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Element Notes

News & Opinion on Building A Healthy Community

September 19, 2016

Deep community knowledge is a key benefit of working with Seattle Foundation.  Our team has extensive knowledge about community issues and trends, as well as an expansive network of relationships with nonprofit organizations working locally, nationally and globally.  We track key developments in each element of our Healthy Community Framework:  Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Economy, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Vibrant Communities and Global Giving.  Every other week, we compile Element Notes to share the latest developments affecting efforts to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. We hope you find it useful and let us know what you think!

Basic Needs

Help for Seattle’s homeless should shift focus to housing, reports say
A new report from Mayor Murray’s office suggests several major shifts in homelessness reduction tactics that they say could shelter everyone within a year.

Spurning mayor, council advances new approach to homeless encampments
The City Council moved forward a new proposal to radically change the way the city does homeless encampment “sweeps.”

Vibrant Communities

Where Seattle's refugees come from and other things you should know
Nearly 30 percent of the state’s recent population growth is from immigration; here’s where our newest immigrants come from.


What does it mean to fully fund education?
Washington State has been unconstitutionally underfunding education for years—here’s what it would take to fully fund.

More than 6 million U.S. students are chronically absent
The U.S. Education Department just released its first report on chronic absence, or missing 15 days or school or more.


Challenging Armchair Equity: Toward A Movement Lead By Frontline Communities
As part of their series on I-732, Front and Centered takes on the importance of community-led movements in the environmental movement.

From 280 Tribes, a Protest on the Plains
Stories of the people protesting the North Dakota pipeline in the largest, most diverse tribal action since Little Bighorn


Gang violence in Central America is a humanitarian crisis
Central America’s Northern Triangle – encompassing El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – is one of the most violent regions in the world outside of a warzone, creating a need for humanitarian agencies to step up.

Collecting water is often a colossal waste of time for women and girls
Women and girls worldwide spend an estimated 200 million hours a day collecting water.


The trouble with philanthropy is that money can't buy equality
How philanthropy fails to include with the people most affected by its work in decision-making and how to change that pattern.



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