Building Community Philanthropy

Building PhilanthropyPictured (from left) – trustees Norm Passmore and Sandy Blackaby, staff Kari Isaacson and Casey Richards-Moller

Four of us from BMCF attended the two-day meeting at Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle in Jan. 14 and 15—note Space Needle in the background! The Gates Foundation brings together people from community foundations and United Way that are part of the Building Community Philanthropy (BCP) initiative twice a year for networking, learning and information sharing. Their hospitality is pretty awesome.

BMCF seeks out grants from foundations outside of the Blue Mountain area to regrant to local nonprofits. The BCP project adds to our discretionary grant budget to alleviate intergenerational poverty. 2015 is year three of the four year project. Year two grants were made to Walla Walla Community Network, YMCA, Trilogy, the Health Center at Lincoln, BMAC and Children’s Resilience Initiative.

At the January meeting I was proud to make a presentation to the group of about 100 about Commitment to Community—focusing on the Edith Carrie neighborhood. Gates Foundation was interested in effective projects that began with lots of community input. (And thank you BMAC for the photos!)