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 and Neighbor2Neighbor - 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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GiveBIG 2017 Webinars and Workshops: New Workshops Added!

March 20, 2017

We hope you are looking forward to May 10 as much as we are! In order to support your organization's success in GiveBIG, we are offering a series of technology, marketing and development trainings. 

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Element Notes

March 16, 2017

In this roundup, Mayor Murray’s levy on homelessness, a rise in hate crimes and challenges to the new youth jail are dismissed.



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Linking Lifetime and Legacy Giving

March 16, 2017

Susan Peterson, Seattle Foundation’s Director of Gift Planning, writes on the trend of giving now rather than endowing in the March 10 special Estate Planning issue of Puget Sound Business Journal.

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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