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KEXP and Seattle Foundation to Host First Community Partnership Program Benefit Concert

Seattle Foundation’s partnership with KEXP is an extension of its Vibrant Democracy Initiative, a $2.5 million, five-year effort designed to increase civic engagement and amplify the voice of communities of color and low-income communities. 


October 24, 2016

Seattle – October 24 – Please join KEXP and the Seattle Foundation on Thursday, November 17, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. in KEXP’s Gathering Space for the first concert event of the newly re-launched Community Partnership Program, featuring JusMoni, Maiah Manser and headliner IG88.  Presale tickets are $8.00 and $10.00 at the door, with proceeds benefiting Washington Bus and Washington Low Income Housing Alliance.

KEXP is partnering with Seattle Foundation to relaunch and expand the impact of the Community Partnership Program to achieve a new level of public engagement, awareness, and support for local nonprofits. For this round, we focused on smaller nonprofit organizations with budgets under $2 million per year, and whose work centers on civic engagement, specifically voter turnout, registration, and assisting communities that are underrepresented in participating in the democratic process.

“Our committee members were in awe of the organizations who applied and the many great causes they support,” said KEXP Events Manager Tilly Rodina. “From those organizations, our selection committee selected Washington Bus and Washington Low Income Housing Alliance as the first two organizations to participate in the KEXP and Seattle Foundation Community Partnership Program. We are very happy to support both of them through this first concert.”

“This initiative and our partnership with KEXP are all about mobilizing people to make change their communities,” said Tony Mestres, Seattle Foundation’s president and CEO.  “Sustainable and equitable change only results when community members are engaged in shaping their own futures.”

The Washington Bus is a statewide movement-building organization that engages young people in the civic process. The Bus focuses on empowering young people 15 – 29 years of age. They engage traditionally underrepresented communities such as people of color, women, LGBTQ youth, immigrant and refugee communities, and first generation college students. The Bus aims to expand the reach of their voter registration program and raise awareness of their paid leadership development programs to young people that may not otherwise participate in civic engagement.

Through its Resident Action Project, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance provides a statewide, resident-led effort to engage residents of low-income housing, those in need of affordable housing, and direct service nonprofit staff in advocacy to expand affordable housing and to end homelessness while building a base of resident power.  This year-round cycle of advocacy includes voter engagement, communicating with lawmakers during the legislative session and in the interim, and community building and education.

Seattle Foundation’s partnership with KEXP is an extension of its Vibrant Democracy Initiative, a $2.5 million, five-year effort designed to increase civic engagement and amplify the voice of communities of color and low-income communities.  Seattle Foundation is currently working with King County Board of Elections and a consortium of nonprofit organizations to increase voter participation in the upcoming election.

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