November 19, 2013
Dear Philanthropy Northwest Member,
One of the best things about serving on the board of Philanthropy Northwest is that I have the opportunity to meet and talk with so many of our members. I am constantly renewed by the passion and the energy you bring to our shared work and inspired by the potential for philanthropy to make a difference throughout our region. Over and over again, Iíve heard you tell me that philanthropy is most effective when we are engaged in powerful networks and partnerships rather than trying to do this work alone. Strong relationships and collaboration are central to building healthy, vibrant Northwest communities.
Philanthropy Northwest plays a critical role in weaving and supporting philanthropic networks and cross sector collaboration. But to be successful, we need you! Here are a few reasons I invite you to renew your Philanthropy Northwest membership for 2014.
We provided over 50 briefings, training sessions and programs to our membership in 2013, including our annual conference in Juneau, Alaska. In spring 2014, in partnership with GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington, we will host an even bigger and better conference. We are also collaborating with Independent Sector to bring its national conference to Seattle in November 2014.
Our consulting team at The Giving Practice supported nine funder collaboratives, in addition to advising dozens of foundations and corporations on strategic planning, board and staff development, intergenerational leadership, grantmaking practices, and much more.
Building on the success of a new CEO peer learning cohort focused on diversity, equity and inclusion, we are developing new opportunities for CEOs to learn from one another. In 2014, weíll also dive into new research and knowledge sharing strategies to support collaboration.
In 2014, we will publish a new edition of Trends in Northwest Giving, our popular, comprehensive biennial report on grantmaking in the Northwest.
We delivered a new level of custom programming and support to community and public foundations, particularly in Washington State, and will continue to expand this work in 2014.
We continue to develop and nurture relationships between the philanthropic community and state and federal elected officials in order to build a deeper understanding of philanthropic sector issues among government officials. We will continue to encourage our membersí involvement in policy work with issue briefings and policy workshops, and we will promote and support collaborations between philanthropy, government, nonprofits and the private sector.
Mission Investors Exchange, our strategic partner, is an extraordinary resource to help members better understand and become involved in mission investing. Our Field Guide to Mission Investing for Community Foundations is a big success, and we will publish a similar guide for family foundations in 2014.
Most importantly, Iím very excited about working with our incoming CEO, Jeff Clarke, a long-time member of the Philanthropy Northwest community. Jeff brings with him extensive experience in the non-profit, philanthropic and private sectors, both nationally and regionally. We are all so pleased to have him on board and we are confident he will continue to take Philanthropy Northwest in new and important directions.
For these reasons and more, I hope you will continue to be a part of our philanthropic community. Your knowledge and experience is vital to the evolution and growth of our field. You support and enthusiasm for Philanthropy Northwest allow us to build an increasingly clear and effective philanthropic sector. We are proud to count you as one of our valued members and hope that you will continue to partner with us in 2014.
Please renew your Philanthropy Northwest membership by returning the enclosed membership form by February 28, 2014.
Susan M. Coliton
Vice President, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Chair, Philanthropy Northwest
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