Events and Opportunities to Engage


2018 National Rural Gathering

October 20, 2018 (All day) to October 21, 2018 (All day)
Emigrant. MT

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.


Member Briefing: Highlights from Governor Inslee’s Workgroup on Poverty Reduction

October 23, 2018,
10:00am to 11:30am

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. 


Philanthropy Institute: Skills for Emerging Practitioners (Fall 2018)

November 6, 2018, 9:00am PST to November 7, 2018, 5:00pm PST
Seattle, WA

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 (; to reserve your spot. We hope to be able to open up more spaces in the coming weeks. 


Walla Walla Valley Funders' Tour

November 7, 2018 (All day) to November 9, 2018 (All day)
Walla Walla, WA
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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.


Conversations in Philanthropy: Supporting Muslim, Arab and South Asian (MASA) Communities

November 8, 2018,
11:30am to 1:00pm
Seattle, WA

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. 


Grantmaking with an Equity Lens Training

December 3, 2018,
8:30am to 4:00pm
Gig Harbor, WA

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.