News and Insights

Who's Coming to Vancouver for the Annual Conference

07/07/2017

Lyn Hunter | We are so excited to announce the following organizations will have staff and/or board members attending our annual conference in Vancouver, WA coming up October 3-5. With the theme, "Now is the Time to Lead Through Change," we are on the verge of announcing more information about our great lineup of breakout session topics which will range from funding in rural and Native communities, the importance of engaging at all levels of government, corporate giving strategies and diving into the intersection of community, democracy, and philanthropy. more »

Seeking Your Big Ideas for Northwest Philanthropy

05/03/2017

Lyn Hunter, Senior Program Manager | At Philanthropy Northwest, we're at the pinnacle of our service to you when we're creating space for our members and partners to learn together and from each other. We’re beginning to build the program for our 2017 conference, Now is the Time to Lead Though Change, and we need your help! What will YOU be talking about, October 3-5 in Vancouver, Washington? The YOU is in caps because you are our crystal ball, our gut instinct, our look into the future. Tell us your hunches about big issues through our Request for Proposals that closes on Monday, May 8. We’re excited to work with you to design exciting, relevant and memorable breakout sessions for the largest annual gathering of foundation leaders and corporate giving programs in the Northwest. more »

Finding a Sweet Spot for Community Change

05/02/2017

Jennifer Rhoads, Community Foundation for Southwest Washington | There’s a saying among colleagues in our field: “If you know one community foundation, you know one community foundation.” Every community is different. People in Missoula, Montana have distinct needs, which likely differ from those in Juneau, Alaska. Each community also has its own unique assets; the strengths and potentials present in Missoula and Juneau may not even be in play in Seattle. As our staff prepares for the Philanthropy Northwest 2017 conference and Washington Community Foundation Convening coming to town this fall, I thought it could be helpful to shed light on the undertones that make southwest Washington unique. What defines our community’s brand of philanthropy and how our nonprofits address local needs? more »

Top 11 Reasons to Visit Vancouver, WA

02/02/2017

Anne Yoon, Program Associate | Philanthropy Northwest's 2017 Annual Conference will be held along the banks of Cascadia's longest river, the ancestral home of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and the Northwest's oldest apple tree: Vancouver, Washington! There's so much to learn and share during our conference plenaries and breakout sessions, but there's always time to take a stroll — Vancouver has 40 miles of urban trails! — and take in the sights, too. During our program team's recent site visit, we loved meeting with our partners from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and Community Foundation for Southwest Washington and making new connections while enjoying the vibrant streets, beautiful landscape and small-town charm. In adiditon to our conference, our new friends sat Visit Vancouver USA offer these 10 recommendations: more »

Our Ambassadors of 2015

12/22/2015

Named in honor of a beloved community leader and Philanthropy Northwest member, our Mary Helen Moore Ambassador of the Year Award recognizes an individual or organization who has demonstrated remarkable leadership and made personal contributions — beyond financial support — that benefit the entire network. This year, based on our daily interactions with our network members and partners, we chose both an individual and an organization as our 2015 Ambassadors of the Year. more »

What We Learned at Local Matters: Washington

11/25/2015

Jeff Clarke, CEO | How can ­­­­­we better initiate, nurture and participate in conversations that engage communities in creating their own solutions? What are the challenges, risks and rewards of entering into open, authentic conversations that generate shared understanding and joint action? Which practices do philanthropists need to hold space for these conversations? How do we determine whether it’s more appropriate to talk or listen? The fifth stop on our Local Matters 2015 conversation series found us exploring these questions in Bellingham, Washington, with leaders from more than 100 organizations across the state. more »

Experimenting and Experiencing: What We Learned at Local Matters: Alaska + Indigenous Communities

11/16/2015

Lyn Hunter, Senior Program Manager | One of our challenges was understanding ourselves how different this gathering would be and then, of course, communicating it. Guided by our board, our Alaska Native and Native American leaders and allies, and our ongoing commitment to community building in Indian Country, we suspected that we were onto something big. What happened exceeded our wildest expectations. Here are the themes we heard from participants, in their own words. more »

Philanthropy Is... Indigenous Ways of Knowing

10/21/2015

Jeff Clarke, CEO | The fourth stop of our Local Matters 2015 series found us in Anchorage, Alaska with leaders from more than 35 organizations, from Bristol Bay to Washington, D.C. For many, it was a life-changing experience. We were welcomed as guests to First Alaskans Institute's 32nd annual Elders and Youth Conference and to the Alaska Federation of Natives — National Congress of American Indians 4th annual Tribal Conference with state and federal policy makers. We were privy to the inner workings of a 10,000-year-old culture as elders passed on their wisdom and traditions to a new generation of Native voices. Despite more than 220 federally recognized tribes in Alaska, each community was honored and rejoiced equally, and spent a week united in both the challenges they share and the opportunities that lie ahead. more »

Bringing It All Back Home: Good Work and Collective Action in Montana

06/23/2015

Daniel Kemmis, Board Member | Last week’s Local Matters gathering in Big Sky, Montana felt like a most fitting way of closing a circle whose circumference I’ve been walking for the last nine years. What made the event so satisfying was the opportunity to feel unabashed pride in the good work and collective action taking place in Montana and in Philanthropy Northwest. more »

Philanthropy is... Networks in Action. What We Heard at Local Matters: Montana

06/23/2015

Caitlin Copple, Montana Correspondent | Against the backdrop of Lone Mountain on a patio with a river rock fireplace, nearly 100 philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit staff and government leaders spent a day and a half talking, thinking and planning next steps to advance issues that matter most to Montanans. Here's what we learned at Local Matters: Montana in June. more »

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