News and Insights

An Interview with Kelly Brown, Director of the D5 Coalition


We've got a big conference coming up, and we're thrilled that Kelly Brown, director of the D5 Coalition, will be joining us to talk about diversity, equity and inclusiveness in philanthropy in both a plenary and a workshop session. To whet your appetite, here's a short interview Philanthropy Northwest CEO Jeff Clarke conducted with Kelly over email last week. more »

Partnering with Government to Disrupt Inequality


by Audrey Haberman, The Giving Practice - Like many of you, I am thinking a lot about income inequality these days. I have been honored to serve on the Mayor’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee, which is tasked with presenting a proposal to the Seattle City Council to raise the minimum wage in Seattle. It has been a wonderful, difficult and complex process. more »

Want Greater Impact? Have a Conversation First


by Ted Lord, The Giving Practice. Collective Impact, philanthropy’s flavor of the day, has entered its back-biting season — a positive sign, given that push back is often a signal that a creative disruption is working. In this blog post, I’ll parse why the funder community has so enthusiastically embraced Collective Impact and how it has already produced learnings that we shouldn’t throw out when its season as the shiny new thing inevitably ends. more »

Practices That Matter – Project Streamline Takes Stock of Streamlining


Five years ago, Project Streamline – a field-wide effort led by the Grants Managers Network – published “Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted From Purpose,” a study of the burdens of application and reporting. In a new report, Practices That Matter, Project Streamline documents how, even as many foundations are increasingly aware of and committed to streamlining, the average nonprofit organization still experiences a burdensome process. more »

Everyone in the Room


The Russell Family Foundation's Richard Woo on moving towards "...a sustainable and peaceful world for people, places and communities." Their work on the Puyallup Watershed Initiative embodies the three principles they follow: taking a place-based approach, embracing differences, and being a learning organization. more »

Oil Boom Pushes Montana Communities to Their Limits, Philanthropic Response Needed


For many of the cities and towns in eastern Montana, a recent oil boom has brought welcome relief to struggling economies. But the massive influx of new residents is leading to difficult-to-control growth and a strain on the infrastructure of municipalities. The explosive growth has also brought on an increased demand for social services, and yet-to-be-known environmental implications. more »