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 »
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Mares Asfaha | We have officially kicked-off our third cohort of Momentum Fellows! We are so proud to have such dynamic leaders in this cohort and in the philanthropic sector.
Building on the successes and lessons from cohorts one and two, we’ve made exciting changes to the Momentum Fellowship, like expanding the program to include people already working with their organizations, but still consider themselves new to philanthropy. We’re excited to support this group of talented folks who bring a wealth of expertise not just from their lived experiences, but also from their previous professional work prior to entering philanthropy. This third cohort of fellows features artists, youth development workers and community organizers. They represent a wide range of experiences and valuable expertise that they will bring to our sector. more »
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 »
Mijounga Chang, Zeeba Khalili, Denise Luk, Ami Patel, Tonisha Toler and Lauren Waudé | Guest Contributors | The Momentum Fellowship Program, hosted by Philanthropy Northwest, provides opportunities for individuals from communities underrepresented in philanthropy, particularly communities of color, to join the philanthropic field. The program, which is designed primarily as a professional development experience, offers individuals a robust learning opportunity through a full-time position at a foundation and a suite of activities coordinated by Philanthropy Northwest including executive coaching, leadership development opportunities and access to a cohort with peer fellows from other participating foundations in the Pacific Northwest. more »
Elyse Gordon | Once a month, I attend a professional womxn’s networking event. At the start of each event, the facilitator asks us each to share something that is distracting us, followed by the phrase “but I’m present.” The first time I heard this I cringed. Wouldn’t sharing my distractions mean me admitting my lack of engagement?
What I found is the opposite. more »
Ankita Patel | Aneelah Afzali and Masih Fouladi are co-contributors to this post
When talking about how historical oppression continues to impact communities today, it’s difficult to understand where to begin or how to advance our work. At Philanthropy Northwest, our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion framework and commitment helps us to understand when and how to enter the conversation with our communities.
Our Muslim communities — which are some of the fastest-growing in the country — are subjected to oppression, discrimination and indignities, otherwise known as Islamophobia. Muslims encounter these acts of injustice through a variety of individual and institutional mechanisms, such as experiencing bias incidents and hate crimes, facing discrimination when applying for jobs or securing housing, seeing children and loved ones bullied at school or being categorically restricted or banned from travel and targeted for surveillance. At its worst, Islamophobia has led to deadly consequences, not just for Muslims, but for other communities as well. more »
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 »
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 »