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Starbucks Commits to Opening 100 New Community Stores

02/24/2020

Last month, Starbucks announced plans to expand its Community Store initiative, which supports economic opportunity in diverse, low- to medium-income urban neighborhoods across the country, by opening 100 new Community Stores by 2025. Starbucks has opened 14 of these stores since the program’s inception in 2015, in locations like White Center, WA; Queens, NY; Milwaukee, WI; and Ferguson, MI. Their success inspired this expansion, with new Community Stores planned in Los Angeles, CA; Anacostia, D.C.; and Prince George’s County, MD. 

Starbucks founded the initiative as part of its goal of hiring 10,000 “Opportunity Youth” (young ages 16-24 who face systemic barriers to meaningful jobs and education). In select locations, the company focuses on factors like high youth unemployment, low median household income and economically distressed areas. more »

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Alaska Funders Rallied Together Around Major State Budget Cuts Proposed in 2019

01/21/2020

Meredith Higashi | Throughout 2019, the state budget was a top concern for Alaskan communities and organizations. To balance the budget, Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed $1.6 billion in spending cuts that would have a devastating impact across the state, including for housing and homeless programs, arts programs, Medicaid, the University of Alaska system, civil legal services, early childhood and more. With a steep battle to minimize the magnitude of the cuts, Alaskans worked to take a united stand for their communities. The scale of the budget crisis necessitated new ways of leading together, especially among funders. more »

Learning by Visiting: Marguerite Casey Foundation Board Meetings

12/19/2019

Zeeba Khalili | Guest Contributor, Marguerite Casey Foundation | Sunday morning began with a tour through Little Haiti, 3.5 square miles comprising the oldest neighborhood of people of Haitian descent in Florida — and one of the largest communities of Haitians in the U.S. Riding in a long yellow school bus, Marguerite Casey Foundation board members listened to Boukman Mangones, a Haitian-American architect, speak about the fight to preserve Little Haiti’s heritage and to combat the efforts of real estate developers who could displace the community. more »

Marguerite Casey Foundation Develops Future Philanthropy Leaders of Color

10/28/2019

Luz Vega-Marquis | Guest Contributor, Marguerite Casey Foundation | Luz Vega-Marquis, president and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, says the latest Philanthropy Northwest Momentum Fellow to join the staff reflects her dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion – and her leadership commitment to developing future philanthropy leaders of color. more »

Building Capacity: Philanthropy's Role in Supporting Nonprofit-Assistance Services

10/08/2019

Matt Fikejs | Guest Contributor, 501 Commons | Have you ever had a question or need for assistance that prevented you from making progress at work?  Now, imagine you also work for a budget-constrained nonprofit, and maybe you’re the only employee or one of just a handful of people running the organization. What do you do when you’re stumped or at an impasse?  more »

Looking Ahead to the Next Billion

06/28/2019

Dana Miller | Guest Contributor, Senior Program Director, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust | It’s an exciting day at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. As part of our Founder’s Day celebration marking our 44th anniversary, we announced that, since opening our doors in 1975, we have awarded more than $1 billion in grants to nonprofits that serve the Pacific Northwest.

Preparing for this announcement has allowed our team to reflect on the thousands of nonprofits we have had the opportunity to partner with over the years and the myriad projects that we have helped bring to fruition in some small way. more »

Getting out on the Balcony: Adaptive Leadership in Philanthropy

06/07/2019

Victoria Peattie Helm | Guest Contributor, Executive Director at NW Children’s Foundation | Leadership. Whole shelves are devoted to the topic at bookstores, and seminars on leadership abound. After 14 years as executive director at NW Children’s Foundation, I was eager to find ways to deepen my own leadership but could not find anything that seemed to fit. Then I discovered Philanthropy Northwest’s Women’s Leadership Cohort. more »

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Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative to be Highlight of Idaho Community Foundation’s May Luncheon

05/13/2019

By Jennifer Kronberg, Guest Contributor, Idaho Community Foundation | In an area with great natural beauty and land resources like the Pacific Northwest, it’s important to preserve the landscapes that make it special. That’s the idea behind the Pacific Northwest Resilient Landscapes Initiative, a new partnership between the Idaho Community Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, Seattle Foundation and the Land Trust Alliance. The initiative is launched with the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and will permanently protect thousands of acres of natural lands in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. more »

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