News and Insights

J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation Supports AC 2018 With Lead Sponsorship

09/14/2018

Caitlin Copple Masingill, Guest Contributor | A handful of philanthropists have shaped so much about Boise (and Idaho’s) landscape, including the late Joe and Kathryn Albertson, whose legacy continues to shape the Gem State through their namesake foundation. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is a lead partner in supporting Philanthropy Northwest’s upcoming annual conference, and its Executive Director, Roger Quarles, expressed excitement about the upcoming conversation with regional funders.

“Philanthropy Northwest is a strong, healthy organization that does meaningful work,” Quarles said. “We’ve benefited from the consulting expertise of the Giving Practice in the past, and we are thrilled to be a part of bringing the region’s thought leaders to Boise.” 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 »

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 »

Howard Schultz and Starbucks Shine a Light on Veterans

11/07/2014

Veterans Day is November 11, and while each year, it is an occasion to reflect on our nation’s ongoing commitment to our men and women who serve, this year is a bit unusual: a major Northwest funder and Philanthropy Northwest member with a deep passion for veterans issues – Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz – is launching a multi-pronged philanthropic effort to raise awareness of and destigmatize veterans transitioning to civilian life. more »

Islandwood Military Families and Veterans Action Summit

08/28/2014

by Kristen Holway | "Taking an oath has created a situation where vets have lost their place in line." These were the opening remarks of Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, Director of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, at the second annual Military Families and Veterans Action Summit hosted by Islandwood earlier this month. The summit, which was convened by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA), brought together military, government, nonprofit, business and philanthropic leaders to establish shared outcomes and work plans around employment, education, outdoor recreation therapy, and the myriad supports military families, active duty service members and veterans need to thrive. more »