Despite a humming economy and new wealth piling up, Oregon recently experienced its first statewide drop in giving in a decade, according to a report by the Oregon Community Foundation.
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.
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?
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.
Funding for Native American causes consistently falls short. But in Alaska, the state with the highest percentage of Native residents, some key funders are stepping up for these communities.
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.
Rasmuson, a funder that is solely focused on Alaska, has been stepping up its giving. We look at how this foundation approaches its work and where grants are going.
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.
Mini-grants, which are often in the range of $250 to $2,500, have an important place in institutional philanthropy, even though you don't hear much about them.
A women’s giving circle in the centrally located small town of Ketchum has been ramping up its giving and has grown to more than 300 members today. Where are grants going?
We write often about the handful of national funders that support individual artists. But there are also some local and regional funders who operate in this space, including Artist Trust, which is based in Seattle.
The Inland Northwest Community Foundation changed its name after 44 years, to the Innovia Foundation, and is looking to be a more powerful catalyst of change in its region.
The Opus Community Foundation is a steady supporter of nonprofits in Oregon and Washington, funding across multiple issue areas. We take a look at how the money flows.
With few funders on the local philanthropy scene, grant awards in Alaska can feel a bit few and far between. That’s why the recent momentum of one community foundation here really stands out.
A top theme of this business funder’s giving is helping individuals and families who have suffered from unforeseen setbacks and losses. It’s a good foundation to know for nonprofits in Portland, Oregon.
With 900 member stations nationwide, the NPR network offers hope for the future of journalism and culture alike. So it’s not surprising to see more big money flowing to public radio stations, most recently in Seattle.
Wyoming is a state that doesn’t get a ton of attention in terms of philanthropy news. But grantmaking here is on the rise, especially for causes related to animals and the environment.
Not all Native American foundations give in the same way, and there’s a funder in Oregon that recently reminded us of this. We take a look at the Three Rivers Foundation's latest round of giving.
Amid a growing opioid epidemic, one of the many places were addiction during pregnancy is a growing problem is the state of Montana. A health legacy foundation is trying to tackle the problem.
What's happening at the University of Oregon is another example of how universities and other big nonprofits are taking risky gambles prompted by mega-gifts.
To get a more complete picture of this funder's giving, we take a look at where Murdock’s latest grants have been going lately across the region.
The Teton Springs Foundation was established in 2001 by the original owners and developers of the Teton Springs Resort. We look at what this Idaho funder has been supporting lately.
If “equity” was a key theme in philanthropy for 2017, “resilience” may be a key theme of 2018. We look at one large Northwest funder's growing Resilience Fund.
Lots in happening in philanthropy in the Pacific Northwest, where giving is up. New donors are coming on to the scene and existing donors are upping their game. We take stock.
A new $1.5 million commitment prompted us to take a closer look at the Hazel Miller Foundation and the ways that it supports nonprofits in a very specific part of Washington.
Two years ago, Meyer Memorial Trust refocused grantmaking around a strong equity theme. We look at how that's played out with its funding around the state in 2017.
There’s a lot of interesting stuff happening in the world of philanthropy in Washington State, with annual giving on the rise and some new funders arriving on the scene.
With the city of Portland at the epicenter of statewide giving, philanthropy in Oregon has been on the rise. Who's making grants and who's getting them?
Wyoming is the least populated state in the nation, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to talk about in terms of charitable giving. We take a look at the grantmaking scene.
The nation's top donor-advised fund, which made a staggering 849,000 grants in 2016, has crunched its data to analyze what giving looks like in different regions of the U.S. It's worth paying attention.