Report/Research

A Foundation Guide to Investing in Community Development Financial Institutions

Publication date: 
10/2017

Investing in a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) is a powerful way to directly engage in the local economy and increase access to capital in minority, underserved communities. This guide was developed with the support of the Satterberg Foundation to help board and staff members in the philanthropic sector examine the basic processes of building a relationship with a CDFI and structuring investments in it.

Menu of Democracy-Strengthening Resources

Publication date: 
12/2016

Democracy Northwest is a resource for philanthropists who might be motivated to devote more attention to strengthening democratic practices and institutions. At a time when our democracy is suffering from multiple afflictions, philanthropy has a unique opportunity to contribute to its revitalization.

As one contribution to that work, we have prepared this working menu of democracy-strengthening resources. We recognize how incomplete this catalogue is, and we welcome suggestions about how to make the document more comprehensive and more useful in your work.

How Can Philanthropy Strengthen Democracy?

Publication date: 
12/2016

A group of leaders have come together to create Democracy Northwest, a project to explore what philanthropy can do to strengthen democracy. Through an initial convening, two focus groups, sessions at the Philanthropy Northwest annual conference and other conversations, participants are broadening the conversation, sharing strategies to strengthen democracy, and using democratic practices to strengthen philanthropy in turn. This discovery process generated a range of ideas to further explore and develop. In the action phase of the project, participants will identify the most promising ideas and support further inquiry, create programs, tools, and participate in communities of practice to support them. This document summarizes the main ideas that emerged through the Discovery Phase.

State of the Nonprofit Sector Reports

Publication date: 
09/2016

Our statewide nonprofit association partners in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming each produce valuable research about the nonprofit sector in their respective states. Here, we gather their "state of the sector" research into one page to present a regional perspective on our diverse and vibrant sector.

Philanthropy and the Renewal of Democracy: Is it Time to Step Up Our Game?

Publication date: 
08/2016

In the second edition of this monograph, Daniel Kemmis explores the sometimes-fraught relationship between philanthropy and democracy. Beginning with a wide-ranging stroll through the shared history of philanthropy and democracy, Kemmis asks whether philanthropy can and should do more to strengthen the infrastructure and practices of democracy.

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