders will have the opportunity to discuss what can be done now to support immigrants and refugees and the organizations that serve them.
Educating and empowering women and girls is one of the most effective approaches to global development. But what programs work and why? How can successes be replicated on a larger scale for more impact? Two highly effective East African Pangea grant partners will join us on November 19 to share their fresh insights and inspirations for supporting women and girls to develop their full potential in Kenya and Burundi. Come hear what these dynamic leaders have learned about creating successful programs and the tremendous impact their work is having in the communities they serve and beyond.
As we begin to make sense of the election and the future direction of our country, including the impact of newly passed local and state policy in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, we invite you to share how, in the wake of the 2016 election, your foundation is thinking, or possibly re-thinking, about how you partner and invest with communities across our region.
This comprehensive, two-day educational program helps familiarize new and up-and-coming grantmakers to the foundation world and the field of philanthropy. Developed by experts in the philanthropic sector, Philanthropy Institute: Practical Skills & Strategies for Emerging Practitioners (formerly known as Best Practices: Essential Skills and Strategies for New Grantmakers) is the field’s standardized orientation for grantmakers. The curriculum is designed to provide new grantmakers with the knowledge, insight, skills and tools to be effective in their work. Please register early: the last four workshops have sold out.
Collaboration can be a powerful tool for nonprofits seeking to increase their impact and sustain their missions. Funders are increasingly aware that supporting collaborations can be a highly-leveraged form of capacity building. Join us for an exploratory conversation to learn more about the framework and impact of the New York City Merger, Acquisition and Collaboration Fund (“NYMAC”), the Nonprofit Repositioning Fund in Philadelphia, and the long running experience of The Lodestar Foundation supporting the funds. This conversation is intended to be a peer-to-peer learning opportunity primarily for funders and nonprofit associations in Washington. Although Washington is the primary geography for this call, other funders in the Northwest are welcome to join the discussion too.
The webinar will examine how community wealth building in rural areas and small towns is proving to be a powerful, place-based approach to leverage local benefit from existing assets in new and innovative ways. Presenters will cover a range of examples and tools, and explore the role of funders to catalyze economic development and impact investing in local communities. We will hear what they are learning and the challenges they are wresting with. There will be time afterwards for in depth questions and answers with our speakers.