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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Don't Forget to Take Off Your Shoes and Dance!

10/22/2014

by Sindhu Knotz, partner, The Giving Practice | In late September, I attended the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s 2014 National Convening in Atlanta, as part of a team providing facilitation support. This year the convening brought together nearly 200 grantee partners of the foundation and, in keeping with the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s movement building strategy, launched a new national membership organization called Equal Voice Action. I found inspiration, renewal and a heck of dance party. more »