Mission: The Pacific Northwest Global Donors Conference was created to inspire donors based in the region to initiate or deepen their commitment to international philanthropy. It has been renamed the Northwest Global Donors Exchange (NW-GDX) which envisions creating a community of more engaged global philanthropists and increasing the Northwest region’s impact around the world. NW-GDX collaborates with others in the region to host events and provide learning opportunities for donors from the Northwest to learn about global issues and become more engaged in global philanthropy.

Starting in 2010, the conference, the first-of-its-kind in the region, gathered a growing number of international philanthropists in the Northwest to learn, plan, network and engage. The conference aimed to inspire and offered useful tools and resources to those interested in giving globally – to increase connections, knowledge and enthusiasm for global grantmaking.

In addition, the conference aimed to:

  • Provide information to increase confidence in global grantmaking;
  • Provide education on many of today’s most significant global issues;
  • Identify best practices that address the root causes of global poverty and fundamental human rights issues; and
  • Link participants to the growing community of global philanthropists in the region

Location: Seattle, WA, USA

Website: www.globaldonorsconference.org and nwgdx.tumblr.com/

Channel Grants: In 2014 Channel made a grant via the fiscal sponsorship of the World Affairs Council to support the renamed Northwest Global Donors Exchange. Northwest Global Donors Exchange (NW-GDX) envisions creating a community of more engaged global philanthropists and increasing the Northwest region’s impact around the world. The Northwest Global Donors Exchange (NW-GDX) collaborates with others to host events and provide learning opportunities for donors from the Northwest to learn about global issues and become more engaged in global philanthropy. Channel helped organize events focused on rapid response grantmaking in Africa, funding in the Democractic Republic of Congo, and funding environmental justice. (2014)

In 2013 Channel made a grant via the fiscal sponsorship of the World Affairs Council to support the 2013 Pacific Northwest Global Donors Conference which took place on May 17, 2013. (2013)

In 2011 Channel made a grant via the fiscal sponsorship of the World Affairs Council to support the 2012 Pacific Northwest Global Donors Conference which took place on May 4, 2012. (2011)

In 2010 Channel made a grant via the fiscal sponsorship of the World Affairs Council to support the second Pacific Northwest Global Donors Conference, "Giving for Sustainable Change," which took place on April 1-2, 2011 in Seattle, WA. Channel helped to plan the conference via participation on the Conference Steering Committee and helped organize and facilitate sessions on "Technology Tools for Grassroots Advocates " and "Funding Peacebuilding." The conference featured Gregory Carr, noted philanthropist, as keynote speaker. (2010)

In 2009 Channel made a grant to support the first-ever Pacific Northwest Global Donors Conference, "Pathways for Strategic Giving," via the fiscal sponsorship of the World Affairs Council. Channel also helped plan the conference via participation on the Conference Steering Committee and facilitated a session on "Gender and Empowerment." On March 19-20, 2010, over 180 participants, speakers and volunteers gathered in downtown Seattle for the first Pacific Northwest Global Donors Conference. The conference, called “Pathways for Strategic Giving,” included plenary sessions featuring Kavita Ramdas, President of the Global Fund for Women, and Bill Gates Sr., Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Participants shared strategies with their peers in lively workshops ranging from “Conflict Resolution, Peace and Human Security” and “Building Sustainable Assets for the Poor” to “Pathways for Global Giving” and “Monitoring and Evaluation Strategies that Make a Difference.” (2009)