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Youth Grantmaking Board Awards $20,000 to Local Nonprofits

June 19, 2017

Washington Building Leaders of Change and Na'ah Illahee Fund recognized for their work with youth

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Seattle Foundation Celebrates 2017 Scholarship Recipients

June 02, 2017

Seattle Foundation hosted a celebration to recognize our 2017 scholarship recipients on June 1 

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Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community

May 16, 2017

"Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."
– John Steinbeck

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Local and International Collaboration Increases International Education Opportunities

May 24, 2017

Panel discusses Seattle nonprofits promoting educational opportunities abroad 

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Scholarship Created to Help Immigrants Attend College

June 01, 2016

"Work hard, stay in school and I will pay your way to go to college." -- Loren Smith

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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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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. 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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 

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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Passion Fulfills Students’ Promise

October 13, 2016

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

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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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Seattle Foundation - City of Seattle Partnership Supports Immigrants

January 06, 2017

Focuses on protecting people at risk of deportation, particularly children

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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GiveTogether Puts Focus on Child Welfare; Grants $235,000 to King County Nonprofits

July 18, 2016

Organizations demonstrated a strong focus on preventing vulnerable children and families from entering the child welfare system, or arranging supportive, culturally relevant, placements, both short term and permanent, when staying with parents is not possible.

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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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Community Foundation Opportunity Network Aims to Narrow the Opportunity Gap

July 19, 2016

Community foundations from coast to coast working together on issues critical to kids and communities

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Increasing Voter Participation Through Community Partnerships

July 28, 2016

Twenty-two community based partners funded to strengthen civic engagement among limited-English speaking residents

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The Divide

August 01, 2016

Our country is facing a defining moment, and as the community’s foundation, we must face our own defining moment as well.

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Seattle Foundation Expands Heart and Science of Philanthropy Team

July 13, 2016

Our staff possesses diverse expertise, with specialists in community issues, nonprofit effectiveness, civic engagement, family philanthropy, planned giving, research and more.  

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Achieving Strong Academic Outcomes For All Youth

June 20, 2016

Summer learning programs can provide a variety of activities such as academic support, enrichment opportunities, cultural and social development, leadership skills, job training or even environmental exploration.

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Heart & Science: Read How Philanthropists, Community Organizations and Seattle Foundation Are Building Partnerships to Create Lasting Change

July 25, 2016

In the inaugural issue of Heart & Science, we elevate Basic Needs and Vibrant Communities; two essential needs society must support and invest in so that a community can thrive.

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The Power of Youth: Seattle Foundation kicks off its 11th year of the Youth Grantmaking Board

October 27, 2016

Built on the concept of youth powered change, YGB’ers have contributed over $200,000 into Seattle’s public sector to fund organizations or projects that provide direct services to system change programming.

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Youth Grantmaking Board Recommends $20,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

July 12, 2016

Seattle Foundation's Youth Grantmaking Board is a civic leadership opportunity that is completely youth-focused and youth-led from start to finish.

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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

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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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GiveTogether Spring 2016: Child Welfare

April 08, 2016

We believe that all children have the right to a safe, stable, permanent and loving home.

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Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community

March 09, 2016

"Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit." – John Steinbeck

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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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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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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