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May 2016 |

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 20 grants worth $2 million in the first quarter of 2016, focused on advancing good jobs and financial capability by funding grantees whose work creates enterprise development, access to capital, workforce opportunity, and financial inclusion for low-income communities, with a special focus on those that are Native, communities of color or immigrant. The Minnesota-based foundation makes grants across the country; more than half of the first quarter grants went to organizations in Oregon and Washington.

May 2016 |

The Juneau Community Foundation has awarded more than $1.8 million in grants and utility waivers to 23 organizations addressing the community's highest priority social service needs.

April 2016 |

This year's Pick.Click.Give. campaign, allowing Alaska residents to donate $25 or more from their Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) payments to 640 nonprofit organizations across the state, has raised more than $3 million from nearly 30,000 Alaskans in 2016.

March 2016 |

Sarah Mahlab, Canopy | As an organization focused on place, it seemed natural for Canopy to build a map for the benefit of regional communities. Over the past six months, we have collected data on regional stakeholders and capital flows to build an investment map for the Pacific Northwest. "The Map" is unique in that it allows users to overlay three distinct layers — stakeholders, capital flows and demographics — and adjust transparency on these layers to better understand how they relate to one another.

March 2016 |

The incredible generosity of Montanans during 2015 can be considered a clear testament to the commitment our friends and neighbors have to the state's future, writes Mary K. Rutherford, Montana Community Foundation CEO and a Philanthropy Northwest board member. In a guest column for Montana's Missoulian newspaper, she honors the large and small gifts made last year, and calls on more Montanans to consider giving to permanently endowed funds to support charitable causes and nonprofits.

March 2016 | Philanthropy Northwest

Rosalie Sheehy Cates, one of Philanthropy Northwest's Catalyst Fellows, recently advised community foundations on how impact investing can be used as a disaster recovery tool.

March 2016 |

At its February program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded 42 grants in Oregon, totaling nearly $3.6 million. Most fall under Meyer’s new, focused portfolios: building community, supporting a healthy environment, ensuring housing opportunities and underpinning an equitable education for all Oregonians.