The Giving Practice

The Giving Practice is a team of consultants who blend customized solutions and deep knowledge of the field to help families, foundations and corporations navigate the changing landscape of today’s philanthropy. We develop authentic relationships with our clients that allow them to experience joyful, meaningful and effective work. We work to create and sustain strong, equitable and healthy communities in the Northwest — and beyond.

Our unique process…

Values first. We help you achieve your goals by working from the values you care most deeply about.

Regional knowledge. As a part of Philanthropy Northwest, a network of almost 200 family, private, community and corporate foundations, we have deep knowledge of regional issues and leaders.

National perspective. We work with foundations across the country and have a unique ability to harness big-picture trends and promising practices and adapt them to your unique needs.

Continuous learning. Knowing that you have unique goals and challenges—but also common experiences and solutions — we share with you our latest learning and help you build knowledge for others.

Customized solutions. Our job is to understand your needs and craft an approach that respects your unique organizational culture, skills and ways of working.

True collaboration. We take collaboration seriously. We work with you as a partner and bring to bear our shared experience as practitioners in philanthropy.

…helps you succeed.

Strategy. Whether you need full-on strategic planning or a smaller project to clarify your goals and values, we offer creative and effective tools and techniques that you will continue to use long after our engagement is over.

Collaboration. Using our expertise in helping groups communicate clearly and move together, we now support eight funder collaborations as well as public-private partnerships in the region and nationally.

Research and development. We work with foundations to do research and create tools to support program initiatives, grants management, evaluation, communications, internal operations and roles.

Retreat design and meeting facilitation. We work with you to design sessions that produce authentic conversations, creative ideas, “aha!” moments, useful outputs, clear decisions and measurable outcomes.

Mission investing: Whether you are new to the field of mission investing, have done the groundwork and are ready to go or are an experienced investor, we offer a full range of mission investing consulting services. From introductory sessions on governance, strategy and operations to advanced strategy, communications and policy, The Giving Practice can help your foundation across all aspects of its "more for mission" work.

It all starts with a conversation.

Contact managing partner Audrey Haberman ( or at 206-267-9956.