IMPACT

The Voice of Philanthropy in Our Community

Subscribe
YGB Group

Youth Grantmaking Board Awards $20,000 to Local Nonprofits

June 19, 2017

Washington Building Leaders of Change and Na'ah Illahee Fund recognized for their work with youth

Headshot of Asha

Seattle Foundation Welcomes New Trustee to Board

June 15, 2017

Asha Sharma of Porch joins Seattle Foundation Board of Trustees

Scholar with family and certificate

Seattle Foundation Celebrates 2017 Scholarship Recipients

June 02, 2017

Seattle Foundation hosted a celebration to recognize our 2017 scholarship recipients on June 1 

Corporate Champion Award Certificates

Celebrating Corporate Philanthropy in King County

May 17, 2017

Puget Sound Business Journal and Seattle Foundation Honor Healthy Community Corporate Champions

Kathy Washienko

Climate Change - Small Actions Mean Big Changes

September 01, 2016

"It's really important that we broaden the tent and help more people see their role in the climate fight, find their voice in the climate fight." --Kathy Washienko

Tony Mestres

Corporate Champions redefine civic leadership

May 18, 2017

Seattle Foundation CEO calls for more corporate civic leadership

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

Sun filtering through the forest

Forterra’s Strong Communities Fund Improves Quality of Life in the Region

June 13, 2017

This impact investing opportunity provides a return while doing good

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.

Aileen Balahadia with son Diwa, 4.

Welcome Aileen!

May 24, 2017

Seattle Foundation welcomes new Neighbor to Neighbor consultant


2016 performance

Seattle Foundation Reports a Record 2016

January 01, 2017

Seattle Foundation had a very strong year in 2016, securing $105 million in gifts from philanthropists that will be invested through strategic philanthropy locally, nationally and internationally. We are grateful for the trust bestowed upon us, in this record year of generosity and remain steadfast in our commitment to helping our partners to achieve greater community impact. Read about our 2016 investment results and more.

Adnet staff photo

Seattle Foundation's Giving with Goals Recognized as a National Model

April 30, 2017

National conference showcases giving tools and staff expertise

Alice Ito

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.

Bao-Tram Do

Seattle Foundation's Bao-Tram Do Receives Kicking Up Our Heels Award

March 23, 2017

Seattle Foundation’s very own Bao-Tram Do was honored by the Center for Women and Democracy with the Kicking Up Our Heels Award  for her work advancing the rights of women in Washington state.

kexp guitar

KEXP and Seattle Foundation to Host First Community Partnership Program Benefit Concert

October 24, 2016

Seattle Foundation’s partnership with KEXP is an extension of its Vibrant Democracy Initiative, a $2.5 million, five-year effort designed to increase civic engagement and amplify the voice of communities of color and low-income communities.  

kids in hallway

Best Starts for Kids Plan Approved by County Council

September 21, 2016

King County Council unanimously approved the implementation plan for the Best Starts for Kids Levy. This is a significant moment to be celebrated. 

Tony Mestres speaking in his office

Charting A New Path Ahead

November 11, 2016

This campaign season has had a profound effect on our country, but now is the time to unify, rather than divide society further. We have the chance to glean something from this discord and chart a new path ahead.

person sitting on edge of dock by water

Turning the Tide on Climate Change

November 08, 2016

From innovative efforts to incentivize solar panels to building diverse, cross-sector coalitions focused on long-term policy change, our region is a national leader in the fight against climate change.

kexp guitar

Concert Alert: KEXP and Seattle Foundation Hosts First Concert Event of the Newly Re-Launched Community Partnership Program

November 09, 2016

Concert proceeds to benefit Washington Bus and Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.

Tent by I-5

Count Us In: My Experience

February 03, 2017

Director of marketing Babs Pinette shares her experience volunteering at All Home's Count Us In, tallying the number of people experiencing homelessness in the county.



COO

Creating Equity and Opportunity Through Collective Action

October 06, 2016

We have an opportunity to build stronger collaborations and strategically leverage additional resources in order to address the increasing inequities in our community. 

Eat with Muslims

Sharing Food and Culture with Eat with Muslims

February 16, 2017

Elaine Chu, philanthropic advisor at Seattle Foundation, shares her experience with Neighbor to Neighbor grantee organization Eat with Muslims

Finger touching touchscreen

Element Notes

April 20, 2017

In this roundup, Seattle may need to expand its disability accommodations, we’re on the edge of 4 global famines and a new shelter offers accommodations for pets and partners.

Finger touching touchscreen

Element Notes

April 05, 2017

In this roundup, the Road Map Project pushes its goals, Council Member Gonzalez pushes for paid family leave and Seattle continues to grow.

Finger touching touchscreen

Element Notes

December 12, 2016

In this Element Notes: a victory at Standing Rock, Seattle schools face major budget shortfalls and experts and protestors alike try to predict the impact of the election across environment, education, healthcare and more


Finger touching touchscreen

Element Notes

December 21, 2016

In this Element Notes: Governor Inslee’s proposed budget would close the education funding gap, progress on Sawant’s “Tenants Bill of Rights,” Washington is declared a “Hate-Free” zone and more.




Finger touching touchscreen

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.


Finger touching touchscreen

Element Notes

January 18, 2017

In this roundup, refugee services on inauguration day, Inslee’s budget proposal, a win (for now) against coal exporting and how the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act will affect Washington.


Finger touching touchscreen

Element Notes

January 04, 2017

In this Element Notes: the protested youth jail gets its permit, democracy vouchers mail to Seattle residents and Seattle hotels sue over new legislation protecting hotel workers.

Finger touching touchscreen

Element Notes

June 19, 2017

In this roundup, Washington state responds to Trump pulling out of the Paris Agreement, the state government may face a partial shutdown and Seattle passes a controversial soda tax

Finger touching touchscreen

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.



Finger touching touchscreen

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.


Finger touching touchscreen

Element Notes

May 31, 2017

In this roundup, the results from the one-night count shows a large spike in homelessness, state and national budgets (both of which would have big local effects) fight through the legislature, and Seattle is gaining an average of 57 residents a day.



pointing finger on screen

Element Notes

November 22, 2016

News & Opinion on Building A Healthy Community 

pointing finger on screen

Element Notes

September 19, 2016

News & Opinion on Building A Healthy Community 

pointing finger on screen

Element Notes

September 27, 2016

News & Opinion on Building A Healthy Community 

Expedia Cares Group Photo

Expedia Global Ambassadors live Corporate Philanthropy in Cuba

February 09, 2017

Expedia and Seattle International Foundation partner to create an innovative corporate philanthropy experience in Cuba and beyond



wearings seahawks gear

For Seahawks, Philanthropy is a Year-Around Sport

August 12, 2016

From the coach to the players to the staff, the Seattle Seahawks are perennial champions in their work to create a stronger, more vibrant community here in Greater Seattle and across the nation.

giving tuesday

Giving Tuesday: The Global GiveBIG

November 29, 2016

Now that that all of the shopping deals of Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, consider on Giving Tuesday how you would like to make a difference in your community.

Speakers

Supporting Women’s Rights in an “Open World”

March 23, 2017

"We’ve opened our eyes to the problems of the world… we are not going back from an open world, and we are not afraid to stand for women’s leadership.”

People gathered around a table

Health and Student Achievement

September 22, 2016

While high-quality teachers, administrators and a well-funded, working education system will always be critical, student success might also depend on access to healthy food, physical activity, dental care and mental health support.

US flags

Honoring Those Who Serve

November 11, 2016

Thank you to all of the Veterans, military personnel and their families.

Girl with chicken

Hope and the Humane Economy

December 13, 2016

Last Friday evening, we celebrated the release of Wayne Pacelle's latest book, The Humane Economy, a frontline account of how conscience and creativity are driving a revolution in business that is forever changing our treatment of animals.

Syrian Refugee Camp

In Response to a Global Crisis: Syria

December 22, 2016

Given the extreme refugee crisis and unprecedented devastation in Aleppo, we know many are seeking ways to help. Seattle Foundation and Seattle International Foundation have curated a list of five, high-impact international NGOs working to address the critical needs of Syrians affected by the current crisis.

Tony Mestres speaking in his office

Investments for Social Change

December 12, 2016

In this uncertain time, Seattle Foundation reaffirms its long-standing commitment to civic leadership, as well as fighting division and disparity in our communities. As your partner in effective philanthropy, we invite you to invest with Seattle Foundation to support the critically important work underway to advance equity and opportunity.

Seattle Foundation logo

Leading for Impact Cohort Announced

February 13, 2017

Seattle Foundation and The Bridgespan Group bring unique leadership development opportunities to local nonprofits.

MLK Jr speaking

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Reflections

January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day allows us all, as individuals and organizations, to reflect on how we live out the values that our nation honors today.

bellevue skyline

Seattle Foundation President & CEO Discusses the Need for Brave Systems Reinvention

November 09, 2016

"It is clear, and empirically proven, that we cannot intervene our way out of the challenges facing our region. Thoughtful, collaborative, and brave systems reinvention is our call to action."

skyway people

Neighbor to Neighbor Announces Grant Recipients

September 07, 2016

Building diverse leadership and capacity at the grassroots level.

high five

Nonprofits Recognized for Promoting Civic Engagement

September 09, 2016

Seattle Foundation and KEXP announce first round of nonprofits awarded participation in KEXP's Community Partnership Program.

loren smith quote

Passion Fulfills Students’ Promise

October 13, 2016

"These are the students that teachers dream of having in their classroom."

Seattle Waterfront

Plan for Tax-Wise Year-End Giving

December 09, 2016

As many of us begin to consider charitable donations to make before 2016 comes to a close, Director of Gift Planning Susan Peterson shares some considerations to think through your year-end giving


students in caps and gowns graduation

Redefining “Silver Spoon” and College Access

September 26, 2016

Why is it easier or perhaps more innately human to look up the socio-demographic rank and say “unfair” and not use that same lens to look down the socio-demographic ladder and conclude “blessed”? 

Tony Mestres speaking in his office

Reinventing Philanthropy

January 19, 2017

The Seattle region faces a defining moment, writes Foundation President & CEO Tony Mestres in Seattle Business Magazine, and now is the time for philanthropy to direct its time and investment to sustainable prevention and systems reinvention.

Seattle Foundation logo

Remembering Lou Pepper

December 29, 2016

Longtime staff member Allison Parker reflects on the community legacy of Lou Pepper, former Washington Mutual CEO and Seattle Foundation philanthropist, who passed away last Friday at age 92.

Tony Mestres and Mayor Murray speak at press conference

Seattle Foundation - City of Seattle Partnership Supports Immigrants

January 06, 2017

Focuses on protecting people at risk of deportation, particularly children

SF logo

Seattle Foundation is on the Move

October 07, 2016

After 12 years in the IBM building on 5th Ave., Seattle Foundation has moved to new headquarters.

nonprofit expo card

Seattle Foundation Partners with Amazon on Company’s First Nonprofit Expo

September 28, 2016

The response was overwhelming positive and plans are taking shape for a second Nonprofit Expo next spring.

theatre

Seattle Foundation Philanthropists Launch $150,000 Funding Cycle for the Arts

August 24, 2016

The Morgan Fund, a Family Foundation at Seattle Foundation, announces the 2016 round of the Puget Sound Initiative: a funding opportunity for small to mid-sized dance and theatre organizations in our region.

people state

SkillUp Washington Receives Seattle Colleges “Partner of the Year” Award

September 23, 2016

Award honors contributions made to elevate Seattle Colleges and its students, and those who inspire others by working in partnership to achieve mutual success.

Susan Peterson

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.

MG on radio for gb

It's Time to Talk About GiveBIG 2017

October 11, 2016

Seattle Foundation invites King County nonprofits to attend one of three nonprofit gatherings happening this month and provide your input on different ways to approach GiveBIG.

kids leaning over bridge with nets into water

Teachers Honored for Creating Learning Experiences that Make a Difference for Youth and Their Community

October 03, 2016

Established in memory of Patsy Collins by an anonymous donor at Seattle Foundation, the Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community honors extraordinary teachers in Washington K-12 schools.

tony golden ticket

Thanks for Coming out to Share Feedback on GiveBIG 2017

October 31, 2016

Thank you to the nonprofit partners that attended one of our three nonprofit gatherings and provided their input on different ways to approach GiveBIG 2017.

The Morgan Fund logo

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.

Partner logos

Partnering to Address the Mental Health Crisis in Statewide Jails

March 27, 2017

To support mental health, we are partnering with ACLU of Washington and Disability Rights Washington (DRW) as the fiscal sponsor on the settlement of the Trueblood v. Washington State Department of Social and Health Services case.

new holly people

Vibrant Democracy In Action

November 22, 2016

“I am voting and I am part of democracy.” 

COO

Seattle Foundation Announces New Vibrant Democracy Initiative

October 14, 2016

The goal of the Vibrant Democracy Initiative is to strengthen the voice and participation of underrepresented communities to allow for more equitable systems change.

woman writing

Considerations for Your Year-End Philanthropic Giving

November 11, 2016

There are many ways of deciding when and how to support the organizations and causes that are important to you – here are a few considerations as you begin to think about your year-end giving.

students chatting

Youth Grantmaking Board Accepting Applications for Civic Leadership Opportunity

September 13, 2016

Built on the concept of youth powered change, students across King County participating in Seattle Foundation's Youth Grantmaking Board have contributed over $200,000 into Seattle's public sector - all to support the success of children, youth and families.

Youth Grantmaking Board Group Photo

Youth Grantmaking Board Request for Proposals

February 09, 2017

The 2016 -2017 Youth Grantmaking Board is requesting proposals from organizations and programs that support post-secondary education for historically marginalized communities.

trees in forest

Seattle Foundation, Forterra and King County Join Forces to Conserve Rural Park Land

August 16, 2016

A philanthropist left an anonymous gift in their will of $392,000 to Seattle Foundation to secure park lands in King County.

mother daughter hugging

GiveTogether Puts Focus on Child Welfare; Grants $235,000 to King County Nonprofits

July 18, 2016

Organizations demonstrated a strong focus on preventing vulnerable children and families from entering the child welfare system, or arranging supportive, culturally relevant, placements, both short term and permanent, when staying with parents is not possible.

tall weeds with blurred person

Local and National Experts Discuss Ongoing Efforts to End Sexual Exploitation of Youth

July 18, 2016

Seattle Foundation and partner nonprofit Stolen Youth convene expert panel 

couple walking in park

Giving Lab: UW Program Charting New Path for Living with Memory Loss

August 10, 2016

"Educating the public to understand the entire course of Alzheimer's disease and the strengths a person retains in the midst of it is critical to a community's ability to address, both individually and collectively, the impact of the disease."

elderly woman with mug

Community Should Get Behind Meals on Wheels

August 04, 2016

Our community has a responsibility to ensuring our residents' basic needs for food are met. That's why Meals on Wheels is so critical. It's a simple idea that works, generating health, safety, economic and community benefits.

gratitude GB orange overlay over leo

GiveBIG 2016 Exceeds Goals - Delivers Lift for Many Local Nonprofits

June 14, 2016

The final results are in — GiveBIG 2016 generated a record $22 million in contributions to nonprofits.

kids in hallway

Community Foundation Opportunity Network Aims to Narrow the Opportunity Gap

July 19, 2016

Community foundations from coast to coast working together on issues critical to kids and communities

town hall

Increasing Voter Participation Through Community Partnerships

July 28, 2016

Twenty-two community based partners funded to strengthen civic engagement among limited-English speaking residents

skyline

The Divide

August 01, 2016

Our country is facing a defining moment, and as the community’s foundation, we must face our own defining moment as well.

Impact Investing - infographic

Your Guide to Impact Investing

July 22, 2016

Philanthropic advisors at Seattle Foundation discuss their current impact investing process and how philanthropists can get started.

staff in picture four people

Seattle Foundation Expands Heart and Science of Philanthropy Team

July 13, 2016

Our staff possesses diverse expertise, with specialists in community issues, nonprofit effectiveness, civic engagement, family philanthropy, planned giving, research and more.  

Summer Learning Program

Achieving Strong Academic Outcomes For All Youth

June 20, 2016

Summer learning programs can provide a variety of activities such as academic support, enrichment opportunities, cultural and social development, leadership skills, job training or even environmental exploration.

Tony Mestres speaking in his office

Heart & Science: Read How Philanthropists, Community Organizations and Seattle Foundation Are Building Partnerships to Create Lasting Change

July 25, 2016

In the inaugural issue of Heart & Science, we elevate Basic Needs and Vibrant Communities; two essential needs society must support and invest in so that a community can thrive.

YGB group pic

The Power of Youth: Seattle Foundation kicks off its 11th year of the Youth Grantmaking Board

October 27, 2016

Built on the concept of youth powered change, YGB’ers have contributed over $200,000 into Seattle’s public sector to fund organizations or projects that provide direct services to system change programming.

YGB students

Youth Grantmaking Board Recommends $20,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

July 12, 2016

Seattle Foundation's Youth Grantmaking Board is a civic leadership opportunity that is completely youth-focused and youth-led from start to finish.

small girl writing

All Children Deserve to Grow Up Knowing There is a Place Called Home

May 06, 2016

A Mother's Day guest post by Janet St. Clair

reflection of skyscraper

Seattle Foundation and King County Elections Partner to Fund Community-Based Voter Engagement

June 16, 2016

Seattle Foundation and King County Elections announce second round of funding to support community-based voter engagement


Somali women dancing

Neighbor to Neighbor Announces Grant Recipients

March 18, 2016

N2N supports grassroots efforts that come from the community. 

little girl picked up by father

GiveTogether Spring 2016: Child Welfare

April 08, 2016

We believe that all children have the right to a safe, stable, permanent and loving home.

duwamish water

Communities of Opportunity 2016 Systems and Policy Change Grants Announced

April 22, 2016

$1,226,000 in grants awarded to 18 local efforts leading systems and policy change work in King County

tree silhouette with skyscraper background

Seattle Foundation Takes Part in New Funding Collaborative

March 03, 2016

Seattle Foundation, Bullitt Foundation, Loom Foundation and Social Venture Partners join to create the Sustainable Communities Funders group

tony golden ticket

GiveBIG 2016 - Keep Giving BIG

May 03, 2016

GiveBIG is on. Keep giving big and let’s show our nonprofits what they to mean to the community.

gb tony speaking

GiveBIG 2016 Giving Date Extension

May 03, 2016

Announcement from our CEO Tony Mestres to all our GiveBIG partners and community philanthropists. Seattle Foundation is extending GiveBIG through midnight, Wednesday, May 4.

golden ticket tony gb

GiveBIG 2016 Toolkit Part 4 - Messaging and Promotion Tips

April 08, 2016

This is the final, of a four-part “Campaign in a Box” DIY toolkit that includes digital marketing resources for community nonprofits to make the most of Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG 2016.

golden ticket tony gb

A GiveBIG Shout Out to Jean Enersen and Our Media Partners

April 21, 2016

Hats off to Jean Enersen and KING5, The Seattle Times and STAR 101.5 - Kent & Alan in the Morning for their support of GiveBIG.


crowd raising hands

The GiveBIG Big 3: Our Partners From Day 1

April 25, 2016

KING5, Seattle Sounders FC and The Seattle Times are three partners who joined with us in the earliest days to make GiveBIG possible.


GB celebration

GiveBIG 2016 Toolkit Part 3 - Technology and Profile Instructions

March 10, 2016

Part three of a four-part “Campaign in a Box” DIY toolkit that includes digital marketing resources for community nonprofits to make the most of Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG 2016.

GB people in green

GiveBIG 2016 Toolkit Part 2 - Crafting Your Plan

February 18, 2016

Part two of a four-part “Campaign in a Box” DIY toolkit that includes digital marketing resources for community nonprofits to make the most of Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG 2016.

Seattle Foundation GiveBIG 2016

GiveBIG 2016 - Let's Do This. Together.

January 20, 2016

Part one of a four-part “Campaign in a Box” DIY toolkit that outlines a strategic plan for community nonprofits to make the most of Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG 2016.

Doug Walker - Seattle Philanthropist

Remembering Doug Walker - Seattle Philanthropist

January 02, 2016

Doug's impact on our region was as monumental as the mountains and outdoors he so enjoyed.

high five

Seattle Foundation Celebrates Record Year of Community Philanthropy

January 21, 2016

Nearly $100 million invested in 2015 and total grants hit $1 billion since Seattle Foundation’s inception

HUD pic

Seattle Foundation Receives HUD Secretary’s Award for Public Philanthropic Partnership

April 11, 2016

The Department of Housing and Urban Development recognizes Seattle Foundation for its work to improve health, social, economic, and racial equity in King County

sounders street soccer

Sounders FC Partners with Seattle International Foundation to Raise Funds and Awareness for Youth Homelessness at Home and Abroad

April 12, 2016

Guest post by: Kathleen Steffen, Partnerships and Events Coordinator, Seattle International Foundation



small yellow gift box

The gift of the permanent charitable IRA rollover

December 23, 2015

Charitable IRA rollovers for eligible individuals are permanently signed into law.

paula boggs

Seattle Lawyer Sings the Praises of Localized Philanthropy.

October 31, 2015

Paula Boggs translated her love of music into a fund benefitting KEXP radio.