Growing funds for the good of the community

Community philanthropists entrust Seattle Foundation to manage funds for the benefit of those we serve. As of June 30, 2015, Seattle Foundation received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for “sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.” As stewards of your funds, we exercise prudent investment practices oriented toward a “total return” approach. This phrase refers to the total change in fund value over a given time period resulting not only from interest and dividend income, but from capital appreciation as well. Using this approach, the Foundation is able to capture a portion of the historically higher returns in the equity and equity-like markets. Our total return approach to investment management is consistent with the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA), as implemented by Washington State.

As a prudent steward, Seattle Foundation has three main priorities:

1 Protect
principal
2 Maximize income,
commensurate with
the safety of principal
3 Ensure capital
growth

Allocation of Assets

Seattle Foundation has a long time-horizon with respect to our investments. This allows us to give up some liquidity in exchange for higher returns. Also, the size of the portfolio allows us to gain access to nontraditional investments. The Foundation's portfolio includes traditional equities and securities, private equity, hedged equity, multi-strategy hedge funds, real estate and real return strategies (see chart, below). The value of this diversification is made evident when you note that the best performing asset class varies. Given that performance cannot be predicted, the Foundation portfolio relies on its exposure to a variety of asset classes to benefit from the best returns.

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