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December 2020 |

Bolstering ongoing efforts to distribute COVID relief funds equitably to the communities hardest hit by the pandemic, the Washington State Department of Commerce partnered with Philanthropy Northwest to award $12 million in grants from the Washington Equity Relief Fund for Nonprofits to 358 organizations statewide led by and serving Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities. Nonprofits provide the primary link to many crucial lifeline services in all communities, and many have been financially devastated by the pandemic.

Image of diverse group of volunteers at food drive outside in a park
December 16, 2020
1:00pm to 2:00pm
PST

This meeting is for the Broadband Interest Group at Philanthropy Northwest. Our aim is to bring an action-oriented understanding of the role philanthropy can play in supporting broadband access specifically in rural, Indigenous/Native communities and communities of color in the region. 

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December 2020 |

This case study report identifies untapped areas for co-investment in regional food economies in Oregon and Washington, then outlines a combination of grantmaking and investment strategies for transformational impact. A final chapter published in 2020, describes how CFFP’s founding members joined forces in 2018 to make a substantial grant that allowed Craft3, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving Washington and Oregon, to establish a lending source for sustainable food and farm businesses.

Cover image for Case Study: Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project (CFFP) and Final Chapter
November 20, 2020
2:00pm to 3:00pm
PST

This meeting is for the Broadband Interest Group at Philanthropy Northwest. Our goal is to gain an action-oriented understanding of the role philanthropy can play in supporting broadband access, specifically in rural, Indigenous/Native communities and communities of color in our region...

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November 17, 2020
2:00pm to 3:00pm
PST

Nonprofits have been hard hit by COVID-19, including in Washington state. A new study from the University of Washington's Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy looks at the impact in terms of fundraising, programs, volunteerism, and operations, and also shares how nonprofits...

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October 2020 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Penny Thomas, Washington State Department of Commerce Communications, 206-256-6106

$2 Million in COVID...

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October 21, 2020
1:00pm to 2:00pm
PDT

This meeting is for the Broadband Interest Group at Philanthropy Northwest. Our goal is to gain an action-oriented understanding of the role philanthropy can play in supporting broadband access, specifically in rural, Indigenous/Native communities and communities of...