Our mission: Philanthropy Northwest promotes, facilitates and drives collaborative action by philanthropic organizations to strengthen communities in our region.
Rosalie Sheehy Cates, The Giving Practice | How one Montana philanthropist became a local mission investor. more »
The Momentum Fellowship is 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.
A non-partisan informational gateway, created by journalist and author Hedrick Smith, aimed at helping people get engaged in fixing our democracy and making our economy fairer at the local level, where people power still has clout.
Unlike many other sites, we are not pushing one pet issue or one particular strategy. We introduce you to multiple issues, multiple strategies, multiple organizations that can help you start a reform movement in your own community or join forces with others.
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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 »
Dan Brettler, Gordon McHenry, Jr. and David Wertheimer, Gates Foundation | There are many different crises that can catapult a family into homelessness: Loss of a job, domestic violence, accidents or serious illness, and inter-generational poverty – to name just a few. In addition, despite efforts to coordinate, past experiences in responding to homelessness have shown us that, although admirable, fragmented, non-integrated efforts to solve this problem by organizations and systems working independently and on their own have not stemmed the tide of this crisis. The good news is that we now know what works. 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 »
A special issue of Responsive Philanthropy devoted to what philanthropy can do to combat implicit bias, or the way in which our unconscious minds shape and contribute to our thoughts and actions. A diverse roster of authors explores how this phenomenon both affects the many challenges we as a society face and its implications for how philanthropy addresses these issues.
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Sindhu Knotz, partner, The Giving Practice | We are excited to announce that we have added two positions to the Momentum Fellowship program. We are now hiring for a Regional Philanthropy Fellow at the Pride Foundation (Seattle) and an Investment Associate Fellow at the Meyer Memorial Trust (Portland, Ore.). Please spread the word to your networks — applications are due by June 3. 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.
Nicole Neroulias Gupte, communications manager | Last week's 24-hour giving campaigns raised more than $19 million for hundreds of nonprofits in the Pacific Northwest, predominantly in Washington, Idaho and Montana. more »
David Bley, board chair | The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is celebrating 15 years of helping people all over the world and here at home lead healthy, productive lives. To mark this anniversary, we’re taking some time to reflect on our past and look ahead to our future. more »
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 »