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Listening to Lead: Share your Stories for AC18!


Karen Bilowith, Idaho Community Foundation | In my role as the President and CEO of Idaho Community Foundation, I have the privilege of traveling around the state to listen deeply to all of Idaho’s communities. more »

Monthly Reflection: The Blooms of Spring


Kiran Ahuja | With spring in the air, the sun is more out and about—and so are we! We’ve been working tirelessly to create change that matches the welcome change of the seasons. From advancing our commitment to equity to expanding philanthropy’s role in policy and advocacy, we have fully embraced our expanded role as an organization and as a member network. more »

Reflections on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi: A Call to Antiracist Action


Erin Kahn, Executive Director, Raikes Foundation | The Raikes Foundation was proud to sponsor Philanthropy Northwest’s recent community conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. As a member of Philanthropy Northwest's board of directors, I’m excited by the role the organization is increasingly playing as a convener and resource to its membership on conversations about equity, particularly racial equity. Here are my reflections on Dr. Kendi's inspiring talk.  more »

Five Reasons to Attend our Annual Conference—in Boise!


Elyse Gordon | Each year, Philanthropy Northwest's Annual Conference helps unite our different regional experiences of philanthropy, community and social impact. It offers a rare chance for funders across our region to come together and share approaches and best practices for adapting to the latest social issues and exploring collaboration. Here are my top five reasons to attend this year's conference (#AC18) in Boise!   more »

Equity Speaker Series: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on Antiracism


More than 400 people gathered in Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium to attend our inaugural Equity Speaker Series featuring Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award winning author of Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. In his remarks, Dr. Kendi urged a new vision and role for philanthropy—one that challenges discriminatory policies and actively works to dismantle racial inequities. more »

Women: We're Stronger Together


Kathi Littmann, President & CEO, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation | I taught middle school, pursued architecture, was an executive in construction management, and then followed my dedication to education and community into the philanthropy sector. Each of those transitions was driven by my passion, but each success depended on mentors and peers who supported me and pushed me out of my comfort zone to go further. more »