Community Foundations

Community Foundations


We are excited to announce that community foundation leaders across the region in partnership with Philanthropy Northwest, are launching a Regional Community Foundation Network in 2020. This is in response to discussions and direct feedback from our community foundation partners. Based on survey results, four main priority areas for the Network in 2020 have been identified, and will continue to develop with input from members over the course of 2020 and beyond.

Communication and Information Sharing:

The Network will build out our communications platforms including a robust listserv for regional network members and a national CEO listserv to connect CEOs across the country to share best practices and ask questions.

Learning Together:

The Network will offer a variety of learning opportunities including webinars, a CEO roundtable and a regional Community Foundation convening. Past webinars as part of our community foundation series include Finding and Keeping Major Donors: Fundraising Boot Camp for Community Foundation Leaders and  Cybersecurity and Your Foundation.

Communities of Practice:

We already have many requests to form communities of practice around topics such as rural philanthropy, economic opportunity and shared prosperity, advocacy and disaster planning.  This will be a way for community foundations with similar interests and goals to collaborate and share resources.

Shared Action:

We may explore pooled grantmaking, advocating for legislative changes, underwriting research, conducting regional studies and/or collective media strategies, among other topics.

This Network is guided by co-chairs Karen Bilowith, Idaho Community Foundation (ID); Michelle DeWitt, Bethel Community Services Foundation (AK); Kol Medina, Kitsap Community Foundation (WA) and committee members Katie Carter, Pride Foundation (WA); Tom Kelly, Hawai’i Community Foundation (HI); Sharon Miracle, Yakima Community Foundation (WA); Michael Stark, Skagit Valley Community Foundation (WA) and Lyn Hunter, Philanthropy Northwest (WA). Maddy Metzger-Utt, the former CEO of the Community Foundation of Snohomish County, is staffing the committee and guiding the creation of this work.

Please contact Maddy Metzger-Utt at Philanthropy Northwest for any questions about the Network and how to join.

See a detailed list of the advantages and benefits of becoming a Regional Community Foundation Network member.

Resources for Community Foundations

DIY Strategy Improvements: 10 Activities for Community Foundations
Exercises for community foundations to try with their staff and boards.


A New Anchor Mission for a New Century
Democracy Collabroative report on 30 community foundations deploying all resources to build community wealth.


Key Facts on Community Foundations
The Foundation Center's annual report on giving by community foundations.


Community Foundation Field Guide to Impact Investing

A Mission Investors Exchange publication featuring 14 case examples.


Centennial Plan, Strategies for a Strong Community Foundation Field, 2011-2014.
Organized around four broad goals, the report seeks to build the community foundation field.


On the Brink of New Promise, The Future of U.S. Community Foundations
Seminal work on community foundations, published 2005.


Search our Resources section for more information about community foundations.