News and Insights

Funding Forward for Stronger Movements

04/13/2017

Gloris Estrella, Program Manager | As a six-state network of community, family, independent and corporate foundations, Philanthropy Northwest has the challenging task of creating programs, conferences and trainings for a range of stakeholders. We learn from each other, our members and partners, including Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Summarizing my takeaways from the conference is a challenge, since I felt like every interaction I had, whether a session or during a break, was so thoughtful and I learned so much. I also cried and laughed a lot! Here is my attempt to share what surfaced for me. more »

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 »

Fighting Hatred and Violence with Love and Resilience

07/11/2016

Kim Sogge, Momentum Fellow | My life, the work I do and the work of Pride Foundation will be forever changed by last month’s shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida that resulted in the devastating loss of 49 lives. This act of violence has instilled fear across LGBTQ communities, especially among people of color, affirming that we are unable to live openly and genuinely in the places that we had considered safe. Through all these challenges and heartbreak, I’ve found myself reflecting on the daily acts of inspiration that fuel my work. I am inspired by the strength and compassion of my colleagues at Pride Foundation, who continue to remind me what it looks like to show up and be seen. I am inspired by the courageous and tenacious LGBTQ community in Oregon. I am inspired by my peers in Philanthropy Northwest's Momentum Fellowship, for their support and leadership, and fierce and unwavering commitment to equity. I am inspired by the resilience of our LGBTQ community — that we will respond with love and continue to build bridges across difference. 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 »

Wells Fargo Donates $300,000 to Orlando Fund

06/16/2016

Wells Fargo & Company has announced a $300,000 donation to the OneOrlando fund, set up by the City of Orlando to address the needs of victims and the community in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 and wounded more than 50 people early Sunday morning. The OneOrlando Fund will be administered by the Central Florida Foundation, which will guide funds to nonprofits to support the victims and families of this tragedy, as well to the LGBTQ, Hispanic, faith, and other affected communities. Funds will also be directed to other needs that may arise but cannot yet be anticipated. 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 »

Philanthropy Responds to Orlando Tragedy: How You Can Help

06/14/2016

The June 12 nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Our hearts are filled with sorrow, and our thoughts are with the victims, survivors and families in Orlando. We are touched by the calls we have received from members and partners wanting to know how to help. Florida Philanthropy Network, Philanthropy Northwest's peer organization based in Tampa, has shared this message in the wake of the tragedy: more »

Marriage Equality: An Important Step, But Our Work Continues

06/30/2015

Kris Hermanns, Pride Foundation | Last week’s historic ruling by the Supreme Court finally affirms the decades-long fight for marriage equality. My heart is filled with joy knowing that all couples nationwide will now enjoy the same right to marry under the law. Yet while the ruling represents a critical step forward for LGBTQ people and their families, our quest for full equality is far from complete. more »

Creating a Recipe for Scholarship Program Success

05/18/2015

Eli Grossman and Gunner Scott, Pride Foundation | In two decades, Pride Foundation has awarded close to 1,500 scholarships, totaling nearly $4 million, to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and allied students in the Pacific Northwest. This year, we received more than 770 applications and coordinated over 300 volunteer reviewers from our five-state region over a three-month period. We are pleased with the results, but could there be a more streamlined way to award our scholarships, while remaining fair, consistent, timely and even more accessible? more »