Philanthropy Northwest member briefing presented by Enterprise Community Partners, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Seattle Foundation and Building Changes. Funders will discuss their work on housing and Cook Inlet Housing Authority will share current affordable housing trends for families in Alaska, including Alaska Natives.
This Oregon study, released by Enterprise Community Partners, explores the link between affordable housing and health care through the lens of several national health reform metrics: better connection to primary care, fewer emergency department visits, improved access to and quality of care, and lower costs.
Federal officials presented the Opening Doors report to the Obama administration, detailing the nation's first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness.
Rosalie Sheehy Cates | It’s magic to watch impact investing happen in a small town. In June, a group of local people met in Missoula, Montana for 90 minutes and crafted a $300,000 loan enabling a nonprofit organization to buy land for an innovative affordable housing development. Their transaction paves the way for Homeword to develop up to 72 new homes and support services that are sorely needed in Missoula. more »
Sharon Wade Ellis, Momentum Fellow | When I was a kid, I spent summers with my grandparents in their old and drafty home on Chicago's South Side. Old as it was, that home offered refuge, and that garden provided more than nourishment: together, house and garden tied the family closely to their community. They cherished its security and affordability. In the minds of my grandparents, the home and everything associated with it was theirs — but they didn't own it, and therefore knew they could lose it one day. They were lucky. That place — their place — left me with a certainty: everyone has a right to a stable and affordable home. I carry my passion forward to the work I do at Meyer Memorial Trust, finding relief for my nagging ache of wanting to help people access housing that meets their needs. more »
David Bley, director of the Pacific Northwest Initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation looks back at on memorable moments for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Pacific Northwest partners and our team, helping families achieve stable housing, strengthening local community networks and supporting great schools that help students and teachers realize their potential and reach for their dreams. Here are just a few of his favorite moments of progress over the past year. more »
Doug Stamm, Meyer Memorial Trust | September always brings change: weather shifts from hot to cool, busy autumn mornings replace leisurely summer afternoons, days grow incrementally shorter. Here at Meyer Memorial Trust, in a year filled with changes, the month offers a moment to reflect on where we have been and on where we are heading. Last year, Meyer awarded more grants than ever before — 515 grants and loans just over $46 million; we are again on track to make the largest payout in the foundation’s history. But we haven’t only been making grants this year. We began outreach in several of our four priority focus areas — housing, education, the environment, and supporting a vibrant nonprofit sector. more »
Rosalie Sheehy Cates, Senior Advisor, The Giving Practice | How one Montana philanthropist became a local mission investor. more »
Allison Parker, The Seattle Foundation | The Seattle Foundation has been involved with mission investing since 2004. Together, foundation-directed impact investments, made from our discretionary funds and donor-recommended investments, made from DAFs, currently total $7.2 million, with 23 open transactions representing 22 different funds. Here's some of what we've learned along the way. more »
by Nicole Neroulias Gupte, Communications Manager | Three programs in the Pacific Northwest have won funding to study the feasibility of using Pay for Success to expand services for vulnerable populations in Oregon and Washington state. more »