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We're All in the Business of Disaster Philanthropy


Kristen Holway, Senior Manager, Learning Practice | Five months have passed since the March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash. killed 43 people, damaged nearly 50 homes and destroyed nearly one square mile of land, rivers and infrastructure. It's hard to believe that, on the heels of this horrific disaster -- the worst in state history -- fire crews were also battling the most severe fires in Washington state history in Chelan and Okanogan counties.

As communities across the state continue to define their new normal, recover and rebuild, philanthropic organizations are beginning to ask: "What can we do to ensure our communities are resilient? How can we better prepare our grantees and ourselves for future disasters?" more »

Islandwood Military Families and Veterans Action Summit


by Kristen Holway | "Taking an oath has created a situation where vets have lost their place in line." These were the opening remarks of Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, Director of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, at the second annual Military Families and Veterans Action Summit hosted by Islandwood earlier this month. The summit, which was convened by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), brought together military, government, nonprofit, business and philanthropic leaders to establish shared outcomes and work plans around employment, education, outdoor recreation therapy, and the myriad supports military families, active duty service members and veterans need to thrive. more »

Don't Miss Your Chance to Support the America Gives More Act


As summer begins to wind down, the philanthropic community across the country is gearing up for a big legislative effort that has been more than a decade in the making: the America Gives More Act (H.R. 4719). Take advantage of the next few weeks to support the passage of the America Gives More Act by communicating with your Senators while they are home for the August recess. more »