Jill Blair and Malka Kopell, The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions | Much of our 20th century civic infrastructure emerged as a product of philanthropic investment: organizations and programs intended to advance equity, education and economic opportunity. We call upon philanthropy now, large and small, personal and institutional, to lead the rebuilding effort — to construct a 21st century civic infrastructure that leverages the resources we now have to solve the problems we still face. more »
Eli Grossman and Gunner Scott, Pride Foundation | In two decades, Pride Foundation has awarded close to 1,500 scholarships, totaling nearly $4 million, to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and allied students in the Pacific Northwest. This year, we received more than 770 applications and coordinated over 300 volunteer reviewers from our five-state region over a three-month period. We are pleased with the results, but could there be a more streamlined way to award our scholarships, while remaining fair, consistent, timely and even more accessible? more »
Philanthropy Northwest and the Campion Foundation invite you to join us for a conversation around a new national campaign, Stand for Your Mission on how advocacy, particularly from nonprofit boards, can enhance the mission of organizations. Anne Wallestad, CEO of BoardSource, will lead a discussion for philanthropy and nonprofit advisors on how advocacy can expand nonprofit impact and what – as funders and advisors – we can do to support stronger advocacy amongst our nonprofit partners.
Jon Stahl, communications director | I’ve just returned from Local Matters: Wyoming, the first event in our 2015 Local Matters series, which brought together more than 80 people from foundations and nonprofits engaged in Wyoming philanthropy. Here are a few highlights from a rich, engaging and wide-ranging conversation about how philanthropy is... right next door. more »
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Lisa Galaites, talent partner and board liaison | Philanthropy Northwest is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion as key tenets of our culture, policies and processes. As the organization’s talent partner, eager to learn how others in our region think about diversity in the workplace, I joined 1,100 managers, human resource professionals, diversity specialists and employees at the Portland General Electric’s Diversity Summit 2015 earlier this month. Here are my takeaways: more »
Regine Webster, The Center for Disaster Philanthropy | News from Nepal about the devastating earthquake has been chilling: story after story report rapidly changing death tolls, contain scary accounts of power outages and are filled images of indiscernible structures covered in dust. The city of Kathmandu and its surroundings are changed forever. What can you do if you want to make a donation that will have a long-term impact? more »
Lauren Sato, Canopy | We need to see sources of institutional capital connect with communities to bolster regions through a new generation of collaborative economics. There are many historical and deeply embedded barriers to this work, but what is encouraging is that there is a growing field of entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists and public officials willing to take this challenge head-on. more »
Please join the National Center for Family Philanthropy in partnership with the Center for Courage & Renewal for this special retreat - an opportunity for participants to explore fundamental questions of leadership, impact, sustainability and self-care.
What is your family’s dream for philanthropy? Are you primarily interested in achieving a particular grantmaking mission? Or are you interested in creating an opportunity for family members to come together and strengthen family ties through philanthropy and service to others? For many philanthropic families, the answer to this question is not either/or – it’s both.
by Sindhu Knotz | We are excited to announce that Philanthropy Northwest has launched the Momentum Fellowship, a program designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities, particularly communities of color, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector through professional development, networking and mentoring opportunities. more »
by Allison Parker, The Seattle Foundation | The Seattle Foundation has been involved with mission investing since 2004. Together, foundation-directed impact investments, made from our discretionary funds and donor-recommended investments, made from DAFs, currently total $7.2 million, with 23 open transactions representing 22 different funds. Here's some of what we've learned along the way. more »
by Melanie Maltry, Washington Department of Early Learning | Despite its rapid growth, fewer than 15 percent of eligible families in Washington are currently able to access home visiting services. The Department of Early Learning, Thrive Washington and the state’s many other home visiting stakeholders are eager to expand these life-changing services to more families — and are exploring an innovative new financing mechanism, Pay for Success, to do so. more »
by Nicole Neroulias Gupte, communications manager | Philanthropy Northwest was proud to host Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Monday afternoon for a conversation with our members about one of her highest priorities: preparing the next generation of outdoor stewards. more »
On March 25, Philanthropy Northwest and Seattle CityClub co-hosted an event featuring Daniel Kemmis, Philanthropy Northwest board member and fellow at the Kettering Foundation and Daniel Stid, director of the Hewlett Foundation's Madison Initiative. more »
by Ann Saxton, vice president | Last week I had the pleasure of attending Foundations on the Hill (FOTH) in Washington, D.C. with a number of our Philanthropy Northwest partners and almost 200 others in the philanthropy community from across the nation. Over three days we met with government agency officials and more than 20 members of Congress from across our six-state region to share the vital role our sector plays in supporting healthy and vibrant communities. For some, this was a first opportunity to meet and begin forming lasting relationships with elected officials and for others it was a chance to reconnect and show ongoing commitment to the mission, issues and communities we serve. more »
by Sindhu Knotz, partner, The Giving Practice | I’m excited to announce the launch of our second CEO peer learning group on diversity, equity and inclusion. This cohort includes nine CEOs of foundations in Alaska, Washington and Oregon who will meet four times in 2015. more »
by Marie Sauter & Audrey Haberman | One year ago, on March 22, 2014, a devastating landslide hit near the town of Oso, Washington. On this somber anniversary, Philanthropy Northwest and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would like to share a story of tremendous community resilience. We were honored to observe first-hand the roles of three of the many agencies and community members that worked closely together to meet the needs of people affected by the mudslide. more »