Forging Ahead: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Foundation Investing Activities

FavoriteCan the money that is at the heart of the foundation business model be responsive to a foundation’s important values of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)? The answer is yes. This report includes interviews with executives at eight large foundations that have embraced organization-wide DEI efforts. We asked them how DEI can shape the structure of the investing department, the work of investment committees and the choice of investments.

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Philanthropy’s Reflective Practices — Build What You Bring to the Work

FavoriteHow do skilled philanthropy practitioners navigate challenging situations in their work to get to meaningful connections and good outcomes? Interviews with dozens of them reveal a common ingredient: they each use reflective practices to help them observe, make sense of and adjust their behaviors. Our new guide focuses on four of these practices. Use this guide to learn about four reflective practices and start a conversation about how to bring reflective practices into your own organization. Philanthropy’s Reflective Practices is a project of The Giving Practice, the national consulting firm of Philanthropy Northwest. Learn more about us at

Pretty Good Tool: Talking About Evolutions

FavoriteEverything is in process. But our ways of thinking about organizational development often don’t account for that. This tool helps you think about where you have been and where you are headed by examining the ongoing change of your organization, team, project, strategy or field. The Giving Practice is Philanthropy Northwest’s national consulting team. Pretty Good Tools are created by The Giving Practice consultants for practitioners in philanthropy, based on our consulting engagements.

Philanthropy’s Reflective Practices Guide

FavoriteWhat do skilled philanthropy practitioners have in common? They are active learners about the fields, issues and places they support. That is their first discipline. And, they work at creating meaningful connections with grantees and others, especially when power imbalances, difficult conversations or differing viewpoints are at play. This is their second discipline. In this guide, you will find their stories about using four methods of reflective practice that can help you build what you bring to advancing change inside your foundation, with your grantees and other partners.

Philanthropy and the Renewal of Democracy

FavoriteIn the Fall 2016 edition of this monograph, Daniel Kemmis explores the sometimes-fraught relationship between philanthropy and democracy. Beginning with a wide-ranging stroll through the shared history of philanthropy and democracy, Kemmis examines the current post-Citizens United landscape and asks whether philanthropy can and should do more to strengthen the infrastructure and practices of democracy.

Lessons for Philanthropy: A Journey into Indian Country

FavoriteThis report chronicles five years of work to build and strengthen relationships between organized philanthropy and Native Americans and First Alaskans in our region. With pictures, poetry and stories, the report explores how Philanthropy Northwest members are seeking to better understand Native history and culture, and to expand opportunities for deeper, strategic philanthropic partnerships between Natives and non-Natives.