Our annual conference is the largest convening of grantmakers in the Northwest! We believe philanthropy is at its best when it is collaborative, transparent and equitable. Our conference provides space to convene together to learn from peers how philanthropy can build capacity in the social sector, commit to racial equity and DEI, and advocate for issues and organizations.
Philanthropy Northwest is proud to present “Now is the Time to Lead Through Change” the theme for our annual conference in Vancouver, Washington on October 3-5, 2017. Register now for the largest gathering of community foundations, corporate giving offices, family foundations and public foundations in the region.
Pick a challenge that Montanans are grappling with, and you’ll probably find that it’s one where many issues intersect. Solving the problems we care about often requires making connections across issues and seeing beyond boundaries. Montanans have a deep sense of connectedness, to the land and to each other. We know that good things happen when people come together to work on tough issues, and it all starts with a conversation. At Local Matters: Montana, we will explore how philanthropy can build on this strength, enhance our networks and mobilize them for action.
Local Matters: Idaho is an opportunity to explore how free-market, socially-motivated and philanthropic capital can be blended and matched to support communities addressing challenges with community development, education, local job creation and food systems.
Presenting "Philanthropy is... Right Next Door." An exploration of the role of philanthropy in community prosperity including Wyoming trends, potential areas of growth and stories of community collaboration.
The IRS has formally confirmed that private foundations may make investments that further their charitable purposes even when those investments do not qualify as permitted program-related investments (“PRIs”) under the federal tax law. This is welcome news for proponents of mission-related investing. Davis Wright Tremaine Advisory.
Kiran Ahuja | Our conference theme this year – Rooted. Grounded. Growing. – provides an important reflection piece for my end of year letter. Hopefully you caught earlier blogs by Elyse Gordon, our senior manager of programs, and Aleesha Towns-Bain, our conference co-chair and board chair, where they shared their thoughts on being Rooted and Grounded. I thought I would focus my end-of-year reflections on “Growing” – the anchor for our conference theme. more »
It was wonderful seeing everyone during PNW19, exchanging ideas and learning together. We asked our conference committee members to share with us what they heard at PNW19 that stuck with them. Here are their reflections: 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 »
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 »