PNW Annual Conference

PNW Annual Conference

PNW20 Virtual Conference: Respond. Reimagine. Rebuild.

The Annual Conference is the best and biggest opportunity for the Philanthropy Northwest network to connect. Over three (abridged) days, we will celebrate peer learning, bring you incredible keynote speakers  and create meaningful time to connect. In light of COVID-19 and wanting to ensure our network can safely come together and learn, we are bringing you our first-ever virtual conference!  

Join us for an opportunity to reflect on what we’ve learned in 2020, reimagine a new way forward as Northwest philanthropies and rebuild alongside our communities.  

Our Upcoming Conference

Please save the date for our  2020 Virtual Conference on October 6-8right from the comfort of your home! Registration will open mid-July.  

Our conference program will run from 10 am – 2 pm over these three days, optimized for a virtual learning environment. Our virtual program has the added benefit of accessibility! At a much lower price point, and without the need for travel, we are hoping to draw close to 500 attendees to our conference. This is a huge learning opportunity and a time to do sense-making. 

Interested in hosting a session, leading a conversation or suggesting a community leader to learn from? Contact Elyse Gordon, senior manager of programs. 

Become a Sponsor

We have a range of sponsorship opportunities and levels - choose the level that's right for you. For more information about sponsoring PNW20, contact Anjana Pandey, our vice president of strategy and operations. 

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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  Elyse Gordon  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. A non-member rate will apply if dues are not paid by July 15.  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! We know that we’ll spend a great deal of time reflecting on COVID-19, anti-black racism, and how we rebuild our sector and our communities in ways that are more equitable moving forward. Got an idea for conference sessions? Share your ideas with Nancy Sanabria, our director of learning strategies. 

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"I think the main thing I’ve been reflecting on, as a first-time attendee, is how to think critically about DEI and power dynamics throughout our interactions with nonprofit partners from the pitfalls and possibilities of site visits to rethinking how (and why) we do grant reports. We get so preoccupied with our day-to-day work we rarely pause to reflect on our practices. I’m thankful for this conference to allow for that space and time for reflection among so many smart and passionate people!"