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Supporting Graduation Initiatives Across Montana

01/30/2020

Read the second regional spotlight in our current Trends in Northwest Giving series. Education was the top priority for funders to Montana in 2016, receiving one-third of all funding. This article features Montana and the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation's unique public-private partnerships to fund collective impact programs that strengthen Montana's education system. more »

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Alaska Funders Rallied Together Around Major State Budget Cuts Proposed in 2019

01/21/2020

Meredith Higashi | Throughout 2019, the state budget was a top concern for Alaskan communities and organizations. To balance the budget, Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed $1.6 billion in spending cuts that would have a devastating impact across the state, including for housing and homeless programs, arts programs, Medicaid, the University of Alaska system, civil legal services, early childhood and more. With a steep battle to minimize the magnitude of the cuts, Alaskans worked to take a united stand for their communities. The scale of the budget crisis necessitated new ways of leading together, especially among funders. more »

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Unprecedented Philanthropic Partnership Invests in 2020 Census Outreach Efforts in Washington State

01/13/2020

With only a few months until Census Day, philanthropic partners in the Washington Census Equity Fund, managed by Philanthropy Northwest, announced $700,000 in grants to 55 community-based organizations throughout Washington state serving historically undercounted communities. This is the fund’s second, and final, round of grantmaking.    more »

Philanthropy Northwest Supports the CHARITY Act

01/06/2020

Philanthropy Northwest has adopted an official organizational position supporting The Charities Helping Americans Regularly Throughout the Year (CHARITY) Act (S. 1475, H.R. 3259), a bipartisan bill that would make it easier for donors to give to charity and for charitable organizations to conduct their work. We will be submitting a letter to members of Congress representing our six-state region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming). more »

An All-Women Slate of Board Officers Ushers in a New Decade

01/03/2020

For 2020, Philanthropy Northwest’s board of directors elected an entirely new slate of board officers. In line with our journey to weave equitable and inclusive practices into everything we do, the majority of our 2020 officers are women of color. We are honored to have them lend their expertise to lead our organization. more »

Learning by Visiting: Marguerite Casey Foundation Board Meetings

12/19/2019

Zeeba Khalili | Guest Contributor, Marguerite Casey Foundation | Sunday morning began with a tour through Little Haiti, 3.5 square miles comprising the oldest neighborhood of people of Haitian descent in Florida — and one of the largest communities of Haitians in the U.S. Riding in a long yellow school bus, Marguerite Casey Foundation board members listened to Boukman Mangones, a Haitian-American architect, speak about the fight to preserve Little Haiti’s heritage and to combat the efforts of real estate developers who could displace the community. more »

Centering Equity in Our Reflections

12/17/2019

Philanthropy Northwest, alongside our network, has incredible potential to address and help solve today’s societal issues that stem from historical and ongoing inequities and oppression to fulfill a vision of a healthy, vibrant and sustainable future for our communities. We know that we cannot do this alone. We must build and nurture an ecosystem that addresses equity at every level – personal, interpersonal, institutional and structural. For us, this ecosystem — where there is a strong culture of belonging — is rooted in our diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) values, strategy and actions.

As the year ends, two of our staff, Erin and Ankita, who also lead Philanthropy Northwest’s staff DEI advisory committee, share their personal and interpersonal lessons and perspectives on how to continue working in ways that center equity. more »

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