Advocacy/Influence/Public Policy


Stand For Your Mission

November 16, 2015,
1:00pm to 2:00pm

No matter what mission your organization and your members are committed to, we’re confident that more people standing up for your mission can help make the difference. Join this joint webinar hosted by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and the National Council of Nonprofits to learn about the Stand for Your Mission campaign and why board members can be the most influential advocates for the mission of your organization.


Reclaiming the American Dream: A Conversation with Hedrick Smith

September 9, 2015,
9:30am to 11:30am
Philanthropy Northwest Office or Webinar/Conference Call

Philanthropy Northwest and Seattle CityClub are pleased to invite you to an open discussion with Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter, Emmy award-winning documentary producer for PBS and PBS Frontline, and Executive Editor of Reclaim the American Dream – an informational website and movement committed to restoring democracy, reducing inequality, and rebuilding the power of the people. Join us in person in Seattle or via WebEx.


Investing in Economic, Family and Health Justice

September 1, 2015,
10:00am to 11:30am
Seattle + Webinar

Legal help can often mean the difference between shelter and homelessness, illness and health, and loss or opportunity. Yet everyday millions of Americans cannot access the legal assistance they need when facing life-changing situations such as domestic violence, unlawful evictions, or the loss of veterans’, health or disability benefits. Please join Philanthropy Northwest and leaders from the Montana Justice Foundation, The California Endowment, and the Public Welfare Foundation for a conversation exploring the role civil legal aid can play to complement your existing funding portfolio.


Bipartisan Policy Center Briefing: Improving our Nation's Political Discourse

June 10, 2015,
10:00am to 12:00pm
Seattle or Teleconference

Many believe that the current partisan tone in government is impeding progress on critical issues such as immigration, health, housing, financial reform, national security, energy and the economy. Philanthropy Northwest is pleased to welcome Senator Olympia Snowe and Jason Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC, for a discussion on the causes and consequences of America's political divide and reforms that could help improve the overall process of political discourse, public policy and civic engagement.


Stand for Your Mission - Creating Positive Change Through Advocacy

May 14, 2015,
9:30am to 11:00am

Philanthropy Northwest and the Campion Foundation invite you to join us for a conversation around a new national campaign, Stand for Your Mission on how advocacy, particularly from nonprofit boards, can enhance the mission of organizations. Anne Wallestad, CEO of BoardSource, will lead a discussion for philanthropy and nonprofit advisors on how advocacy can expand nonprofit impact and what – as funders and advisors – we can do to support stronger advocacy amongst our nonprofit partners.


Communications Strategies that Fast Track Policy Change

May 1, 2015,
10:00am to 12:00pm
Wilburforce Foundation, Seattle

In recent years we've seen major progress on seemingly intractable social issues including juvenile justice reform and healthcare disparities among vulnerable populations. Strategic, coordinated media projects and campaigns are tipping the scales and helping to rapidly advance policy change across a wide-spectrum of issues. Join leaders from The California Endowment, Rasmuson Foundation and Media Impact Funders as they discuss communication strategies that are moving the needle, and how funders can incorporate lessons learned.


What's Next for the Internet

April 30, 2015,
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Many funders have been supporting net neutrality protections and open Internet principles for over a decade. This February the Federal Communications Commission voted to reclassify the Internet and stop states from banning municipal broadband networks. Join former FCC Chair Michael Copps and leaders from the Media Impact Funders and Quixote Foundation for a conversation on the changing landscape of media policy.