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January 2020 |

For 2020, Philanthropy Northwest’s board of directors elected an entirely new slate of board officers. In line with our journey to weave equitable and inclusive practices into everything we do, the majority of our 2020 officers are women of color. We are honored to have them lend their expertise...

December 2019 |

Philanthropy Northwest, alongside our network, has incredible potential to address and help solve today’s societal issues that stem from historical and ongoing inequities and oppression to fulfill a vision of a healthy, vibrant and sustainable future for our communities. We know that we cannot do this alone. We must build and nurture an ecosystem that addresses equity at every level – personal, interpersonal, institutional and structural. For us, this ecosystem — where there is a strong culture of belonging — is rooted in our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) values, strategy and actions.

As the year ends, two of our staff, Erin and Ankita, who also lead Philanthropy Northwest’s staff DEI advisory committee, share their personal and interpersonal lessons and perspectives on how to continue working in ways that center equity.

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December 2019 | Philanthropy Northwest

Our conference theme this year – Rooted. Grounded. Growing. – provides an important reflection piece for my end of year letter. Hopefully you caught earlier blogs by Elyse Gordon, our senior manager of programs, and Aleesha Towns-Bain, our conference co-chair and board chair, where they shared their thoughts on being Rooted and Grounded. I thought I would focus my end-of-year reflections on “Growing” – the anchor for our conference theme.

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December 2019 |

Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day work that we don’t always make time to get out into the field to learn and see for ourselves. Earlier this year, our CEO, Kiran Ahuja and I hit the road and ventured to a part of our region that is personally new to us. The sole purpose of our trip was to learn and connect with grantmakers on the ground in Wyoming.

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December 2019 | Philanthropy Northwest

It was wonderful seeing everyone during PNW19, exchanging ideas and learning together. We asked our conference committee members to share with us what they heard at PNW19 that stuck with them. Here are their reflections:

December 2019 | Philanthropy Northwest

We are pleased to release the latest Trends in Northwest Giving report. Trends in Northwest Giving began as a project of Philanthropy Northwest in 2006 and has been published every two years as an aggregation and analysis of grantmaking trends that shape our region — Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. This report focuses on the most recent data available, through fiscal year 2016. While rapid changes are afoot in our world and region, I’m inspired by the innovation, advocacy of and connections to landscape and community that continue to define our special part of the country. Much of our sector’s growth, as well as the deep roots that strengthen our communities, is reflected throughout this Trends in Northwest Giving report.

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November 2019 |

Today we’re announcing an exciting change to our brand. After almost 45 years of serving philanthropy, we were overdue for a style refresh. Our updated brand identity tells a clear and concise story, and showcases our vision for innovative, effective and equitable philanthropy.

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