Tim Crosby, Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project | If we want to catalyze a thriving food economy in the Pacific Northwest, where should we invest our philanthropic funds? We commissioned research into the production costs of six categories — no-till grain, grass-finished beef, organic greens, organic storage crops, pastured chicken, and hoop house pork — to identify differentiated and viable production systems aligned with our project's five overarching principles of health, social equity, family wage job creation and preservation. The results have revealed intriguing insights for our regional food economy, venture philanthropy and impact investing. We want to achieve system change to increase more sustainable food production and to build resiliency in rural communities. We want to support enterprise success so that rural communities can generate livable wage jobs and investors can at least preserve capital. We now know where we can do each; we seek the opportunity to do both. Now we're asking a new question: How can we advance system change by supporting success at the enterprise level? more »
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by Kristen Holway | Last week, while attending the West Resilience Academy, I found myself reflecting on whether we have made any progress in closing the "philanthropic awareness gap." more »
... success comes from working together with individuals and partners who have the skills, experiences and shared goals to create more value ... of $500,000 to the CDFI to nearly $2.4 million. Key funding partners include the Rasmuson Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the Alaska ... more »
... community development finance institutions (CDFIs) as partners, Craft3 and National Development Council (NDC) to help them ... network . He is also a partner of Social Venture Partners and Toniic Seattle , co-chair of the Sustainable Agriculture ... more »
... and staff retreats — are a priority for its nonprofits partners, and encourages grantees to use funding toward these types of ... working and finding new opportunities with our nonprofit partners. We invite you to learn more by visiting our website and ... more »
... Washington, D.C. with a number of our Philanthropy Northwest partners and almost 200 others in the philanthropy community from across the ... boards for proposals that could impact our sector and as partners back home. Members of Congress were particularly interested in the ... more »
Mitchell Thomashow, Catalyst Fellow | If you visit just about any university in North America, you’ll notice an important dynamic: the idea of sustainability has taken root everywhere, from rural community colleges to large urban state universities, bringing diverse stakeholders together. From Oregon's Portland State University to the University of Montana, there are countless bold and innovative sustainability projects stimulating local investment. Across professional levels, political backgrounds and personal experiences, sustainability proponents unify around a common desire to build community on their campus, to respect it and recognize it as a special place that lends meaning to our lives. How can this approach advance our work at Philanthropy Northwest? more »
... $1 million to arts education in 2015. We have many talented partners empowering young people through the traditional art forms such as ...
Susan Weiss, Senior Policy Advisor | ... Casey Family Programs, one of Philanthropy Northwest's lead sustaining partners. I have always appreciated the relevant information I got as a ... more »
When Surdna Foundation made the decision to allocate $100 million to impact investing, there was not a wide breadth of funds and tools available. As part of its investment, Surdna seeks to share its experience with others thinking about impact investing through this publication, drafted by The Giving Practice's Senior Partner Jan Jaffe.
Kiran Ahuja | Philanthropy Northwest's members are central to our work to promote a more resilient, equitable and inclusive future that honors our past, our people and our cultures regionally. As an organization, we believe that we are at our best when we embrace the future as an opportunity to do more in collaboration with you—our members. We've exciting programs and new initiatives on the horizon, but to have the most impact, we must first appreciate and recognize our strengths as a six-state network. That’s why the next chapter truly begins with you! more »
At Philanthropy Northwest, we partner with members and other stakeholders to ensure healthy, more vibrant, and sustainable futures for our communities.
In 2015, Independent Sector convened Threads, a series of community conversations with foundation and nonprofit sector leaders in 13 U.S. cities. In the Northwest, Thread conversations took place at Empire Health Foundation's Philanthropy Center in Spokane, Washington on June 16 and at Impact Hub Seattle on June 26. Highlight reports were released from each conversation, culminating in a report from the entire series.
... to tribes, for example, we found accomplished, visionary partners, but many who were doing at least two peoples’ jobs and had no time ...
... underscores the importance of how our members and community partners are addressing the complexity of affordable housing. Nationally, 1 in ... important issue. M.A. Leonard of Enterprise Community Partners provided an overview of trends in affordable housing across the ... more »
Anne Yoon, Associate, The Giving Practice | The conversations at PolicyLink's Equity Summit conference about diversity, equity and inclusion took a different tone than the ones I've heard at foundation offices this year. Our sense of urgency climbed as we discussed DEI in the context of immigration, a living wage and police brutality. We must believe that philanthropy has a role in the ecosystem of social change and has the responsibility to act. How is philanthropy being a partner to the movement builders, the organizers, the advocates, the community? How can philanthropy be a more effective partner, right now? more »
... with the Northwest's largest employer and one of our lead sustaining partners: The Boeing Company turns 100 this summer ! Our close ties with ... more »
Mitchell Thomashow, Catalyst Fellow | On the first Earth Day, in 1970, terms like biodiversity, climate change, green building, sustainability and dozens of others had not yet entered the public lexicon. Yet going back to the 19th century writings of Thoreau, American culture has contained a prevailing theme of sustainability: the idea of living within our means and living with respect for interconnected ecosystems. As we approach Earth Day 2016 — this Friday, April 22 — Northwest philanthropic institutions like The Bullitt Foundation are playing a major role in contributing to all aspects of this ethos, including conservation, policy and education. more »