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Heart & Science: Read How Philanthropists, Community Organizations and Seattle Foundation Are Building Partnerships to Create Lasting Change

In the inaugural issue of Heart & Science, we elevate Basic Needs and Vibrant Communities; two essential needs society must support and invest in so that a community can thrive.

July 25, 2016

By Tony Mestres, President & CEO

Every day, I have the great privilege of meeting leaders on the frontlines of community change.  From forward-leaning CEOs to fearless community leaders, these are the people who believe that together we can and must do more to make Seattle great.  These are the leaders who remind us that despite our booming and diversified economy, too many families in Greater Seattle are being left behind. They see the consequences of long-standing disparities and disinvestment and believe deeply in the promise of equity and opportunity for all.

As the community’s foundation, we feel an urgency to be a strong, vocal leader in addressing many of the issues affecting our region so adversely. Seattle Foundation strives to be a voice for community needs and a leader in developing effective philanthropic strategies to address those needs. As a civic leader, we hope to create positive social change through effectively communicating, convening and catalyzing people and resources across our region.

Our new publication, Heart & Science, is the latest step in our evolution toward stronger, more visible civic leadership. Heart & Science will share how philanthropists, community organizations and Seattle Foundation build partnerships to create lasting change. We hope to inspire you with new approaches to daunting regional challenges and move you with stories of leadership and heart in unexpected places.

In the inaugural issue, we elevate Basic Needs and Vibrant Communities – two essential needs society must support and invest in so that a community can thrive.

The need to invest in affordable housing and nutritious food, and reduce the number of people without shelter has never been greater. For the past two decades we – the public and private sectors, philanthropic organizations and the community – have been collectively working to reduce homelessness. And we’re just not there, as evidenced by the tents dotting the highway corridors that run along our cities, reminding us of the human suffering underway.

Vibrant Communities highlights our investments in resident-led solutions and underscores the importance of partnering with community-based organizations impacted by the issues and disparities we are attempting to solve.

We hope this issue of Heart & Science and the stories from leaders throughout our community inspire and motivate you. Please subscribe to our blog to stay up-to-date between quarterly issues. On the blog, our staff will share additional insights and learnings as we focus resources, investments and voices to make greater impact in the community. I believe together, we can help more share in our region’s economic prosperity and create greater equity and opportunity for all.


In partnership,

Tony Mestres



For Philanthropists


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