Communities of Opportunity

Improving health and well-being within ethnically and geographically diverse communities across Greater Seattle.



A ground-breaking partnership between the community, Seattle Foundation and King County.

Here in Greater Seattle, where you live, how much you make, and the color of your skin are major predictors of your life experience and your chances of living well and thriving. While average measures of quality of life, social, and health factors are among the highest in the country, our region now experiences some of the greatest inequities among large U.S. metropolitan areas.

To help change this trajectory, Seattle Foundation and King County launched Communities of Opportunity (COO) in 2014 to improve health, social, racial, and economic outcomes by focusing on places, policies, and systems changes. By offering a $2.5 million investment over five years, we work together with diverse community partners in this multi-sector effort to focus on upstream policy improvements that benefit the region as a whole. We invest in community-led partnerships, and are currently supporting work in White Center, Rainier Valley, and SeaTac-Tukwila. We award grants to organizations working to increase health, housing, and/or economic opportunities through policy and systems reform.

To learn more, visit the COO website or contact Alice Ito at a.ito@seattlefoundation.org.



Impact

The Voice of Philanthropy in Our Community

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Element Notes

July 25, 2017

In this news roundup, it’s time to vote in the primary, our area is failing on several key aspects of accessibility for people with disabilities, Prop 1 could expand arts access and the ACA (Obamacare) repeal may be imminent

Briefing by Headwaters Economics

Learning Event With Headwaters Economics Lifts up the Importance of Community-led Solutions

July 24, 2017

Conversation connects dots to best practices in international development and SeaFdn’s approach to change

COO

Our Vibrant Democracy Initiative Fosters Progress and Partnerships

July 21, 2017

Three interconnected efforts aim to increase equity through systems change

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