News and Insights

Q&A: Effective Philanthropy Is Heart Work and Hard Work


Jan Jaffe, Senior Partner, The Giving Practice | In celebration of Black History Month and continued observance of this year’s National Day of Racial Healing, our team sat with Dr. Gail C. Christopher, a former Senior Advisor and Vice President at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and architect of the foundation's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) framework, to discuss what reflective practices she has used to meet challenges as a philanthropic practitioner. more »

Because We Said Yes: Our Journey Into Disaster Recovery Philanthropy


Jessica Stewart-Kuntz, Dir. of Operations and Grants, Montana Community Foundation | At Montana Community Foundation, Inc. (MCF), we have been reflecting on what happens when we say yes—yes to new programs, yes to new ideas and yes to taking big risks. If you had asked us, a statewide community foundation, to discuss disaster philanthropy six months ago, we wouldn’t have had much to say, at least not in the personal meaningful manner we desire. But, things change and they change fast. Fortunately, we said yes. more »

Q&A: What is the Work of Racial Healing?


Amy Pearson-Wales | In observance of this year's National Day of Racial Healing, our team had the honor and privilege to sit in conversation with Liz Medicine Crow, President and CEO of the First Alaskans Institute and a longtime member of Philanthropy Northwest’s Board of Directors. The following is an excerpt of our dialogue on racial healing, and the ongoing work required for achieving it. more »

Monthly Reflection: Action on National Day of Racial Healing


Kiran Ahuja | Conversations on America’s legacy of racism and xenophobia can be difficult, even make us uncomfortable. But silence would signal indifference, and we are not indifferent to the historic and contemporary effects of racism, or the racial divisiveness resurfacing across our country today. That’s why we join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in recognizing the second annual National Day of Racial Healing and promoting the their Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation framework as a means for building a more equitable tomorrow. more »

In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Amy Pearson-Wales | Today, Philanthropy Northwest joins countless across the country in celebrating the values of truth, justice, dignity and compassion that radiated from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his teachings of service and love for humanity. These same values underpin Philanthropy Northwest’s diverse membership, and help underscore the many roles that philanthropy can play in remedying injustice and upholding the common good.  more »

2018 Annual Conference Location Announced


Kiran Ahuja | Each year, Philanthropy Northwest works to create an annual conference experience that reflects, honors and celebrates the diversity of our region and membership. While a large part of the annual conference experience depends on our curating a robust, dynamic program for sharing and learning amongst peers, we also know that the conference location and a sense of place matters. And so, with AC2017 in our rear view mirror, our team set out to assess where we’ve been and where our learning community should go next. Literally.  more »

Meet Elyse Gordon: Dreamer, Geographer and Social Changemaker


Elyse Gordon | Joining Philanthropy Northwest as Program Manager for the Learning Network helped me combine my academic interests in Geography with my passion for strengthening the philanthropic sector. I also am a great believer in the power of place and truly admire the way by which Philanthropy Northwest honors the diverse peoples and places of our region while simultaneously encouraging connection and engagement between them. All in service to a better, more equitable tomorrow. I'm excited to help organize our annual conference, and can't wait to collaborate with you on its program and impact! more »

LGBTQ Visibility Matters: Share Your Stories, Strengthen Our Sector


Amy Pearson-Wales | LGBTQ visibility is deeply meaningful, but it can be difficult to achieve, even in the philanthropic sector. That’s why Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), a partner organization of Philanthropy Northwest, recently launched Share Your Stories: LGBTQ Practitioners in “Mainstream” Institutions, a research project focused on better understanding the lived experiences of LGBTQ people working in non-LGBTQ philanthropies and philanthropic organizations. Help strengthen our sector by sharing your stories (anonymously).  more »

Starting a Foundation? Our Checklist Can Help


Ted Lord | When starting a foundation, resilience is often as important as ideas and talent. But even the most resilient among us will benefit from tools that help us see the forest through the trees without overlooking the basics. Such tools need not be complex. According to renowned author and surgeon, Atul Gawande, the humblest of tools—for example, making a process list to follow when completing a given task—can help us avoid error and get things right. That’s why The Giving Practice at Philanthropy Northwest developed the Foundation Start-Up Checklist. more »

Dear Members: Our Next Chapter Begins With You


Kiran Ahuja | Philanthropy Northwest's members are central to our work to promote a more resilient, equitable and inclusive future that honors our past, our people and our cultures regionally. As an organization, we believe that we are at our best when we embrace the future as an opportunity to do more in collaboration with you—our members. We've exciting programs and new initiatives on the horizon, but to have the most impact, we must first appreciate and recognize our strengths as a six-state network. That’s why the next chapter truly begins with you! more »