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Community foundations are beginning to deepen and shift how they work, adopting an anchor mission that seeks to fully deploy all resources to build community wealth. Moving into territory relatively uncharted for community foundations, they are taking up impact investing and economic development — some in advanced ways, others with small steps. This report offers an overview of how 30 representative community foundations — including The Seattle Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation — are working toward adopting this new anchor mission.
... classrooms, nonprofits, and communities. We work with partners across the U.S. and are always seeking new partners who are committed to achieving equity in education. We offer deep, ...
In May 2014, the Community Democracy Workshop and the Kettering Foundation convened 17 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 questions of assumptions, beliefs, comunity engagement and community democracy.
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 »
... resources and capacity to gather and plan with other Native partners in the field in more meaningful ways is challenging. We successfully ...
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 »
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 »
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 ...
Individuals, children, families, businesses, and communities all benefit from state investments in high-quality education, a clean environment, economic development, a healthy workforce, and a good quality of life.
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 »