Aleesha Towns-Bain | Guest Contributor, Executive Director, Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation | My mom gave me a precious gift as a child - knowing exactly where we are from; a small fishing village near the Ugashik River in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Alutiiq people are matrilineal and our identities are passed through our mothers. So while I wasn’t born or raised in Alaska (and my dad is a proud Texan), I’ve always known that my people are from the beautiful waters of Alaska, and that my roots are sunk deep into the berry-studded tundra. My mom gave me the gift of my roots. more »
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Ted Lord | When people gather to accomplish a common task, they also feel seen, heard and witnessed as individuals—even while tending the shared task of the whole. Appreciation Rounds are a collective call out that help make tacit group culture norms explicit, while also supporting the leadership development and personal mastery of participants. Starting meetings with an appreciative exercise often leads to an increased willingness to learn in public. We are often more able to admit mistaken assumptions and shadow behaviors when we trust that others see and hold us fully. more »
Kim Moore | Guest Contributor, Retired President, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund | Many foundations are taking steps to include rural constituencies in their work. We studied this work around the country in The Rural Philanthropy Analysis and developed five strategies uniquely important to grantmakers funding rural projects. more »
When people think of philanthropy and the work that foundations do, their first thoughts do not usually go straight to public policy and advocacy work. more »
We are starting to get so excited about our upcoming annual conference in Seattle, WA this November and it looks like our network is, too! This year we have seen the highest interest in early bird registration and are feeling a ton of momentum leading up to this event. Interested in being a part of a great group of organizations who are coming to Seattle this fall? Register here and check out the friends who will be joining you. more »
Rosalie Sheehy Cates | It’s magic to watch impact investing happen in a small town. In June, a group of local people met in Missoula, Montana for 90 minutes and crafted a $300,000 loan enabling a nonprofit organization to buy land for an innovative affordable housing development. Their transaction paves the way for Homeword to develop up to 72 new homes and support services that are sorely needed in Missoula. more »
Lyn Hunter | “Have a great day and let your sun shine!” These are my departing words for my 8-year-old daughter every morning at drop off. It’s my rally cry hoping she unleashes her true self on the world (well, ok, her second-grade classroom) in everything she does.
The 2019 COF Career Pathways cohort has been a tremendous learning opportunity for me. For the last 13 years, I’ve been at Philanthropy Northwest steadily progressing in my responsibility in a variety of programmatic roles. Last year, I was promoted to the first-ever director of regional strategies and networks. What would it mean to move into a leadership position and remain my authentic self? A lot was at stake. more »
Nancy Sanabria | As we continue to explore strategies to support the field in incorporating equity in their practices, we are excited to announce that we are partnering with several other philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) to advance the learning and practice of equitable evaluation among our members. This new collaborative, known as Associations Advancing Equitable Evaluation Practices (AAEEP), supports the important equity-focused work to which many of our members are already committed and striving to implement. Our joint agreement as AAEEP partners states our commitment to helping our networks understand equitable evaluation and to digging deeper into how to create change in our own organizations. more »
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 »
With more than $16 billion of federal funding for critical state infrastructure at stake in the 2020 Census, philanthropic partners announced $1.5 million in total grants to enable community-based organizations to conduct effective outreach in communities across Washington state. more »