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... cooperation with other local funders including The Seattle Foundation, the City of Seattle and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. The ... more »
by Ted Lord, senior partner, The Giving Practice | Philanthropy is so hidebound, risk-averse and endless meeting-oriented because it has largely forgotten the step of conversation that is essential to the dance of informed forward motion. What would it be like if we stopped "doing to" and started "doing as?" more »
Last week, leaders from our nation's 34 regional philanthropy networks gathered in San Diego for the annual conference of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. Philanthropy Northwest was there in force, with a contingent of eight people representing all of the facets of our organization. Given the sprawling, diverse nature of the conference, which included everything from sessions on executive transition to branding, public policy and a deep dive on technology, and the bench depth of our team, we're bringing you a recap built from our team's reflections upon their "aha" moments from the conference. more »
D5′s 2014 State of the Work highlights new tools and resources, recently completed research, and new organizational approaches that can help foundations and philanthropic organizations take action, achieve their goals regarding DEI, and advance the common good. The 2014 State of the Work also features perspectives and analysis of three thought leaders on DEI issues and their charge to their peers in philanthropy: Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California; Todd Vogel, the Managing Director of Loom; and Gerri Spilka, Founding Director of the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning.
... who and for what someone new deserves a shout out. One foundation celebrates resilience through rough patches with spontaneous movie ... more »
Jeff Clarke, CEO | When talking about advocacy or policy, we often immediately think in terms of federal or state levels of government. But while the vast majority of policy is generated at the state level, out of Whatcom County, Wash. comes a stark reminder of the necessity of carefully monitoring local initiatives. more »
A special issue of Responsive Philanthropy devoted to what philanthropy can do to combat implicit bias, or the way in which our unconscious minds shape and contribute to our thoughts and actions. A diverse roster of authors explores how this phenomenon both affects the many challenges we as a society face and its implications for how philanthropy addresses these issues.
Kevin Walker, President and CEO, Northwest Area Foundation I have had the privilege of serving on Philanthropy ... more »
... we are again on track to make the largest payout in the foundation’s history. But we haven’t only been making grants this ... more »
Funding Indigenous Peoples: Strategies for Support looks at how funders collaborate with and bring support to indigenous communities around the world. Through examples from a diverse range of foundations, this guide explores how grantmakers work with indigenous peoples, the approaches they take, and the practices they find effective.
As we grow as a nation, we are learning to become multicultural in a way where we benefit from our differences, rather than expecting people to assimilate into the dominant culture's norms, values and customs. Please join Philanthropy Northwest, Pangea Giving and Cultures Connecting for a skills-building workshop that explores frameworks for (a) building culturally competent work environments and (b) collectively addressing systemic barriers in order to advance equity through philanthropy. This event is sold out.
Judith Olsen, Impact Capital | Whenever I introduce myself as the president of a CDFI, a community development financial institution, I'm often asked, “Just what is a CDFI?” I would put it like this, “As a CDFI, we provide loans to nonprofits, small businesses and individuals who can't access the capital they need to create safe, equitable, vibrant communities; communities filled with affordable housing, lively commercial corridors, schools, parks, healthcare and fresh food.” In other words, CDFIs leverage impact investments from place-based foundations, banks and government leaders to assess, understand and respond to community needs. I am proud to be part of this work, and I look forward to many more exciting projects in communities across the Northwest. more »
... 500 participants to Seattle last month, including Seattle Foundation as a major sponsor, focused on accelerating civic participation. ... more »