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Seattle Foundation Reports a Record 2016

January 01, 2017

Seattle Foundation had a very strong year in 2016, securing $105 million in gifts from philanthropists that will be invested through strategic philanthropy locally, nationally and internationally. We are grateful for the trust bestowed upon us, in this record year of generosity and remain steadfast in our commitment to helping our partners to achieve greater community impact. Read about our 2016 investment results and more.

Alice Ito

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.

Best Starts for Kids Plan Approved by County Council

September 21, 2016

King County Council unanimously approved the implementation plan for the Best Starts for Kids Levy. This is a significant moment to be celebrated. 

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.

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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October 12, 2016

News & Opinion on Building A Healthy Community 

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. 

Ensuring Equity and Opportunity for People with Disabilities in Today's Workforce

October 11, 2016

Today kicks off National Disability Employers Education Awareness Month and the continuing Disability Civil Rights Movement.

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Sharing food and culture with Eat with Muslims

February 16, 2017

Elaine Chu, philanthropic advisor at Seattle Foundation, shares her experience with Neighbor to Neighbor grantee organization Eat with Muslims

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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

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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November 22, 2016

News & Opinion on Building A Healthy Community 

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September 19, 2016

News & Opinion on Building A Healthy Community 

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September 27, 2016

News & Opinion on Building A Healthy Community 

For Seahawks, Philanthropy is a Year-Around Sport

August 12, 2016

From the coach to the players to the staff, the Seattle Seahawks are perennial champions in their work to create a stronger, more vibrant community here in Greater Seattle and across the nation.

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.

Health and Student Achievement

September 22, 2016

While high-quality teachers, administrators and a well-funded, working education system will always be critical, student success might also depend on access to healthy food, physical activity, dental care and mental health support.

Honoring Those Who Serve

November 11, 2016

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

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Hope and the Humane Economy

December 13, 2016

Last Friday evening, we celebrated the release of Wayne Pacelle's latest book, The Humane Economy, a frontline account of how conscience and creativity are driving a revolution in business that is forever changing our treatment of animals.

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In Response to a Global Crisis: Syria

December 22, 2016

Given the extreme refugee crisis and unprecedented devastation in Aleppo, we know many are seeking ways to help. Seattle Foundation and Seattle International Foundation have curated a list of five, high-impact international NGOs working to address the critical needs of Syrians affected by the current crisis.

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Leading for Impact Cohort Announced

February 13, 2017

Seattle Foundation and The Bridgespan Group bring unique leadership development opportunities to local nonprofits.

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."

Passion Fulfills Students’ Promise

October 13, 2016

"These are the students that teachers dream of having in their classroom."

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Plan for Tax-Wise Year-End Giving

December 09, 2016

As many of us begin to consider charitable donations to make before 2016 comes to a close, Director of Gift Planning Susan Peterson shares some considerations to think through your year-end giving


Redefining “Silver Spoon” and College Access

September 26, 2016

Why is it easier or perhaps more innately human to look up the socio-demographic rank and say “unfair” and not use that same lens to look down the socio-demographic ladder and conclude “blessed”? 

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Remembering Lou Pepper

December 29, 2016

Longtime staff member Allison Parker reflects on the community legacy of Lou Pepper, former Washington Mutual CEO and Seattle Foundation philanthropist, who passed away last Friday at age 92.

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Seattle Foundation - City of Seattle Partnership Supports Immigrants

January 06, 2017

Focuses on protecting people at risk of deportation, particularly children

Seattle Foundation is on the Move

October 07, 2016

After 12 years in the IBM building on 5th Ave., Seattle Foundation has moved to new headquarters.

Seattle Foundation Partners with Amazon on Company’s First Nonprofit Expo

September 28, 2016

The response was overwhelming positive and plans are taking shape for a second Nonprofit Expo next spring.

Seattle Foundation Philanthropists Launch $150,000 Funding Cycle for the Arts

August 24, 2016

The Morgan Fund, a Family Foundation at Seattle Foundation, announces the 2016 round of the Puget Sound Initiative: a funding opportunity for small to mid-sized dance and theatre organizations in our region.

SkillUp Washington Receives Seattle Colleges “Partner of the Year” Award

September 23, 2016

Award honors contributions made to elevate Seattle Colleges and its students, and those who inspire others by working in partnership to achieve mutual success.

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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.

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.

Teachers Honored for Creating Learning Experiences that Make a Difference for Youth and Their Community

October 03, 2016

Established in memory of Patsy Collins by an anonymous donor at Seattle Foundation, the Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community honors extraordinary teachers in Washington K-12 schools.

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.

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.

Considerations for Your Year-End Philanthropic Giving

November 11, 2016

There are many ways of deciding when and how to support the organizations and causes that are important to you – here are a few considerations as you begin to think about your year-end giving.

Youth Grantmaking Board Accepting Applications for Civic Leadership Opportunity

September 13, 2016

Built on the concept of youth powered change, students across King County participating in Seattle Foundation's Youth Grantmaking Board have contributed over $200,000 into Seattle's public sector - all to support the success of children, youth and families.

Giving Lab: UW Program Charting New Path for Living with Memory Loss

August 10, 2016

"Educating the public to understand the entire course of Alzheimer's disease and the strengths a person retains in the midst of it is critical to a community's ability to address, both individually and collectively, the impact of the disease."

Community Should Get Behind Meals on Wheels

August 04, 2016

Our community has a responsibility to ensuring our residents' basic needs for food are met. That's why Meals on Wheels is so critical. It's a simple idea that works, generating health, safety, economic and community benefits.

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.

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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Your Guide to Impact Investing

July 22, 2016

Philanthropic advisors at Seattle Foundation discuss their current impact investing process and how philanthropists can get started.

All Children Deserve to Grow Up Knowing There is a Place Called Home

May 06, 2016

A Mother's Day guest post by Janet St. Clair

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.

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

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

Seattle Foundation Takes Part in New Funding Collaborative

March 03, 2016

Seattle Foundation, Bullitt Foundation, Loom Foundation and Social Venture Partners join to create the Sustainable Communities Funders group

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

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

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

Sounders FC Partners with Seattle International Foundation to Raise Funds and Awareness for Youth Homelessness at Home and Abroad

April 12, 2016

Guest post by: Kathleen Steffen, Partnerships and Events Coordinator, Seattle International Foundation



Impact Investing Hits Home

September 30, 2015

A group of socially engaged investors try something new to answer Seattle’s affordable housing challenge

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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.