by David Landers, Philanthropy Northwest | On August 29th, I will close my office door, take the elevator from the sixth floor and walk onto a busy Fourth Avenue for the last time as a Philanthropy Northwest staffer. The 16 years between being hired as the office manager for Pacific Northwest Grantmakers Forum and departing now as deputy director has been a remarkable professional and personal experience. Here are a few learnings I am grateful to take with me thanks to Philanthropy Northwest. more »
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by Jeff Clarke, CEO, Philanthropy Northwest | Reflections on David Landers: A Philanthropy Northwest Treasure, and on the evolving relationship between philanthropy and nonprofits - across the country we can see significant momentum to build closer (and long overdue!) relationships between philanthropic networks and state nonprofit associations. more »
by Daniel Kemmis, Philanthropy Northwest board member and Kettering Foundation fellow. Almost all philanthropists are contributing to democracy almost all the time, even though most of them don’t think of their daily work in those terms. This unintentional philanthropic contribution to democracy is truly immeasurable. How does this abundance of philanthropic contributions to democracy counterbalance the weakness in so many of our governing institutions? We had a lively session on this topic in May at the joint Philanthropy Northwest – GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington conference in Oregon. The conversation was just getting fully engaged when the bell rang for the next session, so we’ve invited session participants with more to say to weigh in here. more »
by Richard Woo and Holly Powers, The Russell Family Foundation
When a foundation wants to tackle an ambitious goal – say, helping restore an entire watershed – is it enough for them to simply fund a nonprofit or two?
The answer is obviously no.
What’s less clear, however, is how to engage, who to fund, and for how long. more »
Jeff Clarke's reflection on our recent conferences, The River Gathering: A Confluence of People, Places and Spirit (April 30 - May 2) and Mission Investor's Exchange, Sparking Change (May 13-15). more »
Sam Whiting, President and CEO of Thrive by Five Washington, summarizes the Strategies for Reducing Inequalities in Education session at the recent River Gathering conference. The session's attendees examined educational outcomes for tribal kids and signals how important our partnerships with tribes in Washington are and will continue to be. more »
David Wertheimer, Deputy Director, Pacific Northwest Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reflects on an “A-ha! Moment” that came unexpectedly during a session exploring issues related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) youth. more »
Well, that's a wrap. And also a beginning. Over 500 people gathered at Sunriver, OR for our first-ever joint conference with GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington. more »
If you're reading this, you're among the first people to see Philanthropy Northwest's new website! more »
Editor’s note: we’re leading off the year with a special blog post co-authored by Philanthropy Northwest’s new CEO, Jeff Clarke, and outgoing CEO Carol Lewis, in which they recount some of the themes they’re hearing in conversation with Philan more »