Behnke: A Family Foundation Evolves to Focus on Supporting Local Artists

Behnke: A Family Foundation Evolves to Focus on Supporting Local Artists

With deep ties to the Seattle area, the Behnke Foundation and the family behind it have evolved their grantmaking over more than half a century. Director Michelle McBride talks with us about the foundation’s evolution and its annual unrestricted artist award.

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Tapping Tech Wealth in the Northwest to Support Writers and More

Tapping Tech Wealth in the Northwest to Support Writers and More

The foundation that Linda Breneman created with her ex-husband Jeremy Jaech, a software entrepreneur, has played an important role in strengthening Seattle's literary scene, along with other causes. We explore the backstory.

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The Arctic Slope Community Foundation: What Grantseekers in Alaska Need to Know

The Arctic Slope Community Foundation: What Grantseekers in Alaska Need to Know

There are quite a few community foundations in the state of Alaska, many of them affiliates of the Anchorage-based Alaska Community Foundation. But there’s another community funder in Anchorage worth discussing as well, and this one is interested in the small communities in the far-northern reaches of the state.

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How the Aldarra Foundation Builds from Boeing’s Success to Support Seattle Nonprofits

How the Aldarra Foundation Builds from Boeing’s Success to Support Seattle Nonprofits

June Boeing, the wife of the late Bill Boeing Jr., runs this foundation, which has been on the local funding scene since 2002 and gave away $1.5 million in a recent year. We take a look at where grants have been flowing lately.

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Advocacy and More: Philanthropy’s Role in Two Big New Initiatives to Tackle the Housing Crisis

Advocacy and More: Philanthropy’s Role in Two Big New Initiatives to Tackle the Housing Crisis

Philanthropy is a small but important part of major projects in Seattle and the Bay Area aimed at ensuring more affordable housing and providing aid to the homeless. Where can grant dollars have the most impact in taking on these daunting challenges?

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“Disrupting the Legacy of Colonialism.” An Oregon Funder Partners With Tribes on the Environment

“Disrupting the Legacy of Colonialism.” An Oregon Funder Partners With Tribes on the Environment

The Meyer Memorial Trust in Oregon has been organizing its grantmaking around equity for a couple of years now. In its most recent round of environmental grants, it launched several collaborations with Native American tribes that are worth a close look.

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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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