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In this 5th edition of Trends in Northwest Giving, we analyze 24,013 grants to Northwest organizations from 245 funders in 2012, totaling $979,171,356. Read on to find out about giving in our region, state-by-state trends and 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 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.
This publication explores the experiences of a growing number of funders around the world that are committed to supporting advocacy as a strategy to advance social change. We are starting with this topic because funding advocacy too often is the philanthropic road not taken, yet it is a road most likely to lead to the kind of lasting change that philanthropy has long sought through other kinds of grants.
It provides information and lessons about the wide spectrum of advocacy activities funders can support, including:
Jeff Clarke reflects on the tension between philanthropic freedom, philanthropic sector accountability to policymakers and the temptation of a trillion-dollar balance sheet. more »
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 »
Each August, Congress goes on recess for nearly the entire month, which means your Senators and Representatives will be back home travelling around the district and meeting with constituents. Philanthropy Northwest encourages you to host a local event or meeting with your Senator or Representative this August. more »
Philanthropy Northwest members are invited to a webinar exploring ways to advance the charitable tax extenders package through the Senate - even during the Congressional August recess. This is a free, public event presented by Independent Sector; registration is required.
Seattle CityClub’s Legislative Preview has been a signature Seattle event for over a decade. The luncheon forum features the top leadership from both sides of the aisle of the Washington State Legislature.
Join RA staff and members to hear from the Council on Foundations about a recent survey from the Urban Institute on Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) managed by community foundations. The survey results will help provide a full picture on the importance of DAFs to communities nationwide and will help to address the questions that lawmakers often have about DAFs. This webinar is open to both RA staff and members.
Each Spring Philanthropy Northwest and a group of member grantmakers travel to Washington, D.C., to share our views on the latest charitable legislation. Attendees have the opportunity to develop and grow relationships with members of Congress. 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 members are invited to a special webinar on Monday June 16, 2014 about the current intersection of state-level policy, philanthropy and early childhood education.