In my role as the President and CEO of Idaho Community Foundation, I have the privilege of traveling around the state to listen deeply to all of Idaho’s communities.
From Lewiston to Nampa, Pocatello to Boise, Sun Valley to Coeur d’Alene, our communities are facing challenges which philanthropy is uniquely positioned to support. The realities of changing economies, challenges in the education system, and a growing sense of political polarization mean that as philanthropy, our first role is always to listen: how are our communities asking us to show up for them, and what is the expertise they already bring to the work?
But it doesn’t stop there. Philanthropy must also create neutral convening spaces for people to listen to each other.
That’s why I am so excited to be a co-chair of this year’s Philanthropy Northwest annual conference October 2-4 in my home city of Boise, Idaho. During our conference, you’ll hear a lot about what it means to listen, and listen boldly. When has your foundation stepped outside of its comfort zone to convene communities from across the aisle, or from different silos, to solve problems together? How have you transformed your foundation’s practices based on feedback you heard from community? How have you embarked on a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) journey after listening to leaders in our sector and in our region?
We want to hear these stories. We want to hear from you.
The deadline to submit a session proposal is May 8. You don’t want to miss it.
Submit a session idea to show how you’ve leaned in to be bolder, brought more impact, and worked through a difficult transition to listen, partner and lead in new ways.