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A strong economy is the engine that fuels all other elements of a healthy community. A strong regional economy requires support for people and businesses, and access to education, training and resources.

 

 

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Support education and training for low-income adults
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Improve financial stability for individuals
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Increase access to resources for underserved businesses
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Tavon Center »In 2003, Tavon Center was created by a group of concerned parents, professionals, and friends who recognized the need for post-high school programs where young people with disabilities can continue to learn, grow, have friends, and work toward independence.
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Millionair Club Charity »There are nearly 8,000 homeless people in King County. For the homeless and the unemployed people, the Millionair Club is a place where they can have a hot meal, and the chance for temporary or full-time work through the jobs program.
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SustainableWorks »SustainableWorks is a national leader in delivering triple bottom line results: quality jobs, economic equity and a healthier environment.
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Recent Foundation Activities
Supporting Children's Savings Account programs
The Seattle Foundation recently made a $50,000 planning grant to the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) to support the launch of Children's Savings Account (CSA) programs through the Seattle, King County and Tacoma Housing Authorities. CSAs are long-term, asset-building accounts, established for children as early as birth and allowed to grow over their lifetime.
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Building Businesses, Income and Self-confidence
Washington CASH helps hundreds of individuals build businesses, income and self-confidence each year through a constellation of services including business development courses, microloans, technical assistance, mentoring and access to computer labs. These services enable low-income women, people with disabilities, new immigrants and refugees to start or expand on their self-employment ventures.
Washington ranks 42nd in the nation in small business ownership, falling from 15th.
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A Summary of the King County Community Conversation Opportunities for Youth and Young Adults
This report summarizes the results of the King County community conversation held on February 29, 2012, to garner community input about the needs, challenges and opportunities for youth ages 16-24 in King County who are neither in school nor employed.
An Integrated Approach to Fostering Family Economic Success
This report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation summarizes early findings from three sites that have fully implemented the Centers for Working Families (CWF) principles that respond to the challenges facing such low-income working adults and their families.
Year Up links corporate sponsors, young adults needing direction
Year Up aims to help low-income and at-risk students cross the "opportunity divide" separating many young adults, particularly those of color, from the business world. (Seattle Times)
Making Sustainability Legal
Sightline Institute's "Making Sustainability Legal" project is working to remove outdated rules that stop affordable, green solutions.
The Financial Security of Households with Children
Corporation for Enterprise Development analyzes data on the net worth and asset poverty of households with children and finds that many families are on financially shaky ground.

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