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Site Visits & Workshops

Site Visits & Workshops

GIH Site Visits and Workshops will take place on Wednesday, June 12, and are all included in your registration. Indicate your interest in attending when you register!

Site Visits

Seattle's South Park Neighborhood: Aligning Community Development, Climate Adaptation, and Health Equity Efforts
Wednesday, June 12 from 12:00 – 3:30 p.m.

The South Park neighborhood, adjacent to the Duwamish River Superfund site, faces significant health inequities made worse by climate change-induced flooding. Land use decisions have contributed to a 13-year shorter life expectancy for residents compared to other Seattle neighborhoods. With support from the Connect Capital initiative, community leaders, local foundations, and municipal government are developing an approach to community investment that addresses the impact of climate change on residents and businesses at risk of displacement. Participants will tour the neighborhood with local leaders and discuss how philanthropy can support approaches to advance health equity through community investment and climate adaptation.

Best Start: Nurturing Early Childhood Development and Family Well-Being
Wednesday, June 12 from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Best Starts for Kids is considered the most comprehensive approach to child development in the nation, investing $65 million a year in King County. A central focus is the earliest years, knowing that as infants and children learn about the world around them, it is crucial for their growth and development that they feel loved, supported, and safe. This site visit will explore how these same principals guide several community programs providing home-based supports and also inform the investment approach of both a public funder and community-based philanthropy.

Innovation and Inspiration: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Discovery Center
Wednesday, June 12 from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Discovery Center is an interactive space that aims to connect visitors to the work of the foundation and explore solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges. Join this site visit to learn more about the work foundation partners and grantees are doing around the world to help all people live healthy, productive lives. From family homelessness in the Pacific Northwest, to education in the United States, to malaria in Africa, this guided tour will include time for participants to focus on the exhibits that interest them most. Bring your curiosity and leave inspired to take action for a cause you care about.

Improving Oral Health Care for Seattle's Tribal Communities
Wednesday, June 12 from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Access to oral health care in America is at a crisis point. There are over 6,500 dental shortage areas nationwide, many affecting marginalized populations. After limited success in attracting dentists to Alaska through traditional methods, tribal leaders took matters into their own hands and expanded the dental team by bringing dental therapists—dental health providers with a specific scope of practice—to their communities. In this site visit, participants will visit the Seattle Indian Health Board Dental Clinic and learn about the experience of Washington state tribal communities as they implement dental therapy and their plans for the future.


Achieving Excellence in Foundation Governance
Wednesday, June 12 from  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

A foundation’s success is tied deeply to the effectiveness of its board. This workshop will explore what it means to serve on a foundation board and how trustees can achieve excellence in fulfilling these responsibilities. Topics for discussion will include expectations for trustees, the role of the board relative to foundation staff, operating at the right level of direction and oversight, adherence to legal and ethical standards, ensuring fiscal stewardship, acting in an open and collegial manner, and taking the long view in programmatic, operational, and succession planning.

Beyond the Grant: Fostering Sustainability and Scale for Grant-Funded Projects
Wednesday, June 12 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

As funders, how do we ensure the work of grantees will continue beyond our grants? This hands-on workshop will walk participants through a Sustainability Toolkit developed by FSG and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to demonstrate how foundations can support grantees to develop proactive plans and strategies to sustain and scale their programs beyond initial grant funding. Experiences from a Sustainability Community of Practice for grantees will also be shared as case studies to demonstrate how the toolkit was effectively applied.

Using All the Tools in the Policy Change Toolbox
Wednesday, June 12 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

If your only tool is a hammer, does everything look like a nail? Health funders recognize that the nature of—and obstacles to—policy change are complex. Yet, despite this understanding, funders often limit themselves to a few, time-worn tools to advance policy change objectives. This workshop will examine infrequently used tools, such as strategic litigation, collaboration with 501(c)(4) organizations, and direct advocacy by foundations, and will explore how these strategies can complement more traditional approaches to informing and influencing policy change.