Local Matters 2015

In 2014, many Philanthropy Northwest members said that you wanted us to offer more programming "on the ground" around the region. In response, we tested the notion of replacing our 2015 annual regional conference with a series of focused, local events — and nearly 80% of you said "Yes! That's what we want!"

In that spirit, we launched Local Matters 2015, a series of intimate, focused gatherings through which we'll explore and connect our region's many distinctive, innovative approaches to building stronger, more resilient communities.

About Local Matters 2015

Each Local Matters event has been a unique experience, grounded in a specific place — but individually and together, Local Matters 2015 addressed emerging and enduring themes, including:

  • Creative ways to use the full spectrum of capital -- knowledge, relationships, people and money -- to make a difference in your community.
  • How to lead authentically, listen deeply and skillfully convene and collaborate with diverse groups of people around a common vision.

Each Local Matters event was self-contained and stood on its own, but there was also a progression among them, and we enthusiastically invited you to attend one or all of the events in the series.

  • Each Local Matters convening will be a day or a day and a half long.
  • Each will include rich information and conversation about the current "state of the state" -- demographics, trends in the nonprofit sector and trends in philanthropy, as well as topics and conversations that emerge out of our ongoing engagement with local community members.
  • Like all Philanthropy Northwest events, Local Matters events will be a "no pitch" zone -- nobody (including us) will be asking for or raising money.
  • Our regional annual conference will return in 2016, better than ever!


Local Matters 2015 Schedule

April 27-28 | Sheridan

Philanthropy is… Right Next Door

A celebration of a community where neighbors take care of each other including stories of community partnerships and Give Sheridan, a new philanthropic effort. What we saw and heard.

May 27 | Boise

Philanthropy is… Entrepreneurial

Innovation is big in Boise. Join us as we explore how market, socially-motivated and philanthropic capital can be blended and matched to generate investments in education, local businesses and food systems. What we saw and heard.

June 17-18 | Big Sky

Philanthropy is... Networks in Action

Pick a challenge that Montanans are grappling with, and you’ll probably find that it’s one where many issues intersect. Solving the problems we care about often requires making connections across issues and seeing beyond boundaries. If you have ever wondered "Why aren't there more players at the table?" then this conversation is for you. What we saw and heard.


October 11-14 | Anchorage

Philanthropy is… Indigenous Ways of

An invitation into an indigenous-led space where you can engage with Alaska Native and Native American communities on their own terms. In this intimate space, we’ll explore the cultural interplay with mainstream philanthropy with community partners. Local Matters: Indigenous Communities will be presented in partnership with First Alaskans Institute and will be integrated with their Elders and Youth Conference. What we saw and heard.

November 3-4 | Bellingham

Philanthropy is… Convening

More philanthropists, nonprofits and impact investors are understanding how important it is to be trusted conveners in their communities.

How can ­­­­­we better initiate and nurture conversations across institutional boundaries that engage communities in creating their own solutions and futures? What we saw and heard.







For information on future sponsorship opportunities, please contact Anjana Pandey.


Local Matters Series Sponsors




Our thanks to the following people for their early input and guidance on Local Matters:

Stacey Black, First Interstate Bank Foundation
Michele Brown, United Way of Anchorage
Kelly Bruggeman, First Interstate Bank Foundation
Amy Callahan, Nonprofit Association of Oregon
Jenny Craft, Scott Family Foundation
Jo Ann Eder, The O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation
Janice Fulkerson, Idaho Nonprofit Center
Mike Halligan, The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation
Henry Izumizaki, The Russell Family Foundation
Mark Kinner, First Interstate Bank and Scott Family Foundation
Marcia Liebich, Donald and Marcia Liebich Fund
Jay McGinnis, Scott Family Foundation
Shelley Means, Native Americans in Philanthropy
Amy Moore, The O.P. and W.E. Edwards Foundation
Liz Moore, Montana Nonprofit Association
Elizabeth Ripley, Mat-Su Health Foundation
Tawnya Rupe, Mountain Sky Guest Ranch
Mary Rutherford, Montana Community Foundation
Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, Charlotte Martin Foundation + Hopa Mountain
Robyn Shuey, GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington
Seth Walker, The Russell Family Foundation
Deanna Ward, Home Partnership Foundation
Candace Winkler, Alaska Community Foundation

Philanthropy Northwest Lead Sustaining Partners