News and Insights

Closing Plenary Offers Hope for Combatting Rise of Hate

09/11/2017

Kiran Ahuja | One of the things I'm most proud of about this year's conference is the way we've curated conversations about timely topics. That's apparent in Day Three's closing plenary, which features four incredible panelists who will discuss the rise of hate in a post-9/11, post-Charlottesville context that's become quite unfriendly toward Arab-Americans, South Asian-Americans, and immigrants, including my friend, former 30 Rock actor Maulik Pacholy.  more »

Preview #PNW17: Conference Sessions Taking Shape

07/17/2017

Lyn Hunter, Senior Program Manager | More than 20 breakout sessions for the upcoming Philanthropy Northwest Conference in Vancouver, Washington have begun to take shape after a record response to our request for proposals. With presenters ranging from leaders at Social Justice Fund and Pride Foundation to the Murdock Trust, we're finalizing the details of conversations that are sure to add value to the work of philanthropists from across the region. New to this year's Annual Conference is an "unconference" element, sometimes referred to as "open space" sessions. Slated for the final day of the conference, October 5, these sessions will combine curated smaller-group conversations led by experts with opportunities to deepen conversations that emerge from the preceding days' breakout sessions. This is one year you won't want to leave early, so keep that in mind as you book your travel. In keeping with our theme, many sessions (though not all!) will be policy-focused on topics such as: health policy, tax reform, housing and homelessness, Indian Country, child welfare, civil/legal issues, and the rule of law in America. more »

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 »

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Top 5 Things to Do in Vancouver, USA

06/09/2017

Caitlin Copple, Philanthropy Northwest Correspondent | Nestled on the north bank of the Columbia River in Southwest Washington, Vancouver is the fourth largest city in the Evergreen State with nearly 170,000 people (think bigger than Bend, smaller than Boise). It’s flanked by Mount St. Helen’s and the Cascade Mountains to the east. 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 »

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