News and Insights

Who's Coming to Local Matters: Washington

10/20/2015

"Philanthropy Is... Convening." That's the theme of Local Matters: Washington, an opportunity for funders, nonprofits and community leaders to discuss how we initiate and facilitate conversations about our work together. We're pleased to confirm that leaders from these organizations will be joining us in Bellingham on November 3-4: more »

The Learning Network's Learning Work: Lessons From Baltimore

08/10/2015

Nicole Neroulias Gupte, Communications Manager | Philanthropy Northwest believes in sharing best practices, convening and collaborating effectively to support our members, partners and communities. Last month, it was our turn: we traveled to Baltimore to meet with our peers from dozens of philanthropy networks and affinity groups working with foundations, corporate giving programs, major donors, impact investors and lawmakers to build capacity locally, regionally and nationally. Here's what we learned: more »

Getting to the Acupuncture Point of Change in Conversations

07/13/2015

Ted Lord, Senior Partner, The Giving Practice | A board retreat. We had just spent 45 minutes parsing the difference between goals and objectives, and it felt like things were heading south. Participants didn’t want to do either the exercise or break into groups, they just seemed to want to argue about planning in general — not unsurprising, since the board had a broad representation of youth, business, government and nonprofits. Then my co-facilitator stood up and offered five minutes of theory on the four types of conversation and how they can either evolve or stay stuck. more »

Philanthropy is... Networks in Action. What We Heard at Local Matters: Montana

06/23/2015

Caitlin Copple, Montana Correspondent | Against the backdrop of Lone Mountain on a patio with a river rock fireplace, nearly 100 philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit staff and government leaders spent a day and a half talking, thinking and planning next steps to advance issues that matter most to Montanans. Here's what we learned at Local Matters: Montana in June. more »

Health, Families and Innovative Collaboration: A Field Trip to Spokane

06/15/2015

Ted Lord and Leslie Silverman, The Giving Practice | Members of the Philanthropist Forum, a collaborative of Washington and California funders focusing on child welfare issues and staffed by The Giving Practice, spent Wednesday, May 27 on an all-day site visit to Spokane hosted by Empire Health Foundation. Here's what they heard and saw. more »

Getting to Community Democracy

06/12/2015

Sindhu Knotz, The Giving Practice | Last week, Community Democracy Workshop partnered with The Ford Family Foundation to host a peer learning exchange among funders and practitioners of place-based community change efforts from several cities across the U.S, including Denver, Buffalo, San Diego, Boston, Little Rock and New Orleans. Here's what we learned. more »

Poster-based sorting exercise: Molly McLeod/Code for America

Sort It Out Amongst Yourselves

06/10/2015

Audrey Haberman, Managing Partner, The Giving Practice | People often assume that everyone else agrees on certain fundamentals like strategy, values or approach. Sometimes they do; other times not so much. To draw out these assumptions, we have used a range of sorting exercises that can be both enlightening and thought-provoking. more »

Philanthropy is... Enterpreneurial: What We Heard at Local Matters: Idaho

06/02/2015

Jon Stahl, Communications Director | Last week we were thrilled to welcome a capacity crowd of 70+ philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, government officials, nonprofit leaders and academics to Boise, Idaho for the second event in our 2015 Local Matters series. Here's what we talked about. more »

Policy: A Big Ecosystem, Driven by Relationships

03/24/2015

Jeff Clarke, CEO | Relationships with elected officials at the local, state and federal levels are the center of policy work. At the same time, these important relationships are but one of many necessary for influence within our large, complex policy ecosystem. Building relationships within the administration and across agencies, at all levels of government, is equally important. Mapping this part of the ecosystem and building relationships is a current focus of our policy work. more »

Matt Krzycki (Good Side Studio)

Partnership in Action: Philanthropy Responds to the SR530 Mudslide

03/20/2015

Marie Sauter & Audrey Haberman | One year ago, on March 22, 2014, a devastating landslide hit near the town of Oso, Washington. On this somber anniversary, Philanthropy Northwest and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would like to share a story of tremendous community resilience. We were honored to observe first-hand the roles of three of the many agencies and community members that worked closely together to meet the needs of people affected by the mudslide. more »

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