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Citing Its Mission, REI Campaigns to Spend Black Friday Outdoors

10/30/2015

REI will close all 143 of its stores on November 27 and pay its employees to spend time outdoors instead. The company unveiled the #OptOutside social media campaign and website this week, inviting customers and supporters to post photos of their outdoor activities in lieu of Black Friday shopping sprees. As of Oct. 30, another Northwest company had joined the campaign. more »

What Children Need to Succeed: Reflections from U.S. Education Learning Forum

10/20/2015

David Bley, Board Chair | What do children need to succeed in school? That’s a question that often comes my way because of our work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It’s almost a trick question, since we know what children need: they need everything both in school and at home. Every age and every grade matters from the moment they enter the world through when they graduate high school ready for college, earn a credential after high school and launch into career and life. more »

New Executive Directors at Building Changes and SVP Seattle

10/15/2015

Two Philanthropy Northwest member organizations in Washington have announced leadership transitions: Building Changes, which works to reduce family and youth homelessness, will be helmed by Helen Howell, who succeeds Alice Shobe; SVP Seattle, which works to connect nonprofits, funders, agencies and schools in the Puget Sound area, has welcomed Lisa Nitze, succeeding Paul Shoemaker. more »

Starbucks, Schultz Family Foundation Muster Allies for Veterans

10/13/2015

Starbucks and the Schultz Family Foundation recently convened a group of veterans service organizations, military officials and business leaders to create a collective blueprint to help with the transition from military service to civilian careers. The effort is a continuation of Starbucks commitment to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2018. While building a pipeline of talent focused on veterans and active duty spouses, the company realized it can do more to bridge the divide between military and civilian populations. more »

Canopy's First Six Months: Building the Northwest's Place-Based Investing Infrastructure

10/05/2015

Lauren Sato, Canopy | Six months ago, Canopy launched in the Pacific Northwest with a grand vision to build the infrastructure necessary to create a thriving ecosystem for place-based impact investing. Half a year later, our commitment to this vision has led to many exciting changes. Based on interest and feedback from the field, Canopy has evolved from its early work of conducting field-building research to include robust technical infrastructure building and educational programming, all aimed at creating equitable prosperity in our region — from northern California to Alaska, from the Pacific Ocean to Wyoming — and ultimately across the United States. more »

Five Ways Funders Must Reconstruct Philanthropy

09/22/2015

Paul Shoemaker, founder of Social Venture Partners and the Microsoft Alumni Foundation's 2015 Integral Fellow, argues that funders need to fundamentally change the way they have traditionally worked with nonprofits, communities and each other. "If we want to produce more of the change our resources are capable of achieving," he writes, "we need to reconstruct our underlying practices." Citing examples ranging from the Ford Foundation to the Road Map Project, he offers five recommendations: more »

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