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Dana Miller | Guest Contributor, Senior Program Director, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust | ... solutions. We consider ourselves fortunate to have so many partners in this community that recognize and value the ... more »
... to explore how they can work with willing philanthropic partners to leverage the strength that philanthropy has ...
Matt Fikejs | Guest Contributor, 501 Commons | ... , Paul G. Allen Family Foundation , Social Venture Partners and The Seattle Foundation stepped forward to help ... more »
... infrastructure at stake in the 2020 Census, philanthropic partners announced $1.5 million in total grants to enable ... Fund. The Equity Fund partnership currently comprises 25 partners and has $1.8 million in philanthropic investment. ... more »
The Salish Sea is our water home in the Northwest. Water is the most precious resource on our planet. What are the conversations your community is having about this endangered resource? How does water integrate a thriving community? Join leaders from the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Methow Conservancy, Whidbey Watershed Stewards and Dreamrider Productions for a three-day gathering convened by the Whidbey Institute's Thriving Communities Initiative. Participants will explore innovative models for water conservation and engage in open and active dialogue about possibilities and outcomes in their own community.
Dalian Yates, Momentum Fellow | Foundation funding explicitly designated to benefit black men and boys has increased in recent years, rising from $28.6 million in 2010 to nearly $64.6 million in 2012. We must continue this trend. We know what works. However, the majority of philanthropy's work falls outside the framework of a black male initiative or portfolio. As such, work that claims to serve black males but does not make a targeted effort to reach them often works well for every population except black males. I joined Philanthropy Northwest's Momentum Fellowship to do more for a growing movement actively seeking solutions. Here are my five recommendations for the philanthropic sector: more »
Elizabeth Posey, Momentum Fellow | When I was seven years old, I spent hours hanging upside down from the large cottonwood tree in my front yard during those short summer months, imagining different worlds to go with the shapes of the clouds. During our endless Anchorage winters, I still spent hours outdoors, building whole new worlds out of snow. That little black girl grew up enraptured by the blue majesty of the snow-capped mountains and the sheer vastness of the state that fueled her sense of imagination, nurturing the idea that more was possible. Now my interest in alternate realities is expressed through my work, at the intersection of philanthropy, public policy and public health. At Marguerite Casey Foundation, which I joined as one of Philanthropy Northwest's Momentum Fellows last fall, we build movements by funding organizations that ensure low-income communities have an equal political and economic voice through issue advocacy, organizing and leadership development. Only by ensuring that change is centered on the people most impacted by the inequities will we have a collective opportunity to transform our shared reality. more »
Sheila Babb Anderson, Campion Foundation & Remy Trupin, Catalyst Fellow | Our polarized climate may discourage nonprofits and foundation leaders from engaging in advocacy — but to solve many of the challenges we’re working on, government must be part of the solution. And for government to change laws and enact policies, we need engagement and visible support from nonprofits working on these issues. When weighing a proposal, a skeptical policymaker will wonder why leaders of organizations responsible for a related mission are sitting on the sidelines. Nonprofit board members are influential members of the community — that’s why they’re on the board in the first place! — with diverse views, backgrounds and networks. They are a critical piece of this changemaking puzzle. more »
Leslie Christian, Catalyst Fellow | What would the world look like if every foundation committed to using every one of its pennies to advancing its mission — even if it meant rearranging staff, giving up on “market returns" and coming to terms with the fact that nothing, including foundations, lives in perpetuity? This may seem like a radical premise, but it’s the direction philanthropy has already begun taking. Major foundations in the Northwest and nationwide are being designed to be time-limited and moving to “spend down” strategies. Tech billionaires are sharing their wealth through community foundations, LLCs and social enterprises rather than the more conventional family foundation model. And philanthropy isn’t just about making grants anymore — it’s about impact investments, advocacy and public policy work and being thoughtful about sustainability and place. more »
Richard Russell and Richard Woo, The Russell Family Foundation | As a group, family philanthropies put a lot of energy into connecting with our constituents. We do this joyfully because we know that strong, trusting relationships are vital to our success and the communities we serve. However, these external bonds are only half of the equation. The rest hinges on the question: “How well do we manage our internal group dynamics?” more »