Philanthropy Northwest Programs

May 21 -
Nov 13

Trust-Based Philanthropy Cohort

May 21, 2020 (All day) to November 13, 2020 (All day)

Philanthropy Northwest is excited to partner with the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project to offer the first-ever Trust-Based Philanthropy Cohort. Join us for this four-part curriculum designed for foundation leaders who are interested in bringing greater vulnerability and humility to their philanthropic practices in order to advance more equitable and transparent funder-grantee relationships. This inaugural program is being offered at no cost to selected participants, thanks to support from the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project!


Philanthropy 101 Series

February 19, 2020,
10:00am to 12:00pm
Philanthropy 101 Graphic with green building blocks

Philanthropy 101 is sold out. Please email Elyse Gordon to be added to the waitlist.

Are you new to Philanthropy?  Have you expanded your team?  Include this series in your staff onboarding! Philanthropy 101 is a five-part virtual series that helps all staff new to philanthropy better understand the sector and grow their peer network.


Philanthropy Institute: Skills for Emerging Practitioners (Fall 2019, Boise Idaho)

September 10, 2019, 9:00am MDT to September 11, 2019, 5:00pm MDT
Boise, ID

Only 3 spots left! This comprehensive, two-day educational program was developed by experts in the philanthropic sector, and facilitated by seasoned practitioners. Philanthropy Institute: Practical Skills & Strategies for Emerging Practitioners (formerly known as Best Practices): is the field’s standardized orientation for individual members who have recently joined the philanthropic sector. The curriculum is designed to provide a historical overview of the sector, a sense of the philanthropic landscape in the Pacific Northwest and nationally, and an overview of foundation governance and grantmaking.


Communication Matters: Facebook & Twitter

October 28, 2016,
8:30am to 10:00am
Seattle, WA

Communication Matters is Philanthropy Northwest's community of practice for philanthropy communications professionals. At our October 2016 meeting, we'll talk about using Facebook and Twitter to message our missions. What works ... and what needs work? Maria Rigou of Marguerite Casey Foundation and others will share tips, demonstrate tools and brainstorm new strategies. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops, examples and questions to share. This group is for Philanthropy Northwest members. Registration is required. If you're interested in joining Philanthropy Northwest, contact Anjana Pandey. If you're interested in joining Communication Matters, contact Nicole Neroulias Gupte.


Simplifying Strategy: Peer Learning Session for Corporate Philanthropy

February 10, 2016,
8:30am to 10:30am

Please join Philanthropy Northwest and FSG for a learning workshop on corporate social responsibility strategies. Corporate leaders will hear from FSG Managing Directors Greg Hills and Patty Russell about three tools for advancing societal engagement efforts. Hills and Russell will discuss their recent publication, "Simplifying Strategy: A Practical Toolkit for Corporate Societal Engagement" and lead participants through interactive exercises to uncover potential applications of the tools to your work.


Culturally Competent Leadership in Philanthropy

January 27, 2016,
9:00am to 12:30pm

As we grow as a nation, we are learning to become multicultural in a way where we benefit from our differences, rather than expecting people to assimilate into the dominant culture's norms, values and customs. Please join Philanthropy Northwest, Pangea Giving and Cultures Connecting for a skills-building workshop that explores frameworks for (a) building culturally competent work environments and (b) collectively addressing systemic barriers in order to advance equity through philanthropy. This event is sold out.


Best Practices: Essential Skills and Strategies for New Grantmakers - SOLD OUT

July 15, 2015, 9:00am PDT to July 16, 2015, 5:00pm PDT
Essential Skills and Strategies is a comprehensive, two-day educational program to help familiarize new and up-and-coming grantmakers to the foundation world and the field of philanthropy. Developed by experts in the philanthropic sector, Essential Skills and Strategies is the field’s standardized orientation for grantmakers. The curriculum is designed to provide new grantmakers with the knowledge, insight, skills and tools to be effective in their work.