News and Insights

When Tragedy Hits, Community Responds

05/12/2016

Anne Kubisch, The Ford Family Foundation | Oct. 1, 2015, was a day that rocked our world and broke our hearts. The mass shooting at Umpqua Community College was so personal, so local, so much about us. The kind of tragedy that we somehow thought only could happen in other communities, or in other schools, actually happened to us — in Roseburg, Oregon, a town of 22,000 residents. We needed to cry, help the victims, and put in place a community response to the crisis — all at the same time. Oct. 1 was also the day we discovered the resilience and capacity of the Douglas County community. We are devoting this issue of Community Vitality [The Ford Family Foundation's biannual newsletter] to telling these stories. more »

Northwest Area Foundation Awards $1.2M in Oregon, Washington

05/06/2016

The Northwest Area Foundation approved 20 grants worth $2 million in the first quarter of 2016, focused on advancing good jobs and financial capability by funding grantees whose work creates enterprise development, access to capital, workforce opportunity, and financial inclusion for low-income communities, with a special focus on those that are Native, communities of color or immigrant. The Minnesota-based foundation makes grants across the country; more than half of the first quarter grants went to organizations in Oregon and Washington. more »

Canopy Launches The Map: Data Visualization of Our Investment Ecosystem

03/29/2016

Sarah Mahlab, Canopy | As an organization focused on place, it seemed natural for Canopy to build a map for the benefit of regional communities. Over the past six months, we have collected data on regional stakeholders and capital flows to build an investment map for the Pacific Northwest. "The Map" is unique in that it allows users to overlay three distinct layers — stakeholders, capital flows and demographics — and adjust transparency on these layers to better understand how they relate to one another. more »

Raising the Bar on Philanthropic Giving in Montana

03/25/2016

The incredible generosity of Montanans during 2015 can be considered a clear testament to the commitment our friends and neighbors have to the state's future, writes Mary K. Rutherford, Montana Community Foundation CEO and a Philanthropy Northwest board member. In a guest column for Montana's Missoulian newspaper, she honors the large and small gifts made last year, and calls on more Montanans to consider giving to permanently endowed funds to support charitable causes and nonprofits. more »

Meyer Memorial Trust Awards $3.6M in Oregon

03/01/2016

At its February program meeting, Meyer Memorial Trust awarded 42 grants in Oregon, totaling nearly $3.6 million. Most fall under Meyer’s new, focused portfolios: building community, supporting a healthy environment, ensuring housing opportunities and underpinning an equitable education for all Oregonians. more »

Northwest Area Foundation Grants $13M to Communities of Color

02/11/2016

Northwest Area Foundation, a Minnesota-based Philanthropy Northwest member with a grantmaking footprint that includes Montana, Oregon, Washington and 75 Native nations, awarded $13.4 million through 120 grants in 2015. The awards made in late 2015, announced this month, totaled nearly $5 million to 43 organizations in its region, including six organizations in Oregon and Washington. more »

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