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Garland Yates, Community Democracy Workshop | At Community Democracy Workshop, we work with residents to put them in more powerful positions to help change their communities. With institutional stakeholders, this community democracy approach might be unsettling, but we have to help them feel comfortable about walking into a process that potentially is confrontational. We must concentrate on making space around the table safe. Not false or phony, but safe. Residents and representatives from institutions will need to be honest and frank with each other and address real issues, but in a productive manner. We must use our influence and role to help create that kind of environment so that our communities can have the power and capacity to see the changes they want to see. more »
The webinar will examine how community wealth building in rural areas and small towns is proving to be a powerful, place-based approach to leverage local benefit from existing assets in new and innovative ways. Presenters will cover a range of examples and tools, and explore the role of funders to catalyze economic development and impact investing in local communities. We will hear what they are learning and the challenges they are wresting with. There will be time afterwards for in depth questions and answers with our speakers.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Pacific Northwest team awarded $68 million in 76 grants to more than three dozen organizations in 2016. Excluding multi-year grants approved prior to 2016 and global health/development grants to organizations based locally, the top five recipients by total grant dollars awarded were: Building Changes, University of Washington Foundation, Philanthropy Northwest, League of Education Voters Foundation and the State of Washington Department of Early Learning. more »
How do you process your internal reactions and signals before you jump to help others? Learn techniques from philanthropy practitioners that have helped create an environment for learning on both individual and systems levels.
... Sherwood Trust Seattle Foundation Social Venture Partners Social Venture Partners serves as the convenor of the SCC. Contact Sally Gillis to learn ...
Amy Pearson-Wales | LGBTQ visibility is deeply meaningful, but it can be difficult to achieve, even in the philanthropic sector. That’s why Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), a partner organization of Philanthropy Northwest, recently launched Share Your Stories: LGBTQ Practitioners in “Mainstream” Institutions, a research project focused on better understanding the lived experiences of LGBTQ people working in non-LGBTQ philanthropies and philanthropic organizations. Help strengthen our sector by sharing your stories (anonymously). more »
Note: this event has been postponed. Please stay tuned for future programming for family foundations and philanthropic advisors! Bridging and building relationships between generations is top of mind for so many of our region's family foundations. This special workshop for family foundation staff and trustees will guide us on how to set concrete steps into action to build engagement, growth and impact across generations.
... matching funds and instructions to encourage employees and partners to contribute, too. Flags at Alaska Airlines Corporate ... message from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: Dear partners, The horrific events that unfolded in Orlando have left so many of ... more »
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.
Initiated by BoardSource — together with the Alliance for Justice, the Campion Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Foundation, the National Council of Nonprofits, and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers — this campaign seeks to unleash the full potential of the nonprofit sector to create positive impact by engaging board leaders more directly in the advocacy work of their organizations.
A great piece on locally-focused impact investing in the New York Times, featuring our friends at The Russell Family Foundation, who have pioneered p more »
In cities across the nation, a few enjoy rising affluence while many struggle to get by. This situation is created in part by the practices of traditional economic development. Current trends threaten to worsen, unless we can answer the design challenge before us. Can we create an economic system — beginning at the local level — that builds the wealth and prosperity of everyone? The 20 cities profiled in this new Democracy Collaborative report include Portland, Oregon, and Seattle.