News and Insights
Kiran Ahuja | On a recent trip to Anchorage, after engaging with local philanthropic leaders and learning about Alaska’s unique attributes and challenges, it dawned on me the many lessons funders in the lower 48 can glean from Alaska’s philanthropic leaders. In a geographically large state with a small population, funders wear multiple hats and coordinate easily across organizations to address formidable challenges – including homelessness, lack of affordable housing and healthcare services, access to high-quality P-16 education, workforce development and much, much more.
From this recent visit and in my role with Philanthropy Northwest over the past year, I’d like to share my observations about the unique positioning of philanthropy in Alaska. more »
Caitlin Copple Masingill, Guest Contributor | For those in the technology industry, Boise is nearly synonymous with Micron, one of the state’s largest employers. Micron Foundation is a major force in the state’s corporate philanthropy, and Philanthropy Northwest is thrilled to announce its lead sponsorship of the upcoming Annual Conference in the City of Trees October 2-4. more »
Kiran Ahuja | Our pledge to place communities “at the center,” and our commitment to equity resonates deeply with me. At Philanthropy Northwest, I’ve felt at home from the start because this organization leads with a values-driven agenda. During my first year as CEO, I immersed myself in the rich and diverse histories and landscapes of our region. I joke with our members that over the past year there have been many firsts for me – first time in Oregon, first time in Idaho, first time in Montana, first time in Alaska, and the list goes on. Each visit with our members inspired and amazed me because I witnessed how our member organizations support and strive for prosperous and inclusive communities. more »
Jan Jaffe | In philanthropy, we have two big jobs.
The first is to build deep knowledge about the "what" of the work that we are supporting. It might be human rights, housing reform or having a vibrant arts community in a specific place. We stay current with new knowledge, find networks for ongoing learning, and work to build expertise.
The second job is to put that expertise into play – "the how" of the work. How do we nurture generative thinking when there are power differentials? How do we collaborate with partners who have different perspectives? How do we introduce or sustain diversity, equity and inclusion inside a foundation or a field? more »
Kevin Walker, President and CEO of the Northwest Area Foundation | This was originally posted on BoardSource on Mar. 21, 2018. This blog post is the third in a series written by foundation leaders in response to a new research report published by BoardSource titled Foundation Board Leadership: A Closer Look at Foundation Board Responses to Leading with Intent 2017. more »
Kiran Ahuja | As I approach my one-year anniversary with Philanthropy Northwest next month on June 19, I think about how much I’ve learned and gained from meeting all of you. Three months into my role, we had our annual conference where I met many of you. Here we are again, looking forward to exploring in Boise this October how to listen, partner and lead in the world of philanthropy and beyond. As part of that theme, I’m excited to announce two of our conference keynote speakers (with more to come): Anand Giridharadas and Judy Belk. more »
Kris Hermanns, Pride Foundation | From my perspective, the leadership Philanthropy Northwest encourages and supports is not primarily about our titles or tenure. This network is about learning and growing from and with our peers, wherever we are, whatever our roles. more »
Mijounga Chang, Momentum Fellow in Data (Meyer Memorial Trust) | In March, I joined the nine other Momentum Fellows of Philanthropy Northwest for a dynamic two-and-a-half-day retreat. This was our first time reuniting since we met six months ago when we began the Momentum Fellowship. The fellowship has placed us at different foundations across the Pacific Northwest and has offered us programming and network opportunities to jumpstart our careers in philanthropy. more »
Mark Sedway, Senior Partner, The Giving Practice | Everything is in process. But our ways of thinking about organizational development often don’t account for that. Our tools can be static, designed to look at single slices of time, where things are right now rather than where they’ve been and where they’re headed. To help our clients think in terms of ongoing change, The Giving Practice developed the “Talking About Evolutions” exercise. How is your organization, team, project, strategy or field evolving—from what to what? Our prediction: The process of thinking about evolutions will galvanize your group. We have seen it happen again and again. more »