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

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, 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.

More ways to take advantage of your membership:

  • More than 50 events each year (in-person and virtual) that offer opportunities for peer learning, networking and igniting new ideas
  • Access to the National Foundation Salary Survey. Great resource for benchmarking CEO and other staff salaries and benefits.
  • Access to repository of national staff databases on CEO/staff performance metrics and other governance material.
  • Technical Assistance: We provide a variety of technical assistance to members about a variety of things including; grantmaking software, financial documents, job descriptions, benchmarking investment portfolios, etc.
  • 1 free hour of consulting services with The Giving Practice (and additional reduced rate for additional hours)
  • 1 free hour of consultation with PNW executives in residence who specialize in Impact Investing and Policy and Advocacy
  • Member rates for PNW events and programming such as the annual conference -  the largest learning event for funders and community investors in the region
  • Apply for scholarships for our annual conference and other events too.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to host conversations with other board members from other foundations.
  • Join a planning committee – we are always looking for more staff and trustees to play a more active role in asking us what they need the most!
  • Submit questions to the various community foundation listserves, including the CFCEO listserve and the WACF listserve.
  • Legal services: Ask our attorney to help with legal issues
  • Free postings on our Job Bank
  • Amplify your organization's impact through our website, social media, events calendar and blog platforms

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.