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Building Capacity: Philanthropy's Role in Supporting Nonprofit-Assistance Services

10/08/2019

Matt Fikejs | Guest Contributor, 501 Commons | Have you ever had a question or need for assistance that prevented you from making progress at work?  Now, imagine you also work for a budget-constrained nonprofit, and maybe you’re the only employee or one of just a handful of people running the organization. What do you do when you’re stumped or at an impasse?  more »

Looking Ahead to the Next Billion

06/28/2019

Dana Miller | Guest Contributor, Senior Program Director, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust | It’s an exciting day at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. As part of our Founder’s Day celebration marking our 44th anniversary, we announced that, since opening our doors in 1975, we have awarded more than $1 billion in grants to nonprofits that serve the Pacific Northwest.

Preparing for this announcement has allowed our team to reflect on the thousands of nonprofits we have had the opportunity to partner with over the years and the myriad projects that we have helped bring to fruition in some small way. more »

Getting out on the Balcony: Adaptive Leadership in Philanthropy

06/07/2019

Victoria Peattie Helm | Guest Contributor, Executive Director at NW Children’s Foundation | Leadership. Whole shelves are devoted to the topic at bookstores, and seminars on leadership abound. After 14 years as executive director at NW Children’s Foundation, I was eager to find ways to deepen my own leadership but could not find anything that seemed to fit. Then I discovered Philanthropy Northwest’s Women’s Leadership Cohort. more »

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Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative to be Highlight of Idaho Community Foundation’s May Luncheon

05/13/2019

By Jennifer Kronberg, Guest Contributor, Idaho Community Foundation | In an area with great natural beauty and land resources like the Pacific Northwest, it’s important to preserve the landscapes that make it special. That’s the idea behind the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative, a new partnership between the Idaho Community Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Seattle Foundation and the Land Trust Alliance. The initiative is launched with the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and will permanently protect thousands of acres of natural lands in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. more »

The Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund Update

01/25/2019

Christina Fenner and Katie St. John, Guest Contributors, The Alaska Community Foundation | As most of our lives return to normal after the November 30th earthquake, it is important to recognize the difficulties that many families and organizations continue to face. The Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund, at The Alaska Community Foundation, was set up to support the ongoing recovery efforts, and enable donors to support both short-term emergency response and long-term recovery. The Fund is managed in collaboration with Wells Fargo Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, United Way of Anchorage, American Red Cross of Alaska, Salvation Army – Alaska Division, Mat-Su Health Foundation, United Way of Mat-Su, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, The Foraker Group and Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska. The Alaska Disaster Recovery Fund has granted out $110,000 to 18 nonprofit organizations critical in supporting those in need with disaster recovery. more »

Native Arts for Social Change

12/12/2018

T. Lulani Arquette, Guest Contributor | The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation has a passion and talent for bringing exceptional artists together before diverse audiences to share their insightful work and inspire the spirit. In October, NACF organized three sessions with a total of seven Native artists and changemakers at two philanthropy conferences. All the sessions were well attended and received high comments from many participants. In one session, a few people were wiping tears from their eyes, and in another, the audience was rocking to the beats of a performing artist. In all sessions, questions and comments from attendees revealed their desire to know more and how they had been deeply impacted by the stimulating presentations. more »

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 »

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 »

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