Networks That Connect

Networks That Connect

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. 

Visit our Regional CF Network home page to learn more or contact Maddy Metzger-Utt with questions. 


Affinity Groups

Affinity groups, which include Philanthropy Northwest members and non-members, are organized around shared interests and demographics to support more effective philanthropy.

Alaska Funders
More than 20 organizations meet quarterly to share information, learn from each other and take action on issues affecting the well-being of Alaskans.

Black Folks in Philanthropy 
These monthly, virtual gatherings are for individuals who work in philanthropy and identify as Black, African and/or African-American to come together for informal conversations. 

Corporate Funders
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.

Rural Funders
Over 300 funders across the country participate in programs curated for rural-specific issues.

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. 


Funder Collaboratives

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.

Philanthropy for Child Well-Being
Funder, nonprofit and government partners meet every other month to learn and collaborate on child welfare and the juvenile justice system in Washington state.

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.

How do I engage?



Our cohorts are unique, structured opportunities that enable participants to share in peer co-learning experiences, professional development and support.

CEO Conversations: Leading Through Challenging Times
In these cohorts, executives will come together to share, learn and reflect on the tensions and opportunities of leading through continued uncertainty due to the global pandemic and the racial unrest throughout the country. The cohort is a confidential and structured space to get support and consultation on the tough topics executives face.  

Tribal Broadband Learning Community
This cohort engages in monthly convenings to discuss topics related to broadband strategy, funding, planning and implementation for tribal communities.

How do I engage?

DEI Cohorts

DEI cohorts are unique, structured learning opportunities to delve deeper into diversity, equity and inclusion with your peers. 

Executive DEI Opportunities
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.

Ongoing Cohorts
Through our initiatives, we connect philanthropy professionals, deepen our collective understanding of systemic racism and make progress on supporting more equitable communities.

Building Community Philanthropy

Collective Action for Education Equity - also known CAFEE, a group formed through the Building Community Philanthropy initiative.

Momentum Fellowship Cohorts 

How do I engage?

Want to connect with your peers?

We have lots of opportunities to connect with your peers around common interests. If you'd like more info about these groups or other ways to engage with fellow members, please let us know.

"I have participated in a peer learning group that has offered many connections to professional and personal learning."