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 »
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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 »
The Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers is pleased to co-sponsor a new webinar series in partnership with the D5 Coalition, a five-year effort to advance philanthropy’s diversity, equity and inclusiveness. In this session: Philanthropy cannot meet its potential without harnessing the creativity, strengths and insights of all members of our society. This webinar will draw upon research conducted by D5 that sheds light on how change happens, specific strategies and resources for taking action and winning words to start and sustain conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion.
Erin Thomas, Talent Partner and Board Liaison | After seven years working at EarthCorps, developing a new generation of global environmental leaders, I decided to move into the talent partner and board liaison position at Philanthropy Northwest to continue growing my skills and exploring the social sector from a new lens. In my new role, I hope to strengthen Philanthropy Northwest’s organizational culture, leadership development and the teams that ultimately impact our members and the sector as a whole. Two weeks into this position and I have already found myself in a high-level board meeting strategizing our next three-to-five years, and at the launch of our three-state Momentum Fellowship to empower and encourage diversity and equity in philanthropy. I look forward to working with our network and meeting more of you at our upcoming events. more »
... areas and hubs, island and road system communities. Our partners at First Alaskans Institute invites you to be part of its Advancing ... a Racial Equity Summit in Anchorage. The theme “Partners for the Next 10,000 Years…” describes the commitment of Alaskans ...
... matching funds and instructions to encourage employees and partners to contribute, too. Flags at Alaska Airlines Corporate ... from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: Dear partners, The horrific events that unfolded in Orlando have left so many of ... more »
by Lyn Hunter, Jon Stahl and Anne Yoon | How can funders get better at building capacity and power in communities of color? What are the unique challenges -- and opportunities -- that people of color-led organizations face in seeking funding? This week, we gathered at the Hillman City Collaboratory in Seattle's Rainier Valley with a standing-room-only crowd of nearly 80 community members, nonprofit leaders and funders for a rich conversation on these themes. more »
... in the room discussed bringing together a variety of partners and creating enabling tools and platforms for making a greater number ... ways to blend capital with formerly unlikely investment partners, and utilizing other assets such as foundations' convening power. ... more »
... skills, based on the same world-class training Starbucks partners (employees) receive. Starbucks will also partner with local youth ... more »
... Paul Shoemaker , founding president of Social Venture Partners International and SVP Seattle's executive connector for 17 years. ... informal gatherings in November to introduce Lisa to its partners, investees and community allies: Wednesday, November 4 | 8 – ... more »
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 »
Montana Healthcare Foundation announced more than $1.3 million in new grants to 34 Montana-based organizations focusing on key health challenges in behavioral health (including mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse), American Indian health and new programs that seek to improve health outcomes and control rising healthcare costs, particularly in communities struggling with a lack of resources and personnel. more »