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Caitlin Copple

Top 5 Things to Do in Vancouver, USA

06/09/2017

Caitlin Copple, Philanthropy Northwest Correspondent | Nestled on the north bank of the Columbia River in Southwest Washington, Vancouver is the fourth largest city in the Evergreen State with nearly 170,000 people (think bigger than Bend, smaller than Boise). It’s flanked by Mount St. Helen’s and the Cascade Mountains to the east. more »

A hui hou kākou (until we meet again): The Power of Connection

06/05/2017

Lyn Hunter | Michelle Kauhane, President and CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA), was one of the masterminds behind the recent “Investing in Native Communities Networking Day” I attended that was hosted by Oweesta First Nations Development Institute and CNHA at the UW Intellectual House. The gathering included funders and Native-led CDFIs (Community Development Finance Institutions), Native CDCs (Community Development Corporations) and Native Hawaiian-led nonprofits. When you’re from Hawai’i, layers of commonality ignite from simple conversations. As it turned out, Michelle and I had much more in common than we could have known.  more »

May Giving Days Raise $21M for Northwest Nonprofits

05/11/2017

Nicole Neroulias Gupte | Preliminary results from this month's 24-hour giving days in Idaho, Montana and Washington report that donors gave more than $21.4 million to a range of nonprofits across our region. The current estimate falls below last year's May giving day totals — which raised about $25.4 million for nonprofits in Idaho, Montana and Washington, despite a national website crash that delayed and discouraged donors — but above the $19 million raised in 2015. Final numbers won't be available for a few more weeks, as organizers confirm payments, matching funds and other complex calculations. more »

Seeking Your Big Ideas for Northwest Philanthropy

05/03/2017

Lyn Hunter, Senior Program Manager | At Philanthropy Northwest, we're at the pinnacle of our service to you when we're creating space for our members and partners to learn together and from each other. We’re beginning to build the program for our 2017 conference, Now is the Time to Lead Though Change, and we need your help! What will YOU be talking about, October 3-5 in Vancouver, Washington? The YOU is in caps because you are our crystal ball, our gut instinct, our look into the future. Tell us your hunches about big issues through our Request for Proposals that closes on Monday, May 8. We’re excited to work with you to design exciting, relevant and memorable breakout sessions for the largest annual gathering of foundation leaders and corporate giving programs in the Northwest. more »

Finding a Sweet Spot for Community Change

05/02/2017

Jennifer Rhoads, Community Foundation for Southwest Washington | There’s a saying among colleagues in our field: “If you know one community foundation, you know one community foundation.” Every community is different. People in Missoula, Montana have distinct needs, which likely differ from those in Juneau, Alaska. Each community also has its own unique assets; the strengths and potentials present in Missoula and Juneau may not even be in play in Seattle. As our staff prepares for the Philanthropy Northwest 2017 conference and Washington Community Foundation Convening coming to town this fall, I thought it could be helpful to shed light on the undertones that make southwest Washington unique. What defines our community’s brand of philanthropy and how our nonprofits address local needs? more »

Introducing Philanthropy Northwest's New CEO

04/27/2017

After an extensive national search with an impressive slate of candidates, Philanthropy Northwest is pleased to announce that Kiran Ahuja will be our next CEO. Ahuja brings more than two decades of public service and nonprofit sector leadership experience, including senior positions in the Obama administration, to our six-state network of foundations and corporate giving programs. In her new role, beginning June 19, she will lead one of the oldest regional associations of philanthropists in the country, joining us at a critical time for the sector and our communities. She looks forward to traveling throughout our region in the summer and fall — culminating in a special reception at our 2017 Annual Conference in Vancouver, Washington. more »

Scrum Techniques for Cross-Team Collaboration & Communication

04/20/2017

Kelley Bevans, Information Technology Specialist | Internal communications pose a significant challenge for organizations with growing teams, expanding services and complex collaborations. Philanthropy Northwest has all of the above, with the additional time zone quirks of our six-state membership network and national consulting team. As part of my ongoing work to help improve our internal communications, I've been leading staff through an experiment in Scrum, "a framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value." I first learned about Scrum during my earlier career as a consultant in the tech industry, where it's a widely-used technique in software development, consulting and delivery. But I've long thought that this technique has a lot to offer the nonprofit sector, too, where teams need to constantly generate and reprioritize ideas as we learn more about their impacts on our communities. more »

Introducing the Group Health Community Foundation Board

04/18/2017

Cory Sbarbaro, Group Health Community Foundation | We are pleased to introduce our new board of directors: a group of 16 individuals, reflective of the diverse perspectives and voices across Washington, who are committed to carrying on Group Health’s legacy of caring, innovation, excellence and equity. The board of directors has the incredible opportunity to engage communities across the state and determine the priorities and strategies that will shape the work of the foundation for years to come. This work begins in earnest later this month — when the board will gather for the first time to learn about each other, develop a shared understanding of the Group Health legacy, and explore the values and principles that will form the underpinnings of the board’s governance. more »

Funding Forward for Stronger Movements

04/13/2017

Gloris Estrella, Program Manager | As a six-state network of community, family, independent and corporate foundations, Philanthropy Northwest has the challenging task of creating programs, conferences and trainings for a range of stakeholders. We learn from each other, our members and partners, including Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Summarizing my takeaways from the conference is a challenge, since I felt like every interaction I had, whether a session or during a break, was so thoughtful and I learned so much. I also cried and laughed a lot! Here is my attempt to share what surfaced for me. more »

Introducing Trends in Northwest Giving 2017

04/11/2017

Audrey Haberman, Interim CEO | Since 2006, Philanthropy Northwest has published biennial reports on grantmaking trends for our region — Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming — based on the most recent data available from a combination of our membership network, Form 990s and intermediaries. These reports aim to reflect our collective giving, encourage more conversations and help inform your strategies. For this sixth edition of Trends in Northwest Giving, we are presenting this report in collaboration with Foundation Center, which collects grants data directly from organizations across the Northwest and nationwide. This partnership enables us to tell a story based on a larger pool of funders, in three parts: key findings, based on a snapshot of $1.8 billion granted to our region by more than 4,000 funders in 2014; trends over time, based on a subset of 1,387 funders that reported data for both 2012 and 2014; and state-by-state variations. Highlights include... more »

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