Grantmaking at The Seattle Foundation 


Our Grantmaking Program

The Seattle Foundation (TSF) will make discretionary grants through two primary channels:

  1. targeted, multi-year community leadership initiatives, and
  2. programs that connect TSF donors to effective King County nonprofit organizations.
Driven by the Foundation’s  strategic plan, the overarching goal of our grantmaking activities is to increase our impact on the communities we serve.

Community Leadership

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 eight 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 Partnerships 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 Partnerships started operating in early 2014 with a public launch held in the fall of 2014.

Collective-giving Opportunities

GiveTogether, our collective-giving program, involves our fundholders in identifying and funding community needs. We offer a wide range of opportunities, from simple philanthropic “matchmaking” via our web site, to more active involvement through giving circles. We 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 2015, provide the platform for 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 2015

In the meantime, please review our Grantmaking FAQs for additional information.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us at with your questions or to be notified of upcoming workshops and events.