T. Lulani Arquette, Guest Contributor | ... the United States. The session featured NACF National Artist Fellows: Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota), whose poem WHEREAS challenged ... more »
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Jeff Clarke, CEO | Jeff reflects on Seattle's July 4 naturalization ceremony, which highlighted the role of native communities in the American narrative. more »
Philanthropy in America is a bursting, bubbling impulse that has vital effects on almost every sector of our society. In this lively talk, author and former White House domestic policy adviser Karl Zinsmeister sketches the unappreciated size and scope of charitable giving, and argues that without it there would be no America as we know it.
Garland Yates, Community Democracy Workshop | At Community Democracy Workshop, we work with residents to put them in more powerful positions to help change their communities. With institutional stakeholders, this community democracy approach might be unsettling, but we have to help them feel comfortable about walking into a process that potentially is confrontational. We must concentrate on making space around the table safe. Not false or phony, but safe. Residents and representatives from institutions will need to be honest and frank with each other and address real issues, but in a productive manner. We must use our influence and role to help create that kind of environment so that our communities can have the power and capacity to see the changes they want to see. more »
Boeing has announced $6 million in grants to more than 50 nonprofits and education institutions in Washington state. Recipients include fellow Philanthropy Northwest members Thrive Washington and Washington STEM, along with three universities: University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University. more »
As we begin to make sense of the election and the future direction of our country, including the impact of newly passed local and state policy in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming, we invite you to share how, in the wake of the 2016 election, your foundation is thinking, or possibly re-thinking, about how you partner and invest with communities across our region.
Audrey Haberman, Interim CEO | As an organization that champions the values of inclusion, community, authentic relationships and transparency — and has stated that effective philanthropy reflects these qualities — we have our work cut out for us. Our staff and board remain committed to our values of equity and inclusion for all people and places in the Northwest, and reject prejudice and violence against those in our communities who have been harmed or made to feel unsafe. You will continue to hear from us in the weeks and months ahead as we share your ideas with other members, provide relevant programs and encourage more cross–sector collaboration and dialogue. more »
Join us for a special event to kick-off Philanthropy Northwest's Grantmakers of Color Network in Seattle. Come network with fellow grantmakers of color, staff and trustees, from the Washington area and listen in on our chat with special guests and provocateurs: Peter Bloch Garcia of Latino Community Fund, Lili Liu of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and June Wilson of Quixote Foundation. Light refreshments and drinks will be served.
Rosalie Sheehy Cates, Mission Investing Catalyst Fellow | Philanthropy Northwest is exploring a bond fund that would give members an easy new way to make investments in the communities they care about. Modeled after a successful effort in Minnesota, we’re excited to explore this opportunity with our members. I’ll be hosting a lunch meeting during the annual conference where members can learn more and share ideas. more »
Kiran Ahuja | Earlier this year, Philanthropy Northwest committed to a journey that centers equity on the path to achieving a fairer and more just world. This journey compels both reflection and the use of our voice.
Over recent months, we have witnessed the family separation crisis at our border with sorrow and outrage. The federal government’s forcible and prolonged separation of children from their parents as these immigrant families sought refuge is an affront to the values of an equitable and just society, in which all people are treated with decency, respect and compassion.
Today, despite a court-ordered deadline having passed for the reunification of more than 2,000 families, the crisis remains ongoing. more »
Kendra Witt-Doyle, Guest Contributor | As a new member, this was my first time attending the annual conference. I had many takeaways and met many fantastic leaders who are undertaking work that is inspiring and transformational in their communities. It took me a few days to “digest” everything I experienced at PNW18 – keynote speakers, information from the sessions I attended and conversations I had during the conference with fellow colleagues. more »
2017 was a tremendous year for learning and growth within Philanthropy Northwest and our region, as we continued to further our mission of supporting vibrant futures for the region’s communities.
Blue Mountain Community Foundation and Sherwood Trust invite you to join their third annual tour of the communities across the Walla Walla Valley from Milton-Freewater, Oregon to Dayton, Washington. Come dig into this part of our region from September 25-27, 2019 and see how our rural communities collaborate and innovate. The deadline for registration is August 26.
Pay for Success (PFS) is a form of government contracting in which third-party investors, including foundations, commit to paying the upfront costs for providing evidence-based social services; government agencies repay investors with a modest return if the program achieves the agreed-upon outcomes. For other funders interested in exploring this emerging model of impact investing, Philanthropy Northwest has learned of three new opportunities through the Corporation for National and Community Service's Social Innovation Fund and the University of Utah’s Policy Innovation Lab. more »
Ann Saxton, Vice President | What happens when government and philanthropy intersect to create impact? I joined hundreds of executives from foundations and philanthropy networks around the country to explore this topic at the USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy’s 2016 National Leadership Forum, focused on Philanthropy & Government: Public Problem Solving at the Intersection. For two days, leaders shared lessons learned from efforts working across philanthropy, government and business, as well as strategies for building community capacity and increasing the impact of philanthropy. more »
As we shared in previous blog posts , we expect the momentum for tax reform will increase this fall with implications for our ... more »