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Chasing Hope & Opportunity in 2017

01/05/2017

Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Director of Learning Strategy | We have arrived in 2017! Moving forward into the new year, Philanthropy Northwest is excited about what the future holds and prepared to build upon the successes of the previous year. While we leave 2016 with many uncertainties, we have great faith in our Northwest philanthropic community's continued investment in the innovation, resilience and optimism that define our region. We see regional philanthropy stepping up to ensure nonprofit and service organizations have the capacity to drive towards their missions and serve as advocates for what’s needed on the ground. In the past few months, we have been reminded that you place high value on generosity, compassion, human rights and justice. And so, we look ahead with a great sense of hope. Hope that we will find clarity and understanding in how we can move forward collectively as a region and nation. Hope in transparent conversations that make clear the places where we are more alike in our shared pursuits than we are different. Hope that as a sector we take advantage of opportunities to learn from our mistakes, replicate our successes and share in solutions that make philanthropy a more effective institution. In this hopeful spirit, here's a preview of the ways Philanthropy Northwest seeks to engage and have impact in 2017: more »

Grantmakers & Policymakers: Let's Talk

01/05/2017

Susan Weiss, Senior Policy Advisor | I am thrilled to be stepping in to help with the Northwest philanthropic sector's public policy efforts over the next few months, as Philanthropy Northwest's senior policy advisor. My primary roles include leading our six-state network's delegation to Foundations on the Hill in Washington, D.C. this March and supporting the work of our board's public policy committee. I believe all of us in philanthropy have a critical role to define how our investments and partnerships can inform policy decisions and ensure that policymakers fully understand the role that philanthropy plays in our states and local communities. There is an urgency for philanthropy to move sooner rather than later to engage, educate and learn — at the federal and state level — to ensure that philanthropy is an effective resource as well as voice for the needs of our communities. more »

Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

12/28/2016

Philanthropy Northwest shared more than 180 stories with you on our blog in 2016, including interviews with leaders in the field, member news, public policy updates, program highlights, emerging trends and tools for effective philanthropy. These 12 blog posts captured our network's attention the first time around. In case you missed them, now's great time to catch up! more »

Giving With Our Hearts This Holiday Season

12/21/2016

Leslie Silverman, The Giving Practice | I always love the last two weeks of the year, partly because the December holiday I observe falls well before the one everyone else celebrates — so I get to relax while everyone else engages in perfectionist Christmas tree trimmings and card creations, messy baking bonanzas, stressful Santa sittings and last-minute shopping sprints. But this year, for the first time in three decades, Christmas and Hanukkah overlap. We will all be in this frenzy together! As in years past, however, I remain determined to stay clear of most of this frenzy and dedicate this time for our family as one of giving, not receiving. In philanthropy, we focus on helping others all year long. But if there's ever a time to bring a little extra kindness and cheer to those around us, it's this time of year. Inspired by my work with family foundations, I'm aiming to make the holiday season more meaningful for my son. more »

Top Philanthropy Northwest Resources of 2016

12/15/2016

As your thought partner, supporting shared learning and action for all types of philanthropy, Philanthropy Northwest creates and curates hundreds of reports, presentations, recordings, studies, websites and consulting tools with our colleagues and partners in the field. This year, we also launched four Digital Resource Centers for our members, focused on Advocacy, Arts Funding, Disaster Philanthropy and Impact Investing. Here are 10 resources released in 2016 with enduring value for a range of philanthropy and nonprofit practitioners in the Northwest and beyond, listed by release date. If you missed them the first time, now's a great time to catch up! more »

Welcome New Board Members

12/08/2016

Please join us in welcoming three new Philanthropy Northwest board members, representing organizations committed to vibrant, healthy communities in Alaska, Oregon and Washington: Nichole Maher of Northwest Health Foundation, Aleesha Towns-Bain of Rasmuson Foundation and Huong Vu of The Boeing Company. more »

Philanthropy Northwest Looks Ahead to 2017

12/05/2016

Audrey Haberman, Interim CEO | As an organization that champions the values of inclusion, community, authentic relationships and transparency — and has stated that effective philanthropy reflects these qualities — we have our work cut out for us. Our staff and board remain committed to our values of equity and inclusion for all people and places in the Northwest, and reject prejudice and violence against those in our communities who have been harmed or made to feel unsafe. You will continue to hear from us in the weeks and months ahead as we share your ideas with other members, provide relevant programs and encourage more cross–sector collaboration and dialogue. more »

Stepping Up to Strengthen Our Democracy

11/22/2016

Daniel Kemmis, Democracy Northwest | No matter which candidates any of us favored, from the presidential race on down the ballot, this election has cast a harsh light on the wounds and weaknesses of our democracy. This deep (and fully bipartisan) unhappiness with our political and governing institutions was never going to be cured by a single election, regardless of the outcome. While elected officials of both parties must certainly play a role in healing the deep wounds in our body politic, it is clear that they cannot do it alone. We all have to do our part — and that must include the philanthropic sector. To that end, Philanthropy Northwest is redoubling its own commitment to this work, primarily through a new initiative we’re calling Democracy Northwest. more »

Introducing Our Snapshot of Foundation Giving to the Northwest

11/21/2016

Anjana Pandey, Member and Donor Relations Director | Philanthropy Northwest's members and foundations across the country make significant investments in communities across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. In partnership with Foundation Center, we are thrilled to unveil Snapshot of Foundation Giving to the Northwest, a profile of grantmaking data from more than 500 U.S. foundations to communities across Philanthropy Northwest’s six-state region. more »

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