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January 2016 |

Microsoft will donate $1 billion of Microsoft Cloud Services to nonprofits and university researchers over the next three years as part of a new corporate philanthropy initiative. Stating with $350 in market-value donations this year, the goal is to serve 70,000 nonprofits and 900 university researchers, while expanding broadband for 20 communities in 15 countries.

January 2016 |

When Alaskans file for their 2016 Permanent Fund Dividends over the next 10 weeks, they may share part of their earnings with more than 600 nonprofits across Alaska through Pick.Click.Give. A record 640 charitable organizations are taking part in Pick.Click.Give. this year.

January 2016 |

Pay for Success (PFS) is a form of government contracting in which third-party investors, including foundations, commit to paying the upfront costs for providing evidence-based social services; government agencies repay investors with a modest return if the program achieves the agreed-upon outcomes. For other funders interested in exploring this emerging model of impact investing, Philanthropy Northwest has learned of three new opportunities through the Corporation for National and Community Service's Social Innovation Fund and the University of Utah’s Policy Innovation Lab.

January 2016 |

Since 1951, the Employees Community Fund of Boeing Puget Sound has contributed more than $600 million to Washington nonprofits. Last year, ECF Puget Sound implemented new guidelines to focus on making larger, more impactful grants for capital campaigns and major renovations.

December 2015 |

David Bley, director of the Pacific Northwest Initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation looks back at on  memorable moments for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Pacific Northwest partners and our team, helping families achieve stable housing, strengthening local community networks and supporting great schools that help students and teachers realize their potential and reach for their dreams. Here are just a few of his favorite moments of progress over the past year.

December 2015 |

Microsoft, a Northwest-based leader in global corporate philanthropy, has announced a new organization within the company: Microsoft Philanthropies. The new group will be led by Mary Snapp, a 27-year veteran of Microsoft's legal and corporate affairs team, and will "contribute in new and more impactful ways to a societal ecosystem that connects the benefits of technology to those who need it most and work harder to drive inclusive growth of the global economy," said Microsoft President Brad Smith.

December 2015 |
Pride Foundation has awarded more than $7.5 million this year to expand opportunities and advance full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and families throughout the Northwest, including a 23 percent increase in its community grant awards.