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Career Pathways: Letting the Sun Shine

07/16/2019

Lyn Hunter | “Have a great day and let your sun shine!” These are my departing words for my 8-year-old daughter every morning at drop off. It’s my rally cry hoping she unleashes her true self on the world (well, ok, her second-grade classroom) in everything she does.

The 2019 COF Career Pathways cohort has been a tremendous learning opportunity for me. For the last 13 years, I’ve been at Philanthropy Northwest steadily progressing in my responsibility in a variety of programmatic roles. Last year, I was promoted to the first-ever director of regional strategies and networks. What would it mean to move into a leadership position and remain my authentic self? A lot was at stake. more »

Land Trust Alliance picture of river and hills

Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative to be Highlight of Idaho Community Foundation’s May Luncheon

05/13/2019

By Jennifer Kronberg, Guest Contributor, Idaho Community Foundation | In an area with great natural beauty and land resources like the Pacific Northwest, it’s important to preserve the landscapes that make it special. That’s the idea behind the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative, a new partnership between the Idaho Community Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Seattle Foundation and the Land Trust Alliance. The initiative is launched with the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and will permanently protect thousands of acres of natural lands in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. more »

We're Walking the Halls of Congress This Week

03/11/2019

Kiran Ahuja | I’m excited to be writing from the annual Foundations on the Hill in Washington D.C. where we’re joining almost 250 philanthropic partners from across the country. Our Philanthropy Northwest team, made up of members and staff, is meeting with 20 congressional offices, caucuses and committees; plus sitting in on committee hearings taking place this week. We’re always excited to be here in Washington D.C., to share with congressional members and their staff the issues that matter to philanthropy, as well as to our members. more »

Philanthropy Northwest’s National Rural Funders Gathering Draws Praise

12/14/2018

Caitlin Copple Masingill, Guest Contributor | In late October, Philanthropy Northwest hosted its National Rural Funders Gathering at Mountain Sky Guest Ranch in Emigrant, Montana. About 64 percent hailed from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Wyoming and Oregon, including eight Philanthropy Northwest members. Other participants traveled from across the country, even as far away as Arkansas, Minnesota and Vermont. The attendees included traditional funders, representatives from government, tribal nations, as well as CDFIs and other philanthropic practitioners.  more »

Building Community in Place: PNW18 in Boise

08/06/2018

Elyse Gordon, Philanthropy Northwest and Karen Bilowith, Idaho Community Foundation | Commitment to place is a core value at Philanthropy Northwest and to community foundations. Honoring place means that we acknowledge both the bright spots and the difficult truths of the places in our region that many of us call home. We do not want to shy away from this complexity, but rather make the most of this opportunity. We will be in Boise for PNW18 at a time of unprecedented growth and diversity. more »

The Value of Community Philanthropy

05/04/2018

David Bley, Director, Pacific Northwest, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Cross-posted from Medium

A sense of responsibility to the community propels our Building Community Philanthropy (BCP) partnership with Philanthropy Northwest, launched in 2012, empowering a network of local philanthropy organizations across Washington State — all working together to address local, pressing needs. These city and regional community foundations, United Ways, and identity-based foundations are in the best position to create deep relationships within their communities — because they’ve been doing it for years. more »

‘No Child Sleeps Outside’ Campaign Raises $4.5M for King County Homeless Families

01/25/2017

Greater Seattle's public, private and philanthropy sectors came together last month to support the annual No Child Sleeps Outside campaign to address the crisis of hundreds of families and children sleeping outside in King County, Washington. Including major gifts from The Starbucks Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation and Microsoft, more than 50 local businesses and organizations and thousands of online and Starbucks store donors raised $4.5 million for Mary's Place, the region's largest family emergency shelter provider. more »

The Sustainability, Equity & Community Democracy Connection

10/31/2016

Mitchell Thomashow, Catalyst Fellow | The presidential election has hijacked America's attention. We have much at stake, of course, but this highly polarized atmosphere has distracted us from what brings us together and alienated too many potential partners. If we look more carefully at communities around the Pacific Northwest, regardless of political preferences, we see that constructive conversations, solutions-based initiatives and community-based approaches have taken root and will bear fruit long after Election 2016. As Philanthropy Northwest's Sustainability Catalyst Fellow, I have an opportunity to take a closer look at eight of these projects and share my findings with our network. more »

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