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February 2016 |

Community and nonprofit leaders from western Washington came together this month, in person and online, to celebrate Boeing's announcement of nearly $10 million in local grants for 2016. The grants will go to more than 100 local nonprofit groups in the Puget Sound region.

February 2016 |

Northwest Area Foundation, a Minnesota-based Philanthropy Northwest member with a grantmaking footprint that includes Montana, Oregon, Washington and 75 Native nations, awarded $13.4 million through 120 grants in 2015. The awards made in late 2015, announced this month, totaled nearly $5 million to 43 organizations in its region, including six organizations in Oregon and Washington.

February 2016 |

Jennifer Teunon, Medina Foundation | If we make a grant, it’s because we believe in the organization and we want to see the same outcomes they want to see. But we always need to remember that we are investing in their work, not ours. If every funder only pays for a specific program or a specific line item, a nonprofit becomes fragmented and unstable. Without general operating support, an organization doesn’t have the money for staffing, rent, technology, training, or even the phone bill. And, without a strong infrastructure, programs that improve our communities can’t happen.

February 2016 |

The Satterberg Foundation has named Sarah Walczyk as its new executive director, effective February 1. She succeeds Mary Pigott, the Seattle-based family foundation's founding executive director for more than 20 years.

February 2016 |

Ballmer Family Giving, the youth-focused philanthropy organization representing former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie, has joined a funding partnership that aims to award $1 billion in grants to high-performing charities that serve low-income youth. The new collaborative, Blue Meridian Partners, is led by the New York-based Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

January 2016 |

Rasmuson Foundation has announced the largest grant in its 60-year history: $12 million for a major expansion of the Anchorage Museum, which will be matched by members of the Rasmuson family for a $24 million total gift.

January 2016 |

At its December program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded 21 grants, totaling just over $1.4 million, primarily to human services programs in Oregon. The foundation expects to release new grant application guidelines in March and will begin accepting applications in April. Its education portfolio, a new major focus area, will roll out later in 2016.