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Based on Votes, REI Awards $500K for 10 U.S. Trails


REI has announced the results of an online vote determining how the national outdoor retail co-op will distribute $500,000 for 10 new U.S. trails. In the Pacific Northwest, REI will grant $58,790 to Washington's Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Trail, based on 11,758 votes, to decommission unsafe or washed-out sections of the 15-mile trail and rebuild new ones. The nine other trails being funded are in Massachusetts, Colorado, New York, Georgia, California, Texas and Minnesota. more »

Alaska Community Foundation Announces New President & CEO


The Alaska Community Foundation has announced the appointment of Nina Kemppel as its new president and CEO, to join the foundation in mid-October. Her background includes serving as president and CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum and as a principal at the Coraggio Group, a boutique strategy and organizational change firm in Portland, Ore. Prior to her business career, Kemppel had a ski racing career that included a record-breaking 18 U.S. National Championships. In her new role, she will continue to build awareness of the foundation as a place where individuals, nonprofit agencies and other funders can create lasting change through charitable endowments. ACF currently manages $80 million in more than 315 funds for the benefit of Alaskans and grants $3 to $4 million each year to charitable projects and nonprofit organizations across the state. more »

The Value of Being Yourself: A 2015 Pride Foundation Scholar's Story


Since 1993, Pride Foundation's scholarship program has awarded nearly $4 million to current and future leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and straight ally community from five Northwest states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Katie Carter, Pride Foundation's Regional Development Organizer in Oregon, has posted an interview with one of this year's scholarship recipients: a 24-year-old engineering student who immigrated to Oregon from Iran. more »

Advocacy: Part of Every Board Member's Duty


Advocacy is becoming an increasingly important part of our work in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors. Campion Foundation Trustee Sonya Campion, a Philanthropy Northwest member and one of four Pacific Northwest nonprofit leaders on the 2015 Nonprofit Times Power & Influence List, has issued a call to action in The Chronicle of Philanthropy for nonprofit board members to embrace this new role — as she has done through the Stand for Your Mission campaign and her foundation's policy work. more »

New Considerations for Arts Education Advocacy, Policy Work


Richard Kessler, Mannes School of Music, The New School | A new report, Foundation Funding for Arts Education: An Update on Foundation Trends, examines the Foundation Center’s data sets of grants of $10,000 or more awarded to organizations by one thousand of the largest U.S. foundations from 1999 to 2012. It is clear from the report overall that advocacy and policy are lagging well behind. But if programmatic work cannot achieve equitable access to quality arts education, then the challenge to the field is substantial. Some of the reasons why this area has been slow to emerge have to do with concerns around concrete results, confusion around what is allowed by law, and a general fear of conflict. more »

Road Map Report: Designing Equitable Parent-School Collaboration


Jondou Chen, Ann Ishimaru and Joe Lott, University of Washington | Research consistently finds that strong parent–family–school relations is critical to student success. Traditional parent involvement efforts assume that schools are neutral places that treat everyone equally, but that ignores cultural context, and leads to a focus on changing the parents in order to match a preconceived notion of what a good parent should be. For parents who are struggling to make ends meet, who did not have positive experiences in school when they were students, or who are new Americans unfamiliar with how the system works, traditional efforts to engage them in their children's education may instead highlight barriers between the culture of the community and the culture of the school. more »