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First Reflections

07/18/2017

Kiran Ahuja, CEO | As we look to the future, I'm struck by Philanthropy Northwest's values of equity, engagement, integrity, accountability, and learning—values that have been central in my career thus far. Most recently I served as chief of staff at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, supporting thousands of federal employees committed to public service. Before that I served as executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, working to increase access to federal programs and services for these underserved populations. Earlier in my career, I litigated education-related civil rights cases for the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division including desegregation cases.  more »

Preview #PNW17: Conference Sessions Taking Shape

07/17/2017

Lyn Hunter, Senior Program Manager | More than 20 breakout sessions for the upcoming Philanthropy Northwest Conference in Vancouver, Washington have begun to take shape after a record response to our request for proposals. With presenters ranging from leaders at Social Justice Fund and Pride Foundation to the Murdock Trust, we're finalizing the details of conversations that are sure to add value to the work of philanthropists from across the region. New to this year's Annual Conference is an "unconference" element, sometimes referred to as "open space" sessions. Slated for the final day of the conference, October 5, these sessions will combine curated smaller-group conversations led by experts with opportunities to deepen conversations that emerge from the preceding days' breakout sessions. This is one year you won't want to leave early, so keep that in mind as you book your travel. In keeping with our theme, many sessions (though not all!) will be policy-focused on topics such as: health policy, tax reform, housing and homelessness, Indian Country, child welfare, civil/legal issues, and the rule of law in America. more »

Jackson Foundation Invests in Youth Leadership Through Fellowship Program

07/14/2017

Lara Iglitzin, Executive Director, Henry M. Jackson Foundation | When we began the program, the foundation’s leadership decided that investing in a small group of outstanding young people and devoting to them our time and attention to help advance their careers would be worthwhile. Indeed, the program has exceeded our expectations. The first fellow has already joined one of our key board committees, a program goal from the start. We are inspired and hopeful that our fellows will roll up their sleeves and continue their civic engagement, armed with Jackson principles and values.  more »

Thinking Bigger About the Future: Welcome our new CEO, Kiran Ahuja

07/13/2017

Kevin Walker, Board Chair, Philanthropy Northwest; President and CEO, Northwest Area Foundation | I’m delighted to welcome Kiran Ahuja as the new CEO of Philanthropy Northwest. Kiran joins the organization at just the right time: summer. While many of us think of summer as a time for vacation and relaxation, it’s also a time for growth. It’s a time for learning, for reflection, and for building on progress we’ve already made throughout the year.  At Philanthropy Northwest, we’re ready to turn our strategy framework into action. We’re well aware of the shifting landscape of philanthropy and the pivotal role that a learning network like Philanthropy Northwest can play in fostering positive change. We’ve been seeking a leader who could honor the legacy of the organization, and at the same time, think bigger about our future. We sought a leader who shared our values and who could be a bridge builder—across our different geographies and member types, as well as bring together new partners and collaborators. From Kiran’s breadth of experience and her natural inclination to think across silos, to seeing her in action the last two weeks, it’s clear she can fulfill these lofty aspirations. more »

Northwest States Face Major Cuts Under Trump’s Proposed Budget 

07/10/2017

Susan Weiss, Senior Policy Consultant | Philanthropy Northwest recently hosted a policy briefing on President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget and its implications for the Northwest. Michael Leachman, the Director of State Fiscal Research at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, said Northwest states will be particularly impacted by cuts to three areas: Medicaid, SNAP (also known as food stamps), and other federal aid to programs and services that help produce clean water, affordable housing, nutrition for newborns born into poor families, and infectious disease protections, among others. Trump’s budget would also eliminate the Low Income Housing Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helps low-income seniors and others pay their home energy bills. This webinar is the first in a series as the budget process rolls out in the House and Senate, so stay tuned for future opportunities to engage.  more »

Who's Coming to Vancouver for the Annual Conference

07/07/2017

Lyn Hunter | We are so excited to announce the following organizations will have staff and/or board members attending our annual conference in Vancouver, WA coming up October 3-5. With the theme, "Now is the Time to Lead Through Change," we are on the verge of announcing more information about our great lineup of breakout session topics which will range from funding in rural and Native communities, the importance of engaging at all levels of government, corporate giving strategies and diving into the intersection of community, democracy, and philanthropy. more »

Stop in the Name of Movement

06/27/2017

Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation and Jan Jaffe, Senior Partner, The Giving Practice | Cross-posted from Philanthropy's Reflective Practices. Ever since we started this project I’ve wanted to interview Darren Walker because I admire his fusion of intellect and energy. I have wondered what tools and skills help him mobilize and manage these strengths as well as handle the inevitable struggles that come with the job. For all of us, our strengths have a flip side, and in challenging situations that’s often where true leadership lies. Being attentive to what needs to be managed in ourselves implies showing vulnerability as a leader. It’s something not usually discussed, but Darren does here. — Jan Jaffe more »

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