Economy

Philanthropy Northwest Diaries: Alaska On My Mind

06/28/2018

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 »

Philanthropy is... Enterpreneurial: What We Heard at Local Matters: Idaho

06/02/2015

Jon Stahl, Communications Director | Last week we were thrilled to welcome a capacity crowd of 70+ philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, government officials, nonprofit leaders and academics to Boise, Idaho for the second event in our 2015 Local Matters series. Here's what we talked about. more »

Don't Forget to Take Off Your Shoes and Dance!

10/22/2014

by Sindhu Knotz, partner, The Giving Practice | In late September, I attended the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s 2014 National Convening in Atlanta, as part of a team providing facilitation support. This year the convening brought together nearly 200 grantee partners of the foundation and, in keeping with the Marguerite Casey Foundation’s movement building strategy, launched a new national membership organization called Equal Voice Action. I found inspiration, renewal and a heck of dance party. more »

Partnering with Government to Disrupt Inequality

04/10/2014

by Audrey Haberman, The Giving Practice - Like many of you, I am thinking a lot about income inequality these days. I have been honored to serve on the Mayor’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee, which is tasked with presenting a proposal to the Seattle City Council to raise the minimum wage in Seattle. It has been a wonderful, difficult and complex process. more »