This is the heart of Seattle Foundation’s vision for a just community.

The science emerges when we use knowledge and data to catalyze funding, convene leaders and communicate to transform this vision into the genuine reality experienced by all those living in Greater Seattle.

We work at the intersection of the public and private sectors to ignite powerful investments and effective partnerships for social change. Understanding that social problems are products of networks of cause and effect at a policy and structural level, we focus on advancing systems change as the most effective way to achieve equity and opportunity.

Guiding our work is our strategic, Healthy Community framework, comprising eight areas of human rights and community life: Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Economy, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities and Global Giving. Within each element, Seattle Foundation’s team has identified targeted strategies where philanthropic investment can have measurable impact.

Healthy Community Framework 2016

Environment Health & Wellness Education Economy Vibrant Communities Global Giving Arts & Culture Basic Needs


Avenues for Impact

Lasting change is achieved when philanthropic investment is combined with smart strategies and meaningful community engagement. Explore three ways Seattle Foundation is working to make our community a better place.

Center for Community Partnerships

The Center for Community Partnerships is the focal point of Seattle Foundation’s work to create equality of opportunity. The Center advances policies and programs aimed at reducing racial, economic and social inequities in Greater Seattle.

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Incubating Nonprofits

Seattle Foundation has long served as early investor and incubator for new nonprofit organizations. Learn more about the strategic support provided that helps these early-stage nonprofits and funder collaboratives.

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Impact Investing

Leverage the power of the private sector to increase community good. This powerful philanthropic strategy involves investing your funds with the expectation of social and financial returns.

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IMPACT

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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