News and Insights

Homeless Crisis: How Funders Can Make a Difference

08/16/2016

Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Learning Strategy Director | Homelessness and lack of affordable housing have reached states of emergency in parts of our region. As government agencies and voters move to address this crisis, funders may be wondering where their investments would be most useful. What should philanthropy's role be in addressing homelessness? Are there holes in funding that public dollars cannot fill, where philanthropy could step in? In a conversation we hosted earlier this month in Seattle and plan to continue at our conference next month in Missoula, we examined new data and recommendations with our members and partners. more »

Investing in Justice: Where Do We Go From Here?

07/28/2015

Kristen Holway, Senior Manager, Learning Practice | Knowing that nearly half of all low-income Montanans experience at least one civil legal problem each year that goes unaddressed, the Montana Access to Justice Commission, with support from Philanthropy Northwest member Montana Justice Foundation, conducted a study to better understand the gaps and barriers to civil legal aid access. Their findings have implications for funders across all states and all sectors — and have us asking ourselves whether there is a need for broader conversation. more »

Philanthropy is... Enterpreneurial: What We Heard at Local Matters: Idaho

06/02/2015

Jon Stahl, Communications Director | Last week we were thrilled to welcome a capacity crowd of 70+ philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, government officials, nonprofit leaders and academics to Boise, Idaho for the second event in our 2015 Local Matters series. Here's what we talked about. more »