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Census 2020: Montana Community Foundation Helps Ensure a Complete Count

11/15/2018

Mary K. Rutherford, Guest Contributor | Being counted matters a lot! Just a few weeks ago, MCF participated in the first Montana 2020 Complete Census Count Committee meeting where people from across Montana gathered to discuss how best to get the word out about the importance of getting an accurate count. April 1, 2020 may seem like it's a long way off, yet it will be here before we know it. more »

Try “Putting Something in the Middle” and "Free-Writing" to Reflect on Grantmaking Strategy

11/09/2018

Dara Weinerman Steinberg, Guest Contributor | Are you curious about how to create a routine that allows you or your team to reflect on your philanthropic practice? Dara Weinerman Steinberg, Executive Director of Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation, shares her experience wrangling time to reflect and how it has reinvigorated her belief in the value of informal learning from strategy. more »

Personal Reflections From My Visit to Minidoka

11/07/2018

Lauren Mariko Waudé, Guest Contributor | I grew up with stories of my family just trying to maintain as much a sense of community as possible, and I can feel that when walking along the baseball field or stepping into the fire stations at Minidoka. Scanning photos of the makeshift holiday celebrations and the community gardens, knowing how my family had to completely rebuild their lives after leaving the camps, the resiliency of the Japanese American community is not lost on me. more »

Reflections From PNW18: Perspectives From a First-time Attendee

10/24/2018

Kendra Witt-Doyle, Guest Contributor | As a new member, this was my first time attending the annual conference. I had many takeaways and met many fantastic leaders who are undertaking work that is inspiring and transformational in their communities. It took me a few days to “digest” everything I experienced at PNW18 – keynote speakers, information from the sessions I attended and conversations I had during the conference with fellow colleagues. more »

Diversifying the Field of Philanthropy

10/17/2018

Erin Thomas | These are real and common challenges and they're complex issues not readily tackled with technical solutions, but rather, entrenched in our mindsets and structures of the status quo. I was impressed with how readily session participants were willing to talk about these challenges and dig into solutions. And these issues are solvable! more »

Stories in Philanthropy: Immigrant Relief

10/09/2018

Pamela Jons, Guest Contributor | Recently I met with families whose lives were torn apart by a recent Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in Bellingham, Washington. Early in the morning of August 29 at least 16 people from the same employer were arrested by ICE and sent to the Tacoma Detention Center. The raid was done quietly and quickly in the dark of early morning before people arrived at work. You probably haven’t heard or read about it in the news, most people in Bellingham don’t even know it happened. more »

Making Values Work for Teams

09/24/2018

Jan Jaffe | Cross-posted from Philanthropy's Reflective PracticesOur first interview about reflective practices in group work is with Brenda Solorzano, who is the CEO of the new Headwaters Foundation in Western Montana. So many of our readers have asked how do you reflect when your staff is small and multi-tasking all the time or when the board is just past start-up stage and anxious to move from planning to action or a new CEO has just arrived and feels the need to hit the ground running? Brenda and Headwaters offers us a chance to answer all these questions at once.  more »

J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation Supports AC 2018 With Lead Sponsorship

09/14/2018

Caitlin Copple Masingill, Guest Contributor | A handful of philanthropists have shaped so much about Boise (and Idaho’s) landscape, including the late Joe and Kathryn Albertson, whose legacy continues to shape the Gem State through their namesake foundation. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is a lead partner in supporting Philanthropy Northwest’s upcoming annual conference, and its Executive Director, Roger Quarles, expressed excitement about the upcoming conversation with regional funders.

“Philanthropy Northwest is a strong, healthy organization that does meaningful work,” Quarles said. “We’ve benefited from the consulting expertise of the Giving Practice in the past, and we are thrilled to be a part of bringing the region’s thought leaders to Boise.” more »

Boise Mayor, David Bieter, Welcomes PNW18

08/29/2018

David Bieter, Boise Mayor | We are excited to host Philanthropy Northwest in Boise because of the diversity of the region you represent and the leadership you provide in philanthropy. We have much to share, and much to learn, and we know we can’t do it alone. Welcome to Boise, and we’ll see you in October. more »

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