2014 was a big year in Northwest philanthropy. As we reflected back on the year gone by, we put together this brief interactive presentation that shares some of the year's highlights in Northwest philanthropy. Fittingly, this presentation is about you, the work you're doing and the impact you're having in the world. more »
News and Insights
by Audrey Haberman, managing partner, The Giving Practice | We begin every project with a sense of excitement and optimism. So when my colleague Mark Sedway suggested we try a premortem exercise as part of our initial meeting with a new client, I was nervous. more »
On Wednesday, October 29, Philanthropy Northwest members joined representaitves from many of the organizations involved in this unique partnership for a tour of the building, an inside look at its transformation and an briefing on the amazing work that is already or soon will be housed there. more »
by Audrey Haberman, managing director of The Giving Practice | Audrey reports on her recent visit to the Aspen Institute's convening on place-based philanthropy. more »
When I’m not consulting for philanthropists, I play in a punk band. Much to my surprise – or perhaps not surprisingly at all -- I’ve realized that the lessons I’ve learned about collaboration from my bandmates are at least as valuable as any I’ve learned from my friends in philanthropy. Here are the most important lessons they’ve taught me. more »
by Ted Lord, senior partner, The Giving Practice | Philanthropy is so hidebound, risk-averse and endless meeting-oriented because it has largely forgotten the step of conversation that is essential to the dance of informed forward motion. What would it be like if we stopped "doing to" and started "doing as?" more »
by Lyn Hunter, Philanthropy Northwest. Over 100 people gathered on June 26th at Daybreak Star to discuss the findings of a broad-based community engagement process of the local urban Indian community in King County. more »
I attended the June 16, PolicyWorks teleconference discussing philanthropy’s role in promoting early childhood education. More than 50 individuals from foundation and regional associations participated, with ten Philanthropy Northwest members joining the call. more »
by Richard Woo and Holly Powers, The Russell Family Foundation
When a foundation wants to tackle an ambitious goal – say, helping restore an entire watershed – is it enough for them to simply fund a nonprofit or two?
The answer is obviously no.
What’s less clear, however, is how to engage, who to fund, and for how long. more »