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.



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GiveBIG 2017 Approach

February 24, 2017

Vice President Mary Grace Roske shares how we're approaching GiveBIG this year and how your feedback informed the strategies we put in place.

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GiveBIG 2017 Webinars and Workshops

February 24, 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

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.


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