The Giving Practice

We help philanthropy's changemakers tackle their biggest challenges

From strategy and governance to collaboration and facilitation, we bring deep sector experience and a unique client-centered approach that embraces both the art and the science of effective philanthropy.

We are experienced grantmakers, trusted advisers and knowledgeable experts. But more than that, we are a team of people who are passionately committed to the transformative potential of philanthropy.


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Our clients bring us many types of challenges, and we approach them all with curiosity, a willingness to dream big and the skills to help you turn those ideas into reality.

If you're interested in exploring a project with us, contact managing partner Audrey Haberman ( or at 206-267-9956. 


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DIY Strategy Improvements: 10 Activities for Community Foundations

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What comes after “strategic...?” If you said, “planning,” you’re not alone. And for many leaders of community foundations, especially small ones who don’t have the time or money for a big process, anxiety is the feeling that follows. If that’s the case, this guide is for you.

Latest Articles

February 8, 2016

Audrey Haberman, The Giving Practice | Over the course of four years, the Building Community Philanthropy (BCP) initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Pacific Northwest team has brought together 20 partners — United Ways, identity-based funds, tribal governments and community foundations — to learn together, challenge each other and shift the way they see their role in their communities. In short, to participate in a peer network that rewards honesty and authenticity while also receiving funding to test new ways of working, and transform their work in positive and meaningful ways. Ted Lord and I recently facilitated a two-day convening for this learning cohort.  We’ve noticed three key shifts that BCP has helped unlock:

February 3, 2016

Anne Yoon, The Giving Practice | Once an organization is more than a generation old, it can become paralyzing to decide which resources to keep, donate or toss. Like Philanthropy Northwest, many of our partners have also have amassed decades of artifacts, including Boeing (celebrating its centennial this year) and our founding members Ben B. Cheney Foundation, Medina Foundation, Seattle Foundation and Weyerhaeuser. With the start of the new year, and as we thought more about how to reflect on our 40th anniversary this fall, we decided it was time to go through everything and make an informed decision about which materials should be saved — to reference in upcoming programs and future publications — and which to let go.

December 28, 2015

Our Resources library offers a curated list of more than 100 reports, presentations, studies, websites, consulting tools and other useful content created by Philanthropy Northwest and our partners in the field. Here are 10 publications released in 2015 with enduring value for a range of philanthropy and nonprofit practitioners in the Northwest and beyond, listed by release date. If you missed them the first time, now's a great time to catch up!

December 9, 2015

Leslie Silverman, Partner, The Giving Practice | Growing up, I was the only "Hanukkah kid" in my class, so my parents felt compelled to offer me a similar experience in what kids talked about most — the gifts! So, they would give us a gift each evening after we lit the candles. Often, this would amount to seven small toys and games, then a big gift on the eighth and final night. A few years ago, inspired by my work with family foundations, I started to think about how to make the holiday season more meaningful for my son. We created a new tradition: planning out what each night of Hanukkah should be about, beyond buying and exchanging a lot of presents. After a little brainstorming, my 7-year-old son and I came up with eight days of themes:

December 1, 2015

Ted Lord, Senior Partner, The Giving Practice | After spending two days in November with 80 other local philanthropic, nonprofit, education and government colleagues at the National Equity Project’s (NEP) Leading for Equity in Complex Systems Institute, we were invited to take home one of the many quote posters that decorated the walls. I chose this from Meg Wheatley: "When we begin listening to each other, and when we talk about things that matter to us, the world begins to change… Listening and talking to one another heals our divisions and makes us brave again." As a white ally, I often feel frustrated by my inability to take clear and quick action in the face of persistent disparities based on skin color. This quote captures how listening is essential in continually learning about issues and dynamics that are beyond my lived experience.