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Corporate Social Responsibility Starts with Strong Community Engagement

Community, Wellbeing

Photo of Erin MoyerErin Moyer, LNWM’s Managing Director of Marketing and Communications (photo), will lead a discussion today at a luncheon sponsored by the Corporate Giving Network at the Bellevue Museum of Art. The topic: LNWM’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), with an emphasis on community engagement, partnerships and special programs designed to increase income from planned giving.

Philanthropy is a core component of LNWM’s corporate strategy and has been for many years. Our goal: a more vibrant and socially connected community for the benefit of our employees, our clients and everyone in our region.

At LNWM, we believe corporate philanthropy should leverage all the existing capabilities within a company — not just money but also expertise and employee involvement —  for the benefit of local communities and the company itself. We have found that well-coordinated philanthropic efforts can unite a community and achieve results that are far greater than the sum of what each participant contributes.

Will the New Tax Law Hurt Charities?

Community, Money Matters, Tax Time

People around meeting table discussing charity donationsYesterday, LNWM’s Kristi Mathisen spoke to the Washington Planned Giving Council about the new 2017 tax law, which some fear will hurt donations to charities and non-profits. Although tax deductions for charitable giving are still allowed under the new law, what has changed dramatically is the standard deduction, says Kristi, LNWM’s Managing Director of Tax and Financial Planning. … Read More

Laird Norton Co. Leads Investment Round in WISErg

Community, On the Job

Fruits and vegetables in packingCongrats to Laird Norton Company (the parent co. of LNWM) for leading the latest round of funding for WISErg, an innovator in recycling. WISErg, based in Redmond, WA, was launched in 2016 to deal with the extreme amount of food waste in the US. The USDA estimates as much as 30% to 40% of the food in the US is thrown away.

WISErg has created a device that turns throwaway food into a nutrient-rich slurry that is sold to the agricultural sector as fertilizer. Their recycling machine also provides data reports to help grocers and restaurants better manage food stocks, resulting in savings. Check out the Geekwire story on this latest round of funding that will help the company expand to the eastern US, South and Central America, as well as build a new plant in southern California.

Community and Family: Seattle in the Photographs of Al Smith


Pianist Palmer Johnson at Faurot’s Ballroom on Capitol Hill around 1939. Photo by Al Smith.
View towards Lake Union as Interstate 5 was being built in the 1960s. Photo by Al Smith.

Last night at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), the excitement in the grand reception room was palpable. Museum donors gathered for a preview of Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith, for which LNWM is very proud to be one of the sponsors, especially since our firm turns 50 this year and has grown over the decades along with Seattle. Thanks to Al Smith, we now have these fantastic images of an important, fascinating part of Seattle’s history, said Howard Giske, curator of photography at MOHAI. … Read More

#Future50NW: The Future Is Now, and It’s Younger than You Think

#Future50NW, Community

The following is a guest post by Leonard Garfield, Executive Director of the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).

Starting this Saturday, November 18, a special exhibit called Seattle On the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith will take MOHAI visitors on a journey through the Central District in the mid-20th century, as seen through the distinctive documentary lens of a local photographer named Al Smith. Chronicling Seattle’s African American community, the local jazz scene and the life and the work of this unique artist, Smith’s pictures give a peek into a vibrant part of Seattle’s history and culture.

But there’s something more. Al Smith wasn’t just a photographer. He was a young innovator who received his first camera at the age of 12, worked his way around the world as a steamship steward as a young man, and spent his life following the ideas of his own curiosity. Fittingly, Seattle On the Spot’s last room will feature current images taken by young photographers from Creative Justice, NAAM Youth Curators from the National African American Museum and Photographic Center Northwest, examining the changing communities of Seattle through their own individual paradigms and originality.

What does this trip through Seattle’s past have to do with the future? Our history and culture have always been shaped by the young people of our region. And putting the spotlight on young people as we talk about the ideas, institutions and individuals that will define the Pacific Northwest over the next 50 years helps us understand what we can look forward to.

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