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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 »

A Season of Change at Meyer Memorial Trust

09/18/2015

Doug Stamm, Meyer Memorial Trust | September always brings change: weather shifts from hot to cool, busy autumn mornings replace leisurely summer afternoons, days grow incrementally shorter. Here at Meyer Memorial Trust, in a year filled with changes, the month offers a moment to reflect on where we have been and on where we are heading. Last year, Meyer awarded more grants than ever before — 515 grants and loans just over $46 million; we are again on track to make the largest payout in the foundation’s history. But we haven’t only been making grants this year. We began outreach in several of our four priority focus areas — housing, education, the environment, and supporting a vibrant nonprofit sector. more »

Starbucks Joins Growing Movement to Fund Refugee Relief Efforts

09/17/2015

The Starbucks Foundation has announced three new grants totaling $110,000 to nonprofit organizations supporting the refugee crisis in Europe. “We believe that donating funds directly to these organizations is the best way for us to support expert relief providers, enabling them to allocate resources where they are most needed. And, with great urgency,” said Kris Engskov, head of the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa operations. more »

Microsoft Alumni Foundation Announces 2015 Integral Fellow: Paul Shoemaker

09/10/2015

The Microsoft Alumni Foundation has announced its new Integral Fellow: Paul Shoemaker, founding president of Social Venture Partners International. Now in its seventh year, the Integral Fellows program recognizes and supports Microsoft alumni who now use their talents, time and resources to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Shoemaker will receive a cash grant of $25,000 for the nonprofit of his choice, along with a year of community support and visibility. The award will be celebrated October 9 at a gathering of 500 current and past Microsoft leaders. more »

Cambia Health Foundation Announces $1.8M for Palliative Care

09/02/2015

Cambia Health Foundation, based in Oregon, has named the 10 recipients of a two-year, $180,000 grant through its annual Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program. The $1.8 million program promotes palliative care workforce development by funding research, clinical, educational or policy projects to improve care for patients of all ages facing serious illnesses. In the Pacific Northwest, recipients represent the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing and the University of Washington. more »

Ballmers, Microsoft Commit $21M to Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

09/02/2015

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie, joined by Microsoft, have committed $21 million to the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship to support low- and middle-income students pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and health care fields. The scholarship, which Boeing and Microsoft each helped found with $25 million each in 2011, matches public and private money to deserving scholars and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees. more »

Social Justice Fund Announces Executive Director Transition

08/27/2015

Social Justice Fund Northwest's board of directors has announced that Zeke Spier, the foundation's executive director for the past five years, will leave the role at the end of this year. He will be succeeded by Mijo Lee, associate director, in January. "Zeke will continue to advance the Giving Project model nationally by working with other organizations interested in launching projects of their own. He is currently working with three foundations and will explore new opportunities for Giving Projects as well as other ways to support social justice philanthropy around the country," writes Jessan Hutchison-Quillian, board chair. more »

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