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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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Celebrating Corporate Philanthropy in King County

May 17, 2017

Puget Sound Business Journal and Seattle Foundation Honor Healthy Community Corporate Champions

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Announcing Eight Engagement Pipeline Grants

June 21, 2017

Funding supports leadership development and mobilization of underserved community groups to increase equity

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Seattle Foundation and King County Elections announce Voter Education Fund grants

June 09, 2017

30 nonprofits receive funds to increase voter engagement

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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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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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Count Us In: My Experience

February 03, 2017

Director of marketing Babs Pinette shares her experience volunteering at All Home's Count Us In, tallying the number of people experiencing homelessness in the county.



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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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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

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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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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Expedia Global Ambassadors live Corporate Philanthropy in Cuba

February 09, 2017

Expedia and Seattle International Foundation partner to create an innovative corporate philanthropy experience in Cuba and beyond



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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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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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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reflections

January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day allows us all, as individuals and organizations, to reflect on how we live out the values that our nation honors today.

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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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Nonprofits Recognized for Promoting Civic Engagement

September 09, 2016

Seattle Foundation and KEXP announce first round of nonprofits awarded participation in KEXP's Community Partnership Program.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Youth Grantmaking Board Request for Proposals

February 09, 2017

The 2016 -2017 Youth Grantmaking Board is requesting proposals from organizations and programs that support post-secondary education for historically marginalized communities.

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Seattle Foundation, Forterra and King County Join Forces to Conserve Rural Park Land

August 16, 2016

A philanthropist left an anonymous gift in their will of $392,000 to Seattle Foundation to secure park lands in King County.

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Community Matters! KEXP Partners with Seattle Foundation to Re-Launch Community Partnership Program

August 02, 2016

KEXP’s Community Partnership Program is now accepting applications for the 2016 Q3 and Q4 Cycles.

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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."

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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.

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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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International Women's Day: Our Day Will Come

March 08, 2016

Guest post by Gaellen Quinn

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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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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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Neighbor to Neighbor Announces Grant Recipients

March 18, 2016

N2N supports grassroots efforts that come from the community. 

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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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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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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

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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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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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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



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End of Year Giving

November 18, 2015

Important dates and reminders for end-of-year giving

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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.

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UW Scholar Lifts Off

September 14, 2015

Seattle Foundation scholarship recipient Ivan Machuca aims to change the world, one rocket at a time