News and Insights

The 2020 Census: An Individual and Collective Journey

04/12/2019

Ankita Patel | Philanthropy Northwest is actively engaged in partnering with members and stakeholders across our region to ensure a robust and accurate count during the 2020 Census. Personally, I am incredibly excited about the launch of the Washington Census Equity Fund, and all the work that has gone into ensuring that communities can mobilize quickly and efficiently by our philanthropic partners. Now we are pleased to announce the opening of the request for proposals to apply for census funding in Washington state. more »

On the Road for Community Democracy

03/24/2016

Peter Pennekamp and Garland Yates, Community Democracy Workshop | Garland Yates and Peter Pennekamp, Community Democracy Workshop | Democratic community action is part of America’s spirit. From 19th century New England town hall meetings to the civil rights movement and issues of today, stories and research demonstrate citizen efficacy where government, service providers and business fall short. Yet support for the engagement of democratic practices by communities, while never more needed, is ever less apparent by those in positions of power. This is all part of a larger pattern leading to growing inequality and pessimism by most Americans for their communities and our future. In response, Community Democracy Workshop, a national project of Philanthropy Northwest, has been testing and demonstrating the practices and benefits of authentic community engagement. more »

Getting to Community Democracy

06/12/2015

Sindhu Knotz, The Giving Practice | Last week, Community Democracy Workshop partnered with The Ford Family Foundation to host a peer learning exchange among funders and practitioners of place-based community change efforts from several cities across the U.S, including Denver, Buffalo, San Diego, Boston, Little Rock and New Orleans. Here's what we learned. more »

Philanthropy’s Role in Renewing Democracy

06/30/2014

by Daniel Kemmis, Philanthropy Northwest board member and Kettering Foundation fellow. Almost all philanthropists are contributing to democracy almost all the time, even though most of them don’t think of their daily work in those terms. This unintentional philanthropic contribution to democracy is truly immeasurable. How does this abundance of philanthropic contributions to democracy counterbalance the weakness in so many of our governing institutions? We had a lively session on this topic in May at the joint Philanthropy Northwest – GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington conference in Oregon. The conversation was just getting fully engaged when the bell rang for the next session, so we’ve invited session participants with more to say to weigh in here. more »

Introducing Philanthropy & the Renewal of Democracy by Daniel Kemmis

04/23/2014

We’re very proud to present a new monograph from Daniel Kemmis, “Philanthropy and the Renewal of Democracy: Is it Time to Step Up Our Game?” We’ve published this in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation, because we believe that there is an intimate and vital connection between philanthropy’s aspirations to build a better society and the daily practice of democracy and civic engagement. In this new work, Kemmis offers both an appreciative history and some probing questions grounded in current events. more »