Lisa Galaites, Talent Partner and Board Liaison | Philanthropy Northwest is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion as key tenets of our culture, policies and processes. As the organization’s talent partner, eager to learn how others in our region think about diversity in the workplace, I joined 1,100 managers, human resource professionals, diversity specialists and employees at the Portland General Electric’s Diversity Summit 2015 earlier this month. Here are my takeaways: more »
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Leslie Silverman, The Giving Practice | Growing up, I was the only "Hanukkah kid" in my class, so my parents felt compelled to offer me a similar experience in what kids talked about most — the gifts! So, they would give us a gift each evening after we lit the candles. Often, this would amount to seven small toys and games, then a big gift on the eighth and final night. A few years ago, inspired by my work with family foundations, I started to think about how to make the holiday season more meaningful for my son. We created a new tradition: planning out what each night of Hanukkah should be about, beyond buying and exchanging a lot of presents. After a little brainstorming, my 7-year-old son and I came up with eight days of themes: more »
... advocacy, our personal leadership, visionary nonprofit partners, multimedia investments like books and films, and the skills and ... more »
Tim Crosby, Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project | ... the regional food economy. The hope is that we can identify partners and other investors who also see opportunity and need in this space. ... more »
Caitlin Copple, Communications Consultant | ... to learn together and discuss ways we can be more effective partners and advocates for rural communities,” said Danielle Garbe, the CEO ... more »
Kiran Ahuja | On a recent trip to Anchorage, after engaging with local philanthropic leaders and learning about Alaska’s unique attributes and challenges, it dawned on me the many lessons funders in the lower 48 can glean from Alaska’s philanthropic leaders. In a geographically large state with a small population, funders wear multiple hats and coordinate easily across organizations to address formidable challenges – including homelessness, lack of affordable housing and healthcare services, access to high-quality P-16 education, workforce development and much, much more.
From this recent visit and in my role with Philanthropy Northwest over the past year, I’d like to share my observations about the unique positioning of philanthropy in Alaska. more »
... polishing your CSR story at the expense of your nonprofit partners. If you expect them to make a video salute to the company or provide ...
Jeff Clarke, CEO | The Pacific Northwest has a unique and globally influential culture marked by innovation, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, generosity and stewardship. Our region’s commitment to innovation drives our growing leadership in impact investing — leveraging private capital for social good. Impact investors seek opportunities to earn a financial return while also doing something good for society. Their aspirations are changing the way we think about solutions to big social problems like homelessness, poverty and unemployment. more »
Our Catalyst Fellows are an experiment in network learning. They will forge connections between place and the multiple forms of capital that vibrant, equitable and inclusive communities require, including but not limited to: natural capital, civic
Mitchell Thomashow, Catalyst Fellow | For each of us, our community, landscape and identity create a fluid concept: place. Environmental thinkers use place as a common ground for deepening local awareness of ecological relationships, with bioregionalism as a compelling manifestation of that impulse, suggesting that political boundaries, governance and public policy must be considered within the natural connections of geographic settings. We regard place-based thinking as the foundation of community relationships as well as the appropriate scale for civic engagement; this concept has also become part of the literature in anthropology, economics, education and political science. We believe it has an important role to play in philanthropy, as well, as The Russell Family Foundation and other Philanthropy Northwest members have demonstrated in their place-based community partnerships. more »
Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Director of Learning Strategy | ... have impact in 2017: Bridging Divides Between Unlikely Partners Has philanthropy done all it can to acknowledge and respond to ... design cue for 2.0 include authentic engagement of community partners, creating a learning organization and impact investing. If you ... more »
... have on youth and childhood well-being. Blodgett and his partners at the Foundation for Healthy Generations have therefore been on a ... more »
... of Wyoming and listen to the practitioners and potential partners. Through that experience, we learned that “vision, voice and ... more »
Anne Yoon, The Giving Practice | ... filled with materials from our 40-year history. Many of our partners have also have amassed decades of artifacts, including Boeing ( ... more »
Jan Jaffe, Senior Partner, The Giving Practice | In celebration of Black History Month and continued observance of this year’s National Day of Racial Healing, our team sat with Dr. Gail C. Christopher, a former Senior Advisor and Vice President at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and architect of the foundation's Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) framework, to discuss what reflective practices she has used to meet challenges as a philanthropic practitioner. more »
The Community Democracy Workshop and the Kettering Foundation convened seventeen people committed to community democracy and community engagement from philanthropic, community-based and supporting organizations along with Kettering staff members to learn from each other and explore three questions. Here's a quick summary of what we found. more »
Vu Le, Rainier Valley Corps | Philanthropy Northwest's team joined more than 100 nonprofits, funders, community leaders and governmental representatives at a February 17 discussion on Protecting Marginalized Communities During the Next Four Years. Together, we explored shared challenges and opportunities for strategic partnerships with Rainier Valley Corps, OneAmerica, Children's Alliance, Centerstone, Potlatch Fund, Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS) and other marginalized community-led organizations based in Seattle. Philanthropy Northwest will poll the participating funders as a follow-up to this discussion, and we invite you to read this message from Vu Le, executive director of Rainier Valley Corps, to learn more about our conversation: more »
Maya Thornell-Sandifor, Director of Learning Strategies | As we launch the second round of our two-year Momentum Fellowship program, it’s my honor to introduce below 10 leaders from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and communities. I hope you’ll get to meet them at #PNW17, our annual conference coming up next week, Oct. 3-5, in Vancouver, WA. more »