News and Insights

Bridging Philanthropy and Public Policy: Delegate Highlights from Foundations on the Hill


In mid-March, fourteen Philanthropy Northwest members and staff convened in Washington, DC, as a delegation for Foundations on the Hill (FOTH). Organized by United Philanthropy Forum, in partnership with the Alliance for Charitable Reform and Council on Foundations, the event brought together nearly 250 philanthropic leaders from across the country to raise a collective voice to Congress about the key policy issues impacting philanthropy and the communities in which we serve. more »

The Value of Community Philanthropy


David Bley, Director, Pacific Northwest, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Cross-posted from Medium

A sense of responsibility to the community propels our Building Community Philanthropy (BCP) partnership with Philanthropy Northwest, launched in 2012, empowering a network of local philanthropy organizations across Washington State — all working together to address local, pressing needs. These city and regional community foundations, United Ways, and identity-based foundations are in the best position to create deep relationships within their communities — because they’ve been doing it for years. more »

Listening to Lead: Share your Stories for AC18!


Karen Bilowith, Idaho Community Foundation | In my role as the President and CEO of Idaho Community Foundation, I have the privilege of traveling around the state to listen deeply to all of Idaho’s communities. more »

Monthly Reflection: The Blooms of Spring


Kiran Ahuja | With spring in the air, the sun is more out and about—and so are we! We’ve been working tirelessly to create change that matches the welcome change of the seasons. From advancing our commitment to equity to expanding philanthropy’s role in policy and advocacy, we have fully embraced our expanded role as an organization and as a member network. more »

Reflections on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi: A Call to Antiracist Action


Erin Kahn, Executive Director, Raikes Foundation | The Raikes Foundation was proud to sponsor Philanthropy Northwest’s recent community conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. As a member of Philanthropy Northwest's board of directors, I’m excited by the role the organization is increasingly playing as a convener and resource to its membership on conversations about equity, particularly racial equity. Here are my reflections on Dr. Kendi's inspiring talk.  more »

Five Reasons to Attend our Annual Conference—in Boise!


Elyse Gordon | Each year, Philanthropy Northwest's Annual Conference helps unite our different regional experiences of philanthropy, community and social impact. It offers a rare chance for funders across our region to come together and share approaches and best practices for adapting to the latest social issues and exploring collaboration. Here are my top five reasons to attend this year's conference (#AC18) in Boise!   more »