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Jackson Foundation Invests in Youth Leadership Through Fellowship Program

07/14/2017

Lara Iglitzin, Executive Director, Henry M. Jackson Foundation | When we began the program, the foundation’s leadership decided that investing in a small group of outstanding young people and devoting to them our time and attention to help advance their careers would be worthwhile. Indeed, the program has exceeded our expectations. The first fellow has already joined one of our key board committees, a program goal from the start. We are inspired and hopeful that our fellows will roll up their sleeves and continue their civic engagement, armed with Jackson principles and values.  more »

Stop in the Name of Movement

06/27/2017

Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation and Jan Jaffe, Senior Partner, The Giving Practice | Cross-posted from Philanthropy's Reflective Practices. Ever since we started this project I’ve wanted to interview Darren Walker because I admire his fusion of intellect and energy. I have wondered what tools and skills help him mobilize and manage these strengths as well as handle the inevitable struggles that come with the job. For all of us, our strengths have a flip side, and in challenging situations that’s often where true leadership lies. Being attentive to what needs to be managed in ourselves implies showing vulnerability as a leader. It’s something not usually discussed, but Darren does here. — Jan Jaffe more »

May Giving Days Raise $21M for Northwest Nonprofits

05/11/2017

Nicole Neroulias Gupte | Preliminary results from this month's 24-hour giving days in Idaho, Montana and Washington report that donors gave more than $21.4 million to a range of nonprofits across our region. The current estimate falls below last year's May giving day totals — which raised about $25.4 million for nonprofits in Idaho, Montana and Washington, despite a national website crash that delayed and discouraged donors — but above the $19 million raised in 2015. Final numbers won't be available for a few more weeks, as organizers confirm payments, matching funds and other complex calculations. more »

Introducing the Group Health Community Foundation Board

04/18/2017

Cory Sbarbaro, Group Health Community Foundation | We are pleased to introduce our new board of directors: a group of 16 individuals, reflective of the diverse perspectives and voices across Washington, who are committed to carrying on Group Health’s legacy of caring, innovation, excellence and equity. The board of directors has the incredible opportunity to engage communities across the state and determine the priorities and strategies that will shape the work of the foundation for years to come. This work begins in earnest later this month — when the board will gather for the first time to learn about each other, develop a shared understanding of the Group Health legacy, and explore the values and principles that will form the underpinnings of the board’s governance. more »

Meyer Memorial Trust Announces Leadership Transition

04/10/2017

Doug Stamm, president and CEO of Meyer Memorial Trust and a member of Philanthropy Northwest's board, has announced his plans to leave the foundation in 2018. Stamm has earned a national reputation in the philanthropic sector for his strategic exploration of innovative ways to invest a foundation’s endowment, beyond grantmaking, to further both mission and our financial goals. Most recently, he is perhaps best known for his and the trust’s work to address and dismantle deep disparities and inequities in Oregon. During his leadership, Meyer redesigned its programs to ensure a more flourishing and equitable Oregon, became an early adapter and sector leader in mission related investing and undertook initiatives to tackle longstanding problems in education, affordable housing and the Willamette River. A national search will begin this summer to find Meyer’s next steward. Stamm plans to take a short break before pursuing opportunities to advance equity and inclusion in the independent sector. more »

Transparency & Trust: Finding Balance for Family Foundations

03/01/2017

Richard Russell and Richard Woo, The Russell Family Foundation | As a group, family philanthropies put a lot of energy into connecting with our constituents. We do this joyfully because we know that strong, trusting relationships are vital to our success and the communities we serve. However, these external bonds are only half of the equation. The rest hinges on the question: “How well do we manage our internal group dynamics?” more »

A Critical Time for Philanthropy’s Voice to Be Heard

02/01/2017

David Biemesderfer, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers | If there were ever a time for philanthropy to speak with a strong voice on the issues and values it cares about, now is the time. Whenever there is a new Congress and new presidential administration, it is a critical moment for all sectors to ensure they are being heard — philanthropy included. That need is heightened for philanthropy during this time of significant divisiveness in our country. more »

‘No Child Sleeps Outside’ Campaign Raises $4.5M for King County Homeless Families

01/25/2017

Greater Seattle's public, private and philanthropy sectors came together last month to support the annual No Child Sleeps Outside campaign to address the crisis of hundreds of families and children sleeping outside in King County, Washington. Including major gifts from The Starbucks Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation and Microsoft, more than 50 local businesses and organizations and thousands of online and Starbucks store donors raised $4.5 million for Mary's Place, the region's largest family emergency shelter provider. more »

Murdock Trust Awarded $50M Across Region in 2016

01/25/2017

Steven G.W. Moore, M.J. Murdock Memorial Trust | As the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust wrapped up 2016 by awarding close to $9.7 million in grants to more than 50 organizations, bringing its total investment in nonprofits last year to $48.96 million, we are pleased to share this message from executive director Steve Moore: While the election season and inauguration have been grabbing the headlines in recent weeks, we cannot help but reflect on a different story! The deep investment that volunteers, staff, leaders and citizens are making in our communities continues throughout the region and the country in creative, thoughtful, and sacrificial ways. This civic engagement and volunteerism is a big story happening across the country and making a difference in people’s lives. more »

Rasmuson Foundation Announces $5M Grant to The Alaska Community Foundation

01/18/2017

Rasmuson Foundation has announced a four-year, $5 million grant to The Alaska Community Foundation to support the Affiliate Program, a statewide effort to create, support and sustain locally-driven philanthropy. The program currently encompasses nine communities in Alaska: Chilkat Community Foundation (Haines), Golden Heart Community Foundation (Fairbanks), Greater Sitka Legacy Fund, Jessica Stevens Community Foundation (Talkeetna), Kenai Peninsula Foundation, Ketchikan Community Foundation, Kodiak Community Foundation, Petersburg Community Foundation and Seward Community Foundation. more »

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