News and Insights

We Need to Talk About Democracy and Equity

07/13/2016

Audrey Haberman, Interim CEO | Nationally and regionally, our communities are dealing with the grief, frustration and anger that results from the persistence of fear, injustice and inequity. We know these issues are complicated. We also know philanthropy has an important role to play in the creation of policies and solutions to address these challenges. Many of us have been having conversations with family, friends and colleagues about the community crises we face, but we are also hearing a strong desire from you for a place to talk more formally with others in our field. While the concepts of democracy and equity have always been part of our annual conference planning, we are now focused on creating and holding space for us to step forward together through those lenses, Under One Sky in Missoula, Montana this fall. As your learning network, we are more committed than ever to addressing the real experiences of people in our communities. We hope you will join us on this journey as we continue to create opportunities to think collectively about supporting and investing in strategies to achieve our shared vision: Northwest communities have vibrant, healthy futures the honor our past, our people and our cultures.   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 »

#OrlandoUnited: Responding to Tragedy

06/16/2016

Audrey Haberman, Interim CEO | Our hearts are filled with sorrow as we grieve with the victims, survivors and families in Orlando, nearly all LGBTQ, Latino/a and young people. We are touched by the calls we've received from members and partners wanting to know how to help. We honor the many advocates, nonprofits and leaders who we know will help the families, and all of us, heal in the aftermath of such violence. Our colleagues at Florida Philanthropic Network have shared their recommendations for supporting victims, survivors and their families. In our own region, we are reminded of the shooting at Umpqua Community College last fall, and are grateful to Anne Kubisch of The Ford Family Foundation for sharing Roseburg's story of community resilience. Our six-state region represents America’s unique tapestry — urban and rural, young and old, indigenous and newly arrived, LGBTQ and straight. Sharing our different perspectives and experiences makes us stronger. Together, we remain committed to advancing philanthropy that supports vibrant, equitable and inclusive communities that honor our past, our people, our cultures — and creates a better future. more »

REI's Corporate Philanthropy Climbs to New Heights

11/30/2015

Nicole Neroulias Gupte, Communications Manager | Seattle-based retailer REI made national news this fall by announcing it would remain closed on Black Friday — one of the biggest shopping days of the year — while paying the co-op's 12,000 employees and encouraging its 5.5 million members to spend quality time outdoors instead. The #OptOutside campaign drew more than a million followers on social media, especially in Northwest, and inspired several other retailers to follow suit. The campaign also confirmed what Philanthropy Northwest has observed this year: REI is taking a more visible and innovative approach in its community engagement and corporate giving. more »

Tackling Long-Term Wildfire Recovery, While Bracing for Next Disaster

07/07/2015

Kristen Holway, Senior Manager, Learning Practice | Drought conditions have brought wildfire season early to the Pacific Northwest. With 30,000 acres engulfed in Idaho, Oregon and Washington over the weekend, and as we approach the first anniversary of the devastating Carlton Complex Fire, I'm reminded of the interdependence of the people, government and funders in our region's disaster preparedness, response and recovery — especially long-term recovery. more »

Nepal: Watch. Learn. Then Act

04/27/2015

Regine Webster, The Center for Disaster Philanthropy | News from Nepal about the devastating earthquake has been chilling: story after story report rapidly changing death tolls, contain scary accounts of power outages and are filled images of indiscernible structures covered in dust. The city of Kathmandu and its surroundings are changed forever. What can you do if you want to make a donation that will have a long-term impact? more »

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Partnership in Action: Philanthropy Responds to the SR530 Mudslide

03/20/2015

Marie Sauter & Audrey Haberman | One year ago, on March 22, 2014, a devastating landslide hit near the town of Oso, Washington. On this somber anniversary, Philanthropy Northwest and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would like to share a story of tremendous community resilience. We were honored to observe first-hand the roles of three of the many agencies and community members that worked closely together to meet the needs of people affected by the mudslide. more »

We're All in the Business of Disaster Philanthropy

09/04/2014

Kristen Holway, Senior Manager, Learning Practice | Five months have passed since the March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash. killed 43 people, damaged nearly 50 homes and destroyed nearly one square mile of land, rivers and infrastructure. It's hard to believe that, on the heels of this horrific disaster -- the worst in state history -- fire crews were also battling the most severe fires in Washington state history in Chelan and Okanogan counties.

As communities across the state continue to define their new normal, recover and rebuild, philanthropic organizations are beginning to ask: "What can we do to ensure our communities are resilient? How can we better prepare our grantees and ourselves for future disasters?" more »

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