by David Wertheimer and David Landers. Acknowledging that funding for affordable housing results from the complex interplay of large economic trends, regional economic and real estate markets, and government policies and policies at the federal, state and local levels, it’s sometimes hard to identify the roles the philanthropic sector can play in this arena. With per-unit development costs for new units now running as high as $250,000-$300,000, there are few if any foundations that have the resources to “build our way” out of this crisis. Yet at our member briefing, we all agreed it’s critical for Philanthropy Northwest members to consider what we can offer to help address this important issue. more »
News and Insights
I attended the June 16, PolicyWorks teleconference discussing philanthropy’s role in promoting early childhood education. More than 50 individuals from foundation and regional associations participated, with ten Philanthropy Northwest members joining the call. more »
Greetings from Leavenworth, Wash., where 60 community foundation staff and board members, special guests and Philanthropy Northwest staffers have gathered for the the annual Washington Community Foundation Convening. more »
June 24 Deadline for Applications for Investing in Innovation Program. Visit the I3 website for more information including an overview of the grant competition. more »
The Independent Sector conference brings together the entire charitable sector with its vibrancy and diversity funders and nonprofits, big and small, rural and urban. As the first Independent Sector national conference held in the Pacific Northwest since 1996, the convening is an opportunity for funders and nonprofits in our region to showcase our strategies, innovations, and ideas to our colleagues from across the country and globe. more »
Raquel Karls, Outerwall's chief human resources officer, offers three lessons for building a culture of corporate responsibility. more »
Edgar Vilanueva of Marguerite Casey Foundation asks how funders can best support movement building. more »
On May 28, the Alliance for Charitable Reform hosted a webinar discussing House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp’s (R-MI) tax code reform discussion draft and its proposed changes to donor-advised funds. more »
by Richard Woo and Holly Powers, The Russell Family Foundation
When a foundation wants to tackle an ambitious goal – say, helping restore an entire watershed – is it enough for them to simply fund a nonprofit or two?
The answer is obviously no.
What’s less clear, however, is how to engage, who to fund, and for how long. more »
Several national philanthropic infrastructure organizations monitoring and analyzing the tax reform developments in Congress have webinars this summer that will offer a range of perspectives on the issue. We will be sharing updates on the issue from Washington DC throughout the summer. more »