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Kristen Holway, Senior Manager, Learning Practice | Philanthropy Northwest recently welcomed Bipartisan Policy Center president Jason Grumet and senior fellow Sen. Olympia Snowe, for a discussion on how philanthropy can help bring lawmakers together across party lines. Here's what we learned: more »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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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 »
Defined as a spirit of goodwill toward fellow humans, philanthropy has been an inextricable feature of Northwest culture for generations. The first known acts of philanthropy in the Northwest United States occur
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We're invited into an indigenous-led space to more deeply understand what it means for philanthropy to build authentic partnerships with self-determined peoples, cultures and communities. We are honored to offer you this unprecedented opportunity for experiential learning grounded in community, reflection and co-learning. Registration is now closed but a few spots remain.