News and Insights

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 »

Ballmer Family Joins $1B Grantmaking Partnership for Youth

02/02/2016

Ballmer Family Giving, the youth-focused philanthropy organization representing former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie, has joined a funding partnership that aims to award $1 billion in grants to high-performing charities that serve low-income youth. The new collaborative, Blue Meridian Partners, is led by the New York-based Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. more »

Paying for Success in the Northwest

12/21/2015

Jeff Clarke, CEO | The Pacific Northwest has a unique and globally influential culture marked by innovation, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, generosity and stewardship. Our region’s commitment to innovation drives our growing leadership in impact investing — leveraging private capital for social good. Impact investors seek opportunities to earn a financial return while also doing something good for society. Their aspirations are changing the way we think about solutions to big social problems like homelessness, poverty and unemployment. more »

Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2016 KIDS COUNT Report

06/22/2015

Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS Count Data Book is an annual publication that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health and family/community. The related Kids Count Data Center makes this information interactive, with the option of searching by state and data topic, comparing indicators and viewing them as maps and charts. 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 »

Adverse Childhood Experiences: None of Us Are Immune

06/08/2015

Kristen Holway, Senior Manager, Learning Practice | Findings from several large, peer-reviewed research studies over the last 15 years show that some of the worst health and social problems in our country arise as a consequence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). A recent study by experts from Washington State University and the Foundation for Healthy Generations is shedding light on the incredibly predictive role trauma plays in our communities and schools. more »

Family Homelessness in Washington State: A New Intervention Strategy Emerges

05/18/2015

Dan Brettler, Gordon McHenry, Jr. and David Wertheimer, Gates Foundation | There are many different crises that can catapult a family into homelessness: Loss of a job, domestic violence, accidents or serious illness, and inter-generational poverty – to name just a few. In addition, despite efforts to coordinate, past experiences in responding to homelessness have shown us that, although admirable, fragmented, non-integrated efforts to solve this problem by organizations and systems working independently and on their own have not stemmed the tide of this crisis. The good news is that we now know what works. more »

Financing Innovation for Prevention Services in Washington State

04/03/2015

by Melanie Maltry, Washington Department of Early Learning | Despite its rapid growth, fewer than 15 percent of eligible families in Washington are currently able to access home visiting services. The Department of Early Learning, Thrive Washington and the state’s many other home visiting stakeholders are eager to expand these life-changing services to more families — and are exploring an innovative new financing mechanism, Pay for Success, to do so. more »

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