Announcing: Book Title for the 2019 Spring Book Discussion

Each year, the Foundation’s Member Engagement Committee selects a book for all members to read. This year, in alignment with our new grantmaking criteria of increasing equity and reducing disparities, they invite you to read So You Want to Talk About Race by local Seattle author Ijeoma Oluo. In this New York Times bestseller, Oluo explores the complex reality…more

How is Philanthropy Enriching Your Life?

On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Washington Women’s Foundation and Brighton Jones, a Seattle-based wealth management firm, co-hosted a dynamic conversation about women living richer lives through philanthropy. Our featured panelists included three long-time members of Washington Women’s Foundation, Leslie Decker, Kathy Edwards, and Stephanie Ellis-Smith, and Jean Johnson, who is a founding member of the…more

Member Experiences: Deep Dive into Leadership

In fall 2016, 12 WA Women’s Foundation members signed up for our pilot “Leadership Institute” series. The Leadership Institute provided a “deep dive” into leadership training in the style of WA Women’s hallmark grant making curriculum – with hands-on, cohort-based, experiential learning. WA Women’s Foundation member Janet Boguch led our inaugural Leadership Institute on the topic of…more

Member Reflections: Seattle Center Outing

July 21st was a beautiful summer day in Seattle. 30 WA Women’s Foundation members gathered at Seattle Center for the unique experience of visiting 3 past grant recipients on their home turf: Intiman Theatre, 2016 Merit Award Winner, hosted us for a lunch where members connected with Intiman’s diverse summer cohort of Emerging Artists. The Intiman Emerging Artists…more

Getting Close: Reflections, Questions and Resources from “Just Mercy” Book Discussion

  “Criminal justice in America sometimes seems more criminal than just — replete with error, malfeasance, racism and cruel, if not unusual, punishment, coupled with stubborn resistance to reform and a failure to learn from even its most glaring mistakes.” – Bryan Stevenson in Just Mercy.       On May 18, I gathered with a group…more

Grantee Site Visit: Amara

On May 5th, members of WWF visited our only two-time Pooled Fund Grant Award winner Amara’s brand new office space in South Seattle. Amara works to ensure that every child in foster care has the love, support and comfort of a committed family – as quickly as possible, and for as long as they need. John Morse,…more

Controlling Nervousness for Public Speaking

Did you know that public speaking is thought to be as stressful as divorce?? Yikes! And yet, it is one of the most important professional skills that leaders can have. So how can we calm our nerves, reduce our stress and succeed as public speakers? Last week, we welcomed back Arden Clise, the Pacific Northwest’s resident expert in business etiquette, to…more

HR 101 for Board Members

As a nonprofit board member, you are probably aware of your basic fiduciary and governance responsibilities. But how can you help your nonprofit protect one of its most valuable assets – its people – while protecting the organization and yourself from potential corporate – and personal – liability? Washington Women’s Foundation presented a special 3-part “Human Resources 101”…more

Discovery Days 2015 Resources

Did you miss Discovery Days, or do you want more information on the topics discussed? You’re in luck! Scroll down to read more! If you would prefer to hear full audio recordings of Discovery Days presentations, click here. About Discovery Days: Discovery Days is the Foundation’s largest educational program each year and an opportunity for…more

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Announcing: Book Title for the 2019 Spring Book Discussion

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Transforming Together 2020: Annual Meeting Recap

Thank you to the many members who attended our Annual...

Board Blogs: Updates on WA Women’s Foundation’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Work

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