Featured Programs

Philanthropy Northwest Offers Several Featured Programs and Events Annually

Each year we offer a handful of signature programs and events because of ongoing needs for them and/or they are updated annually. Currently, these featured programs include Philanthropy 101, Grantmaking Institute, our annual conference and Foundations on the Hill. Click the links below for more information about the specific programs.

Build Your Skills in 2020 With Two New Programs

Are you looking for our signature Philanthropy Institute course? We transitioned our featured program to offer more adaptive and expansive offerings!

  • Philanthropy 101 is a five-part, virtual series designed for new hires, new board members or anyone who needs an overview of philanthropy.
  • Grantmaking Institute is a two-day, in-person training covering grantmaking essentials, current trends in the field, and navigating opportunities and challenges in your role. This is ideal for anyone serving in a grantmaking capacity, whether as a staff member or a trustee.

Philanthropy 101

Philanthropy 101 is a five-part series that helps all staff new to philanthropy better understand the sector. This interactive course will provide a historical overview of philanthropy, review a foundation's leadership and governance, provide an overview of grantmaking, debate the current big issues in philanthropy, and explore the various roles within philanthropy. Philanthropy 101 takes place over five interactive virtual sessions designed for accessibility across our six-state region! 

This content applies to a whole range of careers within the field, such as program officer, chief financial officer, controller, human services director, trustee, executive assistant, program assistant, among others.


  1. Speaking the Same Language
  2. Foundation Governance and Legal Issues
  3. Fundamentals of Grantmaking
  4. The Great Debates in Philanthropy
  5. So, You're Working for a Foundation...Power and Your New Community 

Grantmaking Institute

The two-day, in-person institute provides a framework for relative newcomers in philanthropy to understand and implement effective, collaborative and equitable grantmaking. Grantmaking Institute is designed for those who have been in a Grantmaking role for less than five years. Through highly interactive sessions with peers, it offers sessions on both the “science” and the “art” of philanthropy, including topics such as: 

  • Philanthropy’s role – and responsibility – in the social change sector 
  • Deep-dive on the grantmaking cycle and grant review
  • Effective communications strategies with grant seekers 
  • Role clarity 
  • Peer coaching and peer dilemmas
  • Grants management and evaluation 

Annual Conference

Every year we hold the largest gathering of our network in a different state in our region. Over two days we come together to discuss issues, update our learning, gain insights from our peers in the philanthropic sector and enjoy conversations with each other in person. All the details about this year's conference can be found on the conference webpage. So mark your calendar and plan to join us.

Be sure to check our events listing to learn when these signature Philanthropy Northwest programs are being held and to register online. For any questions, please contact Elyse Gordon, senior manager, programs.

Foundations on the Hill

Foundations on the Hill is a two-day convening in Washington, DC, that brings together hundreds of foundation leaders from across the country to meet with Congress to discuss issues of critical importance to philanthropy. Each year, Philanthropy Northwest leads a delegation from our region. Join us!