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November 2015 |
At its November program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded 13 grants, totaling just over $1 million, for organizations working in Oregon.
November 2015 |
David Wertheimer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Americans have slowly become accustomed to what was once a shocking presence: people who are homeless settling into library chairs during the day, sleeping on buses and subways at night, setting up urban camp sites within the shadows of office towers and luxury condominiums. While we may be momentarily shocked that 40 percent of the homeless children sleeping in Seattle shelters are infants and toddlers under age 4, that shock seems to dissipate quickly when we hear the same news, over and over again. Over the past several months, Los Angeles, Portland, Hawaii and Seattle have declared homelessness emergencies. What impact can an emergency declaration have when the crisis is a long-standing, slow motion disaster which is far easier to ignore?
November 2015 | Philanthropy Northwest

Craig Muska, Canopy | They say every place is unique, a complex melting pot of people, beliefs, history and politics. I’ve been thinking a lot about this “uniqueness” in recent weeks, especially given that earlier this year I launched Canopy, a new place-based investment collaborative. Today, nearly 30 Pacific Northwest leaders will convene in Roseburg, Oregon at The Ford Family Foundation headquarters for an experiential learning session focused on the rural economic development ecosystem, and how we all might help drive capital to our communities that need it most. I would invite you to tune in to the posts that follow as this work develops to watch what we hope will be a beautiful knitting together of our region.

November 2015 |
Montana Healthcare Foundation announced more than $1.3 million in new grants to 34 Montana-based organizations focusing on key health challenges in behavioral health (including mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse), American Indian health and new programs that seek to improve health outcomes and control rising healthcare costs, particularly in communities struggling with a lack of resources and personnel.
November 2015 |
The Northwest Area Foundation approved 26 grants worth $4.3 million in the third quarter of 2015, focused on access to capital, enterprise development, financial inclusion and work opportunity. Programs within these portfolios advance good jobs and financial capability for low-income communities across the foundation’s region, with a special focus on those that are Native, communities of color or immigrant.
November 2015 |
The board of directors of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers has announced the appointment of longtime philanthropy executive David Biemesderfer as the organization’s next president and CEO. David is currently the president and CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network, and a valued colleague and friend to us here at Philanthropy Northwest. We are tremendously excited to continue working with him in this new role, which he will begin in mid-January 2016.
November 2015 |
Chris Cardona, Ford Foundation | Why is it so hard to foundations to talk about failure? There are many reasons, including lack of incentives, presence of disincentives, lack of context, lack of clarity about when failure has actually happened and who owns it. In this blog post, Chris explores the the intersection between failure and risk and how that connects to "second discipline" work: the relational and interpersonal skills program officers need.