Introducing Our Snapshot of Foundation Giving to the Northwest

November 21, 2016

Philanthropy Northwest's members and foundations across the country make significant investments in communities across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. In partnership with Foundation Center, we are thrilled to unveil Snapshot of Foundation Giving to the Northwest, a profile of grantmaking data from more than 500 U.S. foundations to communities across Philanthropy Northwest’s six-state region.

Snapshot of Foundation Giving to the Northwest (Fall 2016) captures more than 22,000 grants, totaling $1.3 billion, from 512 community, corporate, family, independent and operating foundations. This 4-page profile is precursor to our biennial Trends in Northwest Giving report, which will be released early next year. Through our new partnership with Foundation Center, Trends 2016 will include a larger sample of funders than ever before, along with an interactive feature through the Get on the Map data visualization.

The 2016 Snapshot's analysis is based on fiscal year 2014 grants data submitted to Foundation Center by 107 foundations in the Northwest ($955 million total giving to our region) and 405 foundations outside the Northwest ($337 million total giving to our region). Based on our snapshot, we observed three themes:

  • Overall giving has risen since our Trends 2014 report (based on FY2012 data), solidifying our recovery from the Great Recession.
  • Consistent with national trends, health care receives the highest share of giving. This is a shift from Trends 2014, where the largest share of regional grant dollars went to education.
  • Grants reported from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private foundation, continue to drive giving trends nationally, as well as regionally. For an accurate snapshot, it's important to review the data twice — including and excluding the foundation's grants.

Making Sure Your Grants Are Counted

Trends in Northwest Giving is a vital publication showcasing the great investments that are being made across our region, serving as a resource for funders, nonprofits, journalists, academics and policymakers.

For Trends 2016, we will once again include state-by-state analysis, issue areas and support strategies from our members across the Northwest region — but we need your help.

We want to thank all of you who have submitted your grants already. As of this week, we still need data from more than three dozen Northwest funders, including community foundations and corporate giving programs.

We've streamlined our data collection process by partnering with the Foundation Center and our fellow regional philanthropy networks through the "Get on the Map" project.  If you have any questions, visit the Get on the Map information page, check out the December 8 webinar or reach out to Foundation Center's e-reporting team.

Our report can only be as good as your data. The final deadline to submit your FY2014 giving, to make sure your grants are counted, is December 31, 2016.

Anjana Pandey is Philanthropy Northwest's director of member and donor relations. She can be reached at apandey@philanthropynw.org.