Center for Community Partnerships

The values of equity and opportunity are the central principles guiding Seattle Foundation’s mission. We founded the Center for Community Partnerships to focus directly on targeted efforts to achieve greater racial and economic equity. Understanding that social problems are products of networks of cause and effect at a policy level, the Center focuses on advancing systems change as the most effective way to advance this goal.

The Center employs multiple strategies, including grantmaking, civic leadership, impact investing, research and technical assistance. We award localized grants and make multi-year investments in high-impact efforts. We hold forums to spark conversations, establish action-oriented task forces and incubate promising new initiatives. Giving voice to issues and elevating promising solutions in the media is another way we advance the cause of equity and opportunity.

Most importantly, we partner directly with residents at the grassroots level. Through decades of supporting and investing in neighborhood groups led by and for community members, we can better direct our investments in ways that make a measurable difference in people’s lives.

Our current initiatives -- Communities of Opportunity, Vibrant Democracy Initiative and Neighbor to Neighbor - together create a holistic approach to community-engaged systems and policy change.

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Current Initiatives

Explore three ways Seattle Foundation is working to make our community a better place.

Communities of Opportunity

Seattle Foundation and King County launched Communities of Opportunity in 2014 to improve health, social, racial, and economic outcomes by focusing on places, policies, and systems changes.

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Vibrant Democracy Initiative

Strengthening the voice and participation of underrepresented communities to allow for more equitable systems change. This new effort will begin by supporting voter education and technical assistance within limited-English speaking communities.

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Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N)

This grants program awards funding and technical assistance to small, grassroots organizations located in Kent, South Seattle, and White Center. Applications can be submitted anytime and are reviewed on a quarterly basis.

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Impact

The Voice of Philanthropy in Our Community

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Proposition 1 Expands Access to the Arts for All

July 19, 2017

The ballot measure increases equity in the arts and makes our region more vibrant

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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

Microphone Engagement Pipeline Grants

Announcing Eight Engagement Pipeline Grants

June 21, 2017

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

Impact Investing is an innovative approach for philanthropists who wish to expand their impact beyond grantmaking to include direct investment of their philanthropic dollars into projects and endeavors that further the public good.

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