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.



Impact

The Voice of Philanthropy in Our Community

First Quarter Investment Report Preview

Investment Report for First Quarter of 2017

May 23, 2017

Seattle Foundation began 2017 with a strong first quarter of investment returns.

Speaker at Corporate Symposium

Seattle Foundation and Philanthropy Northwest Host Corporate Responsibility Symposium

May 22, 2017

Leaders from Boeing, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, Tableau, Starbucks and Walsh Construction share their corporate philanthropic investments and results

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Element Notes

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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