Many funders have been supporting efforts to solidify net neutrality protections and open Internet principles for over a decade. Last year, four million people commented on the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) proposed Internet rules, and the President called for true open Internet protections, including reclassification of the Internet under Title II jurisdiction. This February the FCC voted to reclassify the Internet and stop states from banning municipal broadband networks. Join former FCC Chair Michael Copps and leaders from the Media Impact Funders and Quixote Foundation for a conversation on the changing landscape of media policy.
In recent years we've seen major progress on seemingly intractable social issues including juvenile justice reform and healthcare disparities among vulnerable populations. Strategic, coordinated media projects and campaigns are tipping the scales and helping to rapidly advance policy change across a wide-spectrum of issues. Join leaders from The California Endowment, Rasmuson Foundation and Media Impact Funders as they discuss communication strategies that are moving the needle, and how funders can incorporate lessons learned.
Many Philanthropy Northwest members make consistent and significant investments in higher education, including improving access and affordability. However, affordability and access are highly complex issues that lend themselves to different perspectives and questions about the most strategic approaches to filling gaps. Join College Spark Washington, Washington Women in Need, Washington Student Achievement Council and the National Association of Scholarship Providers as they lead a discussion about higher education affordability.
by Ann Saxton, vice president | Last week, a large contingent of Philanthropy Northwest members, a few staff and I joined almost 200 other foundation and association leaders from across the philanthropic spectrum to take part in Foundations on the Hill in Washington, D.C. In addition to highlighting the positive impact of philanthropic organizations in our communities and beyond, together we raised awareness about the significant influence tax policy has on our work and expressed our support for the America Gives More Act of 2015. 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 Jeff Clarke, CEO | Relationships with elected officials at the local, state and federal levels are the center of policy work. At the same time, these important relationships are but one of many necessary for influence within our large, complex policy ecosystem. Building relationships within the administration and across agencies, at all levels of government, is equally important. Mapping this part of the ecosystem and building relationships is a current focus of our policy work. more »
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Registration is now open for Mission Investors Exchange's 11th Mission Investing Institute, this May at the MacArthur Foundation offices. Foundation professionals and trustees are invited to participate in this interactive learning environment facilitated by veteran mission investors, issue experts and experienced foundation professionals.
On March 18, we released an updated version of Trends in Northwest Giving 2014, which contains significant revisions to our data from Oregon, and minor updates to other data.
What is a private foundation and how is it different from a charitable nonprofit? What are the special tax rules that govern private foundations? What are the legal restrictions on what private foundations can do? Join Wayfind, an organization providing access to free business legal services for nonprofits and micro enterprises, along with lawyers from Perkins Coie and Davis Wright Tremaine for a skill building session that explores the legal ins and outs of private foundations in Washington State.
In 2014, many Philanthropy Northwest members said that you wanted us to offer more programming "on the ground" ar
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 »
Hopa Mountain, a Bozeman-based nonprofit will host a Funders Study Tour May 19-22 to visit leaders on Montana’s Fort Peck, Fort Belknap, and Rocky Boy Indian Reservations.
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 »
For nonprofit leaders – both board and staff – leading through periods of change can be challenging. This year The Foraker Group will examine various aspects of change as the subject of its Leadership Summit, which will be held April 20-21 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. The theme of the conference is "Transform. Create. Lead: As a sector – As organizations – As individual leaders."
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.
by Ted Lord, senior partner, The Giving Practice | Voluntary association fuels our nonprofit and philanthropic sector, and celebration is how we tune up and recharge. We neglect this at our peril. more »
Join the Global Donors Exchange (GDX) for a 3-part series that both examines the overhead myth and explores strategies for breaking the grantee starvation cycle in order to build a vibrant nonprofit sector.