Nonprofit Community Conversations in December
This December, we are hosting a series of conversations and a webinar about our 2014 grantmaking activities, which include GiveBIG, collective giving with Foundation fundholders, fundholder consulting, and our new Center for Community Partnerships, where we will invest the majority of our discretionary grant funds across a small number of issue areas. We plan to announce the issue areas for investment through the Center and through our collective giving work in April 2014, following our Board of Trustees’ meeting in March.
Due to overwhelming demand, we have an additional meeting in Seattle and encourage you to consider the South King County, Redmond or Online sessions. Please register for any of the available sessions to learn more about our vision and goals for our future grantmaking work. We value our philanthropic partnership and the critical role you play in helping us achieve our mission: to foster powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make King County a stronger, more vibrant community for all. We look forward to seeing you in December.
Changes to our Grantmaking Program
The Seattle Foundation is transforming our Grantmaking Program. In 2014, The Seattle Foundation (TSF) will make discretionary grants through two primary channels:
- targeted, multi-year community leadership initiatives, and
- programs that connect TSF donors to effective King County nonprofit organizations.
Driven by the Foundation’s new strategic plan
, the overarching goal of our grantmaking activities is to increase our impact on the communities we serve.
What’s Changing in 2014
- We’re phasing out TSF’s traditional Grantmaking Program. We’ll no longer operate annual element-based grant cycles in Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Economy, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, and Neighborhoods & Communities.
- We’re increasing our targeted community leadership work, building on our role as convenor, incubator and grantmaker. The Foundation will support 2-3 large, multi-year initiatives at any given time.
- We’ll build stronger partnerships with TSF fundholders through collective-giving opportunities and in-depth consulting services for individual donors and their families—all with the goal of increasing fundholder investment in King County nonprofits and communities.
The Seattle Foundation has a successful history of understanding problems and opportunities and then bringing people together to find new solutions and marshal resources. During the past seven years, TSF’s proactive community leadership work has focused on reducing educational and economic disparities in King County. Building on this work, TSF’s Center for Community Leadership will facilitate opportunities for cross-sector, multi-issue problem solving. The Center will achieve greater community impact through systemic change efforts by using multiple strategies, including grantmaking, mission investing, convening, advocacy, research and technical assistance. The Center for Community Leadership will be operational in early 2014 with a public launch held in the fall.
Replacing our traditional grantmaking program will be a new effort to involve our fundholders in identifying and funding community needs. We’ll offer a wide range of opportunities, from simple philanthropic “matchmaking” via our web site, to more active involvement through giving circles. We’ll use the Foundation’s funds to seed these efforts and catalyze giving in areas of interest to our fundholders that align with our Healthy Community framework. Input and participation with our fundholders, together with a new Healthy Community Giving Guide to be published in 2014, will provide the platform to launch this new grantmaking approach.
In-depth Consulting Services
Through our in-depth consulting services to individual donors and their families we share our community knowledge with fundholders. We act as a matchmaker—connecting fundholders to local nonprofit organizations. In order to do this well, we must keep our community knowledge fresh and relevant, which means staying in regular contact with our nonprofit partners. During the upcoming months, we’ll hone our strategies for gathering information about community issues and organizations and will share those with you by year’s end.
What’s Continuing in 2014
We’ll update the “For Nonprofits” section of our website as plans for 2014 take shape, including information about:
- Upcoming workshops and events (Fall 2013)
- Collective-giving programs for TSF donors & related grant opportunities (October 2013)
- New knowledge-gathering strategies, including nonprofit outreach (December 2013)
- TSF multi-year community leadership initiatives (First Quarter 2014)
In the meantime, please review our Grantmaking FAQs
for additional information.
Don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com
with your questions or to be notified of upcoming workshops and events.