Introducing the Momentum Fellows


Sindhu Knotz, Partner, The Giving Practice | Nine accomplished individuals from incredibly diverse backgrounds are coming together at Philanthropy Northwest this week for the first cohort meeting of our Momentum Fellowship. What began as a conversation in one of our peer learning cohorts on diversity, equity and inclusion is now becoming reality: a program that prepares professionals from underrepresented communities, particularly communities of color, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector through mentoring, networking and professional development opportunities. more »

Why I'm Excited About Local Matters: Alaska + Indigenous Communities


Lyn Hunter, Senior Program Manager | With "Philanthropy is... Indigenous Ways of Knowing" as our theme, we are stepping beyond our standard programs next month to offer an invitation that echoes our own journey: to listen and experience a very different way of thinking about philanthropy, community and impact. In my nine years at Philanthropy Northwest, I have never been more excited about a program than I am about Local Matters: Alaska + Indigenous Communities next month. Here's why. more »

Alaska Community Foundation Announces New President & CEO


The Alaska Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Nina Kemppel as its new president and CEO, to join the foundation in mid-October. Her background includes serving as president and CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum and as a principal at the Coraggio Group, a boutique strategy and organizational change firm in Portland, Ore. Prior to her business career, Kemppel had a ski racing career that included a record-breaking 18 U.S. National Championships. In her new role, she will continue to build awareness of the foundation as a place where individuals, nonprofit agencies and other funders can create lasting change through charitable endowments. ACF currently manages $80 million in more than 315 funds for the benefit of Alaskans and grants $3 to $4 million each year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state. more »

Guided by Native Values: An Interview with Anthony Mallott, Sealaska CEO


Anthony Mallott is CEO of Sealaska, a Juneau-based Alaska Native corporation owned by 22,000 Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian shareholders. In addition to leading Sealaska, he serves on the Rasmuson Foundation board and The Alaska Community Foundation investment committee. He recently spoke with Philanthropy Northwest CEO Jeff Clarke about his work, as part of our ongoing series of interviews with key leaders in philanthropy from across the region and around the nation. more »

Rasmuson Foundation Announces $7.6M in Grants


The Rasmuson Foundation, whose mission is "to promote a better life for all Alaskans," has announced $7.6 million in grants and initiatives. This includes a five-year renewal of Pick.Click.Give., supporting The Alaska Community Foundation in its delivery of statewide marketing and coordination of the statewide giving program. more »

Call for Nominations: Philanthropy Northwest Board Seeks Candidates


Kevin Walker, Vice Chair of Board Operations | I have had the privilege of serving on Philanthropy Northwest’s board of directors since 2010, and have found it to be a remarkable leadership development experience. Our board, like the broader membership, is made up of engaged, passionate leaders who care deeply about the communities they serve. I am pleased to share that for the first time in its history, Philanthropy Northwest is seeking nominations directly from our members for board candidates to be elected this fall. more »

Tackling Long-Term Wildfire Recovery, While Bracing for Next Disaster


Kristen Holway, Senior Manager, Learning Practice | Drought conditions have brought wildfire season early to the Pacific Northwest. With 30,000 acres engulfed in Idaho, Oregon and Washington over the weekend, and as we approach the first anniversary of the devastating Carlton Complex Fire, I'm reminded of the interdependence of the people, government and funders in our region's disaster preparedness, response and recovery — especially long-term recovery. more »