Letter sent to Washington state community foundations, February 6, 2012
Dear Washington Community Foundation Leaders,
At Philanthropy Northwest, we are committed to supporting community foundations across our region. We value your local leadership and your unique position to understand and listen to your community. I donít need to tell you that community foundations are the fastest growing form of philanthropy nationwideóand thatís good news for all of us. As citizens across Washington and the Northwest continue to build strong community foundations, they will identify and solve the issues that matter most to them. And, they will do it in ways we couldnít predict, taking advantage of their unique history, knowledge and resources; motivated by their love of the place they live.
Iím very pleased to announce that Philanthropy Northwest will continue its support of community foundations in Washington state. For the past year we have provided a staff person to support your network through a listserv, convening and other programs and services. Thanks to a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, weíll continue to offer those services to you for the next three years.
Philanthropy Northwest will continue to dedicate a halftime staff person to supporting your network. We will offer limited scholarship funds to subsidize attendance to our annual conference for those for whom the full registration fee is a barrier. We will also provide support for your convenings and offer other specialized support and technical assistance to be determined by you.
This work is designed to support you and therefore we want it to be driven by you. Based on your feedback from a survey this fall, we have formed an advisory committee to guide us in this work. Advisory committee members are: Hilary Canty, Orcas Island Community Foundation; Mauri Ingram, Whatcom Community Foundation; Lawson Knight, Blue Mountain Community Foundation; Rose Lincoln Hamilton, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation; Maddy Metzger-Utt, Greater Everett Community Foundation; Norma Schuiteman, Community Foundation of South Puget Sound; Bill Sperling, the Seattle Foundation; and Beth Stipe, the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.
The advisory committee will help us determine how we can best support your convening in 2012, explore shared projects such as the proposed gift annuity platform and guide Philanthropy Northwest on how else we might support you and your network. The advisory committee members are committed to building connections and listening to feedback from all of you. We hope that you will contact us about any feedback you have about working with us this year and beyond.
Philanthropy Northwest Program Manager, Mindie Reule, will follow-up on the listserv with more of the specifics. I look forward to supporting your work in 2012 and beyond.
All the best,
Chief Executive Officer