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Putting Something in the Middle

09/28/2017

Doug Stamm, Chief Executive Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust |  

 

This is a cross-post from the Philanthropy's Reflective Practices website.

When I read Doug’s announcement about leaving Meyer Memorial Trust at the end of this year, I asked if we might have a couple of conversations about the reflective practices he used to guide his work there. I had admired his leadership of the foundation as it became an early adopter of Mission Related Investments (MRIs) and, more recently, his commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion at Meyer. This first post is about Meyer’s entry into making MRIs nearly twelve years ago. Investing with a mission lens is a high bar for foundations to clear. There is resistance to it, for good and bad reasons. Doug overcame that resistance by using a reflective practice that is often called “putting something in the middle”—using a third object to help participants explore their assumptions at a deeper level than words. This is an unusual practice but it can be a useful one, especially with analytic people. –Jan Jaffe more »

Top 10 Things Not to Miss at #PNW17

09/26/2017

Maya Thornell-Sandifor | With so many great things happening at the annual conference next week, it’s hard to narrow it down. But here’s my list of 10 things you don’t want to miss. more »

Introducing Our Cohort II Momentum Fellows

09/25/2017

Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Director of Learning Strategies | As we launch the second round of our two-year Momentum Fellowship program, it’s my honor to introduce below 10 leaders from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and communities. I hope you’ll get to meet them at #PNW17, our annual conference coming up next week, Oct. 3-5, in Vancouver, WA. more »

The Hub ribbon cutting in Walla Walla

Walla Walla Valley to Host Funders’ Tour Nov. 1-3

09/19/2017

Danielle Garbe, Sherwood Trust, CEO | In the Northwest, most foundations are located in urban areas, and philanthropic dollars are concentrated in those hubs. A June 2015 article in Nonprofit Quarterly found that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s effort to increase philanthropic investment in rural areas failed to significantly move the needle. Rural residents continue to consistently receive less per capita than their urban counterparts, with only approximately 7% of total foundation dollars between 2005-2010 going to rural recipients even though rural communities comprise 19% of the country’s population. more »

Dr. Gail Christopher to Keynote Conference Plenary

09/14/2017

Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Learning Strategy Director | We are thrilled to announce the latest keynote plenary speaker at the Philanthropy Northwest annual conference in Vancouver, coming up Oct. 3-5: Dr. Gail C. Christopher, D.N., N.D. Christopher joins former Deputy Secretary of Labor, Chris Lu, as a conference headliner. Other just-announced closing plenary speakers will include:  Maulik Pancholy, best known for his role on NBC's hit show, 30 Rock, and leading the #ActToChange anti-bullying campaign; Becky L. Monroe, Director of the Stop Hate Project, at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and Eric K. Ward, incoming Executive Director of Western States Center.   more »

Closing Plenary Offers Hope for Combatting Rise of Hate

09/11/2017

Kiran Ahuja | One of the things I'm most proud of about this year's conference is the way we've curated conversations about timely topics. That's apparent in Day Three's closing plenary, which features four incredible panelists who will discuss the rise of hate in a post-9/11, post-Charlottesville context that's become quite unfriendly toward Arab-Americans, South Asian-Americans, and immigrants, including my friend, former 30 Rock actor Maulik Pacholy.  more »

Local Matters: Why Not Invest Where You Live?

09/06/2017

Rosalie Sheehy Cates, Mission Investing Catalyst Fellow | Philanthropy Northwest is exploring a bond fund that would give members an easy new way to make investments in the communities they care about. Modeled after a successful effort in Minnesota, we’re excited to explore this opportunity with our members. I’ll be hosting a lunch meeting during the annual conference where members can learn more and share ideas.  more »

Creating Space for the ‘Elephants in the Room’ at #PNW17

09/05/2017

Lyn Hunter, Senior Program Manager | Change appears to be the new normal for our sector. We’re committed to creating the space where you can dive into what’s most pressing in your foundation and learn from your peers who, like you, are working to make sense of the latest news in real time. Philanthropy Interrupted Talks is the part of the conference where you'll get to curate your own experience by leading and participating in discussions on a variety of emergent issues, including the “elephant in the room,” the federal budget. more »

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