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Voter Education Fund

The Voter Education Fund

April 13, 2017

Seattle Foundation partners with King County Elections to increase civic engagement. Deadline to apply for funding is May 2.

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A conversation with Alice Ito

February 16, 2017

An interview with Alice Ito, who leads Seattle Foundation’s Center for Community Partnerships. Ito’s experience spans more than 25 years working in community-based nonprofits and philanthropic organizations.

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KEXP and Seattle Foundation to Host First Community Partnership Program Benefit Concert

October 24, 2016

Seattle Foundation’s partnership with KEXP is an extension of its Vibrant Democracy Initiative, a $2.5 million, five-year effort designed to increase civic engagement and amplify the voice of communities of color and low-income communities.  

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Charting A New Path Ahead

November 11, 2016

This campaign season has had a profound effect on our country, but now is the time to unify, rather than divide society further. We have the chance to glean something from this discord and chart a new path ahead.

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Turning the Tide on Climate Change

November 08, 2016

From innovative efforts to incentivize solar panels to building diverse, cross-sector coalitions focused on long-term policy change, our region is a national leader in the fight against climate change.

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Concert Alert: KEXP and Seattle Foundation Hosts First Concert Event of the Newly Re-Launched Community Partnership Program

November 09, 2016

Concert proceeds to benefit Washington Bus and Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.

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Creating Equity and Opportunity Through Collective Action

October 06, 2016

We have an opportunity to build stronger collaborations and strategically leverage additional resources in order to address the increasing inequities in our community. 

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Element Notes

April 20, 2017

In this roundup, Seattle may need to expand its disability accommodations, we’re on the edge of 4 global famines and a new shelter offers accommodations for pets and partners.

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Element Notes

April 05, 2017

In this roundup, the Road Map Project pushes its goals, Council Member Gonzalez pushes for paid family leave and Seattle continues to grow.

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Element Notes

December 12, 2016

In this Element Notes: a victory at Standing Rock, Seattle schools face major budget shortfalls and experts and protestors alike try to predict the impact of the election across environment, education, healthcare and more


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Element Notes

December 21, 2016

In this Element Notes: Governor Inslee’s proposed budget would close the education funding gap, progress on Sawant’s “Tenants Bill of Rights,” Washington is declared a “Hate-Free” zone and more.




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Element Notes

February 17, 2017

In this roundup, the city’s homeless sweeps continue to come under scrutiny, Seattle City Council divests from Wells Fargo, Mayor Murray works to expand priority hiring and more.


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Element Notes

January 18, 2017

In this roundup, refugee services on inauguration day, Inslee’s budget proposal, a win (for now) against coal exporting and how the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act will affect Washington.


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Element Notes

January 04, 2017

In this Element Notes: the protested youth jail gets its permit, democracy vouchers mail to Seattle residents and Seattle hotels sue over new legislation protecting hotel workers.

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Element Notes

July 14, 2017

In this news roundup, Washington state budget is approved, the community responds to Charleena Lyles’ shooting and the city council approves an income tax

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Element Notes

June 19, 2017

In this roundup, Washington state responds to Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement, the state government may face a partial shutdown and Seattle passes a controversial soda tax

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Element Notes

March 16, 2017

In this roundup, Mayor Murray’s levy on homelessness, a rise in hate crimes and challenges to the new youth jail are dismissed.



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May 22, 2017

In this roundup, Mayor Murray will not run for re-election, Amazon permanently gifts a shelter to Mary’s Place and the city council takes on the push for an income tax.


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Element Notes

May 31, 2017

In this roundup, the results from the one-night count shows a large spike in homelessness, state and national budgets (both of which would have big local effects) fight through the legislature, and Seattle is gaining an average of 57 residents a day.



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Element Notes

September 27, 2016

News & Opinion on Building A Healthy Community 

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Giving Tuesday: The Global GiveBIG

November 29, 2016

Now that that all of the shopping deals of Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, consider on Giving Tuesday how you would like to make a difference in your community.

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Honoring Those Who Serve

November 11, 2016

Thank you to all of the Veterans, military personnel and their families.

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Investments for Social Change

December 12, 2016

In this uncertain time, Seattle Foundation reaffirms its long-standing commitment to civic leadership, as well as fighting division and disparity in our communities. As your partner in effective philanthropy, we invite you to invest with Seattle Foundation to support the critically important work underway to advance equity and opportunity.

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Seattle Foundation President & CEO Discusses the Need for Brave Systems Reinvention

November 09, 2016

"It is clear, and empirically proven, that we cannot intervene our way out of the challenges facing our region. Thoughtful, collaborative, and brave systems reinvention is our call to action."

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Neighbor to Neighbor Announces Grant Recipients

September 07, 2016

Building diverse leadership and capacity at the grassroots level.

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Reinventing Philanthropy

January 19, 2017

The Seattle region faces a defining moment, writes Foundation President & CEO Tony Mestres in Seattle Business Magazine, and now is the time for philanthropy to direct its time and investment to sustainable prevention and systems reinvention.

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Farewell and Thanks to Bob Santos

August 29, 2016

Bob Santos was a beloved leader and had immense impact in our community. He cared about individual people, families, community, and society. Bob's legacy includes the current and rising generations of community members he recruited and mentored, who continue the struggle to ensure inclusion and equity for all. Seattle Foundation employees Alice Ito and Elaine Chu remember Bob Santos and the impact he has had not only in their own lives but the community as a whole.

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Linking Lifetime and Legacy Giving

March 16, 2017

Susan Peterson, Seattle Foundation’s Director of Gift Planning, writes on the trend of giving now rather than endowing in the March 10 special Estate Planning issue of Puget Sound Business Journal.

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It's Time to Talk About GiveBIG 2017

October 11, 2016

Seattle Foundation invites King County nonprofits to attend one of three nonprofit gatherings happening this month and provide your input on different ways to approach GiveBIG.

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Thanks for Coming out to Share Feedback on GiveBIG 2017

October 31, 2016

Thank you to the nonprofit partners that attended one of our three nonprofit gatherings and provided their input on different ways to approach GiveBIG 2017.

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The Morgan Fund Awards $165,130 in Grants to Arts Organizations

February 17, 2017

We're proud to announce that the Morgan Fund has awarded $165,130 to local arts organizations. Grants will support high quality performing arts for the community by funding 25 dance and theatre organizations in the region.

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Vibrant Democracy In Action

November 22, 2016

“I am voting and I am part of democracy.” 

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Seattle Foundation Announces New Vibrant Democracy Initiative

October 14, 2016

The goal of the Vibrant Democracy Initiative is to strengthen the voice and participation of underrepresented communities to allow for more equitable systems change.

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GiveBIG 2016 Exceeds Goals - Delivers Lift for Many Local Nonprofits

June 14, 2016

The final results are in — GiveBIG 2016 generated a record $22 million in contributions to nonprofits.

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The Partners Who Power GiveBIG

May 02, 2016

A few examples of some new technologies being developed, targeted to philanthropists of different generations to help them track and share their giving.

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Statewide Capacity Collaborative Releases Leadership Report

April 22, 2016

“If you take a tent and you stake it far out at the margins…the middle is always covered.  And the further out you stake it the stronger the structure you get.  And why is that?  Because in our systems and our social systems the people at the margins are actually living with the failures of the systems.  And they are creating adaptive solutions to them.  So when we design to take care of them we build stronger systems for everyone.” Cesar McDowell, President of the Interaction Institute for Social Change.

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Seattle Foundation and King County Elections Partner to Fund Community-Based Voter Engagement

June 16, 2016

Seattle Foundation and King County Elections announce second round of funding to support community-based voter engagement


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Communities of Opportunity 2016 Systems and Policy Change Grants Announced

April 22, 2016

$1,226,000 in grants awarded to 18 local efforts leading systems and policy change work in King County

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Equity & Environment Agenda Released

April 25, 2016

Year-long effort a result of the Environmental Equity Initiative — a partnership between Seattle Foundation, community partners, the City of Seattle and other local funders

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New Allies Emerge to Tackle Homelessness

June 29, 2016

This feature story is part of Heart & Science, a new magazine published by Seattle Foundation. Heart & Science will share how philanthropists, community organizations and Seattle Foundation build partnerships to create lasting change. Look for the premiere issue of Heart & Science in the coming weeks.

Story by Stuart Eskinazi

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Best Starts for Kids Levy Passes

November 09, 2015

In the wake of Seattle Foundation’s first-ever endorsement of a ballot measure, King County voters approve groundbreaking early investment in children

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Seattle Foundation Celebrates Record Year of Community Philanthropy

January 21, 2016

Nearly $100 million invested in 2015 and total grants hit $1 billion since Seattle Foundation’s inception

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Seattle Foundation Receives HUD Secretary’s Award for Public Philanthropic Partnership

April 11, 2016

The Department of Housing and Urban Development recognizes Seattle Foundation for its work to improve health, social, economic, and racial equity in King County

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Seattle Foundation Launches Leading for Impact - Seattle

December 15, 2015

Leading for Impact – Seattle is designed for nonprofit CEOs and their executive teams to learn together and build increased alignment on strategy.