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Funding Communities of Color in Rainier Valley (and Beyond!)


by Lyn Hunter, Jon Stahl and Anne Yoon | How can funders get better at building capacity and power in communities of color? What are the unique challenges -- and opportunities -- that people of color-led organizations face in seeking funding? This week, we gathered at the Hillman City Collaboratory in Seattle's Rainier Valley with a standing-room-only crowd of nearly 80 community members, nonprofit leaders and funders for a rich conversation on these themes. more »

Don't Forget to Take Off Your Shoes and Dance!


by Sindhu Knotz, partner, The Giving Practice | In late September, I attended the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s 2014 National Convening in Atlanta, as part of a team providing facilitation support. This year the convening brought together nearly 200 grantee partners of the foundation and, in keeping with the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s movement building strategy, launched a new national membership organization called Equal Voice Action. I found inspiration, renewal and a heck of dance party. more »

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Our New Report on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


We're excited to share with your our latest report, "Vision and Voice: The Role of Leadership and Dialogue in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion." Produced in partnership with the D5 Coalition and the Seattle University Nonprofit Leadership Program, "Vision and Voice" is the product of a year-long process of research and dialogue with northwest foundation leaders about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy. It includes findings from interviews with 23 regional foundation leaders and an in-depth exploration of a unique peer cohort we facilitated, consisting of 10 leaders who met on an ongoing basis to discuss and support each other in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in their organizations. more »

An Interview with Kelly Brown, Director of the D5 Coalition


We've got a big conference coming up, and we're thrilled that Kelly Brown, director of the D5 Coalition, will be joining us to talk about diversity, equity and inclusiveness in philanthropy in both a plenary and a workshop session. To whet your appetite, here's a short interview Philanthropy Northwest CEO Jeff Clarke conducted with Kelly over email last week. more »