News and Insights

Introducing Our 2017 Momentum Fellowship Host Foundations

03/06/2017

Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Learning Strategy Director | The Momentum Fellowship is designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities, particularly communities of color, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector through professional development, networking and mentoring opportunities. We're excited to announce that our next cohort of Momentum Fellows will be placed at seven foundations across the Northwest: Marguerite Casey Foundation, The Collins Foundation, Empire Health Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Rasmuson Foundation, Whatcom Community Foundation and Women's Foundation of Oregon. more »

Chasing Hope & Opportunity in 2017

01/05/2017

Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Director of Learning Strategy | We have arrived in 2017! Moving forward into the new year, Philanthropy Northwest is excited about what the future holds and prepared to build upon the successes of the previous year. While we leave 2016 with many uncertainties, we have great faith in our Northwest philanthropic community's continued investment in the innovation, resilience and optimism that define our region. We see regional philanthropy stepping up to ensure nonprofit and service organizations have the capacity to drive towards their missions and serve as advocates for what’s needed on the ground. In the past few months, we have been reminded that you place high value on generosity, compassion, human rights and justice. And so, we look ahead with a great sense of hope. Hope that we will find clarity and understanding in how we can move forward collectively as a region and nation. Hope in transparent conversations that make clear the places where we are more alike in our shared pursuits than we are different. Hope that as a sector we take advantage of opportunities to learn from our mistakes, replicate our successes and share in solutions that make philanthropy a more effective institution. In this hopeful spirit, here's a preview of the ways Philanthropy Northwest seeks to engage and have impact in 2017: more »

The Power of Networking: Lessons from Dreamforce

11/18/2016

Kelley Bevans, Information Technology Specialist | Confession: I had avoided Salesforce's annual Dreamforce conference in the past, thinking its huge size would be so overwelming that it would be of no benefit to my work. This year’s gathering brought 170,000 attendees to San Francisco, the equivalent of 20% of the city's population. I could suddenly relate to some of Philanthropy Northwest's newer members, figuring out our suite of workshops and resources, and where they fit in our six-state network of family funds, foundations and corporate giving programs. In both cases, it's helpful to focus on smaller subgroups for shared learning, keep an open mind, find your balance and have fun. more »

Raising a Glass to Sustaining Partners & New Friends

10/19/2016

Paul Kim, Member and Donor Program Associate | This fall, Philanthropy Northwest celebrates 40 years as a thriving network of foundations and corporate giving programs committed to Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Last month, more than 200 philanthropy leaders joined us Under One Sky in Missoula, Montana to explore this work through the lenses of democracy and equity, and to raise a glass with our founding members, valued partners — and several new friends. We're thankful for the support and partnership of our longtime members, along with three organizations that have joined us more recently: Grays Harbor Community Foundation, Group Health Community Foundation and U.S. Bank. more »

Making Connections, Learning Together

10/06/2016

Audrey Haberman, Interim CEO | From the moment I attended my first Philanthropy Northwest program as a Women’s Funding Alliance staff member in 1997, I have always been personally inspired and professionally improved as a result of time spent connecting and learning with our network. It's so easy, yet also dangerous, to believe our best work is done by working hard and in isolation. We are at our best, as a field and individually, when we take the time to sit with others, learn together, reflect and share with colleagues, mentors and community partners. It may be during a conference plenary or a session when someone else’s story sheds light on one of my own relevant challenges. It may be from side conversation, with someone I’ve known for years or someone I just met, where we trade advice and opinions. Or it may be in stepping back and using reflective practices to unveil what we need to see or know by looking at it “from the balcony.” more »

What's On Your Program Wish List?

10/05/2016

Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Learning Strategy Director | Access to skill-building workshops, funder briefings and shared learning opportunities are and have always been a benefit of being a member of Philanthropy Northwest. We make a concerted effort to be responsive to the diverse needs of our members across the six states we serve — while simultaneously getting ahead of developing trends and burgeoning issues in the sector. This summer, we asked those who have attended Philanthropy Northwest programs in the past two years to tell us what they think by participating in a 5-minute survey. And wow: 87 of you responded, including several folks who emailed or called me personally to provide more in-depth feedback. The following topics ranked high on your area of interest for deepening knowledge, expertise and capacity more »

Bright Horizons for Northwest Philanthropy

10/03/2016

Kevin Walker, Board Chair | I’ve been a regular at philanthropy conferences of all sorts for more than 20 years. In all that time, I’ve never participated in a conference that illuminated its guiding themes as successfully as Philanthropy Northwest's Under One Sky conference last month in Missoula. Equity and democracy are profoundly important to me and to the organization I lead, the Northwest Area Foundation. The conference was also special for me because I had the privilege of presenting Philanthropy Northwest’s Mary Helen Moore Ambassador of the Year Award to Natalie Camacho Mendoza, a Boise-based attorney and lifelong advocate for an equitable and forward-looking Idaho, and to welcome three new leaders to Philanthropy Northwest's board, representing The Boeing Company, Northwest Health Foundation and Rasmuson Foundation. more »

Who's Coming to the Washington Community Foundations Convening

09/28/2016

Gloris Estrella, Program Manager | Philanthropy Northwest coordinates a network of community foundations in Washington state, including our annual Washington Community Foundation Convening, bringing together the leadership of community foundations and other place-based investors across our region. This is my second year working with this network, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and this year's convening will be better than ever! Our gathering in Leavenworth has a great lineup of speakers, facilitators and confirmed participants.   more »

What We Learned Under One Sky

09/19/2016

If you joined us for our 2016 conference and 40th anniversary celebration, Under One Sky in Missoula, Montana, you're probably still mentally unpacking all the conversations — particularly around supporting democracy and advancing equity in philanthropy. As we return to our communities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, we will continue sharing detailed notes, photos and recaps from our staff, consultants and engaged members on our website, in our programs and through Philanthropy Northwest's e-bulletins. In the meantime, please enjoy this Storify slideshow of #PNW40 social media activity during the conference and video message from Nancy Nordhoff, one of our founding directors. more »

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