News and Insights

Bank of America Campaign Raises $1.3M for STEM Scholarships

12/13/2016

Bank of America and GeekWire announced that Geeks Give Back, its joint campaign that raises funds to support Washington students who are pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and healthcare fields, has raised $1.27 million, surpassing its fundraising goal of $1 million in corporate and individual donations. All donations up to $250,000 were matched 100 percent by both Rubens Family Foundation and the State of Washington. The campaign, now in its second year, ran from October 1 through December 7, 2016. All funds raised will be distributed by the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS), which supports promising low- and middle-income students pursuing STEM careers through college scholarships, professional development and valuable industry exploration opportunities. more »

Meyer Memorial Trust Awards $17M in Oregon

11/16/2016

Meyer Memorial Trust announced 151 grants totaling $17.3 million to nonprofits and organizations supporting work that advances, in some way, the goal of a more equitable and flourishing Oregon. Specifically, these award work to close inequity gaps in the state. The majority of Meyer’s grants are to organizations working to bring policy change, services, knowledge and expertise to rural and urban communities across the state. All 151 grants fall within one or more of Meyer’s focus areas: housing, the environment, and community building. The awards were selected from 675 proposals winnowed through a competitive selection process. more »

Time for Philanthropy to Step Up

11/15/2016

David Biemesderfer, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers | No matter how you voted last week, it’s clear that the election shined a light on deep divisions in our country among socioeconomic, racial, gender and generational lines, to name a few. This is a particularly troubling development for those of us working in the philanthropic sector, where our work is often focused on trying to bridge and heal divisions in our communities and reduce inequities. If there were ever a time for philanthropy to step up as a leader for our communities and our nation, the time is now. Let’s expend not just our financial capital, but also our trust capital, to come together to move our nation forward. more »

Mat-Su Health Foundation Awards $1.7M in Healthy Impact Grants

11/08/2016

Ten Southcentral Alaska organizations were recently selected to receive Mat-Su Health Foundation grants totaling more than $1.68 million under the foundation’s Healthy Impact grant program. The grants will go to the American Lung Association, Assistive Technology of Alaska, The Children’s Place, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Frontline Mission, Links/ADRC, Nugen’s Ranch, Planned Parenthood, Sunshine Community Health Center, and Wasilla Youth Baseball. more »

Boeing Awards $6M for STEM Education in Washington

10/17/2016

Boeing has announced $6 million in grants to more than 50 nonprofits and education institutions in Washington state. Recipients include fellow Philanthropy Northwest members Thrive Washington and Washington STEM, along with three universities: University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University. more »

Introducing Group Health Community Foundation

10/04/2016

Cory Sbarbaro, Group Health Community Foundation | On behalf of our interim board of directors, it is my pleasure to introduce Philanthropy Northwest's network to Group Health Community Foundation. GHCF’s formation as a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization is one component of the proposed acquisition of Group Health Cooperative by Kaiser Permanente. If the acquisition is approved by Washington state regulators and completed, Kaiser Permanente will provide approximately $1.8 billion to fund this new health foundation. We look forward to deepening our connections within the Philanthropy Northwest network in the coming years. more »

Introducing the 2016 Northwest Nonprofit Capacity Report

09/20/2016

A consortium of five northwest state nonprofit associations has released a comprehensive study on the capacity, strengths, and challenges of the region’s nonprofit sector. The 2016 Northwest Nonprofit Capacity Report: Our Strengths — Our Challenges — Our Resilience, developed using survey data from more than 1,000 nonprofits in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, highlights the progress nonprofits are making in creating a resilient sector. more »

Your Leadership, Your Reflective Practice

08/24/2016

Jan Jaffe, Senior Partner | I had a hunch: If everyone in a room reflects on their practice, especially the practices they turn to when stymied somewhere between intent and outcome, something good and potentially powerful would result. By practice, I mean the tools and skills one uses to have difficult conversations, move ideas along, work across the boundaries of different systems and bring one’s best assets and manage one’s worse behaviors in service of a task. If my hunch was right, perhaps we could create a space for sharing practices to up everyone’s game. Could we ask philanthropy practitioners to help us discover reflective practices tied to different philanthropic leadership traits? more »

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