In 2015, Independent Sector convened Threads, a series of community conversations with foundation and nonprofit sector leaders in 13 U.S. cities. In the Northwest, Thread conversations took place at Empire Health Foundation's Philanthropy Center in Spokane, Washington on June 16 and at Impact Hub Seattle on June 26. Highlight reports were released from each conversation, culminating in a report from the entire series.
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For this report on foundation board governance, The Center for Effective Philanthropy surveyed the CEOs of 64 independent foundations in the United States making $10 million or more in grants annually.
When every child has the opportunity to meet his or her full potential, we strengthen families, our communities, and the nation’s economic future.
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), in partnership with the Carsey School of Public Policy, published Scaling U.S. Community Investing: The Investor-Product Interface, an in-depth landscape study of the U.S. Community Investing (USCI) field. The full report includes a detailed analysis of the major types of USCI products, parameters that different investors use to evaluate investment opportunities, and the barriers and opportunities to increasing investment. Scaling U.S. Community Investing explores the gaps in the investor-product interface to identify opportunities to encourage greater capital flows into the market and, hence, drive scale. The report highlights a need for better alignment of risk and return expectations, investment term, and liquidity between investors and investees, and identifies two priority recommendations for achieving scale. The study was produced with support from the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.
Philanthropy — individual, collective or institutional — is a complex blending of mission, money and governance. For our first 38 years, Philanthropy Northwest primarily focused on the “mission” aspect of philanthropy.
Women in Washington have made significant advances in the past several decades but face persistent inequities that often prevent them from reaching their full potential. This report, published by Women's Funding Alliance and Institute for Women's Policy Research, provides critical data and analyzes areas of progress for women in Washington, as well as places where progress has slowed or stalled. It examines key indicators of women’s status in several topical areas: employment and earnings, economic security and poverty, and political participation. The data presented on these topics can serve as a resource for advocates, community leaders, policymakers, funders and other stakeholders who are working to create public policies and programs that enable women in Washington to achieve their full potential.
What comes after “strategic...?” If you said, “planning,” you’re not alone. And for many leaders of community foundations, especially small ones who don’t have the time or money for a big process, anxiety is the feeling that follows. If that’s the case, this guide is for you.
Seeking to increase their philanthropic impact, many engaged foundations are turning to impact investing. The reason is clear: The field and practice of impact investing have matured — structures are in place, best practices have emerged, and opportunities have multiplied — enabling more foundations to use this powerful tool. Yet entering unfamiliar terrain can be intimidating, and foundations with few or no staff face unique challenges even as they enjoy unique opportunities. Arabella Advisors, Exponent Philanthropy and Mission Investors Exchange address those challenges in this guide, including a program-related investment example from The O.P. & W.E. Edwards Foundation.
How do low-income communities learn to advance economically and build wealth? Low-income communities and communities of color, in challenging structural economic and social inequality, have historically grappled with tensions inherent to development. This report, authored by Keane Bhatt and Steve Dubb, draws on case studies of 11 different community economic development initiatives from across the United States to highlight a diverse set of powerful answers to these critical questions.
Advocacy and engagement with lawmakers is an essential part of preserving and strengthening philanthropy. It provides an opportunity for you to communicate the positive impact of charitable giving in the lives of their constituents every day, and ensure that they understand how the decisions they make in Washington, D.C. matter at home. The materials in this updated toolkit from the Council on Foundations include tips on reaching out to lawmakers, writing op-eds, preparing for meetings and following up.
Trends in Northwest Giving
Trends in Northwest Giving is Philanthropy Northwest's biennial report on organized philanthropy in our six-state region (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming). Our 2014 edition analyzes 24,013 grants to Northwest organizations from 245 funders in 2012, totaling $979,171,356.
Top Funders and Giving By Subject in Each State
In-depth information on foundation and corporate grantmaking in each Northwest state, along with a list of the top 10 funders in each state and detailed breakdowns of giving across issue areas.
Written by Daniel Kemmis and published this in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation, this monograph offers both an appreciative history and some probing questions grounded in current events. We believe that there is an intimate and vital connection between philanthropy’s aspirations to build a better society and the daily practice of democracy and civic engagement.
Produced in partnership with the D5 Coalition and the Seattle University Nonprofit Leadership Program, "Vision and Voice" is the product of a year of research and dialogue with northwest foundation leaders about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy. It includes findings from interviews with 23 regional foundation leaders and an in-depth exploration of a unique peer cohort we facilitated, consisting of 10 leaders who met on an ongoing basis to discuss and support each other in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in their organizations.
Listening and Learning
"Listening and Learning" is a vehicle for sharing the knowledge created in our region. It draws on the work of our members, regional partners and convenings of grantmakers. Through this vehicle, we share best practices, trends and continuing questions. The Listening and Learning series collects and shares latest practices and knowledge.
Lessons for Philanthropy, Journey into Indian Country
Published in 2011 by Philanthropy Northwest, the report describes work in Indian country.
Grease and Glue, Philanthropy's Unique Opportunity to Strengthen Communities,
A snapshot of Philanthropy Northwest's work in building civic capacity and strengthening civil society.
Community Foundations as Capacity Builders
Philanthropy Northwest reports on 2010 grant program to Community Foundations.