Kim Moore | Guest Contributor, Retired President, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund | ... With intention, foundations can be successful funding partners in rural communities: Many foundations are doing so and are great ... more »
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Kristen Holway, Senior Manager, Learning Practice | Five months have passed since the March 22 mudslide in Oso, Wash. killed 43 people, damaged nearly 50 homes and destroyed nearly one square mile of land, rivers and infrastructure. It's hard to believe that, on the heels of this horrific disaster -- the worst in state history -- fire crews were also battling the most severe fires in Washington state history in Chelan and Okanogan counties.
As communities across the state continue to define their new normal, recover and rebuild, philanthropic organizations are beginning to ask: "What can we do to ensure our communities are resilient? How can we better prepare our grantees and ourselves for future disasters?" more »
... We’ve accomplished amazing things over 10 years. With our partners, we’ve trained 6,000 people in leadership skills throughout rural ... solid relationships in rural areas, outstanding strategic partners, and good relationships with peer funders. Now we get to take this ... more »
... collaboration and impact Collaborate with cross-sector partners to build community (in 2015 it was collaborate with other ... is evolving towards collaborating with cross-sector partners and away from collaborating primarily with other philanthropy. Given ... more »
... In addition, a number of Philanthropy Northwest members and partners are in the process of moving to Pacific Tower, including Building ... more »
Ted Lord, Senior Partner, The Giving Practice | One antidote to over-designed collaboration is the check-in. Check-ins are a way to open every gathering, whether a generative conversation or an implementation meeting. They can be as simple as asking everyone to share their current personal weather or as corrective as asking participants to share one thing from the last meeting that shifted or hasn’t sat well. more »
... interest in building relationships with non-traditional partners around financial capital using both proven and emerging structures ... more »
A new report led by Dr. Christopher Blodgett of Washington State University shows that the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences in a community can significantly impact the overall academic outcomes of children and youth. Join Philanthropy Northwest and Foundation for Healthy Generations for a rare, half-day briefing and discussion with the report's authors. We will explore the ramifications of the findings and discuss potential roles for the philanthropic community. This event is for funders only and is not open to the public.
Eli Grossman and Gunner Scott, Pride Foundation | In two decades, Pride Foundation has awarded close to 1,500 scholarships, totaling nearly $4 million, to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and allied students in the Pacific Northwest. This year, we received more than 770 applications and coordinated over 300 volunteer reviewers from our five-state region over a three-month period. We are pleased with the results, but could there be a more streamlined way to award our scholarships, while remaining fair, consistent, timely and even more accessible? more »
... work? What more do we need to learn and share to be better partners with others? Enlisting All Voices. The 21st century has ... more »
Jon Stahl, Communications Director | In July 2015, we conducted a short survey of Philanthropy Northwest network members to get a sense of whether and what sort of policies they have requiring grantees to not discriminate when providing services. Here's what we learned. more »
Kristen Holway, Senior Manager, Learning Practice | Knowing that nearly half of all low-income Montanans experience at least one civil legal problem each year that goes unaddressed, the Montana Access to Justice Commission, with support from Philanthropy Northwest member Montana Justice Foundation, conducted a study to better understand the gaps and barriers to civil legal aid access. Their findings have implications for funders across all states and all sectors — and have us asking ourselves whether there is a need for broader conversation. more »
Kristen Holway, Senior Manager, Learning Practice | Philanthropy Northwest and Dr. Lori Pfingst of the Washington State Budget & Policy Center recently hosted a discussion about Washington's budget and the progress the state is making towards creating a prosperous future for all. A new report from the Washington Budget & Policy Center maps six areas: economic security, education, healthy people and a healthy environment, community development and trust, good jobs, and revenue generation. An overarching theme is that people of color are being left behind, and we emerged with four ideas on how funders can accelerate progress. more »
Sindhu Knotz, Partner, The Giving Practice | Nine accomplished individuals from incredibly diverse backgrounds are coming together at Philanthropy Northwest this week for the first cohort meeting of our Momentum Fellowship. What began as a conversation in one of our peer learning cohorts on diversity, equity and inclusion is now becoming reality: a program that prepares professionals from underrepresented communities, particularly communities of color, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector through mentoring, networking and professional development opportunities. more »
Our statewide nonprofit association partners each produce valuable research about the nonprofit sector in their ...