Hiring Organization Information
Philanthropy Northwest is a philanthropic ecosystem for collective action in the Pacific Northwest. Covering a six-state region, Philanthropy Northwest’s expansive network is organized around a set of core values and collective commitment to bring innovative practices in philanthropy to the work of supporting healthy and vibrant communities across the region. With 148 organizational members, a talented staff, strong programs and a nationally recognized consulting practice, Philanthropy Northwest is in an exciting phase of growth and organizational transformation which commits to equity, community and innovation in an evolving philanthropic landscape
Philanthropy Northwest promotes, facilitates and drives collaborative action by philanthropic organizations to strengthen communities across the region. Comprised of philanthropic organizations across a six-state region – Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming – and with members in Hawai’i – Philanthropy Northwest's 148 paid organizational members span a wide range of issues, grantmaking practices, size, and scope, and collectively represent nearly 50 percent of the region’s philanthropic assets.
Philanthropy Northwest is a thriving community of regional grantmakers dedicated to strong communities through collective learning, centering equity and investing in innovation. Philanthropy Northwest supports and offers core programs to its members to Strengthen Philanthropy, Center DEI, and advance Policy & Advocacy, in addition to consulting services through The Giving Practice (TGP). The Giving Practice, a national consulting practice that is committed to joyful, effective, and equitable philanthropy and focused on advancing knowledge and action in philanthropy, is unique to Philanthropy Northwest. Since 2000, TGP’s work has expanded from a resource for Philanthropy Northwest members to a clientele base that now spans across the country, including the Northwest. The Philanthropy Northwest and TGP teams collaborate on programming and support to members, and partner on field-facing thought leadership. This unique partnership distinguishes Philanthropy Northwest among its philanthropy-serving organization (PSO) peers, providing nationally recognized consultants with regional connections that are values-aligned and embedded in Philanthropy Northwest’s organizational structure.
The next CEO will have the unique opportunity to deepen strategy development toward Philanthropy Northwest’s bold vision of a transforming sector. She/He/They will be charged with examining and reimagining Philanthropy Northwest’s business model and relationship with the field to ensure it continues to build resilient, equitable and inclusive communities in the Northwest. Specifically, the next CEO will bring leadership in the following areas:
Charting Vision and Organizational Alignment
In this time of change and growth, the CEO will work collaboratively to create and implement a bold vision for philanthropy in the region that advances race equity by centering and learning with community and examining power and inclusive grantmaking practices. This includes a vision and operational framework to fully integrate and leverage TGP’s consulting work in support of Philanthropy Northwest’s vision and programs that hold a shared purpose and mission at the center. The CEO will re-imagine the traditional membership dues PSO business model to operationalize a nimbler, values-centered network committed to ensuring field impact, sustainability, and future growth through new partnerships, fundraising and revenue streams.
Organizational Management and Fundraising
The CEO will energize, inspire and lead a diverse and talented team of 20 Philanthropy Northwest staff and 10 TGP consultants and a budget of approximately $7M by fostering a culture of collaboration, learning, shared values and commitment to innovation. The CEO will play an important role in setting internal priorities, continuing to operationalize equity and bridging and integrating the work of Philanthropy Northwest and TGP. The CEO will expand fundraising and diversify revenue streams that push beyond the traditional membership model and leverage values aligned partnerships for field impact. They will ensure that internal infrastructure reflects Philanthropy Northwest’s core equity values and responsible fiscal management of the organization. The CEO will foster clear communication, active listening and a learning culture, and will understand the importance of seeking counsel and information while making thoughtful and timely decisions.
Transforming the Sector
As the Philanthropy Northwest network expands, the CEO will creatively build and nurture relationships across the west with philanthropic organizations and potential partners. They will listen and lead critical conversations in communities, within member cohorts, and across Philanthropy Northwest convenings that advance racial equity and a transforming sector. The CEO will articulate the unique value proposition Philanthropy Northwest brings to organizations regardless of asset size, location or issue focus, strengthening relationships with existing members and creating opportunities to engage with potential new members.
Board and Governance
Together with the board, the CEO will strategize on the next phase of the organization’s journey and align the resources necessary to actualize the vision. They will leverage the relationships, knowledge and experience of the board to drive Philanthropy Northwest's mission and advance collaboration across the philanthropic sector. The CEO will maintain a positive and transparent working relationship with the board ensuring a strong governance relationship and organizational effectiveness.
At least ten years of progressive leadership experience in a philanthropic, nonprofit organization, government, grantmaking entity, social impact consulting practice or other entity supporting innovative systems change.
Passion for the region Philanthropy Northwest serves and a willingness to engage and connect with membership and community in person across the six-state region when safe to travel.