Join the Conversation: Welcome New Members

Join the Conversation: Welcome New Members

As Philanthropy Northwest celebrates our 40th anniversary in 2016, we're excited to be working with more than 180 foundations, funds and corporate giving programs committed to Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Through shared experiences, learning and action across sectors, we help each other become more skillful in our work, advance our missions and build vibrant, equitable and inclusive communities.

Strengthening existing connections among our people, places and missions — and forging new opportunities every day — makes us stronger partners regionally and nationally. We are thankful for the support and partnership of our longtime members, along with eight organizations joining us this year:

  • Arakawa Foundation: A new family foundation based in Washington's Puget Sound region, focused on education and the arts.
  • Kent Community Foundation: A community foundation supporting education and the cultural arts in greater Kent, Washington, through educational opportunities, grants and scholarships.
  • Lemelson Foundation: Based in Oregon, the Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises to promote economic growth in the U.S., and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries. Established by prolific U.S. inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy in the early 1990s, the foundation has provided or committed more than $185 million in grants and program-related investments in support of its mission.
  • Northwest Health Foundation: Northwest Health Foundation seeks to advance, support, and promote health in Oregon and Southwest Washington. In addition to grant making, the foundation also focuses on community building, and advocacy support.
  • Seattle-King County Dental Society Foundation: Established in 1992, the Seattle-King County Dental Society represents almost 1,700 dentists committed to improving oral health of people in King County, Washington. They also provide access to dental care for the underserved citizens of King County and supports dental educational programs for members of the public and healthcare professionals.
  • Doyle & Donna Shepherd Foundation: Based in Cottage Grove, Oregon, this private foundation provides capacity building and general operating support to organizations involved in arts, education, health and human services.
  • Rapp Family Foundation: A family foundation based in Montana.
  • Wyoming Community Foundation: For 25 years, the Wyoming Community Foundation has connected people who care with causes that matter to build a better Wyoming. The foundation makes grants to nonprofits throughout the state; serve donors and communities by connecting them to causes they care most about; make giving easy by accepting a wide-range of gifts, including estates and stock; and act as a resource for nonprofit boards and staff.

Philanthropy Northwest members work together and with our team to create conversations, policy positions and resources for the field. We encourage you to take advantage of our many membership benefits, including: 

Through our relationship with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Philanthropy Northwest members also receive special rates for these resources:

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