The Environment and More: Where a Natural Gas Company in the Northwest Sends its Grants

The Environment and More: Where a Natural Gas Company in the Northwest Sends its Grants

There’s plenty in the philanthropy of energy companies to inspire cynicism. But given the expanding grantmaking of firms like NW Natural, it’s important for nonprofits—including green groups—to pay attention to who’s making grants and how to get in on the action.

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Grantmaking in Rural Idaho: Why It’s Important and Who’s Doing It

Grantmaking in Rural Idaho: Why It’s Important and Who’s Doing It

Even as Boise booms, much of Idaho is struggling with problems common to rural America: a lack of economic opportunity, aging residents, and disinvestment in community services, especially healthcare. What can philanthropy do?

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The (Affordable) House Next Door: Local Philanthropy's Expanding Role in the Housing Crisis

The (Affordable) House Next Door: Local Philanthropy's Expanding Role in the Housing Crisis

With the housing crisis accelerating and federal support shrinking, the Orcas Island Community Foundation in Washington State is the latest local funder undertaking new work in this space—including an advocacy role.

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Playing to Strengths: How Alaska Airlines Ties Giving to the Power of Flight

Playing to Strengths: How Alaska Airlines Ties Giving to the Power of Flight

Alaska Airlines’ giving is a great example of aligned corporate philanthropy. It backs causes that emerge out its core business of aviation, including STEM education, aviation workforce development, and charity flight.

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College Dreams: A Community Foundation With a Big Focus on Scholarships for Local Students

College Dreams: A Community Foundation With a Big Focus on Scholarships for Local Students

The Oregon Community Foundation is the top grantmaker in its state and one of the biggest community foundations in the U.S. It also funds one of the largest private scholarship programs of its kind in the nation.

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