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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 »

May Giving Days Raise $21M for Northwest Nonprofits

05/11/2017

Nicole Neroulias Gupte | Preliminary results from this month's 24-hour giving days in Idaho, Montana and Washington report that donors gave more than $21.4 million to a range of nonprofits across our region. The current estimate falls below last year's May giving day totals — which raised about $25.4 million for nonprofits in Idaho, Montana and Washington, despite a national website crash that delayed and discouraged donors — but above the $19 million raised in 2015. Final numbers won't be available for a few more weeks, as organizers confirm payments, matching funds and other complex calculations. more »

Place-Based Philanthropy Supports Urban Sustainability

03/13/2017

Mitchell Thomashow, Catalyst Fellow | Cities consist of many communities tied together by proximity, infrastructure and networks. But what happens when some communities are overlooked, when neighborhoods are gentrifying or otherwise going through changes that may not necessarily be in everyone's best interest? How do you prevent this from happening — or how do you deal with it when it does? Place-based philanthropy can ensure the sustainability of urban development efforts by providing long-term strategy, mobilizing patient capital and connecting funders with grassroots community leaders. In the Northwest, I recently visited three extraordinary urban sustainability projects that demonstrate the power of place-based philanthropy as a convener and catalyst: Yesler Terrace in Seattle, Living Cully in Portland and the Puyallup Watershed Initiative in greater Tacoma. more »

Welcome New Members and Partners

02/23/2017

Paul Kim, Member and Donor Program Associate | Between the changing political landscape, our membership renewal cycle and planning for major programs, the first two months of this year have kept us busy at Philanthropy Northwest! Before we continue at this rapid pace and scale — adding the next edition of Trends in Northwest Giving and the second cohort of our Momentum Fellowship to the mix — we'd like to pause for a moment to welcome five new organizations to our network this year: Beneficial State Foundation / Beneficial State Bank, The Sheri & Les Biller Family Foundation, Idaho Community Foundation, Legal Foundation of Washington and Washington Research Foundation. 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 »

Bank of America Campaign Raises $1.3M for STEM Scholarships

12/13/2016

Bank of America and GeekWire announced that Geeks Give Back, its joint campaign that raises funds to support Washington students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and healthcare fields, has raised $1.27 million, surpassing its fundraising goal of $1 million in corporate and individual donations. All donations up to $250,000 were matched 100 percent by both Rubens Family Foundation and the State of Washington. The campaign, now in its second year, ran from October 1 through December 7, 2016. All funds raised will be distributed by the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS), which supports promising low- and middle-income students pursuing STEM careers through college scholarships, professional development and valuable industry exploration opportunities. more »

Lifting Up Community Foundations to Elevate Communities

10/20/2016

Gloris Estrella, Program Manager | When I started working at Philanthropy Northwest last year, things like donor-advised funds, grant committees and financial advisors were a foreign language that I had to learn quickly while coordinating our Washington Community Foundations Convening. I'm still absorbing many intricacies that make community foundations special, but you don't need native fluency to see that they are, above all, leaders in our communities. Some states, including Alaska and Montana, have one main community foundation serving as an umbrella for smaller funds throughout the state. In Washington, however, almost every county has its own community foundation. This allows each foundation to have a strongly place-based mission, focusing closely on its county's unique needs — but it also means each has to raise most of its funds from the community it serves, with a small staff and limited resources. Through Philanthropy Northwest's Washington Community Foundations Convening, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we connect all these foundations to discuss their challenges and opportunities. more »

Introducing Group Health Community Foundation

10/04/2016

Cory Sbarbaro, Group Health Community Foundation | On behalf of our interim board of directors, it is my pleasure to introduce Philanthropy Northwest's network to Group Health Community Foundation. GHCF’s formation as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization is one component of the proposed acquisition of Group Health Cooperative by Kaiser Permanente. If the acquisition is approved by Washington state regulators and completed, Kaiser Permanente will provide approximately $1.8 billion to fund this new health foundation. We look forward to deepening our connections within the Philanthropy Northwest network in the coming years. more »

Thrive Washington Announces New CEO

09/27/2016

Thrive Washington’s board of directors has announced that Alan Cohen will lead the state’s public-private partnership for early learning, starting November 7. He succeeds Sam Whiting, who stepped down in May to become director of global corporate citizenship for the Northwest region of The Boeing Company, also a Philanthropy Northwest member organization. more »

Introducing the 2016 Northwest Nonprofit Capacity Report

09/20/2016

A consortium of five northwest state nonprofit associations has released a comprehensive study on the capacity, strengths, and challenges of the region’s nonprofit sector. The 2016 Northwest Nonprofit Capacity Report: Our Strengths — Our Challenges — Our Resilience, developed using survey data from more than 1,000 nonprofits in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, highlights the progress nonprofits are making in creating a resilient sector. more »

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