Kiran Ahuja | Our conference theme this year – Rooted. Grounded. Growing. – provides an important reflection piece for my end of year letter. Hopefully you caught earlier blogs by Elyse Gordon, our senior manager of programs, and Aleesha Towns-Bain, our conference co-chair and board chair, where they shared their thoughts on being Rooted and Grounded. I thought I would focus my end-of-year reflections on “Growing” – the anchor for our conference theme. more »
News and Insights
It was wonderful seeing everyone during PNW19, exchanging ideas and learning together. We asked our conference committee members to share with us what they heard at PNW19 that stuck with them. Here are their reflections: more »
Elyse Gordon | Once a month, I attend a professional womxn’s networking event. At the start of each event, the facilitator asks us each to share something that is distracting us, followed by the phrase “but I’m present.” The first time I heard this I cringed. Wouldn’t sharing my distractions mean me admitting my lack of engagement?
What I found is the opposite. more »
Aleesha Towns-Bain | Guest Contributor, Executive Director, Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation | My mom gave me a precious gift as a child - knowing exactly where we are from; a small fishing village near the Ugashik River in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Alutiiq people are matrilineal and our identities are passed through our mothers. So while I wasn’t born or raised in Alaska (and my dad is a proud Texan), I’ve always known that my people are from the beautiful waters of Alaska, and that my roots are sunk deep into the berry-studded tundra. My mom gave me the gift of my roots. more »
We are starting to get so excited about our upcoming annual conference in Seattle, WA this November and it looks like our network is, too! This year we have seen the highest interest in early bird registration and are feeling a ton of momentum leading up to this event. Interested in being a part of a great group of organizations who are coming to Seattle this fall? Register here and check out the friends who will be joining you. more »
Lauren Mariko Waudé, Guest Contributor | I grew up with stories of my family just trying to maintain as much a sense of community as possible, and I can feel that when walking along the baseball field or stepping into the fire stations at Minidoka. Scanning photos of the makeshift holiday celebrations and the community gardens, knowing how my family had to completely rebuild their lives after leaving the camps, the resiliency of the Japanese American community is not lost on me. more »
Kendra Witt-Doyle, Guest Contributor | As a new member, this was my first time attending the annual conference. I had many takeaways and met many fantastic leaders who are undertaking work that is inspiring and transformational in their communities. It took me a few days to “digest” everything I experienced at PNW18 – keynote speakers, information from the sessions I attended and conversations I had during the conference with fellow colleagues. more »
Caitlin Copple Masingill, Guest Contributor | A handful of philanthropists have shaped so much about Boise (and Idaho’s) landscape, including the late Joe and Kathryn Albertson, whose legacy continues to shape the Gem State through their namesake foundation. The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation is a lead partner in supporting Philanthropy Northwest’s upcoming annual conference, and its Executive Director, Roger Quarles, expressed excitement about the upcoming conversation with regional funders.
“Philanthropy Northwest is a strong, healthy organization that does meaningful work,” Quarles said. “We’ve benefited from the consulting expertise of the Giving Practice in the past, and we are thrilled to be a part of bringing the region’s thought leaders to Boise.” more »
David Bieter, Boise Mayor | We are excited to host Philanthropy Northwest in Boise because of the diversity of the region you represent and the leadership you provide in philanthropy. We have much to share, and much to learn, and we know we can’t do it alone. Welcome to Boise, and we’ll see you in October. more »