News and Insights

Starting a Foundation? Our Checklist Can Help

12/05/2017

Ted Lord | When starting a foundation, resilience is often as important as ideas and talent. But even the most resilient among us will benefit from tools that help us see the forest through the trees without overlooking the basics. Such tools need not be complex. According to renowned author and surgeon, Atul Gawande, the humblest of tools—for example, making a process list to follow when completing a given task—can help us avoid error and get things right. That’s why The Giving Practice at Philanthropy Northwest developed the Foundation Start-Up Checklist. more »

Dear Members: Our Next Chapter Begins With You

12/04/2017

Kiran Ahuja | Philanthropy Northwest's members are central to our work to promote a more resilient, equitable and inclusive future that honors our past, our people and our cultures regionally. As an organization, we believe that we are at our best when we embrace the future as an opportunity to do more in collaboration with you—our members. We've exciting programs and new initiatives on the horizon, but to have the most impact, we must first appreciate and recognize our strengths as a six-state network. That’s why the next chapter truly begins with you! more »

New Investing Resources, With Insights from Our Members and Experts

11/28/2017

Rosalie Sheehy Cates | If you are an endowment manager, or an impact investor, we’ve two new resources for you! Now available for download: The Council on Foundations and Commonfund Institute's 2016 Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations as well as Philanthropy Northwest's Foundation Guide to Investing in Community Development Financial Institutions.

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With New Grants, Whatcom Community Foundation #GivesThanks for Connection and Neighborliness

11/21/2017

Alena Feeney, Momentum Fellow, Whatcom Community Foundation | Neighborliness fuels our mission as a community foundation. It also inspired us to lean into strengthening connections in our community through a small grants program called Project Neighborly, which seeks to catalyze inclusion, encourage collaboration, and inspire convesation with neighbors that might not ordinarily have the chance to connect. more »

ACTION ALERT: Tax Reform Proposals Threaten Charitable Sector - Contact Your Lawmakers Today

11/15/2017

Meredith Higashi | Tax reform is at the top of the agenda on Capitol Hill, and philanthropy has a critical stake in key proposals moving through both the House and the Senate. Philanthropy Northwest is deeply concerned about the proposed reforms, and the dramatic impact they could have on the charitable sector. We urge you to contact your lawmakers today to help protect what matters. more »

Thank You for Making Our Annual Conference a Success!

10/19/2017

Amy Pearson-Wales | Thank you to the more than 300 people who convened October 3-5 at our annual conference to share learnings and exchange ideas on this year’s theme of Leading Through Change!

Throughout the conference, attendees from more than 70 philanthropic organizations explored approaches as individuals and as community partners working to strengthen philanthropy’s impact in our six-state region. Discussions proved dynamic, informative and educational. Some were even difficult. But, guided by our commitment to creating space for all types of conversations—as represented by our attendee-curated Philanthropy Interrupted Talks—we leaned into the hard work of coming together to recognize and reflect on the challenges facing our communities and our sector in these increasingly divisive times. more »

Bank of America Invests $1.32 Million to Create Greater Economic Mobility Across Pacific and Inland Northwest

10/09/2017

Kim Vu, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Business and Community Engagement at Bank of America | To support responsible growth in the Pacific and Inland Northwest, Bank of America is giving $1.32 million in grants to 78 nonprofits focused on economic development for individuals and families, along with workforce development and basic needs, such as hunger relief and services for the homeless. The funding is part of the company’s broader philanthropic investment in create pathways to economic mobility and support thriving communities. The bank is partnering with local nonprofits such as Seattle Goodwill, United Way of King County, Greater Portland Inc., and Second Harvest Inland Northwest, which address the foundational barriers to economic mobility such as workforce development, education, and basic needs across the Puget Sound, Portland/Vancouver, Eastern Washington and parts of Idaho. more »

Putting Something in the Middle

09/28/2017

Doug Stamm, Chief Executive Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust |  

 

This is a cross-post from the Philanthropy's Reflective Practices website.

When I read Doug’s announcement about leaving Meyer Memorial Trust at the end of this year, I asked if we might have a couple of conversations about the reflective practices he used to guide his work there. I had admired his leadership of the foundation as it became an early adopter of Mission Related Investments (MRIs) and, more recently, his commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion at Meyer. This first post is about Meyer’s entry into making MRIs nearly twelve years ago. Investing with a mission lens is a high bar for foundations to clear. There is resistance to it, for good and bad reasons. Doug overcame that resistance by using a reflective practice that is often called “putting something in the middle”—using a third object to help participants explore their assumptions at a deeper level than words. This is an unusual practice but it can be a useful one, especially with analytic people. –Jan Jaffe more »

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