Please join us for the 2018 Rural Funders Gathering on October 20-21, 2018 at the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in stunning and rural Emigrant, Montana. Located in the heart of Paradise Valley, just 30 miles from Yellowstone National Park. We are very proud that this gathering has been designed by rural practitioners for rural practioners. Its purpose is to create space for people with deep experience and wisdom practicing rural philanthropy and community development to learn from one another. It is limited to 40 participants and is national in scope.
Events and Opportunities to Engage
What can we learn about poverty reduction strategies when we listen to those most impacted by impoverishment? Join us for this virtual member briefing to learn about Governor Inslee's Poverty Reduction Workgroup, and how it is elevating the expertise of those most affected by poverty. While the findings of the Workgroup are based in Washington, we invite members from across the region to share ideas and experiences from your own states and places.
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.
The November program is full but please join our waitlist! Email Elyse Gordon or Mares Asfaha (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve your spot. We hope to be able to open up more spaces in the coming weeks.
Sherwood Trust and Blue Mountain Community Foundation are hosting their second annual tour for private foundations and corporate funders to learn about and explore the Walla Walla Valley, from Dayton, Washington to Walla Walla to Milton-Freewater, Oregon on November 7-9, 2017. This program will introduce some of the exciting and innovative collaborations in our rural communities and highlight opportunities for future philanthropic investment.
Muslim, Arab and South Asian (MASA) communities are on the rise in the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, one of 12 metro areas seeing significant percentage growth across the country. Join the Proteus Fund for lunch as we learn more about how philanthropy can better support MASA communities, and connect with other funders interested in learning more.
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. Join us for this hands-on training. This training is designed for mid- to senior-level foundation program staff who are at the beginning of their thinking about how to apply equity in the practice of grantmaking and program development. The context is designed to focus on the individual role and the practice of equity in grantmaking.