Community Leadership Fund 

The Seattle Foundation’s Community Leadership Fund supports our “beyond grantmaking” work and fuels our civic leadership activities that bring stakeholders together around critical community issues.

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More than ever before, philanthropy is driving change across our nation. In education, healthcare, the environment and every aspect of society, we see philanthropic dollars not just investing in change, but leading the charge. Philanthropy not only augments limited public funding, it also brings new energy and insights. Through the support of our Community Leadership Fund, The Seattle Foundation is our region’s philanthropic leader driving positive change through civic dialogue and promoting effective strategies for community collaboration.

The Seattle Foundation’s Community Leadership Fund supports our  “beyond grantmaking” work and fuels our civic leadership activities that bring stakeholders together around critical community issues. This work includes identifying the critical challenges; publishing fresh research that illuminates our challenges, holding public forums as platforms for informed public dialogue; convening task forces to accomplish ambitious action agendas; and most important of all – helping to create the change our community needs.

Our partners include nonprofits, donors, government leaders, business people, faith-based organizations – all of whom care deeply about improving the quality of life in our region.

We base our leadership activities on our Healthy Community framework, which we created to express the essential elements of a thriving community and focus on the places where philanthropy can have the greatest impact. In the last two years, we have concentrated our leadership work on needs in the Education and Economy elements of a Healthy Community.

Community Leadership Fund Accomplishments

  • Creation and incubation of the Business Partnership for Early Learning, an innovative, research-based early learning strategy. The program was successfully transitioned to United Way of
    King County.
  • Convening and organizing stakeholders around a neighborhood-based human capital development strategy modeled after the Harlem Children's Zone.
  • Establishment of the Building Resilience Initiative, an effort to help individuals and families maintain self-sufficiency during the economic downturn. 
  • Sponsorship and staff support to the Community Center for Education Results, a new effort to develop a common framework to support educational attainment for all students. 
  • Support for an 18-month technical assistance initiative to help leaders of local arts organizations learn how their national counterparts are adapting to new fundraising realities.
  • Incubation of the nonprofit organization SkillUp, an innovative effort to increase the skills of low-income working adults.
  • Securing local affiliates of Teach For America and Year Up—highly successful national programs designed to promote educational success and opportunity for low-income youth.
  • Educating future philanthropists through participation in The Seattle Foundation Youth Grantmaking Board.
  • Make a contribution: Our goal is to raise $250,000 to support civic leadership activities that bring stakeholders together around critical community issues. Donate online or call (206) 515-2111
  • Contact Jared Watson, Vice President of Grantmaking & Knowledge Management, at (206) 622-2294 to learn more about The Seattle Foundation’s community leadership activities and the Healthy Community framework that guides our civic engagement.