Call for PNW24 Conference Session Proposals

Call for PNW24 Conference Session Proposals

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Our PNW24 conference is the gathering for philanthropic partners across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and beyond. At Philanthropy Northwest, we are proud of our nearly 50 years as a network and our deep experience working in philanthropy in the region. We also have an expansive vision for the future: to grow philanthropy's capacity to move resources and power toward communities historically overlooked by the sector. 

Part of how we live into this vision is to foster a network rooted in learning, reflection and growth. During our conference pause and listening tour in 2023, we heard that our members and partners value opportunities to connect and learn from each other. To support this at our PNW24 conference in Missoula, Montana this year, we are seeking proposals for breakout sessions that align with one of these three priority topics: 

  1. Equity-centered philanthropic practices. We are looking for proposals that build a community of learners focused on advancing equity in philanthropy. This includes but is not limited to rural grantmaking, trust-based philanthropy, participatory grantmaking, equity-centered strategy development, and trust-based and participatory evaluation approaches. 
  2. Moving resourcesWe are looking for proposals that advance moving resources to communities that haven’t received equitable investment from philanthropy or benefited from access to resources. This could include topics such as racial equity, social justice (such as disability, climate, etc.), reparations or reparative action, LANDBACK and advancing a healthy democracy.  
  3. Organizational culture and operations. We are looking for proposals that consider what it means to create a healthy philanthropic organization in this time. This could include topics related to foundation and grant operations, human resources and professional development, deepening connection to Northwest communities, fundraising, leveraging the use of technology to create greater access to resources and/or simplify processes, and sunsetting/spending down a foundation.

Please join us in this opportunity to showcase your work, promote learning and spur action at PNW24! You can learn more about the opportunity in the PNW24 Request for Session Proposals GuideThe deadline for proposals has passed.