News and Insights

Foundations on the Hill: A Sense of Urgency

03/27/2017

Mike Halligan, Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation | Philanthropy Northwest's recent delegation to Foundations on the Hill 2017 included Mike Halligan, who shared his insights with us as a nine-time participant in this annual visit with national policymakers in Washington, D.C. In contrast to my eight previous experiences as a Foundations on the Hill delegate, I detected a palpable sense of urgency by policymakers and staff this year. It was clear from my time on the Hill that dramatic policy changes are on the horizon — and that philanthropy can and should play a professional, objective role in educating our representatives and their constituents on policy issues that impact the livability and sustainability of our communities in the Northwest. Most importantly, we should use our role as a trusted convener to bring all voices to the table to facilitate the resolution of problems that seem beyond our reach at this time. more »

Corporate Philanthropists Contribute to Orlando Fund

06/22/2016

Individuals, foundations and corporate philanthropists from across the country have come forward to offer donations and messages of support to the victims, survivors and families of the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida. The June 12 shooting claimed the lives of 49 people (not including the gunman) and left dozens more injured, predominantly LGBTQ and Latino. The OneOrlando fund now exceeds $8 million, including contributions from at least six Philanthropy Northwest corporate members: Alaska Airlines, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, KeyBank, Starbucks and Wells Fargo. more »

Wells Fargo Donates $300,000 to Orlando Fund

06/16/2016

Wells Fargo & Company has announced a $300,000 donation to the OneOrlando fund, set up by the City of Orlando to address the needs of victims and the community in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 and wounded more than 50 people early Sunday morning. The OneOrlando Fund will be administered by the Central Florida Foundation, which will guide funds to nonprofits to support the victims and families of this tragedy, as well to the LGBTQ, Hispanic, faith, and other affected communities. Funds will also be directed to other needs that may arise but cannot yet be anticipated. more »

Northwest Area Foundation Grants $13M to Communities of Color

02/11/2016

Northwest Area Foundation, a Minnesota-based Philanthropy Northwest member with a grantmaking footprint that includes Montana, Oregon, Washington and 75 Native nations, awarded $13.4 million through 120 grants in 2015. The awards made in late 2015, announced this month, totaled nearly $5 million to 43 organizations in its region, including six organizations in Oregon and Washington. more »

Nation’s Largest Philanthropic Network Taps Biemesderfer to Advance New Strategic Direction

11/17/2015

The board of directors of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers has announced the appointment of longtime philanthropy executive David Biemesderfer as the organization’s next president and CEO. David is currently the president and CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network, and a valued colleague and friend to us here at Philanthropy Northwest. We are tremendously excited to continue working with him in this new role, which he will begin in mid-January 2016. more »

Experimenting and Experiencing: What We Learned at Local Matters: Alaska + Indigenous Communities

11/16/2015

Lyn Hunter, Senior Program Manager | One of our challenges was understanding ourselves how different this gathering would be and then, of course, communicating it. Guided by our board, our Alaska Native and Native American leaders and allies, and our ongoing commitment to community building in Indian Country, we suspected that we were onto something big. What happened exceeded our wildest expectations. Here are the themes we heard from participants, in their own words. more »

Equity in Our Work and World: What Are We Doing About It?

11/04/2015

Anne Yoon, Associate, The Giving Practice | The conversations at PolicyLink's Equity Summit conference about diversity, equity and inclusion took a different tone than the ones I've heard at foundation offices this year. Our sense of urgency climbed as we discussed DEI in the context of immigration, a living wage and police brutality. We must believe that philanthropy has a role in the ecosystem of social change and has the responsibility to act. How is philanthropy being a partner to the movement builders, the organizers, the advocates, the community? How can philanthropy be a more effective partner, right now? more »

Philanthropy Is... Indigenous Ways of Knowing

10/21/2015

Jeff Clarke, CEO | The fourth stop of our Local Matters 2015 series found us in Anchorage, Alaska with leaders from more than 35 organizations, from Bristol Bay to Washington, D.C. For many, it was a life-changing experience. We were welcomed as guests to First Alaskans Institute's 32nd annual Elders and Youth Conference and to the Alaska Federation of Natives — National Congress of American Indians 4th annual Tribal Conference with state and federal policy makers. We were privy to the inner workings of a 10,000-year-old culture as elders passed on their wisdom and traditions to a new generation of Native voices. Despite more than 220 federally recognized tribes in Alaska, each community was honored and rejoiced equally, and spent a week united in both the challenges they share and the opportunities that lie ahead. more »

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Mission Investors Exchange Names Social Innovation Leader Matt Onek as CEO

09/10/2015

Mission Investors Exchange, a network of more than 200 foundations engaged in impact investing across the country, has announced Matt Onek as its new CEO. The network, incubated by Philanthropy Northwest, is a national membership organization that shares ideas, tools and experiences to increase the impact of financial capital. “Matt brings a remarkably diverse set of experiences to the work and is the right person to lead Mission Investors Exchange into its future. Philanthropy Northwest, which has long been committed to advancing the field of impact investing, looks forward to working with him to continue the work of building local capacity," said Philanthropy Northwest CEO Jeff Clarke. more »

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