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Anjana Pandey, Donor and Member Relations Director | In my three months at Philanthropy Northwest, I've had a chance to interact with more than 100 members and donors, and am so excited by the energy of our learning network! Our membership includes nearly 200 organizations committed to Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, through family, community, corporate and independent foundations and giving programs. This year, we've also welcomed 15 new members to Philanthropy Northwest, representing the full spectrum of organizational giving in our region. Here's a snapshot of their focus areas: more »
The Salish Sea is our water home in the Northwest. Water is the most precious resource on our planet. What are the conversations your community is having about this endangered resource? How does water integrate a thriving community? Join leaders from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Methow Conservancy, Whidbey Watershed Stewards and Dreamrider Productions for a three-day gathering convened by the Whidbey Institute's Thriving Communities Initiative. Participants will explore innovative models for water conservation and engage in open and active dialogue about possibilities and outcomes in their own community.
Cheryl Frizzell, Finance Director | I consider myself lucky that I'm about to attend my 13th Philanthropy Northwest conference. It's been quite a travelogue across our six-state region! So many excellent site visits with funders passionate about their community: Walla Walla, Washington's art walk; Bend, Oregon's food tours; Juneau, Alaska's historical mining park; the late night line dancing in Big Sky, Montana. Each of the diverse places had something special in common: the people. Philanthropy Northwest conferences are filled with unscripted opportunities to meet someone new and share a story. Each one has been special; you’ll have to join me Under One Sky, September 13 to 15 in Missoula, Montana to discover the magic yourself. more »
Daniel Kemmis, Democracy Northwest | No matter which candidates any of us favored, from the presidential race on down the ballot, this election has cast a harsh light on the wounds and weaknesses of our democracy. This deep (and fully bipartisan) unhappiness with our political and governing institutions was never going to be cured by a single election, regardless of the outcome. While elected officials of both parties must certainly play a role in healing the deep wounds in our body politic, it is clear that they cannot do it alone. We all have to do our part — and that must include the philanthropic sector. To that end, Philanthropy Northwest is redoubling its own commitment to this work, primarily through a new initiative we’re calling Democracy Northwest. more »
Greater Seattle's public, private and philanthropy sectors came together last month to support the annual No Child Sleeps Outside campaign to address the crisis of hundreds of families and children sleeping outside in King County, Washington. Including major gifts from The Starbucks Foundation, Schultz Family Foundation and Microsoft, more than 50 local businesses and organizations and thousands of online and Starbucks store donors raised $4.5 million for Mary's Place, the region's largest family emergency shelter provider. more »
Jan Jaffe, The Giving Practice and Ryan Chao, Annie E. Casey Foundation | The Giving Practice's Jan Jaffe spoke with Ryan Chao, Annie E. Casey Foundation vice president, about developing and using philanthropy's reflective practices individually and in teams. "Our team is organized to effect change for people and place in education, workforce and housing," he explains. "That means we are philanthropy practitioners with very diverse backgrounds working together and working with partners in the community with very diverse backgrounds. Perhaps because of this very multidisciplinary approach, we have to be able to question each other’s answers in order to fine tune our collaborative effort. We’re using three reflective practices to help the team share and problem solve with each other." more »
Jan Jaffe and Sindhu Knotz, The Giving Practice | In a conversation for Philanthropy's Reflective Practices, Jan Jaffe and Sindhu Knotz spoke with Nikki Foster, program officer at the Northwest Area Foundation, about reflective practices she has used in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. "I learned from one of my colleagues that I used to jump into agendas too quickly. Especially in my interaction with Native communities," she explains. "It is important to have time to establish a relationship and get to know each other. I was so appreciative of the feedback and the need to be thoughtful about the balance between the personal and the objective work." more »
Lyn Hunter, Senior Program Manager | I am thrilled to announce that Chris Lu, former Deputy Secretary of Labor under President Barack Obama, will participate in a featured breakfast plenary at #PNW17 on Thursday morning, Oct. 5. Lu is a senior fellow at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia and is a senior advisor to FiscalNote, a government relationship management (GRM) technology company that helps organizations manage issues and interactions at all levels of government.He’ll be joined on the panel by Nichole June Maher, President and CEO of Northwest Health Foundation and moderated by Kiran Ahuja, our new CEO. Read on to see some of the exciting and timely conference sessions we have in store for our time in Vancouver, WA. more »
Caroline Williamson, Executive Director, B. Robert Williamson, Jr. Foundation | ... in that process, we discovered the power of simply giving fellows from different departments an opportunity to talk to ... more »
Opportunity Zones (OZs) are a new national community investment tool that connects private capital with low-income communities across America. It was created by The Investing in Opportunity Act, part of the American Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. OZs allow investors to reduce their tax burden by putting their capital gains into projects in low-income areas. OZs may help struggling communities find private sources of funding they would not have had access to otherwise.
Kiran Ahuja | Philanthropy Northwest has an impressive and engaged board of directors, all of whom show up in different ways for the network and our organization while representing the diverse field of philanthropy in our six-state region. In October 2018 at our annual conference, we proudly welcomed three new board members to join our governing body: Mike Halligan of Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation (Montana), Jill Nishi of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Washington), and Brenda Solorzano of Headwaters Foundation (Montana). We are fortunate to have these philanthropic leaders on our board who represent organizations committed to supporting vibrant, healthy communities in our region.I look forward to working with them in the coming years. more »
How do you process your internal reactions and signals before you jump to help others? Learn techniques from philanthropy practitioners that have helped create an environment for learning on both individual and systems levels.
Philanthropy is a shared journey. Our member network connects you with fellow philanthropists, facilitates shared learning and fosters powerful collaborative work that builds stronger communities – in the Northwest and beyond.
Kelley Bevans, Communications and Database Manager | Collaborating and fostering collaboration among our members is a large part of our work. Effective internal communications practices — sharing information within our organization, as opposed to what you would see on our blog and social media channels — are crucial to our ability to build knowledge within the enterprise and coordinate our activities to maximize impact. Over the past year, Philanthropy Northwest has commited to building our internal communications practices and tools to align them with our growth, increasing remote participation and cross-team collaboration. Here's what we've learned. more »
When disasters strike, the human, economic or environmental impacts often exceed a community’s ability to cope. Every time our communities recover and rebuild, Philanthropy Northwest members are asking, “What can we do to ensure our communities are resilient? How can we better prepare our grantees and ourselves for future disasters?” We hope the resources shared in this learning center can begin to address these questions.
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As Philanthropy Northwest honors our 40th year of connecting funders across our region, we also celebrate a major milestone with the Northwest's largest employer and one of our lead sustaining partners: The Boeing Company turns 100 this summer! Our close ties with Boeing include our relationship with Elizabeth (Liz) Warman, elected to Philanthropy Northwest's board of directors in September 2011 in her capacity as the aerospace company's director of global corporate citizenship for the Northwest region. From April 2010 until her retirement earlier this year, she managed the company’s charitable giving and employee engagement in Washington. Between Boeing's centennial celebrations and grateful salutes from community partners, we asked Liz to share some insights into the company's philanthropy history and culture — from Bill Boeing's 1917 gift to the University of Washington to its next century of Northwest partnerships. more »