PNW Annual Conference

PNW Annual Conference

PNW21 Annual Conference Registration is Open!

The Annual Conference is the best and biggest opportunity for the Philanthropy Northwest network to connect.

Philanthropy Northwest's 2021 Virtual Conference is October 5-7! We are excited to announce that this year's theme is:

The Future is FORWARD

This theme speaks to our current moment in philanthropy: where funders are moving quickly to support communities in the face of crises, returning to better instead of normal and actualizing a more just future across our region.

Please visit our main PNW21 conference website to see the agenda, to register and to get all the latest info.


Join us for groundbreaking keynote speakers, networking, skill development and important conversations about where philanthropy is headed. We encourage you to invite your whole team to be a part of our virtual community of philanthropy practitioners. Registration opened in mid-July. Sign up for email announcements about registration, inspiring keynote speakers and what's new this year. 

We are also pleased to announce our PNW21 planning committee. Thank you to this group of philanthropic leaders from across our network who are working to ensure that PNW21 is packed with engaging programming, inspiring speakers, skill-building sessions and opportunities for connection.

PNW21 Planning Committee Members:

Gloria Dixon, BECU, PNW21 planning committee co-chair Cara Nielson, Idaho Community Foundation, PNW21 planning committee co-chair
Roxanne Alvarez, Philanthropy Northwest momentum fellow Sally Gillespie, Spur Foundation
Kelly Bruggeman, First Interstate BancSystem, Philanthropy Northwest board member Linda Tracy, Steele-Reese Foundation
D’Artagnan Caliman, Meyer Memorial Trust Athena Youm, Raikes Foundation

Sponsor the Future of Philanthropy in the Northwest

Join us in making this year’s conference an unforgettable experience as a PNW21 sponsor. Your support brings the conference to life and advances discussions of cutting-edge topics. You can choose the sponsorship level that's right for your organization. For more information about sponsoring our next annual conference, PNW21, email JulieAnne Behar, senior manager of programs. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should go to the Philanthropy Northwest Annual Conference?
All staff or trustees of philanthropies are welcome to join. Participants include corporate giving offices, private and public foundations, community foundations, tribal grantmaking entities, nonprofit grantmaking organizations, government grantmaking offices and impact investors. This is a peer-to-peer learning opportunity for funders.  Please contact  our programs team if you are uncertain of your eligibility.  

What does it mean that Philanthropy Northwest members need to be in good standing to get the member rates? 
We are delighted to offer member rates to current members of Philanthropy Northwest. To be in good standing, your annual membership dues should be up to date at the time of registration. Email our  membership team  for help with dues, membership questions and payment. 

How do I suggest content for the conference?
We strive to build a conference program that has a little something for everyone, and we rely on the knowledge of our network members to suggest what’s most pressing for you and your work! Got an idea for future conference sessions? Share your ideas with JulieAnne Behar, senior manager of programs.  

Feeling nostalgic? 

See a recap of our last conference, PNW20, at the bottom of this page and bookmark this page for updates on our next conference as they become available.

Recap of PNW20


We hope you enjoyed reflecting with us on what we’ve learned in 2020, reimagining a new way forward as Northwest philanthropies and finding ways that we can rebuild alongside our communities. ​​​​​​Thank you to our PNW20 sponsors for making this conference possible. Over the course of three days together, we heard some powerful plenary discussions lead by major changemakers in our field. Here are some quotes from those keynote speakers that stuck with us:

Opening Plenary: Philanthropic Responses To Massive Changes with Vanessa Daniel, Ibram X. Kendi and Nichole Maher 

"What we are seeing now are the largest demonstrations of people in our country’s history. Is philanthropy going to use its influence to challenge the systems and policies that created this racist society? And to fund communities in the transformation of these systems?" - Dr. Ibram X. Kendi 

“We are the team on the field at this moment in history and it’s up to us to act. We can’t depend on some future generation to save us." - Vanessa Daniel

"The greatest way to demonstrate American values is to reconcile with our past and our history of racism and colonialism." - Nichole Maher


Plenary: Reimagining Our Economy & Who Is Essential with Jonathan Jayes-Green, Reyna Lopez, Jacqueline Patterson, Ai-jen Poo and Laura Williams   

"Workers are often seen as essential in the context of working. We need to make sure that people are valued, not just their work." - Jacqueline Patterson 

"I would start with the care economy. I would create universal access to childcare, eldercare, support for people with disabilities and paid leave – everything you need to take care of your family while you are working. …if we all had universal access to care and every care job were a good job, it would be a foundation for a new economy like we’ve never had.” - Ai-jen Poo


Plenary: Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropy Looks To Rebuild with Se-ah-dom Edmo, James W. Head, Luz Vega-Marquis, Kevin Walker and Sherece West-Scantlebury   

"Foundations don’t build movements. People build movements, but foundations can nurture them.” - Luz Vega-Marquis

"Our words are our prayers for the kind of world we want to call into existence." - Se-ah-dom Edmo

What Else Happened?

You can still see an online version of the PNW20 agenda if you're looking for details on sessions and speakers. Attendees of the conference were sent an email on October 21, 2020, with links to all the recorded sessions.

Who Joined Us at PNW20

Over 450 grantmakers, board members, trustees and partners joined together for our virtual conference! Attendees spanned from 17 states, with the majority coming from our six-state region. See more information on who joined us below:

457 Attendees

178 Organizations

95 Emerging Practitioners

150 CEOs, Senior Executives and Board Members


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"I absolutely loved the plenary sessions each morning. It really energized me and helped set the stage for the rest of the day during the afternoon sessions, but also when I went back to ‘work’."