Communities of Opportunity

Improving health and well-being within ethnically and geographically diverse communities across Greater Seattle.



A ground-breaking partnership between the community, Seattle Foundation and King County.

Here in Greater Seattle, where you live, how much you make, and the color of your skin are major predictors of your life experience and your chances of living well and thriving. While average measures of quality of life, social, and health factors are among the highest in the country, our region now experiences some of the greatest inequities among large U.S. metropolitan areas.

To help change this trajectory, Seattle Foundation and King County launched Communities of Opportunity (COO) in 2014 to improve health, social, racial, and economic outcomes by focusing on places, policies, and systems changes. By offering a $2.5 million investment over five years, we work together with diverse community partners in this multi-sector effort to focus on upstream policy improvements that benefit the region as a whole. We invest in community-led partnerships, and are currently supporting work in White Center, Rainier Valley, and SeaTac-Tukwila. We award grants to organizations working to increase health, housing, and/or economic opportunities through policy and systems reform.

To learn more, visit the COO website or contact Alice Ito at a.ito@seattlefoundation.org.



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The Voice of Philanthropy in Our Community

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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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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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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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