Philanthropy Northwest is pleased to share this conversation about the dynamic, blended and complicated process called foundation governance. Existing at the confluence of mission, money and compliance, governance requires philanthropic leaders to make decisions and trade-offs with less than perfect information. more »
Are you concerned about the state of our democracy? Are you interested in hearing more about cutting edge efforts to strengthen democracy? Philanthropy Northwest and Seattle CityClub are please to co-present a tremendous line up of sector leaders including special guest Daniel Stid, director of the Madison Initiative at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to work together to begin building a coordinated philanthropic response to this historic challenge.
In 2010, legal staff at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (collectively the “Foundations”) joined together to develop a comprehensive training program on legal issues in grantmaking. The goal of this collaboration is to create online, web-based trainings to supplement existing in-person training programs.
In this guide from GrantCraft, funders and organizers discuss what makes community organizing unique and uniquely effective, how to manage grantee relationships over time, understanding the value of process, and the grantmaker's special role in fostering change.
In this new monograph, Philanthropy Northwest board member Daniel Kemmis explores the sometimes-fraught relationship between philanthropy and democracy. Beginning with a wide-ranging stroll through the shared history of philanthropy and democracy, Kemmis examines the current post-Citizens United landscape and asks whether philanthropy can and should do more to strengthen the infrastructure and practices of democracy.
The Stand for Your Mission campaign is a challenge to all nonprofit decision-makers to stand up for the organizations they believe in by actively representing their organization’s mission and values, and creating public will for positive social change.
A wealth of resources from the National Council of Nonprofits to help nonprofits understand why and how they can engage in advocacy.
Foundation-government collaborations seem to be on the rise as each sector looks to pool resources with new partners. How can grantmakers take advantage of the benefits while managing the risks of working on terrain that can be unfamiliar to all parties? The guide includes case studies, suggestions for finding changemakers in government, and advice on navigating roles and power dynamics. Government partners chime in with ideas for keeping things running smoothly.
Building on the momentum around energy financing and impact investing in D.C., get the latest thinking from Mission Investors Exchange on impact investment in the energy sector, problems associated with making these investments and the resources needed in conjunction with the federal government
We’re very proud to present a new monograph from Daniel Kemmis, “Philanthropy and the Renewal of Democracy: Is it Time to Step Up Our Game?” We’ve published this in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation, because 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. In this new work, Kemmis offers both an appreciative history and some probing questions grounded in current events. more »
Philanthropy can support civic engagement and a democratic society, a national discussion and conference session at The River Gathering. more »
Funding seeks to encourage innovative, evidence-based solutions to challenges in low-income communities nationwide. more »
On May 28, the Alliance for Charitable Reform hosted a webinar discussing House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp’s (R-MI) tax code reform discussion draft and its proposed changes to donor-advised funds. more »
As summer begins to wind down, the philanthropic community across the country is gearing up for a big legislative effort that has been more than a decade in the making: the America Gives More Act (H.R. 4719). Take advantage of the next few weeks to support the passage of the America Gives More Act by communicating with your Senators while they are home for the August recess. more »
by Jeff Clarke, CEO, Philanthropy Northwest | Do we perceive discussions about social values, transparency and accountability as a threat or do we welcome the chance to openly debate the role of philanthropy in our democracy? more »
Philanthropy Northwest co-hosted a special reception that demonstrated the breadth of Washington state foundations, corporations, nonprofits and policymakers working together for the benefit of our communities. Nearly 200 nonprofit and philanthropic leaders joined elected officials and their staffers at the Washington Governor’s Mansion in Olympia. more »
Several national philanthropic infrastructure organizations monitoring and analyzing the tax reform developments in Congress have webinars this summer that will offer a range of perspectives on the issue. We will be sharing updates on the issue from Washington DC throughout the summer. more »
Philanthropy Northwest joins with the region's statewide nonprofit associations in support of the America Gives More Act (H.R. 4719). more »
Whether your focus is economic self-sufficiency, community change, health, or education, the Internet is changing the way you achieve your goals. As more information and services move online, people who are “digitally isolated” grow more excluded from opportunity and less connected to their communities. Although most American households are now online, a large minority – about 30 percent, including many whose members are poorer, less educated, and older – are not. Please join us for a conversation that explores how local foundations, working in partnership with government and the private sector, can successfully accelerate technology access and build capacity to bring isolated families and communities online.
Jeff Clarke writes about three weeks of public policy activity – tax reform, Foundations on the Hill and a series of meetings with federal officials – and reminds us that nearly every philanthropy issue has public policy elements and local impact. more »