We are stronger together.
Through peer networks, affinity groups and collaboratives, you can connect with other funders around shared interests, learning and action. These groups are the heart and soul of Philanthropy Northwest — where conversations lead to new insights, where creative solutions are born and where you feel part of a community.
Regional Community Foundation Network
Through this network, community foundations across the Northwest are connecting on a deeper level and having greater impact. The network offers learning opportunities via quarterly webinars and an annual conference. Funders also come together around joint advocacy or to pool resources for collaborative investment.
Affinity groups, which include Philanthropy Northwest members and non-members, are organized around shared interests and demographics to support more effective philanthropy.
More than 20 organizations meet quarterly to share information, learn from each other and take action on issues affecting the well-being of Alaskans.
Over 40 funders — from banks to retailers to foundations — connect to share ideas and explore ways to support a more vibrant Northwest.
Pierce County Funders
Within Pierce County, Washington, 20+ funders join together for learning, networking and collective impact.
How do I engage?
- Email our membership staff to connect with any of these affinity groups.
- Find any scheduled meetings for these affinity groups on our events listing and search by the affinity group of interest.
Collaboratives unite Philanthropy Northwest members to take action on issues they care about, such as pooling resources to invest in a joint initiative or coming together to advocate for a specific policy agenda. Collaboratives include:
Health Philanthropy Partnership
Health funders throughout the region gather once a year before the annual Philanthropy Northwest conference. In addition, Washington state health funders meet twice a year to learn and grow capacity for advancing health equity.
Racial Equity Funders Table
Funders in Seattle, Washington meet quarterly to learn, share best practices and problem solve key issues.
Washington Census Equity Fund
More than 35 funders have pooled resources to support organizations working throughout the state to ensure a fair and accurate census count in 2020.
Washington Philanthropist Forum
Funder, nonprofit and government partners meet every other month to learn and collaborate on child welfare and juvenile justice system in Washington state.
How do I engage?
- Reach out to our staff by email to join a collaborative.
- Find any scheduled meetings for these affinity groups on our events listing and search by the collaborative of interest.
DEI cohorts are unique, structured learning opportunities to delve deeper into diversity, equity and inclusion with your peers.
Is your foundation ready to step up its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion? CEO and trustee cohorts provide safe spaces to learn alongside your peers and gain skills for supporting your organization’s DEI journey.
Through our initiatives, we connect philanthropy professionals, deepen our collective understanding of systemic racism and make progress on supporting more equitable communities.
Collective Action for Education Equity - also known CAFEE, a group formed through the Building Community Philanthropy initiative.
How do I engage?
- Visit our DEI Cohorts page to find out if you are eligible to participate in one of our cohorts.